FROM Michele Dauber
'Cosby' law signed, ending statute of limitations for rape cases Governor Jerry Brown has signed the so-called Cosby Bill into law. The new law will end the statute of limitations for prosecuting certain rape cases in California so that victims can press charges any time. Previously, there was a 10 year limit. Women’s rights advocates pushed for the law, but some legal experts are worried that it could lead to prosecutions based on old and unreliable evidence. What are the pros and cons of the new law?
Will Stanford’s hard alcohol ban make students safer? Stanford University notified students via a surprising back-to-school email Monday , that hard liquor will no longer be allowed at undergrad parties on campus. The new policy comes after the Brock Turner sexual assault case made international news earlier this year. Both Turner and the victim were intoxicated when he assaulted her by a dumpster on campus. Administrators say they want to change the culture of alcohol at the school and eliminate risk; but critics say the new policy could make things worse by pushing drinking behind closed dorm room doors.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?