FROM Corey Johnson
Did Prison Officials Violate State Law? Fifty years ago, forced sterilization of prisoners, the mentally ill and the poor was common in California. The legislature banned the practice in 1979, but as recently as 2010 former inmates and staff workers say, almost 250 women were given sterilization procedures in state prisons without official approval. That's according to Corey Johnson, who writes about money and politics for the Center for Investigative Reporting . We speak with him, and with Joyce Hayhoe, Director of Legislation and Communications for the California Prison Health Care Receivership Corporation, set up by a federal court to improve the medical system in California prisons.
State Doesn't Look for Cheaters on Standardized Tests California schools and teachers are graded by the Academic Performance Index . Statewide, 22 schools have had test scores thrown out this year, two in LA Unified, because of irregularities, including cheating by teachers. It appears that the schools turned themselves in, and that's good as far as it goes, because it turns out that a budget cut eliminated the state team that used to analyze test scores to catch the cheaters. The cut, made in 2009, was $105,000.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.