FROM Alice Brennan
Tax Avoidance: A Global Industry The leak of 11.5 million documents from a Panamanian law firm has revealed a vast, deeply rooted infrastructure for hiding money and has caused embarrassment around the world. The Prime Minister of Iceland has resigned. Vladimir Putin has gone on television to deny that his assets are hidden in a shell company owned by a friend. The President of China has demanded censorship of reporting on the " Panama Papers ." One hundred news organizations have access to the files, including Fusion, a joint venture of ABC and Univision. Alice Brennan is an investigative reporter and producer of an upcoming Fusion documentary called, Dirty Little Secrets .
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 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.
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.
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.