This Week on Between The Lines

Posted June 7, 2017 for week ending June 16, 2017

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"He constructed his own reality ... that somehow the Paris Climate Agreement was a conspiracy by the rest of the world to harm the U.S. in terms of jobs, in terms of economics."

– Karen Orenstein, deputy director with Friends of the Earth, on how President Donald Trump's rationale to withdraw the U.S. from Paris Climate Accord is based on lies.


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Trump's Rationale for Withdrawing U.S. from Paris Climate Accord Based on Lies

MP3 Interview with Karen Orenstein, deputy director with Friends of the Earth, conducted by Scott Harris

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President Trump announced on June 1 that he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, the global agreement signed by 195 country in 2016, except two, to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limit the increase in global temperatures. During his announcement in the White House Rose Garden, Trump repeated claims made often during the 2016 election campaign that the Paris Agreement hurt the U.S. economy by deliberately putting the country at a competitive disadvantage and thereby contributing to unemployment.  Story continues

Trump to Reinstate Drug War-Era Harsh Sentences in Federal Drug Cases

MP3 Interview with Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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News of Donald Trump's recent trip abroad, his decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement and the ongoing investigation into charges that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, has dominated the news for the past two weeks. But during that time, Trump has launched another major shift away from Obama-era policies that has mostly slipped below the radar. That is the announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions of a return to a "tough on crime" policy in federal sentencing guidelines and also on the use of private prisons for federal inmates.  Story continues

California Senate Takes First Step Toward State Single-Payer Universal Healthcare

MP3 Interview with Cathy Kennedy, registered nurse and member of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee Board of Directors, conducted by Scott Harris

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As President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress push to repeal Obamacare and institute a new health care system that would cause an estimated 23 million people to lose their health insurance coverage, the nation’s largest state is moving in the opposite direction. Proposed legislation, SB 562, known as the Heathy California Act, would establish a universal, single-payer health insurance system that would provide coverage for all of California’s 39 million citizens, without out-of-pocket costs.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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