FROM R. Rex Parris
Harnessing the Sun in the Antelope Valley Those of us who live in Southern California love to brag about our weather, much to the chagrin of the rest of the country when were in shorts and they're in wool sweaters. The sun is one of our greatest attractions, and could be one of our greatest resources. Solar power seems a natural fit with our climate and location, though for many of us it remains cost-prohibitive, even with state and local tax breaks and incentives. But a local incentive in Lancaster is an offer residents cannot refuse – or wont be able to a year from now. Last week, the city council there voted to require that all new homes of a certain size – built after January first, 2014 – have rooftop solar units. It's the first such zoning ordinance in the country.
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Nationalism's appeal on both sides of the Atlantic Nationalism, Populism, concerns about immigration and outright racism are part of election campaigns from the US to Europe. We hear how today's election in Holland reflects the recent past and may forecast the future.