FROM Kirk Siegler
Executive Order puts Antiquity Act under scrutiny Cedar Mesa Citadel Ruins at Bears Ears National Monument Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management The 1906 Antiquities Act allows presidents to protect public lands and create national monuments. Presidents Clinton and Obama used that power to enrich their legacies by designating hundreds of thousands of acres. Now President Trump wants to go in the other direction . Kirk Siegler, who covers the West for National Public Radio , says the change is more about opposition to the federal government making decisions for states about use and management of public lands.
FBI Releases Video of Fatal Shooting of Oregon Occupier FBI has released video showing the shooting death of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, who was often a spokesman for the armed occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Footage shot from a helicopter shows him getting out of an SUV after pulling off into the show to avoid a law enforcement barricade on a rural highway. Kirk Siegler with NPR joins us from Burns, Oregon.
One Small Step toward Housing the Homeless The LA City Council today made good on an eight-week-old promise. It declared a " shelter crisis ," designed to pave the way to temporary housing for some 19,000 people who sleep on the streets of the city. We hear from a reporter covering the story, a councilman who put forth the plan, and from homeowners and advocates for the homeless.
Is LA Criminalizing Homelessness? The Los Angeles City Council this week gave the city more power to dismantle homeless encampments. That’s despite the loud objections of homeless advocates. About a dozen protesters disrupted Tuesday’s City Council meeting, calling the rules “criminal” until security officers escorted them out.
West Coast Ports Empty as Labor Dispute Boils Over Twenty-nine West Coast ports that handle almost half all US trade—and 70% of all imports from Asia—were closed yesterday and they’ll be closed again during the upcoming long weekend. A contract dispute could have major impact across the country. Kirk Siegler covers the Western US for NPR.
The Ports Are All Backed Up There’s a crisis at the nation’s West Coast ports. An ongoing dispute between longshoremen and shipping companies has led to a suspension of unloading cargo ships. That means huge boats are sitting just offshore, waiting to unload containers filled with products from Asia. And goods from California – that are supposed to be shipped out – are languishing on the docks.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
"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.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.