FROM Laura Farmer Sherman
Local Fallout from the Cut in Planned Parenthood Funding A few minutes ago, we heard about the backlash in favor of Planned Parenthood after the cutoff of funds by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Seven California Komen affiliates are trying to get the national to change its policies. Both organizations have offices in California. We hear from the Komen office in San Diego and from Planned Parenthood for Orange and San Bernardino Counties. On a related note, Komen's executive director in Los Angeles County, Deb Anthony, has resigned from her position, but she is not saying it's about the Planned Parenthood flap. She says, after "several decisions" over the past year, "my skills and talents no longer fit their model."
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's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
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.