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America, land of the (not-so) free, home of the (very) brave


In 2011, I made the decision to cut short my brief stint working in America and return to Australia. Freya Petersen ABC The catalyst was the birth of my first son, and my desire that he experience the same safe, sedate and relatively remote Australian childhood I enjoyed. The decision to… America, land of the… Read More »

Europe, this time we’re counting on you to save us

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured, from left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. On Saturday, President Trump is making several phone calls with world leaders from Japan, Germany, Russia, France and Australia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Without you, we might all be speaking Russian soon. Alex Finley Politico Dear Europe, You’ve heard us… Europe, this time… Read More »

Democrats are in real danger of overplaying their hand right now

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President Trump’s first 12 days in office have been marked by controversy, division (even among Republicans) and uncertainty. Aaron Blake The Washington Post His nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Tuesday night was the antithesis of all that. In the 49-year-old Gorsuch, Trump picked a man who by… Democrats are in… Read More »

Trump’s Plan to Reduce UN Spending Is a Step in the Right Direction

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Liberal panic in an budget-conservative world. Brett D. Schaefer The National Interest Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration was considering two executive orders to “drastically reduce the United States’ role in the United Nations and other international organizations.” A draft titled… Trump’s Plan to… Read More »

Women Have Lots More To Offer Society Than Cat Hats And Giant Unmentionables Pictures

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I humbly ask more of the feminist movement—not just for the sake of womanhood, but for the sake of humanity. Emily Carrington The Federalist As a little girl, I once asked the McDonald’s cashier for a Hot Wheels instead of a Barbie toy in my Happy Meal. The cashier responded with… Women Have Lots… Read More »

Trump shares Obama’s myopia in doing business with China

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The TPP withdrawal suggests that Mr Trump is preparing – wittingly or otherwise – to cede to China leadership of trade matters within the Asia region Anthony Rowley Asia Times US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama seem to share a common myopia when it comes to seeing the consequences of their actions with regard to trade and business with China. We saw this a… Trump shares Obama’s… Read More »

Sorry Mr. Franklin, The Republic Is Dead

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President Trump’s flurry of activity since taking office has been breathtaking to behold. Moses Apostaticus The Daily Caller Like no president before him, Trump is using the power of the presidential pen to roll back the worst excesses of the Obama years and bring the focus of government back to what is in the interests of the American people. Trump’s unilateral use… Sorry Mr. Franklin… Read More »

Two children, two faiths, one message

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(CNN) – A photo of two kids — a Muslim girl and Jewish boy — rallying for the same cause alongside their dads, warmed the hearts of audiences across social media. Gisela Crespo CNN Both children are pictured hoisted high above the crowd on their father’s shoulders, holding handmade signs. Seven-year-old Meryem looks across at Adin, 9, who is smiling back at her. Her father, Fatih… Two children, two… Read More »

No ‘G’day, mate’: On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags

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It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a… By Greg Miller and Philip Rucker The Washington Post Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and… No ‘G’day, mate’… Read More »

Why the Quebec mosque shooting happened

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Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimes have been on the rise in Quebec and Canada as a whole for years. Safiah Chowdhury Al Jazeera News “Hey hey, ho ho, we would rather have Trudeau,” chanted protesters in an American airport, gathered to challenge the executive order by the US President Donald Trump, effectively banning entry of Muslim refugees and residents… Why the Quebec… Read More »

Recess Gets A Makeover

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What’s the best time for students to have recess? Sophia Boyd npr Before lunch, or after? What happens if… Recess Gets A… Read More »

Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as secretary of state in 56-to-43 vote

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Rex Tillerson won confirmation Wednesday to become secretary of state, placing a longtime oil company executive at the helm of what President Trump has promised will be an “America first” foreign… By Anne Gearan The Washington Post The final vote was 56 to 43, with four members of the Democratic caucus in favor of confirmation: Sens… Senate confirms Rex… Read More »

EU Leader Identifies Russia, China, Trump as Threats

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European Union President Donald Tusk says China, Russia and the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump are among the top external threats facing the… VoA His remarks came in a letter to 27 EU leaders before a summit Friday in… “Particularly the change in… EU Leader Identifies… Read More »

What has Turnbull agreed to do for Trump?

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Let’s hope it’s worth it. Mark Beeson The Conversation Malcolm Turnbull has sacrificed whatever remaining credibility he may still have had as a small-l liberal in a desperate effort to save his tawdry asylum-seeker deal with the US government. Those hoping for… What has Turnbull… Read More »

Explainer: what are executive orders? And what force do they have in US politics?

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US President Donald Trump has signed a flurry of executive orders and actions in his first week-and-a-half in office. Bryan Cranston The Conversation These have ranged from those starting the process to build a border wall with Mexico and withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. But the executive… Explainer: what are… Read More »

Trump’s trade advis​​er says Germany uses euro to ‘exploit’ US and EU

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Peter Navarro, head of new National Trade Council, claims currency is ‘grossly undervalued’, sending it to eight-week… Nick Fletcher The Guardian Donald Trump’s top trade adviser has hit out at Germany and accused the country of gaining an unfair trade advantage from the… In a sign that the… Trump’s trade advis​​er… Read More »