FROM Nicole Capretz
San Diego Takes the Lead against Global Warming Republican Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, calls it "the right thing to do." He persuaded conservative businesses it was in their interests. The City Council, controlled by Democrats, approved it unanimously. San Diego is now the largest American city to establish mandatory deadlines for reduction of greenhouse emissions. That means 100% renewable energy generation by 2035 -- enforceable by law, as we hear from Joshua Smith, environmental reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune .
"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."
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.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?