Sunday, May 26, 2019

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You Must Be Kidding!

Adventures in an American World of Frustration. Recently, sorting through a pile of old children’s books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories. Written by Steve Kroll, a long-dead friend, it focused on the eternally frustrating everyday adventures of Nina, a little girl whose...

Donald Trump, After Blasting Iraq War, Picks Top Iraq Hawk as Security Adviser

Donald Trump named former CIA director and extremist neoconservative James Woolsey his senior adviser on national security issues on Monday. Woolsey, who left the CIA in 1995, went on to become one of Washington’s most outspoken promoters of U.S. war in Iraq and the Middle East. As such, Woolsey’s selection...

Obama Unlikely to Vow No First Use of Nuclear Weapons

President Obama, who has weighed ruling out a first use of a nuclear weapon in a conflict, appears likely to abandon the proposal after top national security advisers argued that it could undermine allies and embolden Russia and China, according to several senior administration officials. Mr. Obama considers a reduction...

Sleepwalking into a big war

The major powers are planning for war and claim that’s the best way to defend against war. Will this mutual hawkishness lead to armed conflict? As the US presidential race approaches its climax and European officials ponder the implications of the UK’s Brexit vote, public discussion of security affairs is...

Trump’s Top Fundraiser Eyes the Deal of a Lifetime

Steven Mnuchin might have a shot at Treasury secretary, but his Wall Street pedigree makes him the type Donald Trump fans love to hate. Until one Tuesday in April, Steven Mnuchin's life had been ordered meticulously. The son of a Goldman Sachs partner, he was publisher of the Yale Daily...

Congressional Democrats Call on FBI to Investigate Their Political Adversaries’ Kremlin Ties

Leading House Democrats on Tuesday sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey, which they promptly published, asking the agency to investigate whether the Trump campaign and the Russian government have entered into a joint plot “to interfere with the U.S. presidential election.” Although the House Democrats say they do...

Did Russia Really Hack U.S. Election Systems?

American e-voting is vulnerable to hacking, but that doesn’t mean Moscow’s agents hacked Illinois and Arizona voter databases — this time. When an FBI alert to state election authorities warning them of hacking leaked to the media this week, the result was one of studied panic. Two voter registration databases...

Dr. Drew show canceled days after host’s negative speculation about Hillary Clinton’s health

Drew Pinsky’s six-year-old HLN show, “Dr. Drew On Call,” has been canceled by CNN, effective Sept. 22. In a statement, CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz said he and Pinsky “have mutually agreed to air the final episode of his show on September 22″ but gave no specific reason for the...

The truth about Clinton’s health

In Hillary Clinton's inner circle, it’s common knowledge that there are times she’s so low-energy that she blanks out for hours. When that happens, she is given to strange mental spells during which she has little or no control over what she says and does. She sometimes mutters things...

The GOP’s Stealth War Against Voters

Will an anti-voter-fraud program designed by one of Trump's advisers deny tens of thousands their right to vote in November? When Donald Trump claimed, "the election's going to be rigged," he wasn't entirely wrong. But the threat was not, as Trump warned, from Americans committing the crime of "voting many,...

The Legality of Donald Trump’s Proposal to Try US Citizens by Military Commission

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made headlines once again yesterday by saying that he would be “fine” with trying American citizens accused of terrorism in military commissions at Guantanamo Bay. Trump stated that, “I want to make sure that if we have radical Islamic terrorists, we have a very...
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Trump Wants To Stop The New Cold War

Cohen says the media at large is doing a huge disservice to the American people by ignoring the substance of Trump's arguments about NATO and Russia, and buying the Clinton campaign's simplistic smear that Trump is a Russian "Manchurian candidate." "That reckless branding of Trump as a Russian agent, most...

If Russian Intelligence Did Hack the DNC, the NSA Would Know, Snowden Says

As my colleague Glenn Greenwald told WNYC on Monday, while there may never be conclusive evidence that the Democratic National Committee was hacked by Russian intelligence operatives to extract the trove of embarrassing emails published by WikiLeaks, it would hardly be shocking if that was what happened. “Governments do spy...

Shades of the Cold War: How the DNC fabricated a Russian hacker conspiracy to...

Leaked revelations of the DNC's latest misconduct bear a disturbing resemblance to Cold War red-baiting. Now wait a minute, all you upper-case “D” Democrats. A flood light suddenly shines on your party apparatus, revealing its grossly corrupt machinations to fix the primary process and sink the Sanders campaign, and within...

An Interview With Michael T. Flynn, the Ex-Pentagon Spy Who Supports Donald Trump

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, is convinced the nation is facing a potential existential threat: a rising tide of Muslim extremists. Since being forced to retire in August 2014, Flynn has been an outspoken critic of the administration, alleging the Obama White...

Democratic Congresswoman Suggests Trump May Be a Clinton Plant

Some conservative Republicans disgusted by Donald Trump's offensive, scorched-earth campaign have long suspected their party’s nominee to be secretly in league with his erstwhile friends Bill and Hillary Clinton. They wonder whether Bill Clinton and Trump worked out an agreement — perhaps during the course of that “casual” phone...

Pushing Russia Toward War

NATO's military pressure on Russia and the West’s economic sanctions have empowered Moscow’s hardliners, setting the stage for an escalation of the new Cold War into possibly a hot one, ex-British intelligence officer Alastair Crooke warns. Something significant happened in the last few days of April, but it seems the only...

Ex-Generals March Into Campaign 2016’s Political Wars

Trump's rise has retired generals and admirals playing politics — and weighing races of their own — in ways that haven't been seen in decades. One of Washington’s best-known public figures is warning that politicians are spreading “toxic” anti-Muslim rhetoric that amounts to “blanket discrimination against people on the basis...

Donald Trump’s Idea to Cut National Debt: Get Creditors to Accept Less

After assuring Americans he is not running for president “to make things unstable for the country,” the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump, suggested that he might reduce the national debt by persuading creditors to accept something less than full payment. Asked on Thursday whether the United States needed to...

The Real Meaning of Donald Trump

"Low-energy Jeb." "Little Marco." "Lyin’ Ted." "Crooked Hillary." Give Donald Trump credit. He has a memorable way with insults. His have a way of etching themselves on the brain. And they’ve garnered media coverage, analysis, and commentary almost beyond imagining. Memorable as they might be, however, they won’t be...

Defense contractor employees give the most money to Hillary Clinton

Clinton beats all of the Republicans, plus Bernie Sanders, in getting the defense industry’s financial help for her presidential campaign. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has collected more than any other candidate in the 2016 race from employees tied to the 50 largest contractors with the U.S. Department of Defense...

A World War has Begun: Break the Silence

I have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, “Where is that?” If I offer a clue by referring to “Bikini”, they say, “You mean the swimsuit.” Few seem...

Bashing Both Iran and Obama, Trump Scores Points at AIPAC

The GOP front-runner told a skeptical audience exactly what they wanted to hear, calming his critics — and winning some new supporters along the way. One of America’s most indelicate men tackled some of the world’s most delicate issues on Monday — and escaped unscathed. In an address to the powerful...

Trump questions need for NATO, outlines noninterventionist foreign policy

Donald Trump outlined an unabashadly noninterventionist approach to world affairs Monday, telling The Washington Post's editorial board that he questions the need for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which has formed the backbone of Western security policies since the Cold War. The meeting at The Post covered a range of...

A transcript of Donald Trump’s meeting with The Washington Post editorial board

FREDERICK RYAN JR., WASHINGTON POST PUBLISHER: Mr. Trump, welcome to the Washington Post. Thank you for making time to meet with our editorial board. DONALD TRUMP: New building. Yes this is very nice. Good luck with it. RYAN: Thank you... We’ve heard you’re going to be announcing your foreign policy team...

When Donald Trump Needs a Loan, He Chooses Deutsche Bank

Despite some clashes, the Republican front-runner has been a regular client of the German lender. One of Donald Trump's closest allies on Wall Street is a now-struggling German bank. While many big banks have shunned him, Deutsche Bank AG has been a steadfast financial backer of the Republican presidential candidate’s business...

A Mafia Don with a Pompadour

Every four years Americans get to vote for a President. The last President who might have made a positive difference to the country and the world was John F. Kennedy. Just before his assassination, JFK was moving to disengage from Vietnam. He was in a back-channel dialogue with Soviet...

Soros, Alarmed by Trump, Pours Money into 2016 Race

The billionaire has already spent or pledged $13 million to help Hillary Clinton and other Democrats this year. The liberal New York financier George Soros, whose effort to unseat President George W. Bush in 2004 shattered political spending records, is returning to big-ticket giving after an 11-year hiatus. Soros has spent...

The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism

College-educated elites, on behalf of corporations, carried out the savage neoliberal assault on the working poor. Now they are being made to pay. Their duplicity—embodied in politicians such as Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama—succeeded for decades. These elites, many from East Coast Ivy League schools, spoke the...

Meet The Mega-Donors Funding Donald Trump’s Islamophobic Allies

WASHINGTON — When billionaire eccentric and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called for banning all Muslims from entering the United States of America, he used what appeared to be data backing up the fears his policy was designed to alleviate. In his announcement, Trump pointed to a Center for Security...

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