FROM Robin Abcarian
California Gun Laws Are Strict, but Do They Work? California has the toughest gun controls in the country. That means universal background checks, waiting periods and handguns that stamp bullet cartridges so law enforcement can identify the weapons that fire them. What the laws don't mean is prevention of mass shootings like last week's massacre in San Bernardino. So, what good are they doing?
Cheerleader Rights Earlier this month, the Oakland Raiders offered to double their cheerleaders’ pay. It’s hardly a king’s ransom. The team is offering the Raiderettes minimum wage. They’d also get overtime and some expense money. There are no changes to the work rules spelled out in the Raiderettes’ handbook, which reads like it was written back in the days of Mad Men.
Monica Lewinsky Gives Her Past a Purpose in Vanity Fair Monica Lewinsky says she hasn't been heard from in public for ten years. In the May issue of Vanity Fair she says, "The buzz in some circles has been that the Clinton's must have paid me off" — adding that "nothing could be further from the truth." She says she picked this moment to go public after the suicide of a young man whose photo kissing another man went viral reminded her of her of the "shame, scorn and fear" she felt when her relationship to then-President Bill Clinton was revealed. Robin Abcarian is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times .
The Military's Sexual Predator Problem Since the Pentagon announced that sexual assaults in the military have increased by 35 percent between 2010 and 2012, there's been plenty of outrage. President Obama promised , "We're not going tolerate this stuff, and there will be accountability." But on Sunday, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinksi, the head of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response in the Air Force, was arrested for drunkenly approaching a woman in a parking lot and grabbing her breasts and buttocks. Robin Abcarian is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times , who's written about the issue since the Tailhook scandal in the 1990's.
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?
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.