FROM Ira Ruskin
The State of California’s Plan to Reduce Greenhouse gas Emissions Last year, Democrats and one Republican passed AB 32 , which calls for California to reduce greenhouse gases 25% by the year 2020. With a pat on the back from then-Prime Minister Tony Blair, Governor Schwarzenegger said it would “ change the course of history .” He said other states and the federal government would follow his lead and that California would be a world leader in clean technology. In January, the State Air Resources Board is supposed to have completed the first step. PHOTO: A dark clouds are seen over Jakarta's skyline, 14 November 2007. BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images
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.
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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?