FROM Bill Maurer
Police Shootings and Traffic Stops Samuel Dubose was shot after being pulled over for a missing front license plate. Sandra Bland died in jail after she was pulled over for not signaling a lane change. Walter Scott was shot while running away from an officer, after being pulled over for a broken taillight. These are all black motorists who were pulled over for minor infractions. The traffic stops lead to revenue for cities in the U.S., but they also increase the potential for hostile interactions between cops and citizens.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? 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 or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.