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The Syrian War Is Actually Many Wars

President Donald Trump is ordering U.S. strikes against government targets in Syria after a suspected chemical attack.<p>The Middle East is a “troubled place,” President Donald Trump said Friday night as he described his decision to use America’s “righteous power” in a retaliatory attack against …

Middle East

Putin warns of global 'chaos' after U.S.-led strike on Syria

Putin says that "if such actions continue in violation of the UN Charter, this will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations."<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of global "chaos" on Sunday in a phone conversation with Iran's president as the two men discussed the U.S.-led strike on …

Middle East

Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency

On May 1, 2003, the day President George W. Bush landed on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in front of the massive “Mission Accomplished” sign, I was in Baghdad performing what had become a daily ritual. I went to a gate on the side of the Republican Palace, in the Green Zone, where an American soldier …

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On the Right, Meltdowns and Eye-Rolling as Comey Rips Trump

Reactions to the much-hyped interview ranged from bored and annoyed to, in the case of Sean Hannity, frothing at the mouth.<p>In a remarkable hour-long interview to promote his new book, <b>James Comey,</b> the former director of the F.B.I., was unsparing in his criticism of the president who fired him, …

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Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.<p>Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National …

Education

The Donald Trump “love child” payoff scandal, explained

A doorman claims Trump had a child out of wedlock with his housekeeper — and the National Enquirer paid him $30,000 to shut up.<p>In late 2015, Dino Sajudin, a former doorman at Trump Tower, told a reporter for American Media Inc. (or AMI for short, which publishes the National Enquirer among other …

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Cory Booker grills Mike Pompeo on whether he believes being gay is a ‘perversion’

After the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, Mike Pompeo, the president's nominee to head the State Department, called the decision “wrong” and “a shocking abuse of power.”<p>In a statement condemning the decision, the then-congressman said:<p>“I am deeply saddened by the Supreme Court's ruling …

LGBTQI

Native women are going missing at epic rates. A 19-year-old wants you to know why.

<b>Some college students spend their spring break partying in the Caribbean. This student walked 80 miles in four days to help Native American …

Indigenous Peoples

US-Made Missile Defenses Spectacularly Failed in Saudi Arabia

"It's nothing but an unbroken trail of disasters with this weapon system."<p>At least five American-made Patriot missiles apparently missed, malfunctioned, or otherwise failed when Saudi forces tried to intercept a barrage of rockets targeting Riyadh on March 25.<p>That's bad news for the US military and …

Military

‘Heartbroken’ Trump Critic Ann Coulter: He’s a ‘Shallow, Lazy Ignoramus’

At a ‘debate’ Tuesday night with neoliberal blogger Mickey Kaus, Coulter explained how she went from Trump diehard to bitter angst—and what her …

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Putin Finally Went Too Far

The unified international response to the Skripal poisoning shows that the West will only suffer so much provocation.<p>When Britain threw out 23 Russian diplomats in response to an assassination attempt on Russian agent Sergei Skripal, Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia and current bad boy of …

Russia

Trump’s legal team is in shambles. The timing is terrible.

Mueller’s Russia investigators want to talk to the president right as his legal team is falling apart.<p>President Trump’s legal team is in shambles at one of the worst possible moments in the Russia investigation.<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is heating up, and Trump is facing a big …

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‘Stormy Will Eat You Alive’: How a Porn Star is Making Trump World’s Lives Hell

In public and on his Twitter feed, President Trump has kept mum about L’affaire Stormy. Behind the scenes, he’s spooked.<p>As the 2016 presidential …

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Why an Indian girl chose to become an American woman

I was born in India. What can I say about India that hasn’t already been said about this big, beautiful country, where the culture and history run so deep that the people there have been killing each other for centuries and centuries? India is the most interesting, smelly, soulful melting pot of …

Computer Science

The Midterms Could Set Trump On A Path Toward Impeachment

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is yielding indictments and charges at a fast pace, implicating several aides on President Trump’s 2016 …

Hicks departure leaves White House without Trump translator

The administration said the communications director would leave in the next several weeks.<p>White House communications director Hope Hicks said on Wednesday that she was planning to resign, leaving President Donald Trump without one of his longest-serving aides and strongest defenders — and resulting …

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TS Eliot's The Waste Land remains one of the finest reflections on mental illness ever written

The poet’s modernist masterpiece gathered fragments of an arduous life, some of which can be traced to a seafront shelter in Margate<p>In 1921, having taken time off from his job at Lloyds Bank for what would now be called depression, TS Eliot spent three weeks convalescing in Margate. It was the …

Literature

Why there’s so much chaos in the Trump administration

Dysfunction at the top, inexperience below: the White House’s management crisis, explained.<p>White House staff secretary Rob Porter’s resignation over domestic violence accusations, followed by speechwriter David Sorensen’s a few days later, has thrown the West Wing into chaos and endangered Chief of …

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Sexualised atmosphere among aid workers in Haiti disturbed me

I was among thousands flown in after the 2010 quake, and was unsettled by the atmosphere<p>I arrived in Port-au-Prince a few days after the earthquake in 2010. I was a spokesperson for Save the Children and my job was to help set up an emergency communications team.<p>It was my first experience of a …

NGOs

A giant float at this German carnival didn't hold back in mocking Trump's Russia problem

A carnival held in the German city of Düsseldorf played host to an array of eye-catching parade floats — including one attempting to visualise Donald Trump's relationship with Russia.<p>The float, which was paraded through the streets on Monday, showed a naked representation of the US president being …

Europe

After years of sleazy partisan attacks, suddenly Republicans are outraged

In an epic example of projection, the party that launched partisan probes for decades now claims to be horrified<p>It's been 72 hours or so since the Devin Nunes Memo was released, and it's clear that despite wall-to-wall coverage, the entire spectacle changed nothing. For Fox News pundits and their …

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Randy Bryce to Face Paul Ryan Tuesday Night (Kind of)

Bryce was invited to the State of the Union by Rep. Mark Pocan<p>On Tuesday night, Speaker Paul D. Ryan will be seated directly behind President Donald …

‘Inevitable’ 9.0 earthquake, tsunami will hit Canada’s West Coast: expert

The threat of the “big one” hitting Western Canada has been looming for years. Experts say a powerful magnitude 9.0 earthquake could rip through the …

Day of bombshells takes Mueller probe to critical point

<b>(CNN) —</b> Finally, inexorably, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has clawed all the way up to Donald Trump himself.<p>Now a foreboding moment looms for his presidency and for the nation.<p>A stunning barrage of revelations on Tuesday suggested that at least one strand of Mueller's Russia probe …

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Actress Jameela Jamil Gives Men A Lesson In How Not To Be Like Aziz Ansari

Actress Jameela Jamil wants men to do better.<p>In the wake of sexual assault allegations against comedian Aziz Ansari, Jamil, star of the TV series “The Good Place,” has some advice. In a post on her website titled “What We Need to Learn from the Aziz Ansari Clusterfuck,” Jamil says she has “no …

Aziz Ansari

Donald Trump’s Mueller Nightmare Is Coming True

Steve Bannon is expected to cooperate with the special prosecutor, who is drawing closer to the president’s inner circle.<p>On Tuesday morning, the White House received some welcome news: <b>Steve Bannon,</b> the president’s chief-strategist-turned-arch-frenemy, was refusing to answer questions posed by the …

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America and the Great Abdication

Don’t mistake Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the world for isolationism.<p>When great powers fade, as they inevitably must, it’s normally for one of two reasons. Some powers exhaust themselves through overreach abroad, underinvestment at home, or a mixture of the two. This was the case for the Soviet …

Geopolitics

'We have tapped into something.' Impeachment drive builds digital army to take on Trump

Tom Steyer's trove of data is fueling speculation about how the Democratic activist might use his new political power.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — When billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer launched a digital petition drive to impeach President Donald Trump two months ago, some Democratic Party leaders …

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Trump, Show Us the Receipts if Summer Zervos Is Lying

If Zervos had not remembered the lone sandwich Trump ordered, he might now be using the receipt to contest her account.<p>A room service receipt for a …

Trump accuser: 'It's not shocking' Trump would doubt 'Access Hollywood' tape

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> One of the women who has accused President Donald Trump of groping her says she isn't shocked that he has raised doubts about the authenticity of the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape.<p>Rachel Crooks' comments on CNN's "New Day" Monday morning come following a New York Times op-ed …

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