FROM Joshua Willis
Is the Wild Weekend Weather a Predictor of Things to Come? Any rain in Southern California in the driest month of the year is likely to make history. Sure enough, the third-of-an inch that fell Saturday in downtown LA broke the quarter-inch record set in July of 1886. But the real stories are flooding, mud slides and debris flows -- and beaches closed by lightening. Josh Willis is a climate scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory .
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.
Is the United States losing its moral authority in the world? American support for human rights has often been criticized as more about words than it is about action. President Trump is creating more skeptics than ever. What are the consequences for America's role in the world?
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."