FROM Steve Buttry
Rising Flood Waters Wreak Havoc and Close Interstates Rising waters in the Des Moines River are threatening Iowa's state capital with mandatory evacuations. Voluntary evacuations already had been called for. The Cedar and Iowa Rivers are among those still rising. Thirty-five highways are already closed in the state's worst flooding ever. In Cedar Rapids, 135 patients on wheelchairs and stretchers have been evacuated from the Mercy Medical Center. Steve Buttry, editor of The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, has an update.
Iowa Residents Flee as Flood Waters Rise Tornados have struck four states in the Midwest, killing four Boy Scouts in Iowa. Meantime, nine Iowa rivers have reached flood levels and fifty-three counties have been declared disaster areas. A levee has broken in Cedar Rapids, where Steve Buttry is editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette .
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.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
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.