FROM Peter Grevatt
Lead Poison: America's "Silent Epidemic" Lead in the water supply has created a public health crisis in Flint, Michigan -- and provided a wake-up call to the rest of the country. The water supplied by some 2000 water districts around the US is contaminated with lead. For decades, a powerful industry pushed for the use of lead pipes in buildings, including schools and private homes. Lead in the drinking water can cause organ damage and mental disabilities in children, and it’s well known that there’s no safe level. So how was a national crisis allowed to occur — and what’s to be done?
"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 US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?