FROM Frank Chimienti
Another Crackdown on Medical Marijuana Medical marijuana is legal in California but prohibited under federal law, and that's created confusion in the courts and in many cities. The City of Los Angeles once had as many as 850 dispensaries, but now the City Council is divided over a proposal to ban them altogether. In the meantime, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is targeting dispensaries operating within 600 feet of schools, relying on state law. If he succeeds, it'll cost violators $5,000 a day as long as they stay open.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
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.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?