FROM Michael Blood
Diablo Canyon: Former Inspector Says It’s Time to Shut It Down SoCal Edison has shut down San Onofre in Orange County, leaving California with just one remaining nuclear power plant: Diablo Canyon, on the rugged coast near San Luis Obispo. After an earthquake fault was discovered during construction 30 years ago, retro-fitting got underway on two giant reactors. But it had to be started over again because it was being done backwards. Environmentalists aren’t the only ones who have questioned Diablo Canyon’s ability to withstand a big earthquake ever since. Now Michael Peck, the lead on-site inspector for five years, has filed a confidential report saying nobody knows if it’s safe or not. Michael Blood of the Associated Press obtained the report and broke the story.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.