FROM Alan Berube
Sanctuary cities prepare against threat of deportations In Sunday's interview with Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes, Donald Trump said he still hopes to round up undocumented people as he's promised since the beginning of his campaign. His advisors are reportedly drafting plans to ramp up pressure on local police and jailers to identify immigrants in the country illegally. That could mean direct conflict with "sanctuary cities," like Los Angeles, whose Police Chief Charlie Beck says he won't go along. "We're going to maintain the same posture we always have. We don't make detentions or arrests solely based on status. If the federal government takes a more aggressive role in deportation, then they'll have to do it on their own." -- LAPD Chief Charlie Beck We hear more about what it would take for President Trump to carry out his plans from Brian Bennett, a national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times , and from Alan Berube, a senior fellow and deputy director at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.
Inequality and Prosperity A new study from the Brookings Institution says the greatest income disparities occur in cities with the most vibrant economies. San Francisco and Los Angeles both make the top 10 list of most unequal cities in a new report. We take a look at the phenomenon with the author of the study.
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.
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?