FROM Bhavna Shamasunder
LA City Council Takes Aim at Fracking Last Friday, 10 members of the LA City Council asked City Attorney Mike Feuer to draw up a ban on fracking . That's short for hydraulic fracturing, the use of water and some chemicals to extract oil that's otherwise hard to get. Governor Brown signed a state law to regulate fracking last year, but some legislators want to amend it. In the meantime, Los Angeles may take steps of its own.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Is the United States losing its moral authority in the world? American support for human rights has often been criticized as more about words than it is about action. President Trump is creating more skeptics than ever. What are the consequences for America's role in the world?