FROM Jim Williams
Is a New Kind of Airborne Accident Just Waiting to Happen? Drone technology has many applications and it's creating an industry that's here to stay, but there are downsides. So far, no commercial airliner has been struck by an unmanned drone, but 650 pilots have reported drones near their flight paths — just this year. In the West, drones have interfered with aerial firefighting, and they've injured people on the streets of Seattle, Albuquerque, Tucson and Tampa. The FAA has only started to regulate commercial drones, and there are almost no rules for hobby drones, which are cheap to buy and easy to fly. Now, some states may be stepping in where Congress has failed to take action. Here at KCRW in Santa Monica, we've been experimenting with DJI Phantom 2. You can check out our reporting on commercial drones, including their use for news coverage, at KCRW.com/drones .
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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?