FROM Lester Kiewit
President Obama in Africa — at Last America's first black President is in Senegal today for only his second trip to Africa since a brief visit to Ghana during his first term. Tomorrow, he'll be in South Africa, where his visit may be overshadowed by the failing health of Nelson Mandela, that country's first black president. After creating high expectations for a new US relationship with the continent where his father was born, Obama's accused by some of being missing in action. We hear about shifting America's emphasis from aid to business investment, competition with China and whether Obama can polish his legacy.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?