FROM Julia Gordon
Will Expanding the Housing Market Lead to Another Bubble? The housing market usually leads the way out of recession, but this time around it's a drag on economic recovery. So President Obama is going to give it a boost , making it easier for first-time buyers with low credit ratings to qualify for mortgages on new homes. Admittedly, it's a modest proposal — $900 in savings for just 250,000 people, when more than $2 million are needed for healthy growth. But critics call it a risky first step toward another sub-prime disaster -- just like the one that started the Great Recession a few years ago.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
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.
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?
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.