FROM Gabriella Coleman
Healthcare: An Easy Target for Cyber Criminals Target, Sony and JP Morgan are all major companies recently hit by cyber-attacks that rippled through the economy. The latest is Anthem , the second largest health-insurer in the United States — with 80 million customers — past and present, including defense contractors and government employees. Medical records are treasure troves for identity thieves. Anthem didn't encrypt them — and didn't have to under federal law. The private sector is on its own against state-sponsored hackers like China's so-called "Deep Panda." Can Washington provide needed protection without further violating personal privacy?
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.
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.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?