FROM Michael Kiparsky
Report Says California is Unprepared to Regulate Fracking Hydraulic "fracking" injects highly pressurized chemical fluids underground to release oil and gas that are bound in rock. It's an old practice made profitable by new technology, and its rapid spread has already outstripped the ability of California to control risks to human health, aquatic life and ecosystems. That's according to a report from the Wheeler Institute for Water Law and Policy at the UC Berkeley Law School. Michael Kiparsky is the Institute's Associate Director.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
"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."
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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?