FROM Laura Farmer Sherman
Local Fallout from the Cut in Planned Parenthood Funding A few minutes ago, we heard about the backlash in favor of Planned Parenthood after the cutoff of funds by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Seven California Komen affiliates are trying to get the national to change its policies. Both organizations have offices in California. We hear from the Komen office in San Diego and from Planned Parenthood for Orange and San Bernardino Counties. On a related note, Komen's executive director in Los Angeles County, Deb Anthony, has resigned from her position, but she is not saying it's about the Planned Parenthood flap. She says, after "several decisions" over the past year, "my skills and talents no longer fit their model."
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.
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.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.