FROM Michael Marchand
Is Obamacare Really on 'Life Support?' The troubled roll-out of healthcare.gov and televised hearings on Capitol Hill have taken the wind out of Obamacare. The President's false reassurances have hardly enhanced its image. But the Affordable Care Act is a massive undertaking. In some states with their own exchanges, people who've never had health insurance are able to sign up. In other places, there's evidence of intentional sabotage. We look at the goals of health insurance reform and early successes as well as failures.
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.
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.