FROM Stacey Palmer
Public Spending Cuts, Private Charities and the 'Truly Needy' When George H.W. Bush was President during tough economic times, he said public money for what Ronald Reagan had called the "safety net" could be replaced, in part, by a "new activism" from "a thousand points of light, community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing good." Now those stars may be losing their sparkle. Washington is looking for cuts in programs serving millions of Americans who are poor, sick and hungry. Private nonprofits and charities won't be able to make up the difference. We look at the prospects for people in need.
Public Spending Cuts, Private Charities and the 'Truly Needy' As Washington looks for cuts in government programs, support for nonprofits is also on the line, and donations to philanthropies have not been growing. President Obama is targeting tax breaks for what George H.W. Bush called "a thousand points of light" that help make up for cuts in safety-net spending. At the same time, Christians on the Left and the Right argue about the duty to help the poor and the danger of creating dependence on others. What's in store for the aged, blind and disabled? What about the unemployed and those who can't afford medical insurance?
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.
"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."
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?