FROM Maria L. La Ganga
An Existential Challenge for Smokey the Bear It’s another hot, dry year in the Western United States. At least 36 massive wildfires are raging in Oregon, Utah, Idaho, California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado. The biggest of all has led to a federal state of emergency in Washington State, where the fast-moving Carlton Complex Fire has covered 400 square miles — an area four times the size of Seattle. The town of Pateros is almost completely destroyed.
The Curious Case of San Francisco’s Sanctuary Law For nearly a generation, San Francisco has been escorting undocumented juvenile convicts back to their home countries or taking them to San Bernardino County. Because San Francisco calls itself a “sanctuary city,” it doesn’t notify Immigrations and Customs Enforcement , or ICE. That was reported yesterday, the same day that Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that he’s running for Governor.
Torch Plays Hide and Seek with Protesters in San Francisco After what happened in London and Paris, San Francisco was ready today when the Olympic Torch was threatened by violent protest. They changed the route, so protesters didn’t know where the Torch was, but neither did thousands of spectators who’d come out to celebrate the Olympic Games.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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?