FROM Robin Abcarian
California Gun Laws Are Strict, but Do They Work? California has the toughest gun controls in the country. That means universal background checks, waiting periods and handguns that stamp bullet cartridges so law enforcement can identify the weapons that fire them. What the laws don't mean is prevention of mass shootings like last week's massacre in San Bernardino. So, what good are they doing?
Cheerleader Rights Earlier this month, the Oakland Raiders offered to double their cheerleaders’ pay. It’s hardly a king’s ransom. The team is offering the Raiderettes minimum wage. They’d also get overtime and some expense money. There are no changes to the work rules spelled out in the Raiderettes’ handbook, which reads like it was written back in the days of Mad Men.
Monica Lewinsky Gives Her Past a Purpose in Vanity Fair Monica Lewinsky says she hasn't been heard from in public for ten years. In the May issue of Vanity Fair she says, "The buzz in some circles has been that the Clinton's must have paid me off" — adding that "nothing could be further from the truth." She says she picked this moment to go public after the suicide of a young man whose photo kissing another man went viral reminded her of her of the "shame, scorn and fear" she felt when her relationship to then-President Bill Clinton was revealed. Robin Abcarian is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times .
The Military's Sexual Predator Problem Since the Pentagon announced that sexual assaults in the military have increased by 35 percent between 2010 and 2012, there's been plenty of outrage. President Obama promised , "We're not going tolerate this stuff, and there will be accountability." But on Sunday, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinksi, the head of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response in the Air Force, was arrested for drunkenly approaching a woman in a parking lot and grabbing her breasts and buttocks. Robin Abcarian is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times , who's written about the issue since the Tailhook scandal in the 1990's.
Healthcare debate now shifts to the Senate Both parties are celebrating yesterday's House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. House Republicans are cheering because they were able to pass it. Democrats are happy because they think it's so bad. We look at the details… and the politics.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.