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EU, US come up short on Syria

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Aid agencies expect pledges at a Brussels donors’ conference to be ‘significantly lower’ than last… DAVID M. HERSZENHORN AND JACOPO BARIGAZZI  Politico An EU plea for more than $8 billion in emergency aid for Syria met resistance at an international donors’ conference on Wednesday, in the wake of a suspected chemical attack in Idlib that served as a… The killing of more than 70 people underscored the failure of a… EU, US come… Read More »

When a drug epidemic’s victims are white

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How racial bias and segregation molded a gentler response to the opioid… German Lopez Vox When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie discusses his compassionate approach to the ongoing opioid epidemic, he frequently brings up a close friend from law… He describes this friend as perfect — incredibly smart, with a… When a drug… Read More »

The Immunity Dance

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What should we make of the ousted National Security Adviser’s… Philip Rotner, Contributor The Huffington Post Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s offer to testify in exchange for immunity is the first step in an intricate Immunity… What may appear to be a straightforward attempt by a witness to protect himself is likely to play out through a haze of mixed and hidden motives and… Let’s start with the principal dancer… The Immunity… Read More »

Egypt Is Trump Country

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But is the American president’s embrace of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as radical as it… Shadi Hamid The Atlantic In one of his first acts in office, President Donald Trump phoned his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al… The symbolism was telling: Sisi wasn’t just another Arab autocrat but one of the region’s most… The Trump-Sisi mutual appreciation society of two… Egypt Is Trump… Read More »

Kushner has a singular and almost untouchable role in Trump’s White House

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When Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, touched down in Iraq on Monday, his visit to the critical Middle East country preceded more traditional trips by either the… By Ashley Parker and John Wagner  The Washington Post Kushner’s unusual journey to Baghdad — including a… In an administration riven by competing factions and… Kushner has a… Read More »

Relatives of U.S. prisoners in Egypt chide Trump

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Despite families’ request, president does not mention human rights in remarks about Sisi’s… Josh Meyer Politico President Donald Trump once again dodged any public comment on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s much-maligned human rights record after their meeting Monday, even as… One of them is 17-year-old Ahmed Hassan of… Relatives of U.S… Read More »

Is the American Dream killing us?

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It isn’t often that economics raises the most profound questions of human existence, but the recent work of economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton (wife and husband, both of Princeton University) comes close. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post You may recall that a few years ago, Case and Deaton reported the startling finding that the death rates of non-Hispanic middle-aged whites had gotten worse — they were dying younger. The results were… Is the American… Read More »

How American women gained, lost, and are regaining their collective voice

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Women have been far more prominent in American politics throughout history than conventional wisdom might suggest. Kristin Goss VOX This the second post in a series on the 100th anniversary of Jeannette Rankin’s induction into the US House of Representatives. Passing the statue… How American women… Read More »

Jeb Bush warns robots taking US jobs is not science fiction

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Sunday that people “should be marching in the streets” to demand changes to “antiquated” education systems that… DANIEL CHAITIN Washington Examiner “The looming challenge of automation and artificial intelligence and the rapid advancement of technology brings great benefits but also creates huge challenges,” Bush… The threat of a… Jeb Bush warns… Read More »

More Flynn omissions as White House discloses Russia Today payment

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The ousted national security adviser itemizes payments, revealing at least $5,000 from Kremlin-funded media… By DARREN SAMUELSOHN and BRYAN BENDER Politico Former national security adviser Michael Flynn reported payments of at least $5,000 for a speaking engagement with the Kremlin-funded English… That RT payment and two… More Flynn omissions… Read More »

Black and Proud. Even if Strangers Can’t Tell.

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My 11-year-old is understated, but not shy. Rebecca Carroll The New York Times He likes to bake, loves video games, is loyal to his friends and, biased as I may be, is a pretty good-looking kid. He gets mad… Black and Proud… Read More »

China’s yuan a long way from challenging almighty dollar

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IMF’s renminbi disclosure shows currency has only small impact on global foreign-exchange… TOM BUERKLE Asia Times When Deng Xiaoping set China on the course of market-oriented reform nearly 40 years ago, he called his pragmatic and incremental approach “stepping on stones to cross the… The Chinese currency’s much-ballyhooed entry into global finance has landed on a… China’s yuan a… Read More »

Why the Pentagon doesn’t want Turkey’s help in Syria

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Like a marriage held together for the sake of the kids, the U.S. and Turkey keep saying nice things in public, while privately fuming and… JAMIE MCINTYRE Examiner The growing rift between the two countries stems from the intractable dispute over the U.S. plan to liberate Raqqa with a loose coalition of… Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered his military to… Why the Pentagon… Read More »

Opinion: After a Historic March, What’s Next for Women?

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Last week, we were treated to a news photo that will live in infamy: two dozen white male Republican congressmen (and zero women) around a White House conference table talking about dumping maternity and… Tina Brown The New York Times It instantly went viral: “A rare look inside the GOP’s women’s health caucus,” tweeted Senator… Seven days later, the… Opinion: After a… Read More »

Serious Tax Reform Will Come to DC This Year

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Congress has backed itself into a… Grover G. Norquist The National Interest Substantive tax reform will pass in… Its outlines are clear and the details are… Keep in mind that the tax-reform package will be passed through the reconciliation process, which requires that changes not increase the deficit in years eleven to… Anything goes in the… Serious Tax Reform… Read More »

Trump, Trumpism, and the Conservatives’ challenge

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If President Donald Trump really wants to bring the House Freedom Caucus to heel, he will probably have to escalate his attacks on them. Ramesh Ponnuru AEI Tweets about the group of 30 or so of the most conservative Republicans in the House won’t do it. He will have… Trump, Trumpism, and… Read More »