Whistleblower complaint rattles intelligence community
A whistleblower report filed with the inspector general for the intelligence community has jolted Congress. It concerns a “promise” made by President Trump to a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
“We first found out about the complaint late last Friday evening, when Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, put out a letter that he had written to the director of national intelligence,” says intelligence reporter Shane Harris.
Post reporters on Thursday broke news of the content of the report, which raises new concerns about the president’s handling of sensitive information and could further strain his relationship with U.S. spy agencies.
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California’s fight with Trump over tailpipe emissions
The Trump administration is revoking California’s power to limit carbon pollution from cars and light trucks. The move is expected to spark a legal battle with the nation’s most populous state.
“What they’re really doing is upending a system in which California for decades has driven environmental advancements in this area, essentially,” says senior national correspondent Juliet Eilperin.
The state has had a special waiver allowing it to set regulations separate from federal standards since the Clean Air Act of 1970. The administration’s latest move to scratch this waiver could have a national impact, as 13 other states and the District of Columbia follow California’s standards for tailpipe emissions.
- Trump tweets he’s revoking California’s power to limit pollution from cars and trucks
- Trump administration to revoke California’s power to set stricter auto emissions standards
- Justice Dept. launches antitrust probe of automakers over their fuel efficiency deal with California
‘It’s going to look like a neighborhood place — but with weed’
The country’s first “cannabis cafe” is set to open next week in Los Angeles, with farm-to-table dining and smoking options enabled by a complicated patchwork of regulations.
“One of the biggest obstacles here is that West Hollywood passed an ordinance that would allow these cannabis cafes and lounges to operate,” says food reporter Maura Judkis. “But there is no such license at the state level. There’s only dispensary licenses.”
Judkis spoke with chef Andrea Drummer of Lowell Farms to learn about the compromises she’s had to make to open her restaurant. One big one: “They can’t actually infuse the food,” Judkis says.
Robin Givhan examines Sen. Kamala Harris’s political and racial identity. Ruth Eglash breaks down the negotiations for a new government in Israel. And Caroline Kitchener on who die-hard Hillary Clinton supporters will back in 2020.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Katie Zezima on why federal money has a limited impact in communities fighting the opioid crisis. And Emily Giambalvo tracks the lives of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation.
Friday, September 20, 2019