FROM Andrew Samwick
The Pending Economic Stimulus Plan Last night, John McCain passed up a chance to vote for--or against--the Senate's version of a "stimulus package," which would have included tax rebates for 20 million seniors and 250,000 disabled veterans. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton interrupted campaigning to provide their votes, but the measure fell one vote short. Now there appears to be a compromise. Will it give the economy a needed boost? Is it a cure that could be worse than the disease?
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
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?
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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?