FROM Das Williams
After Isla Vista: New Gun Control Proposed for California The late Elliot Roger is suspected of shooting 13 people last Friday in Isla Vista, killing himself and six others. In April, his mother had raised concerns about his mental condition because of threatening rants he posted on line. Sheriff's deputies visited him at his apartment, but concluded that nothing was wrong. After the shootings, investigators found his apartment was full of evidence that Roger had planned bloody violence — and that he owned the weapons needed to carry it out.
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.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
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.