FROM Ronald George
Former California Chief Justice Ronald George As a young lawyer, Ronald George defended capital punishment before the US Supreme Court. As a superior court judge, he spent two years conducting the trial of Hillside Strangler Angelo Buono. As Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, he cast the deciding vote to legalize same-sex marriage — then wrote the opinion upholding Proposition 8, which restored the ban on that same practice. Those stories and more make up his 800-page oral history, Chief: The Quest for Justice in California .
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.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.