FROM Stephanie Kight
Local Fallout from the Cut in Planned Parenthood Funding A few minutes ago, we heard about the backlash in favor of Planned Parenthood after the cutoff of funds by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Seven California Komen affiliates are trying to get the national to change its policies. Both organizations have offices in California. We hear from the Komen office in San Diego and from Planned Parenthood for Orange and San Bernardino Counties. On a related note, Komen's executive director in Los Angeles County, Deb Anthony, has resigned from her position, but she is not saying it's about the Planned Parenthood flap. She says, after "several decisions" over the past year, "my skills and talents no longer fit their model."
"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."
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.