FROM Jeff McDonald
Student Abandoned in DEA Holding Cell The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency has acknowledged that agents arrested a 23-year-old college senior, told him he'd be released and then left him alone in a holding cell for five days with no food or water. The DEA calls it an accident. Daniel Chong was picked up in a drug raid near the University of California, San Diego and taken to the Kearny Mesa facility. He was questioned and told he would be let go. Then, his five-day nightmare began. Jeff McDonald reports for U-T San Diego (formerly the "San Diego Union-Tribune").
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.
"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."
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?