FROM James M. Taylor
Climate Change: The US versus the Rest of the World "Climate is gone." Those are the words of political strategist Karl Rove reassuring shale-gas developers there is no longer a need to worry about new laws against greenhouse pollution. That's because with Rove's help so many Republican climate-change deniers were elected to Congress last week. One observer sees the GOP " stampeding toward an absolutist rejection of climate science ."
Climate Change: The US versus the Rest of the World For some years, climate scientists avoided public debate on global warming, partly on the ground that skeptics didn't deserve a hearing. Now, so many Republican non-believers have been elected to Congress that the US may become almost unique among nations in dismissing the problem. As fossil-fuel industries celebrate, scientists are now speaking out, with another world conference on climate change later this month in Cancun. Will the US be able to play any role? What about the Obama Administration's fight against greenhouse pollution at home?
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.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
"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."