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Monday, June 18, 2018
Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in Bismarck, North Dakota US May 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump Praised ‘Nice’ And ‘Interesting’ Kim Letter — But Didn’t Read It

He even taunted eager reporters with its contents, saying, “Oh, would you like to see what was in that letter.” He even pretended to take bids to reveal what it said.

June 2, 2018
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference as Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) listens on Capitol Hill in Washington March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

McConnell Warns Trump Could Be ‘Snookered’ By North Korea

Trump later announced that the summit with Kim scheduled for June 12 in Singapore is back on after he had canceled the meeting last week.

June 2, 2018

Trump Boasts He Ignored Human Rights In Meeting With North Korea

Trump hosted North Korea’s top envoy at the White House, but he didn’t bother to talk about the country’s gross human rights abuses.

June 2, 2018
A selection of AK and AR rifles are seen for sale at the Pony Express Firearms shop in Parker, Colorado December 7, 2015. Many Americans are stocking up on weapons after the country's worst mass shooting in three years. Gun retailers are reporting surging sales, with customers saying they want to keep handguns and rifles at hand for self-defense in the event of another attack. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX1XMR4

A License To Sell: US Gunmakers Will Send More Weapons Abroad

“Sound policy would not make it easier for U.S. gun manufacturers who made the assault weapons used in the mass shootings at Sandy Hook, Pulse nightclub, Las Vegas, and Parkland to sell them to international buyers”

May 31, 2018
Trump, Ethics, Terrorism

The Perils Of Megalomania In The White House

Trump’s goal has nothing to do with peace on the Korean peninsula, or even with making America great again. It’s all about making Trump feel great.

May 29, 2018
A combination photo shows a Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) handout of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released on May 10, 2016, and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump posing for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 17, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA handout via Reuters/File Photo & REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

How The Two Koreas Roped Trump Into Their Peace Plan

When, in early March, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack.

May 21, 2018

Europeans Invoke ‘Blocking Statute’ To Preserve Iran Deal

European Union countries are banding together to keep relations with Iran open and to continue working on the nuclear deal that Trump has violated.

May 20, 2018
White House anti-Semitism

White House Defends Israel After Its Soldiers Reportedly Kill More Than 50 Palestinian Protesters

The mass killings were carried out on the same day the U.S. opened its new embassy in Jerusalem.

May 15, 2018
Jared Kushner

White House Edits Transcript Of Jared Kushner Calling Protestors In Gaza ‘Part Of The Problem’

The White House tried to quietly edit Jared Kushner’s controversial comment — but reporters have the receipts.

May 15, 2018

While Covert Operatives Dug Dirt On Obama Aides, Gorka Smeared Them

Simultaneously, Sebastian Gorka, who at the time was deputy assistant to the president, was repeatedly going on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to smear the same officials.

May 8, 2018

Expert Debunks Right-Wing Attacks On John Kerry Over Logan Act

The May 4 Globe story reported that Kerry has met twice with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and French President Emmanuel Macron, has met German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and has talked on the phone with a top European Union official as he seeks to preserve the nuclear deal.

May 8, 2018
Trump, ethics

A Nobel Peace Prize For Trump?

Appearing before foreign service officers and other employees at the State Department on Wednesday, Donald Trump commended them for faithfully performing their most important task — applauding him.

May 7, 2018
North Korea

Huge Obstacles May Thwart North Korea Deal

North Korea has reportedly agreed going into the talks to accept the U.S. military presence, but it remains to be seen if the U.S. will agree to alter its military posture and force structure from one of war preparation to a goal of non-aggression.

April 27, 2018
Trump, Right-Wing

Smaller Than Ever: Trump Bans Democrats From First State Dinner

On Tuesday, Trump will host French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House. But unlike his two immediate predecessors, he hasn’t invited any congressional members of the Democratic Party to attend, including leaders like Rep. Nancy Pelosi or Sen. Chuck Schumer. He has also excluded members of the media.

April 22, 2018
John Bolton

Former Colleagues Warn Bolton Distorted Intelligence Data

Bolton, who was then the State Department’s undersecretary for arms control issues, included a warning about the Cuban threat in a draft of a speech and sent it around the department for the necessary clearance. A biological warfare analyst wrote back that Bolton’s proposed comments overstated what U.S. intelligence agencies really knew about the matter, and, as routinely happens, suggested some small changes.

March 31, 2018

A Pro-Trump “Coup” Could Turn A Government Media Agency Into A “Propaganda Machine”

Whistleblowers allege that top staffers at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the agency that oversees U.S. government-backed news outlets around the world, plotted to illegally replace the BBG’s CEO in an effort to slant the agency’s coverage in a manner more favorable to President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a letter from the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

March 22, 2018

Are We Losing Mexico? And Canada?

The United States under President Trump has been retreating from leadership roles in Asia and Europe. Closer to home, his hot rhetoric about trade with Mexico and Canada is propelling our neighbors to start pulling away. Two truths here: One is that the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement — a three-country deal — have flowed in all directions.

March 1, 2018
Kellyanne Conway, Alternative Facts

LOL: Kellyanne Conway Claims Trump Enhanced U.S. Global Prestige

As for the nation’s standing, the most recent Gallup survey shows just 30 percent approval for the United States’ role on the global stage. That’s down from 48 percent under President Obama, and “the lowest level Gallup has recorded since beginning its global leadership poll over a decade ago.”

February 26, 2018

There’s A Massive Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding In Asia: The Plight Of The Rohingya

Relief workers for International agencies sit with me in Dhaka (Bangladesh). They are talking about the difficulties faced by the Rohingya people who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh over the past several months. Over 650,000 people from the Rohingya community came into Bangladesh since August 25 of last year.

January 16, 2018

Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button?

“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

January 4, 2018

For Children All Over The World, 2017 Was Defined By War

War is defined by noise. It is earthshattering. The sounds of exploding bombs and gunfire, of screams and pain: these are the aural coordinates of battlefields. The modern battlefield is not defined by remoteness. The new battlefield is often in the middle of a city, where fighters of all kinds move between destroyed houses to capture streets and hold neighborhoods.

January 2, 2018

Global Tax War Threatens Living Standards

The Trump bill, which reads like a wish list for Goldman Sachs and its clients, has already triggered an aggressive “race to the bottom” in international corporate tax rates, rules and regulations. It is the exact opposite of his campaign promise to help the middle class.

December 26, 2017

How Trump And Tillerson Trashed The State Department

Rex Tillerson, fossil fuel magnate-turned-diplomat, has proved a bust in his first—and last—year as Secretary of State. It is true that the former Exxon CEO has the burden of working for a man he once described as a “moron” (make that a “f**king moron”) in the White House.

December 23, 2017

Will Trump Start A Nuclear War With North Korea?

Given the improbable events of the past two years, it is almost impossible for anything to happen that would really surprise the American people. They could, however, wake up any morning to a horrific shock: mushroom clouds billowing on the Korean Peninsula.

December 18, 2017

Should Trump Be Able To Start A Nuclear War?

Every home should have some essential items around in case of a disaster or another emergency — including canned goods, bottled water, spare batteries and a first-aid kit. But in 2017, every American should also have at hand an answer to one question: What would you do if you had only half an hour to live?

November 17, 2017