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Why California is fighting for tough vehicle emissions standards

Don Arax, a high school football coach in Fresno, Calif., sometimes cancels practices because his players can't breathe.

"We're worried," said the coach at Bullard High School. "About 25% of our kids are carrying inhalers now. I find empty inhalers all the time in the weight room and on the fields. We practice from 7 to 9 p.m. during the bad months. And my son's elementary school keeps (students) inside because of air quality."

At 53, the Fresno native says exhaust from passenger cars and trucks moving farm products through the California Central Valley has changed everyday life. "I used to always see the mountains. Now it's a rare day when we see the mountains" the Sierra Nevada about 50 miles to the east.

For athletic coaches, parents and economic development officials trying to attract business, air pollution remains a sensitive issue in California. Weather reports include forecasts for rain, heat and air quality that urge senior citizens and children to stay indoors to avoid respiratory dangers.

So when the Trump administration said on April 3 it plans to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas and fuel emissions standards for cars and light trucks, California officials took note. What is an engineering debate in Detroit is a crucial health question in the state where one-eighth of the nation's vehicles are sold.

Much more: https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/04/13/air-quality-california-pollution-cars/499135002/

Traffic slowly moves along the 110 Freeway during afternoon rush hour in downtown Los Angeles in May 2015. (Photo: Jae C. Hong, AP)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Apr 14, 2018, 12:52 AM (8 replies)

Seth Meyers: Guest Ari Melber Wrote a Play About Exxon Valdez Oil Spill as a Child

Journalist Ari Melber talks about quoting hip-hop when talking politics, what Michael Cohen pleading the fifth could mean for Trump and writing a play about the Exxon Valdez oil spill in the third grade.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Apr 13, 2018, 11:20 PM (5 replies)

Seth Meyers - Trump Draining the Swamp, Tax Day - Monologue - 4/12/18 - Jokes of the Week

Seth's Favorite Jokes of the Week: Paul Ryan Retires, Zuckerberg's Wallet

Seth's favorite jokes from the week of April 9.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Apr 13, 2018, 11:14 PM (0 replies)

Stephen Colbert: Guest Diane Sawyer Interviewed Trump In 1999

Ahead of her upcoming report on 'My Reality: A Hidden America,' Diane Sawyer tells Stephen what it was like interviewing a pre-presidential Donald Trump way back in 1999.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Apr 13, 2018, 04:05 AM (2 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 4/12/18

Leaks From Comey's Book And A Trump Tower Doorman

Asking a sitting FBI Director about Kremlin 'kompromat' or a rumored affair with a housekeeper might be the lead story for some presidencies, but in 2018 it's just Thursday.

Bannon's Master Plan To Defeat Robert Mueller

The former White House chief strategist doesn't seem to have stopped White House chief strategizing.

The State Of The White House Is 'Oh My God'

Whether it's a fire at Trump Tower, Michael Cohen's raid, or bombing Syria, employees at the White House have one unified response.

Stephen Updates The EPA's Logo For Scott Pruitt

Stephen makes a wish come true after Scott Pruitt expressed interest in refashioning an emblem representing the Environmental Protection Agency.

Confessions Of A Trump Tower Doorman

Unlike the Trump Tower employee who reportedly accepted hush money to conceal secrets about the president, this doorman is an open... book.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Apr 13, 2018, 03:58 AM (6 replies)

The Daily Show: Trump Might Have a Secret Kid and Mark Zuckerberg's Second Day in Congress

A rumor surfaces that President Trump secretly had a child with a Trump Tower housekeeper, and Mark Zuckerberg continues his testimony in Congress following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Apr 13, 2018, 12:09 AM (2 replies)

Cartoon: Citizen Census

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 12, 2018, 11:52 PM (6 replies)

Seth Meyers - Pee Tape Allegations; Paul Ryan Retires; Trump Attacks Mueller: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at Trump's allies ramping up their attacks on Robert Mueller and Paul Ryan's decision to get out of Washington.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 12, 2018, 11:10 PM (3 replies)

Seth Meyers - Paul Ryan Retires, Mark Zuckerberg's Wallet - Monologue - 4/11/18 - WH Press Briefing

Late Night White House Press Briefing: Will the Russians Meddle in the 2018 Elections?

Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds an impromptu press briefing to answer burning questions, like "What excuse has Melania been using to get out of sleeping with Donald Trump?
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 12, 2018, 11:05 PM (0 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 4/11/18

The President's WrestleMania Foreign Policy

The President's Wednesday morning tweets can be best described as a corkscrew elbow drop to the throat of diplomacy.

Paul Ryan Is Taking His Tax Cuts And Going Home

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan achieved his 'longtime dream' of passing tax reform and now wants to get away from President Trump, his 'longtime nightmare.'

Zuck Explains Facebook To Congress

Mark Zuckerberg's testimony on Capitol Hill proves once and for all that there is such thing as a stupid question.

The Queen Completes The Royal Wedding Guest List

The Queen is scraping the bottom of the barrel to fill the last few spots at the upcoming Royal Wedding.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 12, 2018, 04:05 AM (6 replies)
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