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The ugly truth: Defeating the Islamic State will take decades

TAMPA<p>There’s a scary disconnect between the somber warnings you hear privately from military leaders about the war against the Islamic State and the glib debating points coming from Republican and Democratic politicians.<p>The politicians fulminate about defeating the terrorists, but they don’t talk …

Middle East

California Could Sound the Loudest Call Yet for Overturning ‘Citizens United’

When Americans cast their ballots for president next November—at the close of what will be the most expensive campaign in the country’s …

Middle-class

New Gallup Poll -- 'Number 1 Problem Facing Americans Today' is the U.S. Government

Healthcare, economy, unemployment, immigration, and terrorism are mere sideline issues among most Americans, according to a recent Gallup poll. The …

More Mexicans are leaving the US than coming across the border

Trump is right that the United States has been a major immigrant destination since the 1960s, but if he is referring to Mexican flows today, he is wrong.<p>According to sociologists Frank Bean and Gillian Stevens, Mexican migration to the United States is "the largest sustained flow of migrant workers …

Immigration

What If the United States had Used the Bomb in Korea?

<i>This article is part of mini-series focused on key historical counterfactuals in the Asia-Pacific. See the first post here: “</i>What if the Kuomintang …

North Korea

A Brief History of Gun Control in America or Why Obama May Be the Greatest Gun Salesman in US History

President Obama recently announced that he would act without Congress to direct the federal government to expand background checks on firearms …

S.O.S. for a Declining American Navy

Today’s 272-ship fleet isn’t nearly enough. The U.S. needs 350 ships to meet the rising global dangers.<p>Late last week China confirmed that it is building its first aircraft carrier from scratch, adding to a fleet that includes a Russian-made carrier. The news cast U.S. military policy in a …

Military