FROM Maria L. La Ganga
An Existential Challenge for Smokey the Bear It’s another hot, dry year in the Western United States. At least 36 massive wildfires are raging in Oregon, Utah, Idaho, California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado. The biggest of all has led to a federal state of emergency in Washington State, where the fast-moving Carlton Complex Fire has covered 400 square miles — an area four times the size of Seattle. The town of Pateros is almost completely destroyed.
The Curious Case of San Francisco’s Sanctuary Law For nearly a generation, San Francisco has been escorting undocumented juvenile convicts back to their home countries or taking them to San Bernardino County. Because San Francisco calls itself a “sanctuary city,” it doesn’t notify Immigrations and Customs Enforcement , or ICE. That was reported yesterday, the same day that Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that he’s running for Governor.
Torch Plays Hide and Seek with Protesters in San Francisco After what happened in London and Paris, San Francisco was ready today when the Olympic Torch was threatened by violent protest. They changed the route, so protesters didn’t know where the Torch was, but neither did thousands of spectators who’d come out to celebrate the Olympic Games.
"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."
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.