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San Onofre — Another Chernobyl? (Reader Derrin)
A new study by Public Watchdogs details Southern California Edison’s plan to bury nuclear waste near the now-shuttered nuclear plant. A disaster there would be 40 times the radiation levels of Chernobyl. The plutonium waste could be harmful for 250,000 years, but “will be stored in thin-walled canisters warrantied for only 10 to 25 years.”
Trump’s New Russia Sanctions (Dan)
There are two ways to view these new sanctions. One is to believe that Trump is looking to assure Congress that the administration is in fact confronting Russia, albeit by targeting individuals tied to the so-called “Ukraine crisis”. The other way to view the sanctions is that any detente between the countries was simply campaign rhetoric.
Six Resign from Trump’s HIV/AIDS Advisory Council Because ‘He Doesn’t Care’ (Jimmy)
“The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and — most concerning — pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease,” said the members in a joint letter.
Libya’s Oil Boom (Dan)
The war-torn country is, surprisingly, undermining OPEC. This article sheds light on the wild road of geopolitics and, possibly, what is fueling the current Gulf dispute.
Here’s the Hourly Income You Need to Pay Rent Around the US (Jimmy)
The author writes, “Full-time workers who make minimum wage can’t afford a two-bedroom rental home in any state in the U.S. without spending more than the recommended 30 percent of their income, according to a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.”