FROM Bryan Graham
Fraud and Corruption in the World's Most Beautiful Game Today European officials and some soccer executives called for FIFA President Sepp Blatter to step down. Blatter agreed that corruption charges have brought "shame" on the sport, but insists he's just the man to help reform the organization -- despite the fact he's been at the top for decades. Yesterday, the US Department of Justice charged 14 of the sport's top executives with accepting millions of dollars in bribes over the years. The sweeping bribery investigation will expand to look at the award of the 2010 World Cup to South Africa. Swiss officials launched a separate criminal investigation into FIFA's awarding of both the 2022 Qatar and the 2018 Russia World Cups. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin is accusing the United States of illegally persecuting people. Can the US reform a business as complex and global as the world's most beautiful game?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
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.
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.