FROM Reem Salahi
The Syrian Conflict: Los Angeles Points of View President Obama is making the rounds of news anchors on broadcast and cable TV, including tonight's conversation with Wolf Blitzer of CNN. This afternoon, the President briefed members of Congress, including two local Democrats who've taken different positions. Both base their conclusions on videos and intelligence presented in closed-door briefings. We talk with Brad Sherman of the San Fernando Valley and Janice Hahn, whose district includes San Pedro, Wilmington and Compton. We also hear from three local Syrian-Americans.
UCI Could Suspend Muslim Student Union for Disrupting Speech On February 8 of this year, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren was trying to make a speech at UC Irvine. He was interrupted by a student, who was escorted out of the room — to be replaced by another, who interrupted again. Finally, 11 students from UC Irvine and UC Riverside were arrested . Now, UC Irvine officials have recommended a one-year ban of the Muslim Student Union -- not because of the disruptions alone, but because MSU members denied they had organized them in advance.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?