FROM Paul Wylie
New Scoring for Figure Skating Gets Mixed Reviews Last night marked the end of an era, when Chinese teams won both Gold and Silver in Pairs Figure Skating at the Winter Olympics. It's the first time in almost 50 years that Russia or the Soviet Union didn't walk off with the Gold. American figure skater Paul Wylie, who won the Silver medal in the Men's competition in 1992, was rink-side in Vancouver last night for the competition.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
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.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."