FROM Jason Dearen
Select California Companies, Farms Skirt Water Regulation California is in its third year of what could be a prolonged drought. In some parts of the state, water conservation is mandatory. But some 4000 corporations and agricultural concerns can use all the water they want. The State Water Resources Control Board is a powerful agency, but it admits it has no idea how much they're using. That's according to an investigative report by the Associated Press . Jason Dearen, who's based in San Francisco, co-authored the story.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
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.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.