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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The National Security Case For Campaign Finance Reform

By Nathan Kohlenberg // Truman National Security Project.

After meeting with Vladimir Putin briefly at a summit in Vietnam this week, Trump announced that he believes the Russian president when he says that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election. He later amended that statement, clarifying that “I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election. As to whether I believe it or not, I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with the leadership.”

If Trump believes that Putin genuinely did not know about his own intelligence apparatus’ efforts to meddle in the election, he is not, in fact, “with our agencies,” which concluded months ago that Putin was intimately and directly involved with overseeing the operation.…

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How Do We Keep An Impulsive Trump From Launching Nuclear War?

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

How do you keep an impulsive and ignorant president, a man who has been described by his own Secretary of State as a “f**king moron,” from launching a nuclear war?

That terrifying question, often asked worriedly, privately or rhetorically over the last months, is echoing ever more loudly this week after President Trump insulted another inexperienced authoritarian nuclear commander, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

Trump described Kim as “short and fat,” and the 33-year-old dictator responded by sentencing Trump to death. The nightmare of nuclear-armed boys in the playground of geopolitics has come to life.…

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Roy Moore’s Preposterous Threat Against An Alabama News Publisher Backfires Spectacularly

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of sexually assaulting minors, sent a cease-and-desist to Alabama Media Group (AMG) over AL.com’s allegedly defamatory coverage of him.

AL.com, which endorsed Moore’s Democratic opponent Doug Jones, was ready with a blistering response: “AL.com hereby rejects your demand.”

A lawyer for AMG wrote that not only would it continue publishing stories about Roy Moore, but Moore’s poor image is “self-inflicted” and any litigation brought by Moore & Co. would result in “important information” being revealed about its clients.

The letter told Moore’s company to maintain available records of “Mr.…

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