FROM Michael Sweet
As Reality of Bankruptcy Hits, Stockton Grapples with Hard Decisions The San Joaquin Valley City of Stockton got the very worst of the foreclosure crisis. Ten percent of Stockton's families lost their homes, business declined and tax revenues dried up. Monday, a federal judge ruled that Stockton was eligible for bankruptcy protection , and last night's city council meeting wasn't over until 2 o'clock this morning. San Bernardino, Compton, San Jose and Watsonville are all watching closely to see what happens to Stockton's pension obligations.
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.
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?
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?
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.