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Calling Secretary Tillerson

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When Rex Tillerson showed up for his first day of work at the State Department earlier this month, he moved quickly to allay the concerns of diplomats and others alarmed by President Trump’s security policies and… THE EDITORIAL BOARD  The New York Times Addressing a crowd in the department lobby, the new secretary of state spoke of his “high regard” for the… Mr. Tillerson generated good will… Calling Secretary… Read More »

Iran confirms: US paid ransom

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Back in September, I testified before the House Financial Services Committee on the allegation that the Obama administration had paid Iran a ransom—at the time it was believed to be $400 million but it was later revealed that the… Michael Rubin AEIdeas At the hearing, it is now clear that State Department officials lied outright to the… Iran confirms: US… Read More »

If You Want Israeli-Palestinian Peace, Stop Talking About A ‘Two-State Solution’

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Before you get a state, you have to learn how to live in peace. David Harsanyi The Federalist Not the reverse. This week, an… If You Want… Read More »

Reporters barred from U.S. press secretary briefing

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New York, February 24, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the decision today to bar nine news outlets from an informal briefing known as “a gaggle” by President Donald Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean… CPJ Separately, at the Conservative Party Action Conference in Maryland today, Trump said that journalists should not be allowed to use anonymous sources, and… Reporters barred from… Read More »

Donald Trump’s presidential diplomacy deal?

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Trump is treating the US as a business venture and replacing the ‘art of diplomacy’ with the ‘art of the deal’. Sean W Burges Al Jazeera News Most world leaders are having a hard time adapting to Donald Trump’s foreign policy style. None of his… Donald Trump’s presidential… Read More »

Slower May Be Better in Going at ISIS

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A couple of tendencies that are all too common in policymaking and policy debate tend to make for unwise foreign commitments or overextended foreign expeditions. Paul R. Pillar The National Interest One is to treat a goal that is at most an intermediate objective as if it were an end in itself. Doing so obfuscates… Slower May Be… Read More »

It’s Time To Stop Talking About A Border Wall And Start Stabilizing Mexico

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Wracked by drug wars and corruption, Mexico is in a state of crisis. John Daniel Davidson The Federalist If Trump wants a secure border, he should help stabilize, not isolate, Mexico. On Tuesday, the… It’s Time To… Read More »

My country had its own Trump. Here’s how we beat him.

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To any fair-minded observer, President Trump’s authoritarian instincts, Twitter outbursts and divisive rhetoric should be greatly concerning. Dalibor Rohac AEI Americans might take comfort in the fact that the United States is not the first country to elect and live under such a leader. I would know… My country had… Read More »

Elections in Europe: No risks for the EU, leaders readying to face Trump-Brexit

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Some political analysts in mainland Europe but many more in Britain and on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in the US, have rushed to call 2017 the year that can make or break the European Union. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting They basically argue that the three crucial legislative elections due in Holland next month, in France in April – May and in Germany this September can produce high-risk Eurosceptic governments. The argument continues… Elections in Europe… Read More »

Stop writing China off as an enemy. Millennials don’t.

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Julian Gewirtz is the author of “Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China.” Julian Gewirtz The Washington Post President Trump’s “America First” philosophy has increased tensions around the world, but the biggest shoe has yet to drop: He hasn’t laid out his policies toward China, a country he has repeatedly denounced . As a 27-year-old… Stop writing China… Read More »

Russia’s assault on America’s elections is just one example of a global threat

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One of the most startling allegations in a January report by U.S. intelligence agencies about Russian hacking was this sentence: “Russia has sought to influence elections across Europe.” David Ignatius The Washington Post This warning of a campaign far broader than the United States got little attention in America. We may be… Russia’s assault on… Read More »

Tired teens 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes as adults

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Teenagers who self-report feeling drowsy mid-afternoon also tend to exhibit more anti-social behavior such as lying, cheating, stealing and fighting. University of Pennsylvania Eurek Alert Now, research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of York, in the United Kingdom, shows that those same teens are 4.5 times more likely to commit violent crimes a decade and a half later. “It’s the first… Tired teens 4.5 times… Read More »

Federal Reserve minutes point to rate hike ‘fairly soon’

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WASHINGTON: Many Federal Reserve policymakers said it may be appropriate to raise interest rates again “fairly soon” should jobs and inflation data come in line with expectations, according to the… Reuters The Economic Times The minutes of the January 31-February 1 discussion, at which the U.S. central bank voted to keep rates unchanged, also showed the… Federal Reserve minutes… Read More »

The man who invented Trumpism

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Geert Wilders (Venlo, 6 september 1963) is een Nederlands politicus. Hij is partijleider van de Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) en namens deze partij fractieleider in de Tweede Kamer. Gefotografeerd in het gebouw van de 2e Kamer.
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Long before Donald Trump upended the American political landscape, Geert Wilders was rewriting the electoral playbook in the Netherlands, stomping ruthlessly over convention and being rewarded with votes. Naomi O’Leary Politico Not only are the two men alike in their peculiar blond hairdos; they share a talent for using controversy to dominate the news cycle and a tendency to forgo a hefty party apparatus in favor of a skeleton team of campaign loyalists and… The man who… Read More »

Take It from a European: NATO Is Obsoletea

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The alliance’s members no longer share common goals or interests. Tom Sauer The National Interest The recent visit by Secretary of Defense James Mattis to NATO allies does not erase the fact that, as a presidential candidate and president-elect, Donald Trump stated on many occasions that NATO is obsolete. It is a bigger… Take It from… Read More »

An entire Manhattan village owned by black people was destroyed to build Central Park

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Three churches, a school, and dozens of homes were… Heather Gilligan TimeLine When Reverend Christopher Rush laid the cornerstone of the First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1853, he placed in it a time capsule, a box that contained a bible, a hymn book, and… Rush, who escaped slavery and became the second ordained bishop of the… An entire Manhattan… Read More »