Photo: Pro-Trump supporters walk near the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum ahead of an expected visit by U.S. President Donald Trump in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 4, 2017. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
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Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership, as John Kerry said, or it’s a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty. How are Trump supporters responding? For some in Southern California, climate change is not their priority.
California’s cap-and-trade program sets limits for emissions, and businesses must buy permits if they exceed them. California state lawmakers debated the future of this program Thursday, along with other bills that would end Daylight Saving Time, delay the start of the school day, and add “gender non-binary” as an option on official documents like driver’s licenses. We look at what bills passed and died in the legislature last night.
The Trump administration wants the Supreme Court to decide whether the travel ban is legal. It asked the court to immediately overturn a decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. As with so many cases that go before the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy is likely to be a swing vote. One close court watcher has written that Justice Kennedy may see this case as an “opportunity” to overturn Korematsu v. United States.
Our critics review the long-awaited “Wonder Woman” blockbuster, starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins; “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” based on a popular children’s book series; and “Band Aid,” about a couple who hopes to alleviate their marriage problems by forming a band together.
The New York Mets’ baseball-headed mascot - Mr. Met -- recently flipped off a fan. Reaction from the fans has been harsh, but there are some pockets of understanding.
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The decline of American manufacturing During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump called out a steel manufacturer for closing a plant in Indiana and moving it to Mexico. The plant still closed and jobs were lost. We speak with a reporter who spent a year documenting the closing of the plant, and tells the story of one woman who worked her way up to supervisor and then had to train her Mexican replacement.
Why is it so hard to publish stories critical of powerful men? One of the main reasons the Harvey Weinstein stories didn’t get out sooner was that the Hollywood press couldn’t -- or wouldn’t -- publish them. KCRW’s Kim Masters has a story about another big executive: Amazon’s Roy Price.
Can Kevin de Leon unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein? California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced his challenge to Senator Dianne Feinstein. He is capitalizing on a fury in the state against the president, and painting Feinstein as too accommodating of Trump.
NorCal fires: Melted motorcycles, raining embers The Northern Californian wildfires are some of the worst in the state’s history. They’ve killed more than 30 people and many are still missing. More than 160 acres have been scorched. Winds are spreading the flames, and air quality in the Bay Area is as bad as Beijing’s.
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