FROM Erica Barnett
Women Leaders and Sexist Trolls in the Age of The Donald The Seattle City Council’s five-woman majority said "no" to a land use deal that might – or might not -- have attracted a new sports arena. Their decision provoked a misogynist online backlash from "go back to the kitchen," to "rot in hell" to threats of physical violence. Even Samantha Bee took note on her TBS show Full Frontal. They’re hardly the only women leaders facing vicious attacks on email and social media — because of their gender. Does this explain why so few women are willing to run for office… from City Hall to the White House?
"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."
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.