FROM Tracey Woodruff
Troubling signs for science under Trump Science got off to a rocky start even before President Trump was sworn in. On the stump, he vowed to reduce the Environmental Protection Agency to "little tidbits." On inauguration day, web pages on climate change from the Obama White House disappeared, the National Parks Twitter account was reined in, and soon after, staff at the Interior, Agriculture, health and human services and the EPA were told to stop communicating directly with the public. And then there's Scott Pruitt , Trump's choice to head the EPA, who's been a friend to oil and gas and an opponent to the agency he wants to lead. All of this has scientists of all stripes fighting back with projects to preserve climate data at risk of vanishing, and are planning a march on Washington.
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.
"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."
Border security and campaign promises President Trump has promised tightened borders and a big beautiful wall. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at two tent-poles of the President's immigration policy: extreme vetting of visa applicants and building the US-Mexico border wall.
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?