FROM Peter Markovski
Volcanic Eruption in Iceland Closes Airports in Northwest Europe Airports in Britain, Scandinavia and other parts of northwestern Europe are shut down today and thousands of flights have been cancelled. It's all because of a cloud of ash that's moving toward continental Europe from the erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland. We hear how the eruption has grounded air traffic from David Brown, who reports for the Times of London , and Peter Markovski, deputy news editor at Norway's Aftenposten .
"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."
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?
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
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.