For some reason, the place where I began this blog, is no longer allowing me to make new posts. so I will conclude with one today, tomorrow, and sunday.

Here are the images of today’s front pages, courtesy of newseum.org.

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ANALYSIS

Domestically, two stories received big traction today. The first is a pending trade deal with Pacific Rim counties, which the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post all made either their lead stories or featured it prominently on their front pages. Interestingly, most of the stories focused on the politics, in which President Obama and the Republican Party are strangely paired together against the Democratic Party, which opposes the deal. Once again, the traditional media seems focused on conflict rather than offering substantive analysis of details of the trade agreement and what it means to normal Americans.

Also surprising is how much attention leading American newspapers gave to e-cigarettes, or vaping.  Three newspapers, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and New York Times, put this story above the fold. The stories reported on a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported usage of electronic cigarettes tripled among high school students from 2013 to 2014. This news come out just as their is a major effort in California to increase taxes on all cigarettes, raise the smoking age to 21,  and to further limit where e-cigarettes can be consumed.  Here is a link to a story about that campaign by California public health officials.

In other news, once again terrorism, or conflict in the Middle East surfaced on most of the papers, with nine of the 12 papers including terrorism, Yemen or Syria in their headlines.

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