FROM Alan Blinder
Time for a Woman Fed Chairman or Is Banking Still a Man's World? Ben Bernanke's term as Chair of the Federal Reserve won't end until January, but the campaign over who should replace him is already hot and heavy. Larry Summers and Janet Yellen are the leading candidates to replace Bernanke. It's a highly technical job of global importance, but the campaign between their supporters has raised issues of a different kind. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has written that Summers "is being pushed by the boys' club around President Obama." Is Yellen as well qualified as Summers? Is it time for a woman, or is big-time banking still a man's world? Is the gender issue relevant to a technical job of global importance?
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.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.