FROM Aaron Zelin
ISIS Demands $200 Million for Japanese Hostages Last week in Cairo, Japan's Prime Minister Abe pledged about $200 million to countries battling ISIS, the so-called "Islamic State." Today, ISIS released a video threatening the lives of two Japanese hostages — demanding a ransom of $200 million. Aaron Zelin is a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy .
DIY Jihadi Hunters Last Friday, the militant group the Islamic State posted another video of a beheading. This time the victim was British aid worker Alan Henning. While U.S. intelligence agencies work to identify members of Islamic extremist groups, there’s also a community of civilians working to track jihadists. We visit the world of the so-called “jihadi hunters,” and hear directly from one of them.
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.
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.