FROM Anita Mengel
Proposition 87 The movie stars and political celebrities campaigning for Proposition 87 range from Bill Clinton and Al Gore to Julia Roberts. Prop 87 would tax oil companies $4 billion to develop alternative energy, and prohibit them from passing the taxes on to consumers. The goal is to fund development of alterative energy sources and reduce petroleum consumption by 25%. But is it fair to tax one industry to pay for another? What do the measures backers have to gain for themselves?
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.
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.