FROM Michelle Goldberg
A Surrogacy Saga Surrogacy is the Wild West of reproductive law in the U.S. Take this story for example : A Georgia man hired a California woman as a surrogate. She became pregnant with triplets. The man, who is 50, single and deaf, wasn’t sure he’d want or be able to care for three babies. The surrogacy contract stipulates that he could request a selective reduction, i.e. an abortion of one or more of the fetuses. But even though she signed the contract, the surrogate refused to do that because she’s anti-abortion. Now she wants to keep one or maybe all of the babies, saying the man who hired her is unfit to be the father. Her lawyer is seeking to overturn the California law on surrogacy, saying it’s unconstitutional. The story illustrates the lack of standards and regulations governing the for-profit surrogacy industry – especially here in California, land of “Octomom” Nadya Suleman.
Rick Perry, Jobs and Faith in the GOP Campaign Texas Governor Rick Perry 's been a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination for less than a week. Although his number one issue is "creating jobs," in just six days, he's focused the chattering class on global warming, evolution and the patriotism of Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke. Who is Perry? What's his record on public education and healthcare? Is Texas really a state full of drawling cowboys or a melting pot of diverse populations in dynamic urban centers? If the Republican race is now down to Perry, Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney – two Christian fundamentalists and a Mormon, what role will religion play in the nominating process?
Trump's budget could deal a painful blow to California President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development, and public education would reverberate throughout California.
Gary Groth on Fantagraphics and the art of the graphic novel Gary Groth, editor of Fantagraphics, publisher of some of the most notable graphic novels today, discusses the rise of comics, what makes a good graphic novel, and what his selection process is like.
Understanding the conservative philosophy, and the fight over the NEA President Trump’s budget blueprint and the Obamacare replacement have revealed deep divisions with the Republican party. So what is the party’s philosophy now, and how does that line up with conservative voters? Also, Trump wants to get rid of the National Endowment for the Arts, which has long been a Republican target.
Supermensch, Pi Day, farming at Tule Lake Segregation Center Shep Gordon discusses his move from managing musicians to star chefs, and Lisa Morehouse reports on the role compulsory farming played for Japanese-American internees at the Tule Lake Segregation Center. In honor of Pi Day, Dan Pashman debates Evan over the particulars of pie, and Yasmin Khan shares a saffron rice recipe for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. Plus: Kohlrabi is in season now at the Santa Monica Farmers Market.