FROM Michael Herald
Californians Cope with a Bare-Bones Budget Governor Brown said that cuts to this year's state budget would create hardships, and his prediction is already beginning to come true. Next week, Chancellor Charles Reed will ask the Cal State University Board of Trustees to raise tuition by 12 percent, starting with the fall semester. That's in addition to a 10 percent increase already scheduled. Higher education will be hit the hardest by this year's cuts, but the aged, poor and disabled will suffer the most.
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.
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.