We’re back with Robert! He’s going to be a very busy man once his son is born, so it was great to get him back on an episode before his paternal duties start.
As always, the news moves at a pace approaching light speed, and this week it it came both fast and heavy. In the Era of the Don, it’s easy to get spun around by the daily roll out of OMG’s and other reactions to news feed format of delivering outrage. But we’re here to pick apart a few of the big items that impacted front pages of news sites.
Bear’s Ears National Monument was established by then-President Barack Obama under the American Antiquities Act of 1906, and carved out over 1.3 million acres from public land in south-eastern Utah. The monument area contained thousands of archeological sites, and the shrinking of the area by 85% has put the security of those sites into question. It’s important to note, however, that the establishment of Bear’s Ears was done against the majority of Utah’s elected republican officials. Party lines weren’t the only line of division, native activists groups have supported the establishment of the monument as a protective measure for their ancestral land. Trump’s roll back of the size of the monument sparked protests and controversy.