The powers of Congress vs Trump’s executive privilege
Congress is investigating misconduct alleged by the Mueller report. White House lawyers are rejecting every subpoena. The struggle is basic to divided government: the Executive versus the Legislature, while the Judiciary stands by. It’s a great lesson for Civics 101. Is it also a “constitutional crisis?”
Climate change and species extinction
More than a million species of plants, animals, fish and insects are going extinct because of human activity. A massive report from the UN blames it partly on climate change. The Trump Administration signed on. But talk is not action. What needs to be done?
Health insurance and the presidential campaign
Get ready for more debate about health insurance as Trump runs for re-election. Democratic hopefuls are debating reforms while Republicans accuse them of “socialized medicine.” What does that mean? What’s the difference between “Medicare for All” and “Medicare for America?” You may need to know.
Republicans look at climate change and see… Democrats
Partisanship is more powerful than science, even for conservative environmentalists. They don’t buy warnings about an existential crisis. But, mounting evidence of climate change has pressured GOP officials into offering plans. How does their “New Manhattan Project” compare with the Democrats’ “Green New Deal?”
The big dangers of Big Tech: Is it too late for regulation?
Big Tech is a benefit to the modern world. But unlimited data collection may lead to unlimited power. The cost already includes invasion of privacy, political manipulation, terrorism and possible tyranny. Can Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple be brought under control?