FROM Jennifer Brofer
Doing Away with 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' The ban on gays and lesbians in the US military will come to an end as soon as Congressional requirements for repeal have been satisfied. One requirement is a mandatory one-hour training session , which is now being given to Marines at bases worldwide. Questions such as whether the new policy will conflict with one's religious beliefs are not uncommon, and trainers assure those who ask that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" requires that they simply treat each other with mutual respect.
Free speech and the ideological fight for college campuses Conservatives claim that American colleges and universities are bastions of liberal orthodoxy, shielding students from alternative ways of thinking. What better place for a protest than UC Berkeley? What better agent of controversy than Ann Coulter?
Is the United States losing its moral authority in the world? American support for human rights has often been criticized as more about words than it is about action. President Trump is creating more skeptics than ever. What are the consequences for America's role in the world?
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."