FROM Suzanne Paulson
Particulates in Los Angeles LA's notorious air pollution is dropping in part because the vehicle fleet is getting a lot cleaner. That's especially true on the affluent Westside, where people buy new cars more often. But a neighborhood in Mar Vista, near the Santa Monica Airport, is a startling exception. North Westdale has ultra-fine particles that cause asthma, heart attacks, strokes and various birth problems in about the same concentration as Boyle Heights, which is surrounded by freeways. Suzanne Paulson headed a joint study by UCLA's Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability.
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.
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?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.