FROM Robert Righter
Rim Fire Approaches Hetch Hetchy Valley The so-called Rim Fire on the edge of Yosemite National Park has scorched an area the size of Chicago near one of the world's natural wonders. So far, it doesn't threaten Yosemite Valley, but it has endangered hydroelectric plants on the O'Shaughnessy Dam in the Hetch-Hetchy Valley, as well as power lines leading to San Francisco. Governor Jerry Brown has declared states of emergency for Tuolumne County and San Francisco . Robert Righter is a research professor at Southern Methodist University and the author of The Battle over Hetch Hetchy : America's Most Controversial Dam -- and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?