FROM Judy Dugan
Schwarzenegger's Lavish Inaugural Raises Eyebrows When Governor Schwarzenegger took office after his special election three years ago, his inaugural cost a modest $200,000. This week, Sacramento will see at least $1.3 million worth of festivities, including a black-tie gala designed by Carl Bendix, who produces events like the Governor's Ball for the Oscars. Supporters say it's time to celebrate, and plenty of Democrats are invited. One critic calls it a "slush fund" for "secret [political] access."
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.
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?
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.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.