FROM Booth Moore
Sarah Palin's Wardrobe: Fashion Do or Don't? "Nothing says Main Street like Sacks Fifth Avenue" is just one of the cracks made by political pundits after news that the Republican National Committee spent $150,000 on clothes for Sarah Palin. An advocate for Joe Sixpack, Palin only makes $125,000 a year as Governor of Alaska. Campaign operatives explained the purchases as allowing the vice presidential candidate to have the wardrobe she needed to campaign in different climates. But listing those expenses on campaign finance reports, where they were picked up by Politico , has created an image problem.
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.
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.
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?
"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."