FROM Danny Hayes
The Oregon Shootings and the Media Routine People take part in candle light vigil following a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon October 1, 2015. Photo by Steve Dipaola/Reuters The latest in America's string of mass shootings happened yesterday when a lone gunman killed nine people and injured several others on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Oregon. Today, the Sheriff said 13 weapons have been found, all of them legally purchased by him and his family. Yesterday, President Obama mourned the victims and lamented that the response to these mass shootings has become routine. Professor Danny Hayes, who teaches Political Science at George Washington University, has more on the reasons why.
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.
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.
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?
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.