FROM Leigh Gallagher
The Decline of Suburbia For more than 50 years, Americans were drawn to the suburbs, with their sylvan promises of easy living. Owning your own home with a car in the driveway and piece of lawn was seen as central to the American dream. But the latest census numbers show a reverse migration into the cities. Real estate is more valuable there, and even big box retailers are setting up shop downtown. Is this just a Sex and the City trend or is it really goodbye for good to Ozzie and Harriet?
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.
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.
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.