Here And There with Dave Marash

Since mid-October, precipitation in  New Mexico has been about 3 squirts and a spit…6 straight months of “historic” drought.  Environmental Reporter Laura Paskus of the NM Political Report says for the state’s recreation and agriculture industries things could hardly look worse. The next hope for real rain is the so-called Monsoon which can start in May or June or never show up at all.  

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Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has admitted to Congress, new and tougher rules are needed to protect his customers’ privacy from political manipulators like Cambridge Analytica and Russian trolls.  Zuckerberg says he wants one set of rules, even if they are hard on his company, to apply everywhere on earth.  Craig Timberg of the Washington Post on the soon-to-be enacted European rules on internet privacy and on what Facebook and the Congress are likely to do next. 

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For the first time in almost 60 years, the President of Cuba is not a member of the Castro family.  But does this mean the new President Miguel Diaz-Canel will be Cuba’s real national leader?  AMB. VICKI HUDDLESTON, for several years America’s top diplomat in Cuba says, for a lot of reasons, the answer is not yet clear.  Raul Castro will still lead the Cuban Communist Party and both his son and his former son-in-law remain in powerful government positions. 

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How much impact did the American-led attack on 3 Syrian Government chemical weapon sites have?  Says journalist and author Charles Glass, probably not much.  And how much impact did the missile and bomb assault have on the wider war in Syria?  None at all, is his answer.  We survey the Syrian landscape to update you on the several different battlefronts of his destructive war and ask the question, is it time to end the fighting?

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In 2016, evidence now shows, Russia-tied hackers tried to break into 21 state voting systems.  They succeeded in getting inside voter rolls in Illinois, but, this time, the evidence shows, they did no damage.  2018 is another national election year and reporter Christina Cassidy of the Associated Press, work on securing the voting process still has a long way to go.  One example, the Department of Homeland Security wants 150 security liaisons in place, 3 in each of the 50 states.  So far, they have only gotten security clearance for 20.  

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Who’s that playing the cruel slave owner Simon Legree…could that be Mickey Mouse?  Negotiations over wages and benefits for Disney cast-members only got nastier when Disney made a promised $1000 a worker tax-reform bonus contingent on workers signing a contract they had overwhelmingly rejected.  Reporter Michael Sainato has been covering the story, and he reminds us, Disney is the company forced to pay back  money it had withheld from workers for their uniforms.  Under that pllicy Disney was paying workers well under the Federal minimum wage, even as their profits soared.

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When right-wing Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King attacked Parkland, Florida high school massacre survivor Emma Gonzales for not speaking Spanish, he triggered memories in AP reporter Russell Contreras, who says language bullying to speak, or not to speak Spanish is all too common in America today.  King says the Castro regime’s monopoly on guns is a warning for America, as if the American government were as oppressive as the Cuban.  Hey Congressman, that American govt is who pays your salary.  Why do you take it, of you think it’s so totalitarian in nature?

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Do cell phones increase your risk of cancer.  The latest research from the National Toxicology Program of the National Institutes of Health is less than conclusive, but investigative reporter Mark Hertsgaard of The Nation says, newly released details are more ominous than earlier releases had indicated.  For some cancers, there was what is called “some evidence” of possible linkage, while for at least one cancer..Schwannoma, the evidence in rats was “clear.” 

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By almost every measure, public schools in Canada have a much better record for educating their immigrant students than schools in the United States. What are the reasons why, and how do the Canadians do it?  Kavitha Cardoza of Education Week magazine and the PBS NewsHour says there are several reasons -- all of which could be teaching points for America’s education leaders.  Canada is more selective in which immigrants are accepted, and more supportive of teachers and students in the classroom. And, crucially, the atmosphere for immigrants in Canada is much welcoming than in the USA. 

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In 2015 when mistakes made by contractors for the Federal Environmental Protection Administration unleashed a spew of stored wastewater from the Gold King Mine in Southern Colorado, it created an agricultural disaster for Navajo famers along the banks of the San Juan River, it got the world’s attention.  Not only was the Animas River turned a lurid yellow color, the spill sent a lot of toxic materials downstream. Jonathan P Thompson, author of the new book RIVER OF LOST SOULS says the trouble started more than a century ago, and the danger of other environmental catastrophes is both real and widespread.  

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