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There’s nothing funny about a marriage ending, intones Stephen Colbert – which is what he believed until he heard the latest about Donald Trump, Jr., and his estranged wife Vanessa.Evidently, the first son had an affair sometime ago with Aubrey O’Day, a contestant on his father’s Celebrity Apprentice TV show and a singer in a group called Dumblonde. She is believed to have written a bitter song about “DJT” and their breakup.

According to Colbert, Trump ordered Don Junior to “knock it off” when he learned about the affair, which reportedly ended when Vanessa discovered some incriminating text messages. But as the Late Show host points out, you’re in deep, deep trouble when you’re getting marital advice from Donald Trump.

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Reprinted with permission from Responsible Statecraft

The Treasury Department's nine-page "2021 Sanctions Review" released on Monday makes vague recommendations for "calibrating sanctions to mitigate unintended economic, political, and humanitarian impact." Unfortunately, it offers few tangible policy suggestions on how to end the high humanitarian
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In New York City, a statue of Thomas Jefferson has graced the City Council chamber for 100 years. This week, the Public Design Commission voted unanimously to remove it. "Jefferson embodies some of the most shameful parts of our country's history," explained Adrienne Adams, a councilwoman from Queens. Assemblyman Charles Barron went even further. Responding to a question about where the statue should go next, he was contemptuous: "I don't think it should go anywhere. I don't think it should exist."

When iconoclasts topple Jefferson, they seem to validate the argument advanced by defenders of Confederate monuments that there is no escape from the slippery slope. "First, they come for Nathan Bedford Forrest and then for Robert E. Lee. Where does it end? Is Jefferson next? Is George Washington?"

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