FROM Susanne Rust
Local Congressman Wants Probe of Exxon For years, tobacco companies knew about the dangers of smoking, but publicly denied their own scientists' findings. They were prosecuted under federal law. Now, members of Congress are demanding that Exxon be investigated for similar violations — based on investigative reporting by the Columbia Journalism School's Project on Energy and the Environment, which found that Exxon knew about climate change for 20 years—and made plans to exploit it—while telling the public the science was unreliable.
Should Business Provide the Messages Taught in Public Schools? Los Angeles County and San Francisco are among the California municipalities that have banned plastic bags on the grounds that they're bad for the environment. But an environmental curriculum used in some California public schools contains positive messages about plastic bags. They were inserted into a textbook at the request of the American Chemistry Council, which lobbied successfully against a statewide ban.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.