FROM Lawrence Krauss
How Should We Think Rationally about Fear? Crimes identified as "terror" attacks inspire panic. Does that distract our attention from thinking rationally about what's really dangerous and what's not? Photo by fotologic Immediately after 14 people were shot to death at a Christmas party last month in San Bernardino, attention focused on gun control. When the religious extremism of the killers was revealed, "the anxiety level skyrocketed [even though]…nothing had changed about the substance of the crime." That's according to Lawrence M. Krauss, in the New Yorker magazine. Krauss read about the crime and the changing reaction while he was on a cruise to the Antarctic. He's a physicist and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University.
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.