FROM Heidi Cullen
The Heat Wave and Global Warming There's a heat wave in the eastern two-thirds of the United States that's likely to continue into August, along with a widespread lack of rain that's created severe drought conditions. What does it mean for the future? Every 10 years the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recalculates " climate normals ," 30-year averages of temperature and precipitation for 7500 US locations. Climate Central meteorologist Heidi Cullen, author of The Weather of the Future , says the latest report offers "a fascinating and disturbing snapshot of a restless climate."
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?