FROM Emily Landau
Nuclear Negotiations: Can Both Sides Win? As Iran sits down again today with five world powers — the US, the UK, France, Russia and China, plus Germany — there's a lot at stake for two leaders who've risked their legacies on the outcome. Iran's President Rouhani could see crippling economic sanctions lifted at last. President Obama could head off the possible threat of more nuclear weapons. But failure is likely to discredit both leaders with friends and foes in the Middle East, not to mention hardliners at home. We hear that Iran's increased transparency is cause for optimism, while intractable differences could make the world more dangerous than ever.
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.
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.
100 days of executive action: Accomplishment or posturing? President Trump's first 100 days have featured a flood of high-profile executive orders. Which ones do what he says they do, and which ones don't? How are Trump voters feeling now?
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.