FROM Bart Naylor
The President's Latest Message: 'There's No Time to Lose' With a sense of urgency, President Obama has announced a host of new financial regulations . His stated goals are to protect retirement accounts, make big corporations pay their taxes, and bolster organized labor. Business interests and Republicans call it a "regulatory rampage" -- but disappointed progressives say he's waited too long. Stakes include the legacy of the Obama Administration. In this week's address to the people, the President highlighted two of the new regulations he's imposed to make financial advisors responsible to their clients and to stop corporations from merging with foreign companies to avoid US taxes. During a news conference last week, he explained, "When companies exploit loopholes like this it makes it harder to invest in the things that make the economy work for future generations. It sticks the rest of us with the tab and makes hard working Americans feel like the deck is stacked against them"
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.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
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.