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Retired and active military leaders endorse US candidates

America’s military appears to be split down the middle, when it comes to voting in a new president. Much like the chasm which divides American voters, retired and current leaders are taking sides, and making no bones about their support. Days after the Trump-Pence campaign…

Trump Secretly Mocks His Christian Supporters

One day in 2015, Donald Trump beckoned Michael Cohen, his longtime confidant and personal attorney, into his office. Trump was brandishing a printout of an article about an Atlanta-based megachurch pastor trying to raise $60 million from his flock to buy a private jet. Trump…

US continues to bully Cuba, puts AIS on ‘black list’

In yet another mean-spirited action by the Trump administration, the United States Department of State has added the Cuban remittance company American International Service (AIS) to its infamous “black list.” The move, which will likely only hurt ordinary Cubans in the long run, declared an…

Large-Scale Political Unrest Is Unlikely, But Not Impossible

When a reporter recently asked Donald Trump if he would accept a peaceful transition of power, the president wouldn’t commit. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In an apparent reference to mail-in ballots, he went on, “We’ll want to have—get rid of the ballots and…

Merrill’s Marauders finally get their recognition

About 3,000 patriotic men volunteered for Merrill’s Marauders in the Second World War, heeding the call of US President Roosevelt for a greater cause in a place worse than hell. Only 200 would survive. Let that sink in, for a bit, OK? … Only 200…

The Election Is Already Under Way in America’s Courts

Although the election is not technically until November 3, election season is already well under way—most significantly in the dozens of election-litigation cases that are determining how people can vote, whether they can vote, and whether their votes will be counted. In the many cases…

Can Democrats Stop the Nomination?

Anyone confidently predicting one way or another whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can seat a new justice on the Supreme Court is blustering. Here is the only thing that’s certain: The coming fight will not be resolved by principle—no matter how senators talk or…

A Dangerous Moment for the Court

The Supreme Court seems strangely immune to the bitterness that plagues our politics. Even now, when Americans can no longer agree on basic facts, the Court’s relative popularity has endured. Following Donald Trump’s 2016 election, the Court has what may be its most conservative majority…

Senate Republicans’ Last Chance to Stand Up to Trump

Nearly every reporter in Washington has experienced it: A Republican member of Congress says, “Off the record,” shifts into a quieter voice, and expresses how much he or she doesn’t like President Donald Trump. Soon after, you watch this same elected official speak up in…

National Guard eyed use of ‘heat ray’ on DC protest

Democracy and freedom in the United States, has taken another blow, with the news that the National Guard pondered the use of a secret weapon against innocent protesters in Washington D.C. Only under the malevolent leadership of President Donald Trump — the Stranglelovian spectre of…

An Experiment in Wisconsin Might Reveal the Key to Defeating Trump

No state has haunted the Democratic Party’s imagination for the past four years like Wisconsin. While it was not the only state that killed Hillary Clinton’s presidential hopes in 2016, it was the one where the knife plunged deepest. Clinton was so confident about Wisconsin…

Iran denies seeking vengeance in South African plot

Iran has denied a media report that claimed it is plotting to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, to avenge the killing of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani earlier this year, the National Post reported. Intelligence about the alleged threat, which first…

Trump now admits he was gung-ho to kill Assad

Another day, another outlandish statement by America’s president. As part of a lengthy diatribe against former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wanted to order an assassination against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2017, but that Mattis “was against…

Alexander Vindman: Trump Is Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’

Shortly after midnight on June 17, 1972, an unusually attentive security guard named Frank Wills discovered an unlocked door in the garage of the Watergate office complex. A piece of tape had been placed over the latch. Wills removed the tape and continued on his…

Mattis slept in his clothes, awaiting nuclear armageddon

It was the sum of all fears — a jingoistic US president poking the leader of a rogue nuclear power, risking a nuclear war. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a fictional adventure novel. This was all too real. As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continued to…

End the Nobel Peace Prize

Trolls are a Scandinavian invention, straight from the frigid sagas of Norse mythology, but Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a Norwegian parliamentarian, swears that he is not one. Observers of his antics this week could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. On Wednesday, he announced that he had nominated…

Actress Ellen Barkin: Trump a ‘Murderous Motherf***er’

Actress Ellen Barkin, star of TNT’s crime drama “Animal Kingdom,” took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to call President Donald Trump a “murderous motherfucker” as he was addressing the press on his administration’s progress on handling the coronavirus pandemic. 0…

TikTok remains resilient despite Trump threat, India

Embattled short video app TikTok is still the reigning champ when it comes to non-game apps, according to a report in Caixin Global. Despite losing the Indian market and President Donald Trump’s threat to ban it in the US, ByteDance-owned TikTok was still the world’s…

The Terrifying Inadequacy of American Election Law

Merely voting and counting the votes in this year’s election will be an extraordinary challenge. The country faces the worst public-health crisis in a century, a potentially severe shortage of poll workers, mail-in voting on an unprecedented scale, mounting functional problems at the U.S. Postal…

‘We Have Seen Very, Very Little Fraud’

President Donald Trump has spent months trying to convince Americans that universal mail-in voting would be a disaster for democracy. It is “dangerous,” he says, potentially “catastrophic”—an “embarrassment” that would “make our country the laughingstock of the world.” Just this week, in his speech kicking…

The RNC Is Terrified of Losing Women Voters

President Donald Trump is in trouble with women voters, and the GOP knows it. At the Republican National Convention last night, everyone from Vice President Mike Pence to Trump’s departing counselor, Kellyanne Conway, eagerly pointed out that they were speaking on the 100th anniversary of…

The Lie at the Heart of Melania’s Speech

In order to fill the White House Rose Garden for Melania Trump’s Tuesday night speech, COVID-19 safety procedures were ignored. Attendees did not social distance and did not mask, and not all were tested beforehand. The speech violated historic conventions about how the White House…

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