FROM Ian Katz
President Obama Deflects Blame for US Credit Downgrade After a weekend of silence, President Obama addressed the S&P downgrade and the economy this afternoon from a White House dining room. He said that the US didn't need a rating agency's downgrade to know we need a "balanced, long-term approach to deficit reduction" and an end to gridlock in Washington. He also expressed his sorrow over the loss of 38 US and Afghan soldiers who died when a Chinook helicopter was shot down this weekend in Afghanistan. Ian Katz reports for Bloomberg News .
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
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.