FROM Brad Knickerbocker
Polar Bear Habitat Threatened by Drilling Leases in Alaska It's been said that polar bears are now the poster-species for global warming. The Bush Administration may declare them endangered. But while that decision is pending , the Minerals Management Service has sold oil leases in marine habitat used by one of Alaska's two polar bear populations. Royal Dutch Shell was the high bidder today for oil leases in the Chuckchi Sea off the northwest shore of Alaska, an area slightly smaller than the State of Pennsylvania. Brad Knickerbocker writes for the Christian Science Monitor .
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.