FROM Daniel Swain
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?
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.