FROM Ehud Yaari
The Arab Spring Gets a New Look in Egypt After last year's revolution in Egypt, Generals from the ousted Mubarak regime disbanded the elected parliament and limited the powers of incoming President Mohammed Morsi. This weekend, Morsi struck back. He fired the top two generals and seized powers they had taken for themselves. The world is asking whether it's democracy in action, the establishment of a new and different dictatorship or a deal worked out behind closed doors. How is it related to the crisis in Sinai, where Islamic militants are making the border with Israel increasingly tense? What's the view of liberal reformers who don't want Hosni Mubarak replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood?
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.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.