FROM Emira Woods
Liberia's TRC Recommends President Resign Liberians call her "Ellen," and to both admirers and critics, she's the " Iron Lady ." Now, Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to resign. Today, after three years of hearing testimony from thousands affected by the country's 14 year-long civil war, the TRC released its final report . Among its recommendations are that Africa's current – and first female president –be banned from office for 30 years. Emira Woods is co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
"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."