FROM Sonia Van Meter
Who Would Sign Up for a One-Way Ticket to Mars? A Dutch non-profit venture called Mars One has plans to land two men and two women on the planet Mars. More than 200,000 people have volunteered to go on the one-way mission— with departure planned for 2025. Sonia Van Meter , who’s one of 100 finalists for the expedition, describes herself as "a political consultant with a husband, two extraordinary stepsons and a black lab mix." She says she "didn’t think twice" when she heard she could take "a one-way trip to another planet."
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?
"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."
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.