The origin of the specious

  On the morning of July 2nd, Donald Trump tweeted a video showing himself wrestling a man with a CNN logo for a head to the ground and pummelling him. “#FraudNewsCNN #FNN,” added the president. Mr Trump, a septuagenarian not known for his technical skills, almost certainly did not make …

Luxury travel for your pet

More than 2m live animals are transported by air every year in America. Those going through John F. Kennedy Airport in New York have the best of it, thanks to the Ark, which claims to be America’s first 24-hour privately-owned airport terminal for animals. So far it has hosted dogs, …

Are conservatives right about Medicaid?

MANY conservatives worry that once an entitlement programme exists, it is all but impossible to pare back. They will be disheartened by the postponement, on June 27th, of a Senate vote on the Republicans’ health-care bill. The party’s moderates cannot tolerate the proposed cuts to Medicaid, the federal and state …

Why farmers are anxious about NAFTA

“I HAVE always told you that I will either renegotiate or terminate NAFTA,” said President Donald Trump at a recent rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He had been about to pull out of the North American Free-Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, he explained. But then he got a nice …

Measuring racial bias in police forces

IN HIS 14 years policing the streets of Montgomery County, Maryland, Sergeant Robert Sheehan has witnessed deadly shootings and stopped big-money cannabis deals. But on a sunny afternoon it is the windows of a passing car that raise his suspicion. Maryland law dictates that car windows should be no more …

Adoptions in America are declining

SHOULD state-funded adoption agencies be able, for religious reasons, to turn down prospective parents? An increasing number of states say they should, or are beginning to consider it. South Dakota has had such a law since March; Alabama’s governor signed a version in May; the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, …