FROM Jason Dearen
Select California Companies, Farms Skirt Water Regulation California is in its third year of what could be a prolonged drought. In some parts of the state, water conservation is mandatory. But some 4000 corporations and agricultural concerns can use all the water they want. The State Water Resources Control Board is a powerful agency, but it admits it has no idea how much they're using. That's according to an investigative report by the Associated Press . Jason Dearen, who's based in San Francisco, co-authored the story.
The airline electronics ban and what it means President Trump's Department of Homeland Security has banned all electronic devices larger than cell phones on some foreign airlines flying direct to the US. It's causing confusion as well as inconvenience. Is the motive really just increased security?
Is America turning its back on the world? President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?
'Do-or-die' time on healthcare bill President Trump has demanded a House vote today on replacing Obamacare…whatever the details might be. Despite his campaign promise that nobody would lose health insurance, that's possible for 24 million people if he were finally to sign this bill into law.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."