FROM Daniel Swain
Where Is the Rain? This week the news has been filled with reports about the polar vortex that has descended on much of the country. Today's high in LA was around 68 degrees, sunny – and dry. The dry part is really worrying. 2013 was the driest year on record. Our snowpack is just 20 percent of normal . California water chief Mark Cowin says he thinks Governor Brown will probably declare a drought emergency soon. The Conference of Catholic Bishops has called on people of all faiths to pray for rain. So what's behind this record dry spell?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?