FROM Jennifer Oldham
The Bakken Bust? In a very short time, the State of North Dakota surpassed Alaska as America's second-largest producer of oil. That was when the price was on the rise. Now it's on the decline. Photo by J Stephen Conn "For most of the past decade, North Dakota [was] the economic envy of every state in America." Now, it's in trouble because of something officials never expected: a severe drop in the price of oil. That's according to Jennifer Oldham, writing for Bloomberg .
Fires Blaze in East Valley and Porter Ranch Major fires have been burning all day in the San Fernando Valley, risking lives and property, causing evacuations, massive traffic jams and extensive air pollution.
LAX, Terrorist Plots and Airport Security British police have now arrested 24 people in a plot to blow up 10 planes bound for the US , causing what one official called "mass murder on an unimaginable scale." On CNN, Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff agreed it was the biggest threat to this country since September 11. The discovery, which has American airports on "high" alert, includes LAX , where five airlines operate 20 daily non-stops to and from London-Heathrow. There's no evidence that LA-bound planes were targeted, but Mayor Villaraigosa calls it "a target of opportunity" and confirms a "clear and rapid response" today at all levels of government, indicating that that the city was prepared. New security measures instituted today will mean long lines and require early arrivals. No liquids will be allowed in carry-on baggage because they might be components of explosives. We get details of how the latest reported conspiracy will disrupt travel plans at the height of vacation season.
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."
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?
Trump's opening offer: Making some of America 'great again?' A massive increase for the Pentagon at the expense of domestic programs. We hear about winners and losers in the President's first proposed budget.
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."