FROM Damon Nagami
California Fracking Moratorium Moves Forward Despite widespread concern by environmental groups and residents from Ventura to Culver City, the legislature has refused to require oil companies to disclose where they're conducting hydraulic fracturing – fracking -- or to reveal what chemicals they use in the process. The State Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources is conducting workshops to educate residents and get put input on proposed regulations. In the meantime, a proposed moratorium has passed the Assembly and was approved yesterday by a Senate Committee.
Mountain Lion Killed in Downtown Santa Monica In the courtyard of an office building in downtown Santa Monica, a janitor discovered a mountain lion today. It was at 2nd and Arizona, near the Third Street Promenade. It was not far from a preschool, a church and many businesses – and a long way from the wilderness.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.