FROM Mary Anne Ostrom
Supreme Court Hears Debate on Prop 8 Last May, the State Supreme Court declared that same-sex marriage was legal in California. Today, that same court heard arguments for and against Proposition 8 , which passed last November, and amended the state constitution to say that only marriage between a man and a woman is legal or recognized in California. Chief Justice Ronald George wrote the legalization decision. Outside the courthouse in San Francisco, hundreds of people demonstrated on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue.
Preparing for the Olympic Torch Relay in San Francisco The Olympic Torch has been greeted with protests during almost every leg of the relay on the road to Beijing. In Paris yesterday, it was extinguished four times. Tomorrow it's scheduled to run in San Francisco, where protesters scaled the Golden Gate Bridge to hang banners. On Friday, the International Olympic Committee will meet to decide if the international process should be called off. Meantime, heavy security is being planned in San Francisco. Marilyn King is a two-time Olympic pentathlete who's planning to run a leg in tomorrow's torch relay in San Francisco. Mary Anne Ostrom reports for the San Jose Mercury-News .
Will YouTube and Web 2.0 Change American Politics? CNN hyped last night's Democratic presidential debate at The Citadel in South Carolina as "revolutionary" because real people got to ask questions on video. Some students of politics and the media said the event would do for interactive Web 2.0 what the Kennedy-Nixon debates did for TV. Others called it just a tiny step forward, because CNN got to decide which questions the candidates had to respond to. Some 3000 thousand people submitted amateur videos that tackled everything from serious policy questions to sophomoric humor, including a question on global warming that came from an animated snowman. Did the format make for entertaining TV? Were the candidates more authentic? Did it finally come down to politics as usual?
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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?