FROM Ellen Hanak
Water Rights in California Governor Jerry Brown defended his water use restrictions yesterday on ABC’s This Week. Criticism has come from those in California who believe farmers who grow water-hungry crops should have to cut back on their usage as well. Brown claims historic water rights limit what restrictions could be imposed, but he left open the possibility for review in the future. Do the state’s archaic water rights make sense while a drought strains California’s dwindling resources?
Water Politics on Tap for President's Visit As the drought continues, the Metropolitan Water District has issued a " water supply alert " for the 19 million people it serves. Meantime, water use has become a political issue in Sacramento and Washington. President Obama will visit the San Joaquin Valley tomorrow. Republicans have focused attention there in a way that puts the Democrats on the defensive. Governor Brown — political pro that he is — is always ready to decry the effects of partisanship. So what's the potential impact of the competing proposals?
The Senate Overrides Bush’s Veto on a Bill With $1 billion for Water Projects in California With overwhelming votes by both political parties, the House and the Senate have overridden a veto by President George W. Bush . It calls for $23 billion dollars for 900 water projects including the LA River , the Salton Sea and levees and dams in Northern California.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.