FROM Susan Pynchon
Many Floridians Today Still Voting on Discredited Machines Seven years ago in the razor-thin presidential election, Florida became famous for butterfly ballots and hanging chads. In Sarasota, federal investigators have put touch-screen voting machines under lock and key, as they continue to investigate 18,000 lost votes that may have changed the outcome of a 2006 congressional race. Today, as Republican presidential candidates facing off for their party's nomination, nearly a third of Florida's voters are casting their votes on the same kind of machines. Susan Pynchon is executive director of the nonpartisan Florida Fair Elections Center .
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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?