FROM Daymond Rice
What's the Republican Plan for California's Budget Mess? Governor Brown wants California voters to decide if tax increases should be extended to prevent doubling the $12.5 billion in budget cuts he's already proposed. Some business groups think Republicans should at least let the measure go on the ballot. But for now, so many are saying "No" that Brown can't get the two-thirds majority the Constitution requires for any tax measure. We hear more from civic and business leaders.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
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.