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Country First: Why John McCain Must Dump Trump

“Country first” is not an easy ideal to uphold, especially in our polarized national politics. For years the former prisoner of war could claim, more plausibly than most American politicians, that he has tried to live by those words. Not any more.

August 6, 2016
Former Nuclear Missile-Launch Officer: ‘The Prospect Of A Donald Trump Presidency Keeps Me Up At Night’

#EndorseThis: Former Nuclear Missile-Launch Officer: ‘The Prospect Of A Donald Trump Presidency Keeps Me Up At Night’

If someone who’s been near the nukes is afraid of a major presidential candidate, something ain’t right.

Former Nuclear Missile-Launch officer John Noonan appeared on MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes on Wednesday to elaborate on his now-viral tweets about the danger of a Donald Trump presidency. “Buckle the hell up,” the former Jeb Bush adviser tweeted. “Nuclear deterrence is about balance. Trump is an elephant jumping up and down on one side of the scale. So damn dangerous.”

August 4, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Trump REALLY Wants To Know: ‘Why Can’t We Use Nukes?’

Ask any on-the-fence Hillary Clinton supporter why it is that they can’t throw their weight behind The Donald, and their answer usually comes down to one thing: Nukes. “I can’t image his stubby, paranoid little fingers on the nuclear trigger,” they’ll say. And they’re right.

August 3, 2016
FILE PHOTO - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 3rd Meeting of Activists in Fisheries under the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 29, 2015. KCNA/ via REUTERS/ File Photo

Latest North Korea Missile Launch Lands Near Japanese Waters

North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described the launch as a “grave threat.”

August 3, 2016
Japanese protester holds a placard to protest against U.S. President Obama and Japanese PM Abe, at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima

Hair-Trigger Alert

The time has come for extraordinary change. We need a new vision, a manifestation of the moral intelligence that is also part of who we are: a vision of how this nuclear-armed, gun-saturated nation can disarm itself and, in the process, become a force for real peace.

June 29, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Trump Lies About Letting Japan Have Nukes, CNN Chyron Fact-Checks Him

Yesterday, CNN stepped their game up yet again. No, it wasn’t a topographical hologram of Donald Trump’s hair plugs. In fact, it was even more important: Fact-checking.

June 3, 2016
Shinto priests pray at the Motoyasu River opposite the Atomic Bomb Dome at sunrise in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Should America Apologize For Hiroshima?

Last week, when it was announced Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, everyone from Salon to the National Review raised two important questions: Will the president apologize for what America did 71 years ago this August? Should he? The White House says the answer to the first question is No. For whatever it’s worth, the answer to the second is, too.

May 15, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive for a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Obama To Become First Sitting President To Visit Hiroshima

Obama does not plan to apologize for the deployment of nuclear bombs on either Hiroshima or Nagasaki, according to White House aides, nor for anything else on a weeklong trip that also includes a visit to the former war zone of Vietnam.

May 10, 2016
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Japan: Constitution Doesn’t Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

Japan’s constitution does not ban the country from having nuclear weapons, contrary to popular belief, government officials under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe insisted recently

April 4, 2016
Iraqi security forces secure a road after bomb attacks outside the Green Zone in Baghdad

Irradiated Iraq: The Nuclear Nightmare We Left Behind

“Iraq is one large hazardous waste site,” Ritter says. “If it was the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency would declare it a Superfund site and order it be cleaned.”

March 31, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he leads the news media on a tour of the construction site of the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump Questions NATO, Asia Nuclear Weapons Ahead Of Washington Summit

In another sharp departure from historic U.S. policy, Trump said in an interview published on Sunday by The New York Times that he would consider letting Japan and South Korea build their own nuclear weapons, rather than rely on America for protection against North Korea and China.

March 27, 2016
Pyongyang citizens gather in front of a big screen at Pyongyang Railway Station in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, to watch a news report on the hydrogen bomb test on Jan. 6, 2016. North Korea announced Wednesday that it has successfully carried out its first hydrogen bomb test. (Lu Rui/Xinhau/Zuma Press/TNS)

The H-Bomb: The Most Destructive Weapon On Earth

The thermonuclear, or hydrogen bomb — of the kind that North Korea said it had tested Wednesday — was developed after the nuclear weapons used on Japan in World War II and is far more destructive.

January 7, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Trump reacts to a comment from Dr. Carson and reaches over to him in the midst of the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas

5 Worst Moments For America In The GOP Debates

The Republican debates resemble actual politics about as much as ‘The Apprentice’ resembles actual business or Trump resembles an actual statesman. The deception and propaganda masquerading as tough tough talk began at the first debate and just keeps getting worse. Here are the five worst moments so far.

December 21, 2015
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A Wedge For Nuclear Disarmament

What if the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons weren’t simply a verbal coffin in which hope for humanity’s future lay interred? What if it could come to life and help reorganize global culture?

August 17, 2015
People pray for the atomic bomb victims in front of cenotaph for the victims of 1945 atomic bombing, at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima

Hiroshima Marks Atomic Bombing, Worries About Steps Toward War

Thousands in Hiroshima on Thursday commemorated the 70th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing while survivors warned about Japan’s moves away from its pacifist constitution.

August 6, 2015
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Iran Deal: Why Would We Heed The Same Voices That Are Always Wrong?

Many on the American right have often preferred war, including the utterly insane risk of nuclear war, to dealing with our enemies.

July 14, 2015
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, July 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

WATCH LIVE: President Obama Addresses Iran Nuclear Deal

See the president’s speech live.

April 2, 2015
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Iran Nuclear Talks Expected To Last Right Up To Deadline

Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are coming down to the wire.

March 30, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14 for a bilateral meeting to provide guidance to their negotiating teams before their next round of discussions, which begin on January 15. U.S. Mission/Eric Bridiers via Flickr

Iran Nuclear Talks Still Far From A Deal, Officials Say

Time is running out for nuclear negotiators.

March 17, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry continued his meetings in Montreux March 4 with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif. Under Secretary Wendy Sherman and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in the meetings. (US Mission Geneva via Flickr)

That GOP Letter To Iran? Not Illegal, But Not Smart Either

The Cotton Doctrine is going to be a long-term problem for Republicans.

March 16, 2015
President Barack Obama leaves Air Force One with Sen. Barbara Boxer after arriving at LAX on Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Los Angeles. Obama will tape an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and attend a DNC event. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Obama Administration Collects Data To Sell Iran Nuclear Deal

The White House is preparing for a tough sell on a nuclear deal with Iran.

March 16, 2015
Denis McDonough addresses the U.S. Islamic World Forum on May 30, 2012. (U.S.-Islamic World Forum/Flickr)

Obama Deputy Warns Senate Against Undermining Iran Nuclear Talks

The White House is pushing back against Senate interference in the Iran negotiations.

March 16, 2015
The U.S. Capitol under construction in October, 2014 (Mike Maguire via Flickr)

Senators’ Letter To Iran Leader Sets Dangerous Precedent

Congressional Republicans reached yet another new low this week.

March 14, 2015
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and former Ambassador John Bolton speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Tom Cotton’s Diplomacy Is Working Out Pretty Well For Tom Cotton

Senator Cotton’s Iran letter is bad for the GOP, and worse for diplomacy — but pretty good for him.

March 11, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14 for a bilateral meeting to provide guidance to their negotiating teams before their next round of discussions, which begin on January 15. U.S. Mission/Eric Bridiers via Flickr

Iran Leader Says GOP Senators’ Letter Implies U.S. ‘Not Trustworthy’

Is this mission accomplished for the Senate GOP?

March 10, 2015