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Why Trump’s in More Trouble than Nixon, Reagan and Clinton During Their Scandal Years

Why Trump’s in More Trouble than Nixon, Reagan and Clinton During Their Scandal Years

Jul 24, 2017

by Donne Levy Donne Levy is a retired college instructor in U.S. Asian History, and Western Civilization. This is the first presidential scandal involving a foreign government interfering with our election process and possible collusion by the man who won the election. Since George Washington Americans have taken pride in electing honest presidents. Whether the...

Why Obamacare Survived

Why Obamacare Survived

Jul 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Jeffrey Frankel, CAMBRIDGE – Since the United States’ Affordable Care Act (ACA) – or “Obamacare” – was enacted in 2010, Republicans have been promising to “repeal and replace” it. When the 2016 presidential and congressional elections delivered all three branches of the US government to the party, the time to fulfill that...

Sean Spicer out as White House press secretary

Sean Spicer out as White House press secretary

Jul 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned, it was announced Friday. The decision came after President Donald Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as communications director. In a Twitter statement, Spicer said he would leave the White House in August. For months, Spicer’s daily news briefings were must-see...

The Communications Novice at the Heart of Spicer’s Exit

The Communications Novice at the Heart of Spicer’s Exit

Jul 21, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci finds himself at the center of the latest storm in President Donald Trump’s White House after Sean Spicer resigned from his position as press secretary Friday. According to The New York Times, Spicer quit after telling Trump that he strongly disagreed with the appointment of Scaramucci as the new communications director. It was first…...

The Middle East’s Next War

The Middle East’s Next War

Jul 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joschka Fischer BERLIN – With the retaking of Mosul in northern Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS) could soon be a thing of the past. But the defeat of ISIS and the demise of its self-proclaimed Iraqi-Syrian caliphate won’t bring peace to the Middle East, or even an end to the Syrian tragedy. Rather, it is likely to open a new...

7 Pundits Who Spread the Myth of Trump’s Working-Class Voter Base

7 Pundits Who Spread the Myth of Trump’s Working-Class Voter Base

Jul 20, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. The media has gotten a few things disastrously wrong about Trump supporters. But a few commentators got things right. By Lauren Kaori Gurley Following Donald Trump’s ascent to the U.S. presidency, both liberal and conservative pundits and commentators have circulated a dangerous myth that the white working-class...

Trump ends program to train Syrian rebels

Trump ends program to train Syrian rebels

Jul 20, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to end the CIA”s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of President Bashar Al-Assad, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing U.S. officials. Arab intelligence services and the CIA have been training rebels since 2013 under the code name Timber Sycamore. The training...

As 75 Percent of Americans Fear ‘Major War’ Under Trump, Most Favor Diplomacy

As 75 Percent of Americans Fear ‘Major War’ Under Trump, Most Favor Diplomacy

Jul 19, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. New poll finds Americans want a cautious approach to North Korea’s recent actions by Julia Conley A vast majority of Americans are concerned about the United States’ potential involvement in a new major war—but most think military action is the wrong way to go about approaching international threats, according...

Trump Derangement Syndrome hastens the death of good story-telling

Trump Derangement Syndrome hastens the death of good story-telling

Jul 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2017 – Fake news, as currently constituted, centers almost entirely on Russians colluding with associates and family members of a New York real estate magnate for the purpose of denying a corrupt and craven political creature the highest office in the land. One who began her career as a sleazy attorney working for…...

Be Like Luke: Courage and Common Sense in the Age of Consumer Electronics

Be Like Luke: Courage and Common Sense in the Age of Consumer Electronics

Jul 16, 2017

By Roy Lee “I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do. I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new empire.” — Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith In the ever-popular Star Wars series, the Sith and Rebel Alliance are pitted against the Galactic Empire, a dictatorship based on...

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