FROM Nancy Snow
Losing Their Cool: Joe, Serena and Kanye In the hallowed venue of a joint session of Congress, Republican Congressman Joe Wilson yelled, "You lie" at President Obama. At the highly competitive US Open, tennis star Serena Williams threatened an official who said she stepped over a line. And, last night, hip-hopper Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift 's acceptance speech to say Beyonce should have won the MTV Award for best video. Nancy Snow is Professor of Public Diplomacy at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
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.
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.