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Let Ivanka be first lady

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Ivanka Trump exits Trump Tower November 17, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

If she surrenders her business interests, there’s no reason why Ivanka shouldn’t do what other first daughters have done throughout US history. Politico Josh Zeitz The team at Trump Tower turned heads last week when word slipped that Ivanka Trump, the incoming first daughter, is eyeing an office suite in the East Wing normally reserved for the first lady. A spokesperson for the… Let Ivanka be… Read More »

Canadian hostage, children seen in just-released Taliban video

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A Canadian held hostage in Afghanistan since 2012 and his family are living a “Kafkaesque nightmare,” according to a video released today by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-linked group. The Star Michelle Shephard The two sons born in captivity to hostages Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman were shown for the first time in a video posted Monday as the couple pleaded for their family’s release, asking U.S. President Barack Obama to think about… Canadian hostage, children seen in… Read More »

Donald Trump will violate the US constitution on inauguration day

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Because of the emoluments clause, the electoral college would be fully justified in concluding that he is unsuited to the presidency The Guardian Laurence H Tribe When Donald Trump swears at the inauguration that he will “faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States”, he will… Donald Trump will violate the… Read More »

Our overcrowded prisons and recidivist governments

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The stark, unpalatable reality is that the numbers of prisoners in Australia grew 8 per cent from 36,134 in 2015 to 38,845 in 2016. The Canberra Times Ross Fitzgerald This is nothing short of scandalous. The US has the highest… Our overcrowded prisons… Read More »

One of the biggest VC’s in Silicon Valley explains how basic income could fail in America

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Sam Altman is putting a lot of faith in the idea that giving people free money will make them happier and healthier, but that doesn’t mean he’s betting it all. Business Insider Chris Weller Altman is the president of Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s largest startup accelerator. Beginning in 2017, he and… One of the… Read More »

Did America Really Lose the First Gulf War?

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How Desert Storm taught us all the wrong lessons. The National Interest Daniel L. Davis In the heady days following the spectacular U.S. victory over Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard armored divisions in Operation Desert Storm, military experts in Washington celebrated the fact that the U.S. military was vastly… Did America Really Lose… Read More »

World War III has already begun: Cyber-war underway as biggest military build-up continues

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With nations across the globe stockpiling weapons on a scale not seen for decades, 2017 could see the cold war develop into a full scale conflict costing millions of lives. Express Rebecca Flood Already largely due to Vladimir Putin’s sabre-rattling, China’s increasing belligerence and a new USA with Donald Trump at the helm a country as peace-loving as Sweden has been placed on a war footing. And internet security experts say… World War III has already… Read More »

This Proposed Pipeline Would Cut Right Through The Appalachian Trail

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Conservation groups are rallying against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The Huffington Post Hilary Hanson  Environmental groups are voicing opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut across the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and require clearing a… This Proposed Pipeline… Read More »

Wonder and Worry, as a Syrian Child Transforms

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Canada welcomes Syrian refugees like no other country. The New York Times By CATRIN EINHORN and JODI KANTOR  But for one 10-year-old’s parents, is she leaving too much behind? TORONTO — As soon as Bayan Mohammad, a… Wonder and Worry… Read More »

Now, America, You Know How Chileans Felt

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DURHAM, N.C. — It is familiar, the outrage and alarm that many Americans are feeling at reports that Russia, according to a secret intelligence assessment, interfered in the United States election to help Donald J. Trump become president. The New York Times By ARIEL DORFMAN I have been through this before, overwhelmed by a… Now, America, You… Read More »

Are the United States and China Destined for War?

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Are Washington and Beijing fated to repeat the mistakes Britain and Germany made a century earlier? The National Interest Ali Wyne Concern about an armed confrontation between the United States and China is… Are the United… Read More »

SHOCK DISCOVERY: Scientists find place on earth where GRAVITY hardly exists

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THE mystery surrounding a strange place on earth where gravity barely exists has finally been solved by a crack team of scientists. Express Patrick Christys For more than 40 years experts were baffled by an “anti-gravity zone” surrounding the Hudson Bay are in Canada, with some conspiracy theorists even claiming the spot might be a portal into another dimension. Scientists conducting a global gravity… SHOCK DISCOVERY: Scientists find… Read More »

Barack Obama vows retaliation against Russia for meddling in US elections

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President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States will retaliate against Russian hacking aimed at interfering in the US election. Daily Nation “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action,” Obama told NPR radio. “And we will, at a time and place of… Barack Obama vows retaliation against… Read More »

Should the United States Wage War for Friends?

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I was honored to participate in the Soho Forum’s successful debate earlier this week in New York City concerning the question of whether, “The United States should be prepared to use force in defense of friendly nations even when not subject to the direct threat of force.” The National Interest Christopher A. Preble Arguing in the affirmative was the esteemed constitutional scholar Richard Epstein. I argued that the nation’s interest, not friendship, should guide the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, ... Read More »

Mattis’s First Order Of Business In Central Command: Fire Mike Flynn

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Future Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis removed former Army Lt. Gen. and future National Security Advisor Mike Flynn from his intelligence role in Afghanistan, according to Army documents obtained by the Washington Post. The Daily Caller Russ Read Mattis removed Flynn from his position in 2010 after Flynn was investigated by Central Command (CENTCOM) for sharing classified information with Pakistani officials. Mattis took over as head of… Mattis’s First Order Of Business In… Read More »

Donald Trump Should Know: This Is What Climate Change Costs Us

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Last week, Donald J. Trump’s transition team sent a startling questionnaire to the Department of Energy. The New York Times By MICHAEL GREENSTONE and CASS R. SUNSTEIN Among other things, the questionnaire asked for the names of all employees and contractors who attended meetings of the… Donald Trump Should… Read More »