The number of women in state prisons has increased by more than 800 percent over the past four decades, primarily because of the war on drugs. More than 250,000 children in the U.S. have a mother in jail.
The New Yorker
Compared with President Obama’s second term, the Trump administration has tripled the amount of public land available to be leased for drilling by oil and gas companies to 12.8 million acres. Royalties the companies pay to the government have been lowered and environmental restrictions eased.
The New York Times
Climate change is already redrawing climate zones, expanding the tropics and the Sahara Desert, shifting the boundary of the arid Western U.S. plains 140 miles eastward, and moving Tornado Alley 500 miles east, according to a new Yale study.
President Trump continues to devote large blocks of his schedule to “executive time”—unstructured periods the president typically uses to send tweets, call friends, and watch cable television. In a recent week in October, his schedule was empty every day until 11 a.m., and on Tuesday of that week, Trump had nine hours of executive time and three hours for official duties.