FROM Jeff Goodell
Coal Mine Safety and America's Energy Future Crandall Canyon coal mine officials in Utah say it's now "likely" that six trapped miners may not be found alive. Three rescuers have already died trying, but families of victims are angry at coal operators, the federal Mining Safety and Health Administration and Utah's Intermountain Power Agency , accusing them of giving up too soon. Was Crandall Canyon's operation too dangerous from the beginning? Has the Bush Administration traded safety enforcement for "compliance?" With coal now supplying 50% of electricity in the United States, what role will it play in America's energy future?
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.