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Becerra Confirmed for HHS Secretary, the Role of Climate Change in Child Migration, The Social Psychology Behind Our Pandemic Baking




Xavier Becerra, seen here during his February confirmation hearing, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Xavier Becerra, seen here during his February confirmation hearing, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
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Xavier Becerra is now HHS Secretary - So who will replace him as Attorney General? 

Xavier Becerra was confirmed in a 50-49 vote to be the country's next Health and Human Services Secretary. His next big assignment will be how to deal with the many unaccompanied children coming to our southern border. Now comes the question of who will replace him as Attorney General of California? Burbank Rep. Adam Schiff is one top a contender. 

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Faith in a Pandemic Year: Sondos Kholaki 

It's been quite a year with a lot of loss but also newfound joy in little things we may not have been aware off in our pre-pandemic lives. As we slowly come out of the fog that stay-at-home orders created around our lives, we want to reflect on where we have been and where we are headed. To do that we have partnered with USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture and commissioned sermons from faith leaders around our county. Today we hear from Sondos Kholaki is a chaplain at Hoag Hospital in Orange County.

The Climate Factors Driving Migrants North to the Border

Now we turn to a situation that newly-confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra will have to tackle right out of the gate:  the influx of migrants -- especially unaccompanied children -- trying to enter the United States at the southern border. From October through February, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol saw a 114% increase in the number of children they were detaining in the Rio Grande Valley, and a 64% increase in SAN DIEGO. Many of these children are from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, with a lot of them trying to escape violence in their home countries. But there’s another humanitarian crisis that is driving them to the border: climate change.

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Why Our Closeness to Death During the Pandemic Moved us to Bake a Lot of Bread 

A Harvard understand teamed up with his grandmother, a UCLA researcher to monitor how human behavior has changed in the pandemic through online data and surveys. Their theory is that the threat of death triggers a psychological response where human behavior reverts to our past. Much like an isolated fishing village, we are building sustainable crafts and hobbies, spending more time with our family, and relying on family support in a deeper way. Community-based thinking and values also rise.

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