FROM Lisa Baertlein
McDonald's Profits Drop 30% in Last Quarter Fast food is out, fast casual is in, and Ronald McDonald is taking notice. Profits are down at McDonald’s by 30%, and the company is offering something it’s never come up with before: instead of just super-sizing, now you can “customize.” “Create Your Taste” means that McDonald’s customers will be able to build their own burgers with toppings and buns that won’t all be the same, and restaurants in different parts of the country will offer different menus. Lisa Baertlein covers the food industry for Reuters.
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.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
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.