FROM James Temple
Silicon Valley Rolls Out Red Carpet, Big Bucks for Science At a lavish ceremony last night near San Francisco, 60 biologists, physicists and mathematicians shared a total of $36 million in prizes. Eleven got $3 million each — twice the cash value of the Nobel Prize. The so-called “ breakthrough prizes ” for scientists were created two years ago by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google founder Sergey Brin, and the Russian billionaire and venture capitalist Yuri Milner. James Temple is senior editor at Re/code , a science and tech website. He attended the awards ceremony last night.
A Stealth Attack on Rent Control? Apartment, house and mobile-home owners are among the supporters of Proposition 98 on the June 3 ballot. It would limit government's right to seize private property but would also phase out rent control in 100 cities, including Los Angeles, Santa Monica and West Hollywood. We hear the pros and cons of Prop 98 and a rival measure, Prop 99 .
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.