FROM Javier Hernandez
Decision Clears Way for Ground Zero Mosque New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission has cleared the way for a Muslim community center, including a mosque, to be constructed two blocks from Ground Zero. The program director for Park 51 says it's designed to "build bridges between faiths," like Jewish Community Centers and YMCA's. Reacting to today's unanimous vote, some in the audience shouted, "Shame on you." Opponents include Sarah Palin , Tea Partiers, some Republican leaders and the Anti-Defamation League , all of whom call it an affront to the victims of 911. Victims' families are divided. Javier Hernandez covered today's hearing for the New York Times .
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?
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.
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.