FROM Bob King
Pain at the Pump: What's behind the High Gas Prices? Republicans are blaming the President, and he's announcing new energy strategies , as the price of gasoline is up to more than $4 a gallon in parts of the country for the first time since 2008. The average increase is 30 cents since the start of the year. A top House Republican says, "Gas prices will be the number one issue by summertime." What are the real reasons for the increase? How long is it likely to last? We talk with Daniel Yergin, a leading authority on the topic, and others.
Gasoline Prices Make for a Long, Hot Political Summer The price of gasoline is up by an average of 30 cents since the start of the year. In parts of the country it's more than $4 a gallon , for the first time since 2008. Republicans are denouncing the Obama Administration, and the President is announcing new energy strategies . But gasoline prices go up every summer. Why? Do federal policies make a difference, whoever's in office? We talk with renowned energy expert Daniel Yergin, and get some tips for consumers on what to expect and how you can find " the lowest prices near you ."
Permanent Drought and Water Efficiency The dried-out forests of South Lake Tahoe are ablaze today with hundreds of homes destroyed and hundreds more in danger. Meantime, a historically Western problem is moving East. Grass that used to be underwater caused massive fires last month in Florida's Lake Okeechobee; there's drought in about one-third of the country, including 40% of Alaska and parts on Minnesota. However, not all water shortages are caused by Mother Nature. With drought increasingly a fact of life, we talk about shortages caused by the way we use water. Are water restrictions and higher prices in store?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.