FROM Michael Wehner
Los Angeles Takes Another Serious Look at Water LA has become a megalopolis in an arid part of the country by importing water from the Owens Valley, Northern California and the Colorado River. But those supplies are beginning to dry up as demand is increasing. Mayor Villaraigosa wants to impose restrictions on water use, capture the rainwater that now flows out to sea and reclaim the waste water that now goes down the drain.
Where Has All The Water Gone? Thirteen years may sound like a long time, but when you’re talking about the water supply for Southern California, it’s a different story. That’s all the time that may be left for reservoirs on the Colorado River serving 20 million people.
Down the Drain and Up Again The current dry spell is likely to continue for a long time to come, and Southern California's water supply is also being reduced by legal demands on the Colorado River and environmental issues in northern California. On Friday, Orange County will turn on the world's largest plant devoted to purifying waste water out of the sewer. Despite the cliché, though, it won't go right to the tap. The Mayor of San Diego vetoed its City Council's plan for what's called "Indirect Potable Reuse" or IPR. That's the recycling of sewage to make it part of the water supply, also called—somewhat misleadingly—"toilet to tap." We hear more about Orange County's IPR program and why San Diego's mayor turned it down.
East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?
Is America turning its back on the world? President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?