FROM Marc Debbaudt
One Year In, Has Prop 47 Made California Less Safe? Since California voters passed Prop 47 less than a year ago, some crimes are on the increase while arrests are on the decline. Is that a consequence of reducing some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors in order to curb the high cost of over-crowded prisons? Cops and prosecutors are divided. Should Prop 47 be amended or is it too early to tell?
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.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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.