Wildfires Rage across the West
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President Obama calls the Waldo Fire in Colorado Springs a "major disaster," while blazes rage in four other states as well. The federal government will pay for most of the fire-fighting. Critics say that's one reason local governments allow housing developments too close to forests that are increasingly likely to burn. Also, Mexico's election results, and different futures for the Affordable Care Act in Texas and California.
Banner image: The Hot Shot firefighter crew from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, cut a tree while cutting and clearing a fire line in the Mount St. Francis area of Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 28, 2012, while helping to battle several fires in Waldo Canyon. Photo courtesy of DVIDSHUB
Mexican Election Results ()
As widely predicted, Enrique Peña Nieto of the PRI has been declared the winner of Mexico's presidential election. As he did six years ago, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the PRD has refused to concede. Tracy Wilkinson is in Mexico City for the Los Angeles Times.
Forest Fires and Federal Money ()
The worst fire in Colorado history is only halfway contained, and in the suburbs of Colorado Springs, residents and former residents are discovering what happens when a forest fire comes to town. Some cars are nothing but charred metal and some homes are burned to the ground, while, in the same neighborhood, other houses have not been touched. Fires are also raging in Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and South Dakota. Climate change is drying out the forests, creating fuel for fires expected to increase individual property loss, human misery and federal taxes. Studies show that local government agencies allow development near dense forests, knowing that the cost of fire-fighting will be covered by Washington. We update the current outbreaks and ask, is it politics that's preventing prudent planning?
- Jeremy Meyer: Denver Post, @jpmeyerDPost
- Ray Rasker: Headwaters Economics
- Harris Sherman: US Department of Agriculture
- Kevin Jeffries: California State Assembly, @AsmJeffries
- Michael Kodas: author and journalist, @MichaelKodas
Red State-Blue State
Election-Year Politics and the Supreme Court ()
Our featured reporters on 'Red State-Blue State' every Monday come from Texas and California. When it comes to last week's Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, no two states could better dramatize the different reactions of Republicans and Democrats. Wayne Slater is senior political reporter for the Dallas Morning News. Carla Marinucci is senior political reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Carla Marinucci: San Francisco Chronicle, @cmarinucci
- Wayne Slater: Dallas Morning News, @WayneSlater
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