FROM Jonathan Meer
Recession and cynicism hurting charitable giving Are you getting inundated with those end-of-year solicitations from your favorite charities? 'Tis the season to give your last tax-deductible donations. Photo by HeatherPaque 2016 has been a big year for many nonprofits. Groups that support progressive causes are reporting record donations after November’s election, with Planned Parenthood and the ACLU topping the list. Some 82,000 of Planned Parenthood’s donations were gifts made in the name of Vice President-elect Mike Pence. That said, Americans give less to charity than they did just a decade ago. What makes us open and close our wallets to charity? We ask Jonathan Meer, Assistant Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University and the lead author on the paper, " The Great Recession and Charitable Giving ," published in the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
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.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.