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Absolute immunity, executive privilege, crony privilege?

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

Cokie Roberts died today due to complications from breast cancer. She was 75. Roberts began at NPR in the 1970s and became one of the network's most recognizable voices.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Kamala Harris and at least four other presidential candidates are calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

What would it take to impeach Brett Kavanaugh?

Kamala Harris and at least four other presidential candidates are calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Climate change is an existential crisis.   If Americans cut just one hamburger from their diet every week, it would be like taking 10 million cars off the road every year. After cutting energy use, less meat and more plant-based food add up to the easiest--and healthiest--way to reduce your carbon footprint. From the land and water needed to raise feed and the methane produced at the end of digestion, “Cattle are actually mini fossil-fuel, greenhouse gas producers.”  So says Sujatha Bergen, head of  health campaigns at the NRDC.  As her title suggests, eliminating beef  from your diet--in addition to pork and lamb-- is also better for you.  She explains the trade-offs for helping to reduce climate change and says,  “Starting with your fork is much less daunting for many people.”

Saving the planet one hamburger at a time

Climate change is an existential crisis. If Americans cut just one hamburger from their diet every week, it would be like taking 10 million cars off the road every year. After cutting energy use, less meat and more plant-based food add up to the easiest--and healthiest--way to reduce your carbon footprint. From the land and water needed to raise feed and the methane produced at the end of digestion, “Cattle are actually mini fossil-fuel, greenhouse gas producers.” So says Sujatha Bergen, head of health campaigns at the NRDC. As her title suggests, eliminating beef from your diet--in addition to pork and lamb-- is also better for you. She explains the trade-offs for helping to reduce climate change and says, “Starting with your fork is much less daunting for many people.”

from To the Point

...  there's a lot to discuss after last night's Democratic presidential debate.

Let me be clear...

... there's a lot to discuss after last night's Democratic presidential debate.

from Left, Right & Center

The TV and film star is the first parent to be sentenced in connection with the years-long, multimillion-dollar scheme. The case has resurfaced questions about college access, race and privilege.

Actress Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in college admissions scandal

The TV and film star is the first parent to be sentenced in connection with the years-long, multimillion-dollar scheme. The case has resurfaced questions about college access, race and privilege.

from NPR

During the third presidential debate on Thursday night in Houston, candidate Andrew Yang raised a lot of eyebrows when he said, "My campaign will now give a freedom dividend of $1000 a…

Does Andrew Yang's $1000 promise violate campaign finance laws?

During the third presidential debate on Thursday night in Houston, candidate Andrew Yang raised a lot of eyebrows when he said, "My campaign will now give a freedom dividend of $1000 a…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Black women comprise a key voting block that the 2020 presidential candidates are trying to court. They reliably and overwhelmingly for Democrats in every recent election.

Who do black women voters support in the 2020 election?

Black women comprise a key voting block that the 2020 presidential candidates are trying to court. They reliably and overwhelmingly for Democrats in every recent election.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Malcolm Gladwell's latest book explores why people struggle so much to understand strangers, and the negative (and even tragic) consequences when we don’t.

Malcolm Gladwell on why we're bad at reading strangers, which can produce tragic outcomes

Malcolm Gladwell's latest book explores why people struggle so much to understand strangers, and the negative (and even tragic) consequences when we don’t.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In 1950, America had the richest middle class in the world, but now U.S. workers face wage stagnation and historic wealth inequality.

The decline of organized labor and America’s middle class

In 1950, America had the richest middle class in the world, but now U.S. workers face wage stagnation and historic wealth inequality.

from To the Point

The House Judiciary Committee will vote this week to formalize impeachment investigation procedures

It’s an impeachment *investigation*

The House Judiciary Committee will vote this week to formalize impeachment investigation procedures

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

Eighteen years ago this morning, the United States was under attack. Two planes plowed into the World Trade Center, one plane into the Pentagon, and another crashed in Pennsylvania.

How 9/11 unfolded, moment by moment

Eighteen years ago this morning, the United States was under attack. Two planes plowed into the World Trade Center, one plane into the Pentagon, and another crashed in Pennsylvania.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Both the California Senate and Assembly have now given final passage to AB 5, the controversial bill that says businesses relying on independent contractors need to treat them as…

California's 'gig worker' bill: Who will it help and hurt?

Both the California Senate and Assembly have now given final passage to AB 5, the controversial bill that says businesses relying on independent contractors need to treat them as…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Hard seltzer is the latest drinking craze. With its relatively low calorie count and La Croix-esqe bubbles, it has attracted the millennial drinker.

What's behind the White Claw craze?

Hard seltzer is the latest drinking craze. With its relatively low calorie count and La Croix-esqe bubbles, it has attracted the millennial drinker.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Congress is back in session, and House Democrats are stepping up their investigations of President Trump and his associates.    
  Burbank Democrat Adam Schiff is a key player in…

California Congressman Adam Schiff on potentially illegal 2020 campaign activity, impeachment, and the firing of John Bolton

Congress is back in session, and House Democrats are stepping up their investigations of President Trump and his associates.   Burbank Democrat Adam Schiff is a key player in…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California Democratic Senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Kamala Harris unveiled a sweeping criminal justice reform plan today.

Why is presidential hopeful Kamala Harris lagging in polls?

California Democratic Senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Kamala Harris unveiled a sweeping criminal justice reform plan today.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Congress is back in session today after its long summer recess. House Democrats are eager to get back to their many investigations into President Donald Trump.

This week, House Judiciary Committee could vote on first formal step to impeachment

Congress is back in session today after its long summer recess. House Democrats are eager to get back to their many investigations into President Donald Trump.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas and battered the Carolinas, but what dominated the news cycle?

A hurricane and a tweetstorm

Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas and battered the Carolinas, but what dominated the news cycle?

from Left, Right & Center

Nearly 200 years ago, the Cherokee Nation signed the Treaty of New Echota (1835) with the United States.

Meet Kimberly Teehee, the first Cherokee Nation delegate to Congress

Nearly 200 years ago, the Cherokee Nation signed the Treaty of New Echota (1835) with the United States.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Jet aircraft, carrier task forces and tanks consume vast amounts of fossil fuel--while emitting vast amounts of greenhouse gases. The Pentagon’s carbon footprint is bigger than those of many entire nations. Now, it’s caught in the middle. It’s a massive contributor to climate change, which is threatening its mission worldwide. Seaports and airstrips are being flooded or burned out, and restoring operations costs many millions of dollars. 

Meantime, environmental damage is leading to instability and the prospect of international violence. Water shortages have increased tensions in the Middle East and caused new hostilities between India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers. Russia and China are taking advantage of changing conditions. Will politicians who scorn environmentalists and mistrust climate scientists listen to the warnings of military leaders?

National Security and Climate Change

Jet aircraft, carrier task forces and tanks consume vast amounts of fossil fuel--while emitting vast amounts of greenhouse gases. The Pentagon’s carbon footprint is bigger than those of many entire nations. Now, it’s caught in the middle. It’s a massive contributor to climate change, which is threatening its mission worldwide. Seaports and airstrips are being flooded or burned out, and restoring operations costs many millions of dollars. Meantime, environmental damage is leading to instability and the prospect of international violence. Water shortages have increased tensions in the Middle East and caused new hostilities between India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers. Russia and China are taking advantage of changing conditions. Will politicians who scorn environmentalists and mistrust climate scientists listen to the warnings of military leaders?

from To the Point