FROM Gerrit Wiesmann
Germany Pulls the Plug on Nuclear Power Last year, the center-right coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed an unpopular plan to extend the life of nuclear power. Now, Merkel wants Germany to abandon nuclear power in the next 11 years. Her plan comes after Japan's nuclear crisis at Fukushima and after a regional election, which became a referendum on energy policy. But it's a policy that may be easier to propose than to accomplish. Gerrit Wiesmann is Berlin correspondent for the Financial Times .
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."
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.