FROM Melissa Goodman
Sexism in Hollywood It’s no big secret that Hollywood is a man’s world. But now the status quo is being challenged as a violation of civil rights: specifically, the dearth of women in the director's chair. The A.C.L.U. is pushing the agencies that oversee employment practices to look into what they call rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors. What’s the civil rights organization asking for, and what is it like to be a woman working in the business today?
New Legal Protections for Transgender Students Transgender students in public schools are about to get the protection of state law . After January 1, they'll be able to use the bathrooms set aside for the gender they prefer — not the one dictated by biology. The same will be true for sports and other activities. What will that mean?
Gay-Straight Alliance Struggles at Sultana High in Hesperia Sultana High School in Hesperia, in the Inland Empire has a club called the Gay-Straight Alliance, but members say it's not being allowed to staged events or put up posters the way other clubs are. Now the ACLU has filed suit , contending that administrators — and even teachers — are discriminating against gay and lesbian students. We hear more from Melissa Goodman of the ACLU and from Kyle Bodda, president of the Sultana High chapter of the Alliance.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?