FROM Joel Jacinto
Catastrophe in the Philippines Is Felt in LA Aid organizations around the world are racing to the Philippines with food, water and clothing five days after Typhoon Haiyan struck that country. The estimate of fatalities is now 2000 or more, with tens of thousands injured and more than two million in need of food. With more Filipinos than anyplace in the world outside the Philippine Islands, Southern California has been hit hard. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez went to the Eagle Rock Plaza Mall, a popular spot for Filipino-Americans. For more on relief efforts and ways you can donate, go to KCRW's Which Way, LA? blog .
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
"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."
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.