Here And There with Dave Marash

President Donald Trump wants to roll back many basic protections of America’s environment, it air and water.  He’s issued a lot of proclamations and policies, but what’s been the real effect on New Mexico and the rest of America.  Environmental reporter Laura Paskus of the NM Political Report sorts out the rhetoric and the reality.

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For 50 years RAND Corporation analyst Brian Michael Jenkins has been on the leading edge of policies to combat and contain terrorism. Among the things he’s learned, good police work can do more to protect societies than military counter-terrorism units.  How and why America has been kept so safe, and why shutting off immigration may not be an effective way to keep the country secure.  Most of America’s relatively few terrorists lived here for decades before going radical.

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The inauguration of new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was full of messages.  A heavy military/security presence signaled a sense of national crisis, restrictive rules that forced reporters to wait without food or drink for 7 hours told journalists what the new President thinks of them.  Now, ceremonies are over, and AP Brazil Bureau Chief Peter Prengaman says radical changes are underway.

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Todd Ewen was an enforcer.  A recognized part of every National Hockey League team, the guys whose main job is to fight.  Ewen lasted 11 years, retired to careers in finance and coaching and patented 5 inventions, and shot himself to death at 49.  A factor, says reporter Ken Belson of the NY Times, is that Ewen had CTE.

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Billions of dollars have been spent by FEMA and HUD rebuilding Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.  Investigative reporting by a NY Times team led by Frances Robles found at least 40% of that money was being claimed by selected contractors for repairs that were too little, too late, and too badly done while the prices paid were too much. 

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Predatory lending has gone upscale, businesspeople are being suckered into signing away all their rights even as they take on high-interest debt.  Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Zachary Mider of Bloomberg News broke the story of Confessions of Judgment, the legal trap that lets one group of lenders strip more than $1 billion from their debtors.

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President Donald Trump shocked the world, and particularly America’s military leadership, when he announced the sudden withdrawal of US forces from Syria.  Even Republican analysts say Trump has ceded victory to Russia.  And why not, says the head of the Carnegie Center in Moscow, Dmitri Trenin, Putin’s Syria strategy was already winning.

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Here’s to crossroads cities; places where lots of people are always passing through and lots of different kinds of people choose to stick around.  Like New Orleans, whose 300 years attracted a historian’s delight of characters and complications.  Jason Berry takes full advantage in his delightful new book The City of a Million Dreams

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Every day in America close to 200 people die of a drug overdose, most of them from an opioid, and more and more of a particular street opioid, fentanyl.  How people in pain got hooked, and how – even as thousands of dead bodies testified to the crisis,  -- government was largely paralyzed, is what Chris McGreal’s new book, American Overdose is all about.  How did a pharmacy in Kermit, WV population less than 500 sell millions of doses of Percocet, Vicodin and oxy-contin? 

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There’s a lot to be learned about President Donald Trump from the women in his life: the 2 who made and shaped him, his mother and Grandmother Trump.  Then came 3 wives and now made and shaped in some measure by Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka. Nina Burleigh’s new book Golden Handcuffs has enough dish and plenty of dash, it also is studded with good reporting and even better perspective.  It may explain the more transient relationships, tabloid-ready or not, and the indecorous, compulsive verbal attacks Trump makes on women.

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