The Last Months of the Bush Administration and Global Warming
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President Bush has come late to the conclusion that industrial activity causes climate change, but today he begins his own conference on Global Warming. Is he trying to bolster the United Nations or circumvent it? Does he still have time in his presidency to make a difference? On Reporter's Notebook, OJ Simpson, Robert Blake—now Phil Specter, Los Angeles celebrities charged with murder but not convicted. What does big money have to do with it?
Probe Finds Major Security Gaps along US-Canada Border ()
Contraband, including radioactive material, could easily be smuggled across the Canadian border. That's according to the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress. It reported today to the Senate Finance Committee. Chris Strom was there for Congress Daily.
- Chris Strom: Reporter for Congress Daily
Is Bush's Promise of Global Warming Talks Too Late? ()
President Bush barely showed up for this week's UN session on global warming, but he's conceded that human activities do contribute to climate change. Today the White House begins its own conference with 16 countries responsible for 90% of greenhouse gas emissions. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice opened the meeting of the world's 16 top polluting nations—including Brazil, South Africa and, most importantly, China and India, alone with the industrialized western nations. Will it undermine—or complement—the United Nations? Is the international community taking it seriously?
- Juliet Eilperin: National Environmental Reporter for the Washington Post, @eilperin
- David Montgomery: Vice President of Environmental Issues at CRA International
- Annie Petsonk: International Counsel at Environmental Defense
- Scott H. Segal: Attorney representing the utilities industries
Another LA Celebrity Trial, Another Failure to Convict ()
More than 90 percent of murder charges lead to convictions, but OJ Simpson and actor Robert Blake were both acquitted of killing their wives. Yesterday, the judge declared a mistrial after a jury split 10-to-2 in the second-degree murder trail of Phil Spector. The Los Angeles District Attorney says he'll file new charges. Although is no longer well known, the 67 year-old made a fortune in the 60's and 70's as a music producer for the Beatles, Ike and Tina Turner, the Crystals and the Ramones. Four years ago, actress Lana Clarkson was shot to death in Specter's mansion. One witness quotes him as saying, "I think I killed somebody." Henry Weinstein is legal affairs writer for the Los Angeles Times.
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