FROM Geoffrey Dabelko
Global Warming and National Security Despite a Republican boycott, Democrats today jammed a cap-and-trade climate change bill though the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Chairwoman Barbara Boxer of California said the Republican demand was " duplicative and a waste of taxpayer dollars ." With just a month until a United Nations conference in Copenhagen, they wanted to show the world that Congress is ready for action on global warming. Republicans, and some Democrats, are worried about the cost of mandatory limits on heat-trapping gases, so supporters have raised a new question: Do melting icecaps, violent storms, rising sea levels and drought threaten global stability and America's national security?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
"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."
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?