FROM Thomas Heaton
Would an Early Warning System Make a Difference in a Big Quake? Ten seconds before yesterday’s 6.0 shaker south of Napa in California’s wine country, scientists at UC Berkeley got an earthquake alert. Some day, anyone with a cell phone might be awakened by a warning from ShakeAlert, an idea conceived by Tom Heaton, who directs the earthquake lab at the California Institute of Technology.
New Zealand Quake Raises Questions about California Structures At 3:51 yesterday -- our time in New Zealand today -- all activity stopped for two minutes to mark the moment an earthquake struck the city of Christchurch exactly one week ago. It's too early to learn new lessons, but some very discomforting old ones have been reconfirmed. That's according to CalTech Professor of Engineering and Seismology Thomas Heaton.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.