FROM Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
Writing New Rules for Speech on Campus After a series of troubling incidents on campuses of the University of California, Jewish groups asked the Board of Regents to adopt the State Department's definition of anti-Semitism. UC President Janet Napolitano said she personally supported the State Department definition , which prohibits "demonization of Israel" or saying Israel has no right to exist, but that created an uproar.
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.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
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?