FROM Alex Abella
Should the Bear Be Removed from California's Flag? Republican US Senator Lindsay Graham and Republican Governor Niki Haley are just two of the South Carolina politicians who say it's time to take the Confederate Flag down from the state capitol grounds and relegate it to a history museum. They've linked it to the killings of nine black people last week in Charleston, and call it a symbol of racism and discrimination. What about California's state flag, which also has a troubling history? Novelist Alex Abella says it should go, too . Photo: Makaristos
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
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.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.