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Regulate Weapons Like We Do in the Military, Says an Army Officer

For the list of previous entries in this series, please see the index at the end of the post. But: if you’re revving up to send me a note explaining what kind of ammunition the AR-15 uses, and how it is similar to (and different from) the military’s M-16 (and so on), please first at least look at …

Guns

Donald Trump Just Pulled Off the Greatest Long Con in History

Winners: Wall Street, corporations, Donald Trump’s kids, and Vladimir Putin. Losers: The rest of us. That about sums it up.<p>Bernie Madoff must be …

Tube Fly - Fly Tying Instructions

The Week When President Trump Resigned

As the worst week in a cursed presidency wound down, I spotted more and more forecasts that Donald Trump would resign, including from Tony Schwartz, who wrote “The Art of the Deal” for Trump and presumably understands his tortured psyche.<p>They struck me not as wishful or fantastical.<p>They struck me …

A philosophical principle coined in 1945 could be a key defense against white supremacists

White supremacists are really, really hoping that you don’t keep reading this article. They don’t want you to learn about the Paradox of Tolerance, because then they’d lose a powerful weapon in their fight to make society more racist. Ready to make a white supremacist mad?<p>Fortunately for us, the …

Rights & Freedoms

The 'Blackwater 2.0' Plan for Afghanistan

Private military contractors have spotted an opportunity as America’s longest war grinds on.<p>Here’s a crazy idea floating around Washington these days, outlandish even by today’s outlandish standards: The United States should hire a mercenary army to “fix” Afghanistan, a country where we’ve been at …

How to Be Mindful With a Barking Dog

“Dogs have two ways of communicating; body language and barking,” says Joanne Ometz, founder of Mindfulness For Dogs. “Barking can be disconcerting to humans, especially when it seems to go on forever, and can bring up feelings of frustration and even anger. Approaching barking with mindfulness can …

Dogs

Trump Says NATO Allies Don’t Pay Their Share. Is That True?

President Trump castigated the leaders of NATO allies to their faces during his trip to Europe this week, suggesting that many of them “owe massive amounts of money” to the alliance. Mr. Trump has a point, but he mischaracterizes the way it works.<p><b>What is Mr. Trump’s complaint?</b><p><i>“NATO members must</i> …

Geopolitics

The Trump Organization Says It's 'Not Practical' to Comply With the Emoluments Clause

The president’s business tells lawmakers it is too difficult to track all its foreign revenue in accordance with constitutional requirements, and it hasn’t asked Congress for a permission slip.<p>Days before taking office, Donald Trump said his company would donate all profits from foreign governments …

For Trump, NAFTA Could Be the Next Obamacare

The president heads into another policy fight he promised would be easy. This one could be even messier.<p>In his apocalyptic campaign speeches, Donald Trump routinely cited two catastrophic messes he would clean up as president: Obamacare and NAFTA. Then his push to undo Obamacare became his first …

The Denationalization of American Muslims

For years, Republican leaders treated Frank Gaffney as a pariah. But his dark warnings about Sharia law taking over America found an audience among grassroots conservatives—and now, in the White House.<p>On March 6, the zoning board in Bayonne, New Jersey, turned down a request to convert an old …

Religion

President Donald Trump is the most powerful cornered animal in the world | Lawrence Douglas

Trump lashes out by creating a chaos of conflicting claims to distract attention away from real allegations. It is all too effective<p>For all his inconstancy of character, Donald Trump is a master manipulator. He rose to political prominence by slandering Barack Obama. He rode the birther myth as far …

Donald Trump

'We've Been in Continuous Crisis for 45 Days'

The Trump administration hasn’t even faced a major foreign-policy challenge yet.<p>The spokesman for Vladimir Putin gave a funny answer on Monday when asked about Donald Trump’s claims that Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump’s phones during the 2016 presidential campaign. The Russian government “should …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Wiretap Rant Betrays Ignorance of the Law

The president’s conspiratorial Saturday-morning tweetstorm betrayed a shocking lack of understanding of how the American legal system works.<p>President Donald Trump set the political and national security community on fire Saturday morning, starting the day with a four-part Twitter rant alleging that …

Second Amendment does not cover 'weapons of war,' US appeals court finds

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld on Tuesday Maryland's ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons, but the National Rifle Association is open to …

I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House

When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days.<p>In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council. My job there was to promote and protect the best of what …

The Wall Street Journal's Global Retrenchment

The newspaper is cutting staff and shuttering bureaus, even as populism, trade, and international relations are in the headlines.<p>Unhappiness at <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> doesn’t stop at the United States border. A slew of layoffs around the world, combined with uncertainty over the paper’s direction …

These 23 Republicans Passed on a Chance to Get Trump's Tax Returns

Congress has a duty to make sure President Trump isn’t selling out the United States. These legislators are in more active dereliction of that duty than most.<p>More than 800,000 Americans have signed a petition demanding the release of Donald Trump’s tax returns. Polls show that a majority of the …

The Formidable Checks and Balances Imposing on President Trump

His plans have been complicated by virtually every counterforce, at home and abroad, that can limit a president.<p>Donald Trump wanted to start his presidency with the shock and awe of rapid change. Instead, almost everywhere he looks, he’s stuck in the mud of grinding trench warfare.<p>Trump’s …

Conflict Over Trump Forces Out an Opinion Editor at The Wall Street Journal

The departure follows weeks of reports of tension on the paper's news side about how to cover Trump.<p><i>The</i> <i>Wall Street Journal</i>’s editorial features editor has left the paper following tensions over the section drifting in a pro-Donald Trump direction.<p>News of the departure of Mark Lasswell, who edited …

Sarah Palin touted as US ambassador to Canada? You betcha!

Much of her life has played out like a Canadian stereotype: from her favourite food of moose stew to extolling the virtues of hockey moms and her love of snowmobiling.<p>But after a White House spokesman refused to rule out the possibility that Sarah Palin could be the next US ambassador to Ottawa, …

Donald Trump

Trump's Baseless Claim That the Media Covers Up Terror Attacks

The president asserted, without any evidence, that reporters were intentionally refusing to publicize terrorist violence in Europe.<p>The Donald Trump who arrived at MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa on Monday was subdued and dark, promising to keep the United States against “radical Islamic terror” …

Top 15 Tips for Troubleshooting Final Cut Pro X

Top 15 Tips for Troubleshooting Final Cut Pro X<br>These techniques have worked for me but there is no guarantee provided. Use at your own risk.<br>Always …

Audio Editing Shortcuts in Final Cut Pro 10.3 by Mark Spencer

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Ripple Training’s Steve Martin some tips for making audio editing in Final Cut Pro 10.3 faster and easier.<p>There …

Demystifying Final Cut Pro XMLs by Philip Hodgetts and Gregory Clarke

XML is an acronym that gets used a lot in editing and the transfer of media in the FCPX ecosystem. But what exactly is XML?, how is it used and how …

The Video Editor's Guide to Color Grading

Increasingly, color grading is being handled by video editors working on laptops and desktops instead of calibrated displays. Here are some ways to …

How to recognize and fix 11 common problems in Final Cut Pro X

There is an old saying that I really enjoy. Some things are like the ocean: shallow enough for a child to wade in, yet deep enough that you will …

Saudi Arabia and Egypt are excluded from Trump's ban. Why? | Aryeh Neier

The American public needs to know the real reasons behind the arbitrary list of countries<p>When President Trump issued executive orders limiting immigration on Friday, it appears there was at least one important omission. He has failed to instruct the National Park Service to put a hood over the …

Saudi Arabia

'He's Going to Continue to Create Chaos'

Dan P. McAdams, the author of The Atlantic’s June 2016 cover story “The Mind of Donald Trump,” shares what he learned about Trump and what might be expected during his presidency.<p>Months before the 2016 U.S. presidential election took place, Dan P. McAdams, a psychology professor at Northwestern …