FROM Marsha Ternus
A Tipping Point for Same-Sex Marriage? Ten days ago a federal district court in Utah upheld the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry, essentially calling it a "fundamental right." If the ruling stands, Utah will become the 18th state in the nation to permit such unions, twice as many as there were last summer when the Supreme Court stopped short of taking a definitive stand on the issue. Some activists see this immediate victory in the Mormon stronghold state as a turning point for gay rights. Opponents are decrying judicial activism, and Utah is planning its appeal to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, cases in 17 other states are challenging the gay marriage ban. Where do Americans stand on the issue? By this time next year will same-sex marriage be the norm in America? How are opponents of same sex marriage working to ensure it dies not?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.
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.