FROM Philip Chen
Will Medicating the Mentally Ill Increase Public Safety? The raft of multiple shootings around the country has LA County Supervisors asking the legislature to expand what's called "Laura's Law ." It's named for a woman who worked at a mental health clinic in Nevada County and who was killed by a patient. The purpose of Laura's Law is to medicate mentally ill people who've been refusing treatment before they commit any crime. The legislature has not provided any funding and, so far, only Nevada County has implemented Laura's Law. But Los Angeles County does have a pilot program.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
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.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."