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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.