FROM Steve Sternberg
Dark Secrets from the Operating Room Patients need to have trust in their doctors, and doctors cultivate what's called a compassionate "bedside manner." But their behavior in the operating room doesn't always inspire confidence. When a gynecologist admitted to secretly photographing and recording his patients , the Johns Hopkins Health System settled the case for $190-million. In Virginia, an anesthesiologist had to pay $500,000 to a patient whose iPhone recorded the doctor's mocking insults while the patient was under sedation. Now the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine has published two more shocking accounts, witnessed by medical students in operating rooms. The publication has created a firestorm with stories of racism, misogyny with overtones of sexual assault -- while patients were under sedation. Accused of vilifying an entire profession, the publication says, doctors need to think twice — especially when they are role models for medical students.
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.
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.
Border security and campaign promises President Trump has promised tightened borders and a big beautiful wall. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at two tent-poles of the President's immigration policy: extreme vetting of visa applicants and building the US-Mexico border wall.
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?