Wild And Political Fires
The Wildfire Conundrum, Water Issues In The West, Brennan Stands Ground After Losing Security Clearance, Trump Is In Big Trouble And The End Of Primary Season May Bring Big General Election Battles
By Karen Weil
Modern Times Magazine
Aug. 22, 2018 — Fires are raging out of control — both in wildlands and in Washington, D.C. In this week’s podcast, John Guzzon and Karen Weil discuss the big news stories and their implications, from a president further mired in scandal to the outlook for Arizona voters.
Dreaded wildfires across the West — why people need to care about them. As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has warmed the world over the past 35 years, the land consumed by flames has more than doubled.
Water crisis ahead? Low water levels on the Colorado River could force water shortages in Arizona, Nevada and Mexico in 2020, according to a new forecast from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. A shortage on the river is tied to the level of its main reservoir, Lake Mead near Las Vegas, Nevada. What does that mean for both residents and businesses?
Brennan stands his ground. President Trump escalated his feud with the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence community Friday, threatening to revoke the security clearance of a Justice Department official and defying a bipartisan backlash of complaints that he is seeking to stifle criticism and politicize national security. Trump spoke after 13 former top intelligence officials issued a harsh rebuke of his decision to strip the security clearance from John Brennan, a former CIA director who has become one of Trump’s most sulfurous critics.
All the president’s attorneys. John Dean was the White House’s legal counsel under President Nixon. When Nixon was forced to resign in 1974, it was in part because of information Dean provided to investigators regarding Nixon’s efforts to cover up his involvement in the Watergate scandal — or, in other words, how the president obstructed justice. The Trump White House has a legal counsel, too. His name is Don McGahn, and over the weekend the New York Times reported that he has been a fully cooperative and “fruitful” witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, sitting down for over 30 hours of interviews.
A big election year for The Grand Canyon State. President Trump's decision to remain on the sidelines has caused a protracted and costly Republican primary fight in Arizona, where the three candidates are heavily playing up their Trump bona fides despite no endorsement in sight. All three candidates – establishment favorite Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), her main GOP rival Kelli Ward, and outside shot former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio – have personal connections to Trump, a reason political observers believe have led him to sit this primary out.
Dietary Restructure A family man decides to get a consultation from a nutritionist. But when he realizes that losing weight will mean cutting out food items like cheddar fries, he obfuscates: all in good taste, of course.