And so, of course, there is a little bit of something for nearly every state. Beyond the expansion of Death Valley, California would also get, among other things, a 353-acre national monument at the site of the former St. Francis Dam north of Santa Clarita (which collapsed in 1928, killing more than 500 people), and additional wilderness protections in the deserts as well as expanded recreation areas for off-road vehicles. … [Read more...] about A moment of bipartisanship in Congress could mean good news for conservation
Running for president during her first term in the Senate, as did Obama, and being a biracial lawyer nearly guaranteed Harris-Obama comparisons. Back in 2009, while Harris was running for California attorney general, the late Gwen Ifill identified her as part of a rising generation of black leaders in her book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” … [Read more...] about The Obama primary: Which Democrat can claim his legacy in 2020?
BioWatch was hurriedly installed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001 in an effort to provide a quick, dependable warning system in the event, however unlikely, of the deliberate spread of anthrax, smallpox or other deadly pathogens. Authorities could then respond with antibiotics, vaccines, quarantines or other emergency measures to minimize casualties. … [Read more...] about Homeland Security replacing troubled biodefense system with another flawed approach
“If the president were to sign this bill based on the contours of what has been reported and suggested is in the bill and did nothing else, it would be political suicide,” Meadows said. “If he signed the bill based on the way that we believe the bill to be, and and takes other methods to obtain funding for additional border security measures, then I think there's very little political liability from conservatives.” … [Read more...] about Congress is about to pass another border funding bill with no money for a wall
While some federal judges would defer to the president’s power to declare an emergency, Goitein said, others would rule against him because of the unusual circumstances. Of the more than two dozen emergency declarations currently in effect, most are about economic sanctions against foreign actors or governments. A few in recent years have been domestic, like fighting swine flu. Goitein, an expert on emergency declarations, called the idea of Trump using one to build a wall because Congress won't give him the money "unprecedented." … [Read more...] about Can Democrats prevent Trump from using his executive power to build a wall?