Obama administration officials briefed members of Congress on Thursday on the intelligence they say proves it was Syrian President Bashar Assad who used chemical weapons against his own people, writes NPR’s Eyder Peralta. Frank Thorp, of NBC News, and Reuters report that after the conference call, Rep. Eliot Engel, a Democrat from New York, said Read more

“A wave of negativism rolls across the land. Many Americans are against instead of for. They would rather stop than start, subtract than add, demolish than build,” writes NPR’s Linton Weeks. Legendary basketball coach Bob Knight has published a book titled The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results. Campus entrepreneur Read more

“Fewer than half of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress in the past 50 years toward racial equality, a new poll shows,” writes Associated Press reporter Hope Yen. Despite a heightened sense of racial progress immediately following the 2008 election of the first black president, Americans’ views of black progress have waned. Read more