Andrew Ferguson

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The Men Who Run Afghanistan

A mellowed academic, a ruthless general, a shadowy spy: Inside Hamid Karzai's inner circle<p>Over the past 12 years, Hamid Karzai has relied on several trusted operatives to govern a fragmented country. The outgoing Afghan president has centralized power in his office, often bypassing government …

Obama Reveals What He Loves Most About Being President

President Barack Obama revealed what he loves most about being president while speaking at the White House Summit on Working Families Monday.<p>"It's true, Air Force One's on the list," Obama said as the crowd laughed. "The Truman balcony is a really nice view."<p>But Obama said even those perks aren't …

Obama's Disastrous Iraq Policy: An Autopsy

The president ignored the country and its increasingly dictatorial prime minister for years.<p>Yes, the Iraq War was a disaster of historic proportions. Yes, seeing its architects return to prime time to smugly slam President Obama while taking no responsibility for their own, far greater, failures is …

'Thank God for the Saudis': ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback

U.S lawmakers encouraged officials in Riyadh to arm Syrian rebels. Now that strategy may have created a monster in the Middle East.<p>“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar,” John McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley in January 2014. “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari …

Final cargo of chemical arms leaves Syria

The last of Syria's declared chemical weapons have been shipped from the country and are en route for destruction at sea, according to the world's chemical-weapons watchdog.<p>A Danish ship is now to take the chemicals for transhipment in Italy's port of Gioia Tauro to the US ship <i>Cape Ray</i> for …

Dick Cheney’s humiliating Iraq legacy: Why Rand Paul is trashing the ex-VP

<b>Dick Cheney, Rand Paul (AP/Olivia Harris/Andrew Nelles/Photo collage by Salon)</b><p>Former veep is trying to rewrite history on Iraq. But as Rand Paul demonstrates, that’s not going to work so well<p>Jim Newell<p>June 23, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>Everyone on the left or who now thinks the Iraq War was a terrible idea …

Let’s abolish civil marriage so homophobes like Rick Santorum will shut up and go away

<b>(Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)</b><p>Want conservative bigots to stop shaping the conversation on equal marriage? Abolish all state-sanctioned marriages<p>Katie McDonough<p>June 23, 2014 4:31pm (UTC)<p>Last week, Rick Santorum joined Mike Huckabee, this guy who talks about adult diapers and a very, very small number …

Welcome to the Exquisite Torture of Soccer, America

Take it from an England fan: Last night's draw makes the tournament all the more fun.<p>If Clint Dempsey hadn't somehow managed to secure his place in Internet folklore by scoring a goal with his abs last night, then it's possible the most enduring image from the US-Portugal game would have been …

Isis strengthens grip on Iraq's western borders

Transnational 'caliphate' now closer to reality<p>The jihadist-led alliance now running large parts of Iraq has consolidated its control to the country’s western borders, taking a town, its airport and the key trade and transport crossing to Jordan as its transnational “caliphate” becomes a …

Bad news for Einstein: Major scientific discovery walked back

<b>(Albert Einstein, 1921 Ferdinand Schmutzer via Wikimedia Commons)</b><p>The breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves could amount to dust — dust grains from the Galaxy, that is<p>Sarah Gray<p>June 23, 2014 5:25pm (UTC)<p>In March of this year the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced a …

Wingnuts’ destructive shenanigans — and the media who enable them

<b>Marsha Blackburn, Louie Gohmert (AP/Chris Usher/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>No, dysfunction in Washington isn’t everyone’s fault equally. Here’s why one side is to blame — and why it matters<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>June 23, 2014 8:05pm (UTC)<p>The latest Pew Poll deep dive into American political attitudes inspired a …

Rebels agree to respect Ukraine ceasefire

Pro-Russian fighters in eastern Ukraine have agreed to respect a ceasefire declared by the Ukrainian president, raising hopes for an end to months of fighting that has killed hundreds and ravaged the country's industrial heartland.<p>The announcement on Monday came as the Russian and US presidents …

UAE jails men for al-Qaeda-linked attack plot

Seven men arrested last year on suspicion of planning attacks in the United Arab Emirates have been jailed for belonging to an al-Qaeda network and aiding its affiliate in Syria.<p>The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi acquitted two others on trial in the same case, the official news agency WAM said …

U.S. top court adds limit to securities class actions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday made it harder for investors to band together to pursue securities fraud lawsuits against publicly traded companies, but stopped short of issuing a decision that could have effectively ended such litigation.<p>A woman walks to the Supreme Court …