FROM Dorit Reiss
Ruling expected next week in suit to stop California’s tough vaccination law Some parents are so upset about California’s new mandatory vaccine law, they’ve filed a lawsuit to try to stop it. Seventeen families are suing the state in a San Diego court, claiming that SB-277 infringes on equal education rights. They say California is putting an undue burden on the free-exercise rights of parents and that a quarter million students who had personal belief exemptions in the past now won’t have access to a free and equal education. A judge heard arguments last week and is expected to rule next week.
Public Health and Public Outrage The anti-vaccination movement may be small in number, but it has enough angry people to pack hearing rooms in Sacramento, where Senate Bill 277 is under consideration. Last week, after hours of blistering testimony, the Senate Education Committee agreed to delay the measure. Now it has been amended, and today it passed by a vote of 7 to 2 — with no public input allowed.
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.