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How Trump Will Blow Up Kushner’s Peace Deal

That’s a question one asks all too often about the president. But the contradiction between President Donald Trump’s expected announcement that he will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — at the very same time his son-in-law is trying to concoct the “ultimate” deal between Israelis and Palestinians — is downright schizoid.

December 6, 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
Deranged Trump, Right-Wing

Congress Is Reviewing Trump’s Nuclear Authority

The U.S. military is “obligated” to prevent President Donald Trump from launching a nuclear strike against North Korea if it deems the order to be illegal, the former head of U.S. Strategic Command said Monday during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

November 15, 2017

A Trove Of Leaked Documents Reveal How The Wealthy Stash Their Cash Overseas

“Here we are again with another leak and new revelations,” says Süddeutsche Zeitung correspondent Frederik Obermaier, one of the two reporters who received the Paradise Papers from an anonymous source. The leaks detail the massive sums of money parked in some 25,000 companies headquartered for tax reasons…

November 8, 2017
Trump 'not invited' to Paris climate summit

Trump ‘Not Invited’ To Paris Climate Summit

Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on limiting carbon emissions in June. The pact calls for capping global warming at “well under” two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, and 1.5 C if possible.

November 8, 2017

The Big Banks Are Committing Major Crimes Against Our Climate

At the start of next week, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the U.N.’s negotiating body on climate change, will meet in Germany to discuss next steps after the historic agreement by 195 countries to curb global climate change to 1.5° Celsius, or 2° at most—an agreement whose only logical conclusion is that the world cannot afford expansion of the fossil fuel industry.

November 3, 2017
Trump, Enemy

Trump Slumps In Poll Rating World Leaders

Trump came in second place with 37 percent in the poll compiled by the Eurasia Group, a global political risk consultant agency, in its Signal newsletter. The president has the lowest approval rating of any president in U.S. history, and experts say it’s his own fault.

October 26, 2017
Bannon

Bannon Foreign Policy Replete With Contradictions

Speaking at the Hudson Institute for a forum on countering Islamic terrorism, Bannon outlined what he said was the philosophy behind Trump’s increased use of the military and spy agencies in Syria and Iraq, his alliances with the region’s dynasties and military leaders—as long as they oppose ISIS and Iran—and Trump’s unbridled threats to other foes.

October 26, 2017

Network And Cable News Ignore Rohingya Plight In Primetime

The Myanmar government’s military forces are conducting ethnic cleansing of the country’s Rohingya Muslim population — an ethnic and religious minority in Myanmar — through systematic violence and expulsion.

October 19, 2017
Callista Gingrich

Gingrich Wife Confirmed To Vatican Embassy

The next US ambassador to the Vatican is no veteran diplomat: Callista Gingrich is the third wife of Newt Gingrich, the former leader of the 1990s Republican revolution who has reaped rewards for backing Donald Trump.

October 18, 2017

Joe Biden Says Donald Trump Makes The World Dangerous

Former Vice President Joe Biden took aim at Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying that the president “doesn’t understand governance” and claimed that one European prime minister had told him that the mogul reminds him of Mussolini, the Italian Fascist.

October 18, 2017

Trump Slaps New Sanctions On Iran But Retains Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump on Friday announced new restrictions on Iran — “a terrorist nation like few others” — but stopped short of scrapping the landmark nuclear deal that was the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement.

October 14, 2017
Bob Corker

Jousting With Trump Online, Senator Calls White House A ‘Daycare Center’

The highly unusual exchange seemed to come out of nowhere on a rainy Sunday morning that Trump began in the White House before skies cleared and he headed to a nearby golf course. Corker, a respected moderate who once supported Trump, has emerged in recent months as one of the president’s most outspoken Republican critics.

October 9, 2017

The Breakthrough: How A Reporter Uncovered Widespread Russian Meddling — In The Olympics

In the spring of 2016, a Russian government chemist named Grigory Rodchenkov sat across from Rebecca Ruiz of The New York Times and gave her the kind of scoop journalists dream of. He told Ruiz and her colleague Michael Schwirtz how he helped orchestrate the covert distribution of steroids to dozens of the country’s top athletes.

October 8, 2017
CEO Tillerson

Rex Tillerson’s Days In The Trump Administration Are Numbered: Report

The Washington Post released a lengthy report on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Wednesday night, based upon “the accounts of 19 current and former senior administration officials and Capitol Hill aides.” The piece makes it clear that Tillerson is expected to step down.

October 6, 2017

Catalan Leader: We Have Won The Right To Independence

At least 800 people were injured in the violent clashes over the weekend, with Spanish police attempting to prevent people from casting their votes with the use of force or by seizing their ballot papers, the BBC reported.

October 2, 2017

Negotiating With North Korea A Waste Of Time: Trump

Only hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that US officials are in exploratory contact with their North Korean counterparts, Trump appeared to undercut his top diplomat by declaring on Twitter that any talks would be futile.

October 2, 2017

North Korea Says Trump Has Declared War

North Korea’s foreign minister on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war against his country and said Pyongyang was ready to defend itself by shooting down US bombers. The latest threats stoked a week-long war of words that began when the American leader threatened in his address to the United Nations General Assembly to “totally destroy” North Korea if it launches an attack.

September 26, 2017
North Korea

Aides Warned Trump Not To Attack North Korea’s Leader Personally Before His Fiery UN Address

Trump’s derisive description of Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man on a suicide mission” and his threat to “totally destroy” North Korea were not in a speech draft that several senior officials reviewed and vetted Monday, the day before Trump gave his first address to the U.N. General Assembly, two U.S. officials said.

September 23, 2017
Whiter

Did Steve Bannon Write Trump’s Warmongering UN Speech?

Steve Bannon helped write President Donald Trump’s address to the United Nations General Assembly before he was ousted from the White House last month, Sebastian Gorka told Newsweek Thursday. Gorka, who previously worked with Bannon at Breitbart News, left the administration just days after Bannon as part of an overhaul following John Kelly’s appointment as chief of staff.

September 23, 2017
Syria

Trump’s Maniacal U.N. Address Has Set America On A Course With Cataclysm

For a red-state campaign rally, President Trump’s speech to the United Nations was a stirring package of moralistic rhetoric, nationalistic posturing and self-righteous rage. For a meeting of international leaders, the president’s address was a garbage can of ideological arrogance, cultural contempt and political shortsightedness.

September 21, 2017
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Trump Could Confuse Our Way Back Into Climate Deal

The past few days have produced clashing reports that he may or may not come around. Confusion is how Trump gets turnarounds past the base. What happened right after he spoke of helping the “dreamers,” immigrants brought to this country illegally as children? He defended his earlier controversial remarks equating the Charlottesville racists to the protesters. And he retweeted anti-Muslim sentiments.

September 21, 2017

Why Is This Man Trump’s Favorite Foreign Leader?

Irma, Houston, Russiagate, tax reform, and don’t forget North Korea. Big stories consuming our media landscape in a country both enthnocentric and myopic, even on the sleepiest news day. So I will keep this brief. In 2014, after he and Najib Razak played a round of golf, Donald J. Trump gave a photo of himself to the Malaysian leader, inscribed, “To my favorite prime minister.” This is according to reporting by Mark Landler, in a New York Times article, “Trump Welcomes Najib Razak, the Malaysian Leader, as President, and owner of a Fine Hotel.”

September 20, 2017
Trump

Trump Warns North Korea Of ‘Overwhelming’ Options

Standing before a B-2 stealth bomber and a vast US flag, Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at North Korea warned that advanced US weaponry could make the souls of America’s enemies “crumble.” Addressing several hundred air force personnel after reviewing some of America’s most high-tech fighters jets and bombers, Trump warned that Pyongyang had “once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community.”

September 16, 2017
Rohingya

With Refugee Camps Overwhelmed, Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar Sleep On Roadsides

Overwhelmed and underfunded, aid agencies in Bangladesh are at a breaking point. But nearly three weeks into Rakhine State’s bloody conflict and the humanitarian crisis shows no signs of relenting. Around 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have now sought refuge in the country’s southern state of Chitagong, but with refugee camps at full capacity and insufficient support from aid agencies, it makes for an inhospitable home.

September 15, 2017