FROM Jesse Merriam
Pastors to Protest Rules on Political Speech "I have the right to speak biblical truth without being punished for it," says the Rev. Jody Hice in Bethlehem, Georgia in today's Wall Street Journal . This coming Sunday, some thirty ministers across the country are planning to endorse a candidate for president. It's a challenge to the Internal Revenue Service and laws that exempt nonprofits from taxes if they don't engage in political activity. But what if the interpretation of "biblical truth" means endorsing John McCain for President. Jesse Merriam is a research associate at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life .
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
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?
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.