FROM Lois Hecht Oppenheim
Does Victory for Argentina's First Lady Put Hillary Clinton in New Light? Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will be the next President of Argentina, taking over from her husband Nestor and joining Chile's Michelle Bachelet as South America's second sitting female head of state. Fernández de Kirchner was the likely winner the moment she announced her candidacy, but it's still unclear if her policies will be much different from those of her husband. What does her election say about the viability of women as politicians? Lois Hecht Oppenheim is Professor and Chair of Political Science at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California.
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.
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.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
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.