FROM Michael Blood
Diablo Canyon: Former Inspector Says It’s Time to Shut It Down SoCal Edison has shut down San Onofre in Orange County, leaving California with just one remaining nuclear power plant: Diablo Canyon, on the rugged coast near San Luis Obispo. After an earthquake fault was discovered during construction 30 years ago, retro-fitting got underway on two giant reactors. But it had to be started over again because it was being done backwards. Environmentalists aren’t the only ones who have questioned Diablo Canyon’s ability to withstand a big earthquake ever since. Now Michael Peck, the lead on-site inspector for five years, has filed a confidential report saying nobody knows if it’s safe or not. Michael Blood of the Associated Press obtained the report and broke the story.
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.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."