FROM Margie Omero
'Waitress Moms,' 'Walmart Moms' and Undecided Voters Both parties agree that the 2012 presidential election is going down to the wire. President Obama and Mitt Romney are dashing from swing state to swing state in pursuit of this year's last undecided voters. Polls show they are women — predominantly white, non-college educated, working women who are the fastest growing part of a changing workforce — not the "soccer moms" of the prosperous 1990's. Obama accuses Romney of conducting "a war on women," but they've been moving in Romney's direction since after the first debate. Are they more concerned about abortion and contraception or the economy? How does "micro-targeting" help the candidates speak to the different needs of different women?
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.
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.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?