FROM Gerry Johns
Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink The LA Times reports that there won’t be poppies this year in the Antelope Valley. Some butterflies are staying dormant because there’s a lack of flowers in Southern California. Seasonal ponds are too dry for frogs or fairy shrimp. But deer, bobcats and rattlesnakes will be more evident this summer in residential neighborhoods. It’s all about the shortage of water after a decade of drought-like conditions with the exception of the drenching winter of 2005. We begin with Debra Man, Chief Assistant General Manager and Operating Officer for the Metropolitan Water District, which serves almost 18 million people.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.