FROM Tom Scott
Is LA at Risk for a Giant Wildfire? High winds, high temperatures and low humidity have made for extreme—and unpredictable—fire conditions in Northern California. With at least 39 homes burned so far by the Rocky Fire near Napa, Cal Fire officials are telling residents to “stay vigilant and adhere to any changes in evacuations and road closures.” Could it happen here? Tom Scott studies natural resources at the Center for Conservation Biology at UC Riverside. Jason Funk is Senior Climate Change Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
How We Fight Wildfires It’s been a catastrophic wildfire year in California, with more than 5,000 so far. Yesterday, a pilot died when his tanker plane crashed near Yosemite National Park. The weather and lack of water are big factors, but what about our fire management practices? Are they also to blame? Helicopters drop water and fire retardant on the Harris fire, near the Mexican border, in 2007 to stop the wildfire from advancing
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?
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.