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Kushner, Bannon, RNC Email

Senior Staff In Trump Administration Have Private RNC Email Accounts

According to Newsweek, senior Trump administration staffers including Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer, and Steve Bannon have active accounts on a Republican National Committee email system. The system (rnchq.org) is the same one the Bush administration was accused of using to evade transparency rules after claiming to have “lost” 22 million emails.

January 26, 2017
Trump can be ever so polite to his paragon Putin

That Rude, Crude Trump Is Ever So Polite — To Putin, His Paragon

What exactly do Trump voters think they’re getting out of the Russian connection? Most simply don’t care. They’ve basically chosen party over country. They dislike Americans who vote Democratic far more than Putin, a distant figure. And most are too busy gloating and rationalizing Trump’s boasts to worry about the Kremlin’s arm lock on the White House.

December 21, 2016
Trump may nominate John Bolton as Secretary of State

Trump May Name Iraq War Propagandist John Bolton As Top US Diplomat

Not only did John Bolton support the scheme to attack Iraq, but he actively promoted the official lies and propaganda that led up to the US invasion.

November 15, 2016
Trump tweets, Yemen

5 Ways Trump Is A Living Parody Of Conservative Beliefs

The exposure of Trump’s attempts to present himself as generous is invaluable, revealing a hollow man who represents the epitome of conservatism’s unchecked greed and exploitation.

October 31, 2016
Former U.S. President George W. Bush visits Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, Louisiana

Trump Likes Snub From Republican Elite

The neocon foreign policy elite vigorously embraced and enforced President George W. Bush starting three wars going into the 21st century: Afghanistan, Iraq and the global “war on terror.” Now these wise men are warning us against Donald Trump, 13 years after they swung the wrecking ball, many as W’s aides and appointees. Nice. Thanks, guys.

August 12, 2016
Julian Raven, a supporter of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, holds his artwork at the Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Donald Trump Offers Gasoline To A World Aflame

Far from making America “great” again, a Trump presidency would be a descent into the uncertainties of anger, bitterness and division, pitting much of America against Trump’s choleric legions of anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-ethnic supporters.

July 19, 2016
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair listens to a question during an appearance at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan

Iraq War Was Illegal, Former UK Deputy PM Says

A seven-year inquiry, also known as the Chilcot report, concluded Wednesday with harsh criticism of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s role in the handling of the Iraq War. The report, however, did not rule on the legality of the war.

July 10, 2016

Cartoon: Tony Blair Sort Of Apologizes For The Iraq War Disaster

“I will be with you, whatever”

July 7, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during a campaign event at the Trump Soho Hotel in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Donald Trump’s Speech: The Fact-Checking Game

Donald Trump gave a speech Wednesday in New York City attacking Hillary Clinton’s economic and foreign policy positions and record. But how do you know if what he said was true or false? Test your lie-detecting skills below in The National Memo’s fun new fact-checking game, “Go Fact-Check Yourself”!

June 23, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally to highlight POW-MIA issues on Memorial Day weekend in Washington, U.S. May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump Misses Every Point of International Treaties

Trump lacks an understanding of how many treaties the U.S. is a party to, how many countries those treaties include, and the fact that those countries will defend the United States when we ask them to do so. Yet it is clear from his continual calls for a tribute-based foreign policy that he ignores the other benefits of alliances, too.

May 31, 2016

This Election Is About The Past

You don’t need to be steeped in the minutiae of United States politics to work out why Donald Trump won the South Carolina primary – all you have to do is clear out all Trump’s talk about walls and borders and focus on the US’ intervention in Iraq. That’s right: Iraq.

May 29, 2016

Republican Trump Backed Iraq War In 2002 Interview, Says Views Changed

In the interview before the war began, radio personality Howard Stern asked Trump if he supported invading Iraq. “Yeah, I guess so.”

February 19, 2016
bernie iraq war

Vetting Bernie: He Never Voted For Intervention In Iraq — Except Twice

The socialist Vermont senator is under fresh scrutiny today on the (further) left, where his support for intervention in Bosnia and Afghanistan has raised sharp questions. In the online magazine Counter-Punch, Jeffrey St. Clair complains that even on Iraq, Sanders is a “hypocrite.”

February 17, 2016

In Newest Assault, Trump Goes After Cruz, Rubio, Bush, RNC — And Bush

Trump: Cruz “the single biggest liar I’ve ever come across, in politics or otherwise, and I have seen some of the best of them.”

February 15, 2016

How George W. Bush Made It Possible for Donald Trump To Wreck the GOP

Donald Trump mentioned the one indisputable fact you’re never, ever supposed to point out as a Republican: George W. Bush was president on 9/11. The only way he could go any further would be to actually throw a shoe at a Bush.

February 15, 2016

Refusing To Sit On Lead, Trump Gets Bitter In Republican Debate

Trump takes on the Iraq War: “They lied! They said there were weapons of mass destruction. And there were none.”

February 14, 2016

Iraqi Politician Ahmed Chalabi Who Pushed Bush To Invade Iraq Dies

Once viewed in Washington as its preferred future Iraqi leader, he lost favor among his American benefactors amid accusations that he had passed information to arch-foe Iran.

November 3, 2015

Cartoon: Jeb Bush Visits The Subject Of Iraq

“Where are we?”

August 16, 2015

Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, And Ignoring The Past

At least we’d know what to expect from them. That’s the cheeriest way to cast the latest in presidential dynasty news.

August 13, 2015

Jeb Bush’s Brotherly Wager

Bush’s attack on Clinton and Obama for their “blind haste” to get out of Iraq played well with the GOP voters — but it might haunt him later.

August 13, 2015

Analysis: Jeb Bush Offered Inaccurate Version Of Iraq War History

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, in his Tuesday speech that was billed as a major foreign policy address, provided a distorted version of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq and an incorrect account of the origins of the Islamic State.

August 12, 2015

Creators Of Iran Situation Should Stay Out Of It Now

In a speech on the Iran deal President Obama chastised Dick Cheney and his ilk. He didn’t mention the former vice president by name, but few in the audience would have missed the reference.

August 8, 2015

‘The Great War Of Our Time’ Goes Inside The CIA, To A Point

In his book The Great War of Our Time, former CIA deputy Director Michael Morell explains the blunder that led to Saddam Hussein being deposed and sent him into hiding in a spider hole.

June 21, 2015
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush looks on prior to speaking at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, DC, November 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

On Overseas Tour, Jeb Bush Hopes To Prove Himself On Foreign Policy

Bush’s trip is a nod to the dominant role foreign policy is expected to play in the 2016 presidential campaign.

June 8, 2015
Former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Can Jeb Bush Be His ‘Own Man’?

Jeb Bush’s last name comes with advantages that are difficult to overstate. In a presidential race, he gets, among other things, instant name recognition and a built-in fundraising apparatus from his father and brother. Those assets alone explain why a man who hasn’t won an election in more than a decade is nonetheless considered a […]

June 5, 2015