FROM Mariah Blake
How Texas Conservatives May Be Rewriting Your Kids' Textbooks The country's most influential state board of education is also one of the most conservative. Now those values are shaping curriculum that will affect students across the country for the next ten years. Mariah Blake, editor of the Washington Monthly , offers us a quick primer on the battle over textbooks at the Texas Board of Education .
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
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.