FROM James Graff
48 Hours and Counting before French Presidential Election Presidential politics has riveted France like nothing in years. The audience for this week’s final debate was almost as large as it was for last years World Soccer Cup finals. On that two and a half-hour TV debate, Socialist Ségolène Royal -- the first woman candidate for President -- came on strong. Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy played it cool -- despite his reputation for a quick temper. Both are fighting it out for the center. James Graff is Paris Bureau Chief for Time magazine.
Socialist Edges Toward Becoming France's First Female President A media-darling who calls herself an outsider and promises to "change the face of politics" in France has won the Socialist Party 's nomination for president. Ségolène Royal won the nomination after an American-style primary, which included TV debates with her two male rivals. They accused her of betraying the party's core values and having a slim grasp of international affairs. She says her new approach to issues and politics will give the Socialists their first victory over the center-right since 1995.
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.
"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.