FROM Joseph McNamara
Spanking Bill Raises Controversy Governor Schwarzenegger says he got smacked around a lot as a kid. Now his native Austria bans corporal punishment. This week in the California Assembly, Democrat Sally Lieber of Mountain View says she'll introduce a bill to ban parents from spanking their children, punishable by a fine and up to a year in jail. The newspaper that broke the story got 86 pages of letters plus e-mails. Is it a popular idea or not?
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.
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.