FROM Matt Letourneau
Keystone Pipeline Dividing America in More Ways than One Hillary Clinton's State Department is faced with a decision that has both political parties fighting among themselves over jobs, greenhouse gases, drinking water and energy security. The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would bring bitumen — a tarry form of oil -- 1700 miles from Canada into Montana and all the way south to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Public hearings have exposed what one reporter calls "an emotional fault line down the middle of the conservative heartland."
The Pipeline that Divides America -- in More Ways than One For Democrats, it's environmentalists versus organized labor; for Republicans, the oil industry versus Midwestern farmers and ranchers. For the Obama Administration, it's a momentous decision with Hillary Clinton's State Department facing charges of "crony capitalism." The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would bring bitumen — a tarry form of oil --1700 miles from the forests of Canada into Montana and all the way south to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas, passing through a source of drinking water for two million people. Public hearings have exposed what one reporter calls "an emotional fault line down the middle of the conservative heartland." What would it mean for jobs, the environment, energy security and election year politics?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.