FROM Matthias Kolb
Donald Trump in the Eyes of the Rest of the World Donald Trump's presidential candidacy has "opened the door to madness." That's according to a business journal in Germany. Spain's leading newspaper is "dumbfounded," and a columnist in London's Financial Times says Trump in the White House would mean "global disaster." Mexico's top diplomat calls him "ignorant" and "racist," and Israelis say they're "bewildered" by how little he appears to know about the Middle East. We talk with observers from other countries who see Trump's success with American voters as democracy gone wrong.
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.
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.
"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."
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.