FROM Walt Hickey
Betting (and Winning) on the Oscars The Academy Awards ceremony is one of America's most-watched events, and Sunday's broadcast will be hyped for "suspense," as usual. But insiders and savvy gamblers know that most of the nominees don't have much chance of winning. There are only 6000 members of the Academy, and they choose the winners for "weird reasons." Nevertheless, winners are predictable, and Oscar night is a good night for gamblers. That's according to Walt Hickey, lead life-style writer for FiveThirtyEight , a data-driven website that specializes in predictions. Photo: John Eckman
"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."
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.
Rhetoric and brinksmanship on the Korean Peninsula For 25 years, the US has viewed North Korea's nuclear program with increasing alarm. Now President Trump says this country has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what he's actually doing… and what might come next.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.