FROM Daniel Swain
California is burning, again Another heatwave is on its way to California, and you might be thinking to yourself, “yeah, it’s the Summer, heatwaves happen" And yes they do. But it is not the first heatwave of the summer. Or even the first one of July. Just a couple of weeks ago, temperatures hit all-time record highs in a number of places and, with heat, comes the possibility of ignition. Crews have had their hands full with a wildfire in Corona and to the north near Yosemite National Park.
Where Is the Rain? This week the news has been filled with reports about the polar vortex that has descended on much of the country. Today's high in LA was around 68 degrees, sunny – and dry. The dry part is really worrying. 2013 was the driest year on record. Our snowpack is just 20 percent of normal . California water chief Mark Cowin says he thinks Governor Brown will probably declare a drought emergency soon. The Conference of Catholic Bishops has called on people of all faiths to pray for rain. So what's behind this record dry spell?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?