FROM Damon Nagami
California Fracking Moratorium Moves Forward Despite widespread concern by environmental groups and residents from Ventura to Culver City, the legislature has refused to require oil companies to disclose where they're conducting hydraulic fracturing – fracking -- or to reveal what chemicals they use in the process. The State Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources is conducting workshops to educate residents and get put input on proposed regulations. In the meantime, a proposed moratorium has passed the Assembly and was approved yesterday by a Senate Committee.
Mountain Lion Killed in Downtown Santa Monica In the courtyard of an office building in downtown Santa Monica, a janitor discovered a mountain lion today. It was at 2nd and Arizona, near the Third Street Promenade. It was not far from a preschool, a church and many businesses – and a long way from the wilderness.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.