FROM Jennifer Dobner
The "Utah Compromise" It's been seven years since the Mormon Church financed the anti-gay-marriage measure Proposition 8, in California. Times have changed. Last Thursday, after less than a week of deliberations, that same Mormon Church — which dominates the State of Utah — supported a law prohibiting discrimination in employment and housing against lesbians, gays, bi-sexual and transgender people. It was passed 88 to 15 by a legislature with only one openly gay member, and was signed by the Mormon Governor Gary Herbert. There are gaping loopholes. For example, religious organizations — including the Mormon Church — are exempted, even though they are major employers. We hear why LGBT leaders are hailing it as the best they can get in Utah's "unique legal climate."
"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."
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.
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?