For years, book lovers have been devastated because big chains were squeezing independent bookstores out of business. Now Barnes & Noble is being squeezed out of Encino. The big chain says property owner Rick Caruso raised the rent. Caruso says Barns & Noble wasn't making enough money. We hear from outraged neighborhood readers and browsers, as well as others who mourn the passing of another cultural resource. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, for some years, climate scientists avoided public debate on global warming. Now, so many Republican non-believers have been elected to Congress that the scientists are back in the conversation. We hear that the US is going its own way when it comes to global warming.
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Barnes & Noble is one of the big chains that have pushed independent bookstores out of many neighborhoods. But Barnes & Noble tries to be different, with author readings and other events that provide a similar sense of community. It may be hard to escape the irony, but now Barnes & Noble is being pushed out of the San Fernando Valley community of Encino. Recently, a group of angry readers formed Save Our Encino Barnes & Noble.
"Climate is gone." Those are the words of political strategist Karl Rove reassuring shale-gas developers there is no longer a need to worry about new laws against greenhouse pollution. That's because with Rove's help so many Republican climate-change deniers were elected to Congress last week. One observer sees the GOP "stampeding toward an absolutist rejection of climate science."
Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media / National Journal Group (@RonBrownstein)
Frank Newport, Gallup Poll (@gallup)
Andrew Dessler, Texas A&M University (@AndrewDessler)
James M. Taylor, Heartland Institute
John Vidal, Guardian newspaper (@john_vidal)