FROM Peter Welch
Cash for Clunkers Running on Fumes As it was leaving town for the August recess last Friday, the House of Represented voted to spend another $2 billion on Cash for Clunkers —which ran through its first billion in less than a week. The Senate is still at work in Washington, but it may not be so eager to refund a popular program. Peter Welch is President of the California New Car Dealers Association .
How Will Increased Sales Tax Affect Car Sales in California? Billboards, radio ads and reminders by mail are urging California consumers to “Buy Now,” before the state sales tax goes up tomorrow by one cent on the dollar. We look at tomorrow's tax increase and its possible impact on California.
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.
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.
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.