FROM Judy Chiasson
What Is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History? In July, Governor Brown signed a bill making California the first state in the nation to require lessons about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in public schools. Republicans who opposed the bill called it well intentioned but ill conceived. For better or worse, school districts are wrestling with how it should be implemented.
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.
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.
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?