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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Scott Pruitt and James Comey: In and out of the Trump Administration EPA Director Scott Pruitt is undergoing an ethics investigation, but his Obama-Era predecessor, Gina McCarthy, says the real scandal is that he “doesn’t know what he’s doing.” We’ll also tackle the backlash against fired FBI Director James Comey. Can his credibility survive angry public exchanges with President Trump?
The internet, privacy and data protection Mark Zuckerberg survived this week’s Congressional grilling. But Facebook still profits on free information: yours and mine. Three experts on big data explain how it works and lay out the risks as well as the benefits. Also, a veteran of Washington’s war games says President Trump is right to want U.S. troops out of Syria
Nuclear weapons in the 21st Century President Trump and Kim Jong Un have revived fears about weapons of mass destruction. But “tactical” nuclear weapons for use on the battlefield are still around, too. Is President Trump--like Barack Obama before him--relaying on a World War II technology ill-adapted to modern threats like cyber warfare? Would the use of low-level nukes inevitably escalate into an all-out atomic warfare? Also, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright on his new TV miniseries “The Looming Tower” about the FBI, the CIA and September 11th.
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