FROM David Codell
Gay Rights Victories from a Divided US Supreme Court Two different five-vote Supreme Court majorities made rulings today that advance the cause of same-sex marriage in the United States. The Defense of Marriage Act , which recognizes only heterosexual marriage, was held to be unconstitutional . Same-sex marriage is now legal again in California, because a lower-court ruling against that state's voter-passed ban will be allowed to stand. We hear the legal details and the emotional reaction from both sides, who agree on one thing: traditional marriage is changing fast.
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.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
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.