FROM Jonathan Martin
Real Life 'Superheroes' in American Cities It's reported that 300 or 400 US cities have been visited by fantastically costumed citizens calling themselves real life superheroes, patrolling the streets to stop crime or perform good works. They don't claim super powers, but some do carry Tasers and pepper spray. Outside a Seattle courtroom, Ben Fodor ripped off his business suit to reveal the black and gold costume of “Phoenix Jones," a self-appointed real life superhero. Local prosecutors had just declined to press charges against him for pepper-spraying people he thought were fighting outside a bar. Jonathan Martin reports for the Seattle Times .
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
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.