FROM Mark Yudof
Budget Crisis Threatens the University of California The University of California is considered America's leading public institution of higher learning, but cutbacks in state funding may put that that status at risk. At UCLA, the Labor Center will close; deans have been told to cut courses, majors and numbers of faculty by 10 to 20%. In-state tuition is already almost $9000 and it could go higher. Freshman enrollment for this fall may drop by 500 students. The nine other campuses face comparable assaults on the university's basic mission of higher education for California's high school graduates. Tomorrow, University President Mark Yudof will present the Board of Regents with a plan for an $813 million reduction.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
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.
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