FROM Wayne Miller
Should Truckers Get a Break on Air Quality Rules? Here in LA, we love to gripe about how bad the smog is. It's a national cliché. But if you're old enough to have taken a deep breath in Los Angeles back in the 1970's, you know just how bad air quality can get. Thanks to passing the strictest emissions regulations in the country, California now has relatively decent air. So, at least to environmentalists, rolling back tough regulations for diesel trucks -- the worst air pollution offenders left in the state -- seems to set a bad precedent. But truckers say they need more time to retrofit their rigs and to update to cleaner models. In response the California Air Resources Board has proposed relaxing rules for aging diesel rigs… They're expected to decide this on Thursday.
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?
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.
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?