FROM Allison Connelly
Kentucky County Clerk Defies Marriage Law A standoff over gay marriage in Kentucky has kicked up a notch. Today, the elected county clerk of Rowan County, Kim Davis, refused yet again to issue marriage licenses to several gay couples. She's citing "God's authority." This came just hours after the US Supreme Court declined to excuse her from her sworn duty. Now, lawyers for the couples are asking a federal judge to hold her in contempt of court. Allison Connelly has been watching this conflict. She's a professor of law at the University of Kentucky and director of its legal clinic.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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?
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.