FROM Adam Skaggs
Eligible Voters Are Being Dropped From Voter Rolls A story in today's New York Times that reports on state records and Social Security data in six of the so-called "swing states" in the presidential election -- Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina -- finds that federal law appears to have been violated in two ways. Tens of thousands of people who correctly believe they have the right to vote have been removed from the rolls, and many others have been blocked from registering in the first place. Adam Skaggs is counsel at the New York University's Brennan Center for Justice.
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.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
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.