FROM William E. Gibson
Florida Democratic Party Pushes Mail-in Primary Florida Democrats violated National Party rules by holding their presidential primary on January 29, long before they were supposed to. The candidates refused to campaign, but their names were on the ballot and Hillary Clinton won more votes than Barack Obama . Although it didn't seem to matter then, with the nomination itself perhaps at stake, Florida's Democratic Party is proposing a re-vote , partly by mail. US Senator Bill Nelson has embraced the idea, but the state's nine Democratic Congress members are adamantly opposed. Something has to be done by June 3. William Gibson is the political writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel .
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.
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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.