FROM Kathy Masaoka
Echoes of History — in Washington and Los Angeles It's been almost 70 years since Japan surrendered to end World War II in Asia, and today Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of Congress. He apologized for American casualties. Abe was applauded, but time has not healed all wounds. In the gallery was 87-year-old Yong Soo-lee, one of 53 surviving "comfort women" who were sexual slaves for Japanese soldiers. California's Democratic Congressman Mike Honda called it " shocking and shameful " that Abe did not apologize directly to them. Abe will be in Los Angeles Friday, and a "silent protest" is being planned. Photos from protests in San Francisco courtesy Seung Ku Kang
"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."
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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?