FROM Katie Zezima
Is the White House Press Corps Really Necessary? Veteran White House reporters say the vague promise that the president will take questions in the briefing room has become all too common. But that moment seldom comes, and social media has made it easier than ever for presidents to master the art of avoiding reporters and controlling the message. With the latest White House Correspondents' Dinner scheduled for this weekend, what are the consequences for democracy when spin trumps journalism? President Obama addresses the press, November 3, 2010 Official White House photo by Pete Souza
How New Hampshire's Heroin Epidemic Is Playing Out in National Politics New Hampshire has experienced a huge increase in heroin and prescription drug addiction over the last decade. And because New Hampshire is one of the all-important early primary states, the presidential candidates are spending time there and have had to confront a lot of questions on this issue.
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.
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.