FROM Daniel Menaker
Race and the Justice System: Can We Talk? President Obama wants white Americans to understand why blacks are so angry over George Zimmerman's acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Polls show 51% of whites approve the verdict while almost 90% of blacks disapprove — so on Friday, the President got personal about stereotyping and fear. Can whites really "feel the pain?" Are we talking honestly about race for the first time in years, or is the so-called "national conversation" all too familiar? Does it create false expectations of healing, when it's really a debate that opens old wounds?
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
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.
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.