FROM Tony Manolatos
Warm and Dry Spring Fans the Flames It’s early Spring, but Governor Schwarzenegger has already declared a drought in California. Dry conditions plus high temperatures plus high wind constitute the formula for brush fires raging out of control, and that’s what’s happening in Northern California .
Criticism of Response to California Fires Mounts Decreasing winds in Southern California are giving firefighters a chance to gain ground. Some residents are being allowed to go home or to see what's left of their homes. Others are still being evacuated. Damage estimates are at least a billion dollars in San Diego County alone. Tony Manolantos reports for the San Diego Union-Tribune .
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.