FROM Miyoko Sakashita
Santa Barbara Oil Spill Tuesday's oil spill is being called "a worst nightmare scenario" by officials in Santa Barbara, California. It's giving us images of dead birds, clean-up crews and over nine miles of California Coast covered in 105,000 gallons of thick black oil. For Southern California, these images also bring echoes of the much larger 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill – which dumped three million gallons of crude oil. That spill spurred the modern environmental movement and motivated some activists to run for higher office. Photo: Clean-up efforts underway in Santa Barbara after Tuesday's oil spill (Saul Gonzalez)
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?
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.