FROM Marcus Bensasson
Greece Defaults on IMF Loan Payments Greece today became the first developed country to default on a payment to the International Monetary Fund. It owes $1.7 billion it does not have. There's growing concern about the fate of the Euro and the European Union. Marcus Bensasson, who reports from Athens for Bloomberg News , has an update. Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.
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?
"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."
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.