FROM Matthew Hughey
Is Oklahoma Frat an Isolated Case? Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded in Alabama two months before the Civil War. Now, it's the nation's biggest college fraternity. The President of the University of Oklahoma, former Governor and US Senator David Boren, has expelled two students and banned their fraternity from his campus. It's all about members chanting racist lyrics -- about lynching and that no African Americans will be allowed to join -- in a video that went viral. Matthew Hughey is a professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. He studies racism and racial identity.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
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.
"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."
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.