FROM Nan Strauss
The Debate on Healthcare Goes Down to the Wire The human rights group Amnesty International has published a study on the maternal healthcare crisis in the United States. " Deadly Delivery " concludes that a system often called "the best in the world" is violating the rights of American women.
The Debate on Healthcare Goes Down to the Wire The US spends more on healthcare than any other country, but American women are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in Greece. Amnesty International calls that a violation of women's rights . What does it say about a healthcare system often called "the best in the world?" Would the reforms being debated in Congress improve medical outcomes? Would they provide better access? How about reducing the increase in costs? As the Senate and Congress wrangle over details, we hear about possible trade-offs and the prospects of doing nothing at all.
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.
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.
"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."
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.