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Killing The Electoral College Is A Dumb Idea Pushed By Ignorant People

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Some very nice, apparently well-educated people are peddling absolute Pablum about the Electoral College. The Federalist By Donna Carol Voss If you want to get rid of the Electoral College, you don’t understand how it works. I mean the… Killing The Electoral… Read More »

Hope, certainty and trust: issues abound in US refugee resettlement deal

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This week, Sky News Australia aired a report from Nauru – having been given rare access to the island nation – on the Australia-US deal to resettle refugees detained there and on Manus Island. The Conversation The reporter, Laura Jayes, had visited Nauru in the previous week. Her report contained footage of interactions with some asylum seekers and refugees responding to questions put to them on the resettlement deal. The report included claims the… Hope, certainty and trust: issues abound ... Read More »

Cities focus resistance against US President-elect Donald Trump

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Though Donald Trump has barely left the gilded confines of Trump Tower in Manhattan since he won the US election on November 8, already the city around him is marshalling its defences. SMH Josephine Tovey New York mayor Bill de Blasio, a progressive Democrat, is one of many city leaders across America already voicing defiance at a range of the President-elect’s professed positions. “We will use all the tools at our disposal to Cities focus resistance against US… Read More »

Canadian military to get guidelines on dealing with child soldiers

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Excerpts of the new guidelines say the “aim is to provide the interim guidance required to address and mitigate the broad challenges posed by the presence of child soldiers in areas where we may undertake missions.” The Star By Tonda MacCharles, Ottawa Bureau reporter OTTAWA—Canada’s top soldier is issuing the first-ever guidelines for Canadian military to… Read More »

Is Michael Flynn Donald Trump’s Machiavelli?

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President-elect Trump has not yet chosen a Secretary of State, but his most important foreign policy advisor has already been named. The National Interest Christopher J. Fettweis The national security advisor is the primary aide to the president for international affairs, the first and last one in the room for all major decisions. It will be General Michael Flynn’s job to… Is Michael Flynn Donald Trump’s… Read More »

Trump picks retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense

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President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis, who has said that responding to “political Islam” is the major security issue facing the United States, to be secretary of defense. The Washington Post By Dan Lamothe “We are going to appoint Mad… Trump picks retired… Read More »

America Needs More Energy To Power Its Manufacturing Resurgence

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Due to a confluence of technology, existing infrastructure, workforce, rule of law and markets, America is on the verge of a massive manufacturing boom that will boost domestic energy demand while adding jobs and lifting incomes. The Daily Caller Chuck DeVore The fuel for this coming boom is simple: the… America Needs More… Read More »

Turkey’s Islamist president is embracing Donald Trump

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The sultan and the salesman The Economist But Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s enthusiasm may not last long  IN JUNE, a few months after Donald Trump, then a candidate for the Turkey’s Islamist president… Read More »

Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it

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Many of his staffers are from an opaque corporate misinformation network. We must understand this if we are to have any hope of fighting back against them The Guardian George Monbiot Yes, Donald Trump’s politics are incoherent. But those who surround him know just what they want, and his lack of clarity enhances their power. To understand what is coming, we need to… Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t… Read More »

Tom Price, Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services pick, worried about the “fiscal impact” of gay rights legislation

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Price may have a new way to discriminate against the LGBTQ community Salon Matthew Rozsa Rep. Tom Price, who was selected by President-elect Donald Trump as his pick for secretary of health and human services on Monday, has previously expressed views about the LGBTQ community that call into… Tom Price, Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services pick, worried about… Read More »

America says goodbye to Michelle Obama, its mom-in-chief

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As she prepares to leave the White House, first lady and self-titled “mom-in-chief” Michelle Obama remains popular. Sara Hayden The Conversation Indeed, Obama was one of Hillary Clinton’s most powerful advocates during Clinton’s historic but ultimately unsuccessful presidential campaign. From Obama’s speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention to her rebuke of Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women, Obama urged the country to “go high” for the sake of our children. Assuming a maternal role is not unusual for a ... Read More »


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Turkey already conducts operations in the U.S. against those with whom Erdogan disagrees. Newsweek Michael Rubin Turkey has never been known for its respect for human rights, but one of the most troubling aspects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule has been Turkey’s increasing aggressiveness toward dissidents and political opponents, not… MICHAEL RUBIN: WILL ERDOGAN BRING ASSASSINATIONS HERE? Read More »

Michael Flynn Is The Wrong Man For Trump’s National Security Advisor

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For a job that requires laser-sharp judgment, Michael Flynn seriously misjudges major world leaders like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Federalist Robert Carle Gen. Michael Flynn has a noble record of service to the country in Afghanistan and Iraq, but events of the last month have called into question his fitness to serve as President Trump’s national security advisor, a position once held by Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Condoleeza Rice. First, on election ... Read More »

US 300 refugee deal intake claims false: Dutton

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2001, file photo, men shave, brush their teeth and prepare for the day at a refugee camp on the Island of Nauru.  The United States and Australia are close to announcing a deal in which the U.S. would resettle hundreds of asylum seekers banished by Australia to Pacific island camps, a newspaper reported on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.  The U.S. had agreed to accept up to 1,800 refugees held for up to three years at Australia's expense in camps on the impoverished island nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea, The Australian newspaper reported.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

The Turnbull government won’t reveal whether the United States will only accept a limited number of refugees from Nauru. SBS The Turnbull government won’t reveal whether the United States will limit its intake of refugees from Nauru under a resettlement deal. But Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is… US 300 refugee deal intake claims… Read More »

What Has Strained U.S. – Turkey Relations And What Needs To Be Done

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The relationship between the U.S. and Turkey has long held strategic importance for both countries, but lately it has come under strain. The Daily Caller Gen. Ilker Basbug Two major issues are exacerbating tensions: The U.S.’s support of the PYD in Syria, and concerns regarding how the… What Has Strained… Read More »

Haiti: violent protests erupt over presidential election result

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Early results give win to political newcomer Jovenel Moïse, a banana exporter The Guardian Reuters Losing candidates vow to fight outcome amid low turnout and irregularities Violent protests have erupted in Haiti as… Haiti: violent protests erupt over… Read More »