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.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
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.
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?