FROM David Redlawsk
Understanding the Caucus Process Two days from today, American voters will finally be heard from about their presidential preferences —not at the polls, but at caucuses in the state of Iowa . What are they? How do they work? Does the process—especially on the Democratic side—reveal how the caucus-goers really feel? David Redlawsk is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the University of Iowa's Hawkeye Poll.
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?
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.
"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."