FROM Jay Mechling
Gay Scouts and Straight Leaders The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Boy Scouts of America is a private group with the right to prohibit gay members. That was 13 years ago. Last week, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America itself voted by 60% to endorse what's widely described as "an awkward compromise." Openly gay boys will be allowed officially for the first time. But when they turn 18, the traditional ban on homosexuality will prohibit further involvement. Is there a conflict between official discrimination and the values of Scouting? Will one of America's major youth groups — with 100 years of history -- stay together or split apart?
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.
"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."
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?
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.