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 .
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
"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."