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The Trans-Pacific Partnership might have survived a Hillary Clinton presidency, but Donald Trump's victory means almost certain death for what was to be a signature legacy for President Obama. One big winner as a result is China. Clay Dube is Director of the US-China Institute at the University of Southern California.
Donald Trump's election has been a profound shock to scientists, environmentalists and the clean-energy industry. He's promised to pull out of the Paris Agreement, rescind the Obama Clean Power Plan, get rid of EPA regulations and bring back coal. That's despite indisputable evidence that humanity’s warming the Earth to the point that ours in only one of the species headed for certain extinction. We hear there is hope — from technology — and from talking morality to Christian evangelicals and economic to doubting Republicans.
David Biello, TED Talks (@dbiello)
Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University (@KHayhoe)
Bob Inglis, Former Republican Congressman from South Carolina, Energy and Enterprise Initiative (@bobinglis)
When Ruth Whippman moved to Berkeley, California from the United Kingdom, she noticed a contradiction in American culture. Americans try hard to think positively, and we spend billions in search of happiness – yet we're still so anxious. Her travels around the country led to write a new book. It's America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks.
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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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