FROM Sean Gourley
PRISM, How Much Big Data Is the NSA Collecting and from Whom? On his way to meeting China's new leader today, President Obama stopped in San Jose to celebrate California's implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He ended up making a lengthy defense of the massive gathering of telephone records and Internet data , secret programs revealed in the past two days. The President said government access to Google, Facebook and other Internet records does not apply to "US citizens or people in the US." He insisted it's all approved and monitored by Congress and federal judges, but he conceded that privacy has been sacrificed for national security. We hear more about what's been revealed and how it might impact the so-called "shirt-sleeve" summit in the desert of Southern California.
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.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
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.