Photo: President Donald Trump holds up an executive order on "energy independence," eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, during a signing ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, March 28, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
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Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates -- a holdover from the Obama Administration -- was prevented from testifying when House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes cancelled a public hearing scheduled for today. But President Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, denied a Washington Post report that the White House was trying to keep her quiet.
Meanwhile, Nunes has refused Democrats' call for him to recuse himself from the investigation. Cybersecurity reporter Eric Geller is following developments for Politico.
The EPA and other agencies can now ignore rising seas, ocean acidification, heat waves and drought — which most scientists attribute to climate change. President Trump doesn't accept it, and he's revoking Obama Administration limits on the oil and coal industries in the interests of "energy independence." Several states plan to fight him every step of the way, and economics now favor energy from natural gas, the sun and the wind. We hear what's next for the Clean Power Plan, the Paris Agreements and the strengths and limits of presidential power.
Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times (@tatertatiana)
Chris Davis, Washington State Office of Energy and the Environment (@GovInslee)
Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation (@niconomistloris)
Andrew Light, World Resources Institute / George Mason University (@andrwlight)
Schlossberg on Trump's order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan
Loris on Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement
World Resources Institute on why rolling back the Clean Power Plan is a losing proposition for US
Dozens of Iraqi civilians were buried alive and calling for help this weekend in the city of Mosul, where the death toll could reach 200. Iraqi soldiers say that reflects President Trump's increase in troop strength and the frequency of air strikes against the forces of ISIS. US officers say there's been no change that increases the risk to civilians. That's according to Tim Arango of the New York Times who joins us from Erbil.
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Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests? National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics.
Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia .
A month later, Puerto Ricans still stranded by Hurricane Maria Most people in Puerto Rico are still without electricity, and some are drinking from a well contaminated by a superfund site. President Trump's accused of a "shocking lack of compassion" compared to speedy assistance after hurricanes hit Texas and Florida.
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