FROM Kelly Shackelford
The Cross in the Mojave Desert To say that a cross honors only dead Christian soldiers is "an outrageous conclusion." That's according to US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia today during arguments about a First World War memorial erected on federal land in California's Mojave Desert 75 years ago. A National Park Service employee, even though he's a Catholic himself, complained that the cross favored one religion over all others.
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."
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?