FROM Gifford Briggs
Louisiana’s Vanishing Coastline Scientists are calling it the biggest economic and environmental catastrophe facing the US, yet few Americans are even aware of it. Louisiana is shrinking. In the past 80 years the state has lost 2,000 miles of coastal lands. Even more alarming, though -- scientists predict that in just the next 50 years the better part of the southeastern region of the Bayou State will be underwater, along with half of the country’s oil refineries, a third of our total gas and oil supply, a port in use by 31 states, and the homes of close to 2 million people. Louisiana has a master plan to restore its coast, but so far the state, the fossil fuel industry and environmentalists are deadlocked in a legal battle over what steps should be taken, and who will foot the bill.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
"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."
Rhetoric and brinksmanship on the Korean Peninsula For 25 years, the US has viewed North Korea's nuclear program with increasing alarm. Now President Trump says this country has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what he's actually doing… and what might come next.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.