FROM Tess Vigeland
The Lure of Violent Jihad Just a few months ago, most Americans had never heard of a violent extremist group in Iraq and Syria called ISIL. Now this country is committing significant military resources to fight a growing number of fighters whose horrific violence is on full display 24/7 on your medium of choice.
The NFL Takes A Hit Violence on the field is why millions of Americans tune in to watch the National Football League. But today, in the wake of its handling of the Ray Rice assault on his then-fiancee, the NFL is under increasing pressure to change its attitude toward violence off the field—especially violence against women.
Counterterrorism, or a New War? Last night, after weeks of headlines about the lack of a plan to fight growing extremism in Iraq and Syria, President Obama said the US will lead a broad coalition to degrade and destroy the increasingly aggressive and violent terrorist force known as the Islamic State.
Governor Brown Goes to China California Governor Jerry Brown is in China, bringing a little Hollywood to the Middle Kingdom and hoping, in return, for some foreign investment in California businesses.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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."