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U.S. sells 6,700 missiles to Saudi Arabia as part of $1 billion deal

The State Department on Thursday announced the sale of 6,700 anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia, hours after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to discuss the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen.<p>The State Department said it had notified Congress of the proposed sale, part of a …

Middle East

Former 'Playboy' Model Spills Details Of Alleged Affair: Trump 'Tried To Pay Me'

The former <i>Playboy</i> model who is suing for the right to talk about her alleged affair with Donald Trump, before he was president, is not waiting for a court or judge to free her from a contract she says was contrived for the sole purpose of killing the story of the 10-month relationship.<p>In an …

Donald Trump

Bolton, Kudlow and Turning a Blind Eye to Bad Policy

Parties usually try to forget their previous administration's failures. Plus, Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.<p>The most striking thing about how President Donald Trump chose his new national security adviser, John Bolton, and new director of the National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, isn't …

US kills more than 100 Syrian pro-Assad forces after 'unprovoked attack'

The US hit Assad hard on Thursday morning. Sgt. Matthew Callahan/US Marine Corps<p><b>The US led an attack that killed more than 100 pro-Assad regime soldiers in Syria on Thursday.</b>• <b><br>The attack was a response to a pro-Assad airstrike on the headquarters of a long-time US ally in Syria.</b>• <b><br>The US has been edging</b> …

George W. Bush: There's clear evidence Russia 'meddled' in 2016 election

Former President George W. Bush said Thursday that there is "pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled" in the 2016 presidential election, a seeming rebuke of President Donald Trump, who has at times questioned the intelligence community’s assessment that the Kremlin is to blame.<p>"Whether …

Donald Trump

Trump built his own “deep state.” Now he needs the GOP to save him from it.

Trump hired the people he now believes are out to get him.<p>Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was America’s longest-serving U.S. attorney, a one-time nominee to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and a part of the Office of the Independent Counsel under Ken Starr, tasked with investigating …

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Who’s actually to blame for the looming government shutdown, explained

Let’s get ontological.<p>The prevailing question on Capitol Hill Thursday was not whether the federal government would shut down at midnight on Friday — most people seem to believe it will — but who is going to take the blame for it.<p>Democrats say that Republicans control both chambers of Congress and …

Jeff Flake

BREAKING: Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Has Been ARRESTED in Iran!

Former President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been arrested for “inciting unrest” according to various reports in the press. Most are based on the …

South Asia

Cutting Off Pakistan, U.S. Takes Gamble in Complex Afghan War

Afghan officials have pleaded with three American presidents to reconsider their support for Pakistan, which was both receiving billions of dollars in American aid and harboring the leaders of a Taliban insurgency that the United States has struggled to defeat.<p>But when President Trump suspended …

The Iranian people are pro-American, unlike their government

By any stretch of the imagination, the most pro-American people in the Middle East – other than Israelis – are Iranians. This is despite the fact that Iran’s Islamist dictatorship makes hatred of America the foundation of its foreign policy and seeks to indoctrinate the population with …

I’ve Studied the Trump-Fox Feedback Loop for Months. It’s Crazier Than You Think.

On Tuesday night, I, along with many Americans, was shocked when President Donald Trump tweeted that his “Nuclear Button” is “much bigger & more powerful” than North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's.<p>Having spent the past three months monitoring Trump’s Twitter feed professionally, I also had a good …

Donald Trump

Fire and Fury confirms our worst fears – about the Republicans | Jonathan Freedland

Donald Trump’s utter unfitness for the presidency has been laid bare in Michael Wolff’s new book. What will it take for his party to remove him from office?<p>What did you think would be the Republican reaction to the latest revelations about Donald Trump? Did you expect the party’s luminaries to drop …

Donald Trump

The President Who Doesn't Read

Trump’s allergy to the written word and his reliance on oral communication have proven liabilities in office.<p>Ironically, it was the publication of a book this week that crystallized the reality of just how little Donald Trump reads. While, like many of the tendencies described in Michael Wolff’s</i> …

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Science says the happiest couples have 13 characteristics

Romantic relationships are challenging, rewarding, confusing, and exhilarating—sometimes all at the same time.<p>Should you take things slowly at the beginning or dive right in? Can things stay hot in the bedroom even after years of being together? What happens when one of you wants to use a holiday …

Veterans are unloading on Roy Moore's comments about military service

Politicians who are veterans of the US armed forces have long touted their military records, or their connections to the military during campaigns for public office. Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is no exception.<p>But Moore received some criticism on Monday when he applied an allegory that …

A Russian Su-35 allegedly chased away an F-22 over Syria

Several Russian media outlets are reporting an incident that involved a U.S. F-22 and some Russian aircraft over Syria, to the west of the Euphrates on Nov. 23, 2017. Some details of the close encounter were unveiled by the Russian MoD's spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, who described the …

Bergen: Amateur terrorists can kill, too

<b>Doha, Qatar (CNN) —</b> Monday's botched terrorist attack at Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal was an amateur affair, according to law enforcement officials. The suspected bomber, Akayed Ullah, had a homemade device attached to his body with Velcro and zip ties and when it detonated, it injured …

From Shameless to shameful: Trump’s debacle on Jerusalem is also Obama’s failure

Donald Trump’s announcement, Wednesday, to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel represents yet another example of the current occupant of the …

Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance

Two decades ago, the US intelligence community worked closely with Silicon Valley in an effort to track citizens in cyberspace. And Google is at the heart of that origin story. Some of the research that led to Google’s ambitious creation was funded and coordinated by a research group established by …

Surveillance

A House Republican presented a 'political test' to the FBI director that left observers stunned

A Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee left several observers stunned on Thursday when he read off a list of names of agents to the FBI director and asked him to disclose their political biases.<p>"As you're aware, Deputy Director McCabe was involved in highly charged political cases …

Private War: Erik Prince Has His Eye On Afghanistan's Rare Metals

BuzzFeed News is publishing the slide presentation by the founder of Blackwater to privatize the Afghan war and mine Afghanistan's valuable minerals. He pitched the proposal to the Trump administration. Prince told BuzzFeed News, "You're a fucking hack."<p>Controversial private security tycoon Erik …

Rep. Trent Franks' absolutely bizarre resignation letter

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona announced Thursday night that he is resigning from Congress after being informed that the House Ethics Committee had opened an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment from two female former staffers.<p>What did Franks do, you ask? Let's let …

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US Embassy there, a move expected to inflame tensions in the region and unsettle the prospects for peace.<p>"Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is …

Israel

They Planted Porn in ISIS Propaganda, Just for Starters, Then Sowed Chaos and Confusion in the 'Caliphate'

A small group of Iraqi hackers figured they could do a better job fighting ISIS online than most governments—and they did. And do. With a …

Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide

<b>“Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide” <br>Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar</b><p><b>“Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide”</b> <i><br>A book by Cass Sunstein</i><p>Hey, let’s talk about …

Is Trump Restoring Separation of Powers?

Several of his officials are working to contain the administrative state.<p>Our Constitution carefully separates the legislative, executive, and …

A Professor Learns An Expensive Lesson About Civility And The First Amendment

A college professor is supposed to teach his subject and serve as a role model for students, especially when it comes to civility and respect for the rights of others. Often, however, professors feel justified in engaging in behavior that wouldn’t be tolerated in children, as a recent case at …

A war of words over sovereignty

<b>In his recent speech to the United Nations General Assembly,</b> President Trump used the words “sovereign” or “sovereignty” 21 times, according to the …

Columbia Journalism School

These 16 Psychological Tricks Immediately Make You More Likeable

How to use science to get more friends.<p>It's hard to say exactly why you like someone.<p>Maybe it's their goofy smile; maybe it's their razor-sharp wit; …