FROM Mark McClellan
Is the FDA Capable of Policing the Food Supply? Three people were killed by contaminated spinach from California this year, and hundreds more were sickened before the FDA ordered a recall. Not only did the Food and Drug Administration know about problems with spinach , it was also aware of problems with contaminated peanut butter. In both cases—before high profile recalls. A report in today's Washington Post raises questions about the FDA and its ability to protect America's food supply. Mark McClellan, senior fellow at the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, is a former commissioner of the FDA.
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.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.