FROM Jim Carlton
New Battles in California's Water Wars California's definitive problem is the shortage of water — brought to public consciousness by a third year of diminished rainfall and new battles in the ongoing water war. Politicians are demanding a drought declaration. Governor Brown wants $25 billion for two new tunnels to help bring water from North to South, and San Diego has gone to court against the Metropolitan Water District, which delivers water to 20 million people.
Schwarzenegger on Board to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has made a deal with the Democrats who run the state legislature in California. A new law will make this the first state to set a cap on greenhouse gas emissions covering all sectors of the economy. The state's political leaders have made clear they want to encourage other states--and the federal government--to crack down on greenhouse gasses. For Schwarzenegger, it's a direct slap at fellow Republican, George Bush.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.