FROM Paul Wenger
President Trump says he's making good on a campaign promise There's "fear and panic" among America's 11 million undocumented immigrants among reports of hundreds of recent raids and round-ups by federal agents. While such actions are being called "routine" by immigration officials, President Trump is claiming the credit. And so many people are expected to be detained that new privately run facilities may be constructed to house them. Supporters of undocumented workers who've been in the country for decades call it "terrorism." Trump's backers call it "shock and awe." Meantime, leaders of agriculture and other vital industries warn of a labor shortage if deportations don't prioritize real criminals and leave workers alone.
California Is Sinking… Faster than Ever Surveys taken by NASA satellites demonstrate that land in California's Central Valley sunk between 10 and 13 inches in the second half of last year. Since then, it might have dropped even more. The sinking is nothing new, but it's happening faster as the result of groundwater pumping by farmers who aren't getting their usual allotments from water-project reservoirs because of the drought. Lisa Krieger is reporting on the consequences for the San Jose Mercury-News .
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
"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."