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By Eric Drummond Smith, PhD | Articles recommended by Eric Drummond Smith, author of the Ask a Political Scientist blog.

The First Somali-American State Lawmaker In The US Is On Her Way To Making History Again

Via Facebook<p>MINNEAPOLIS — The United States' first Somali American state lawmaker — elected on the same night Donald Trump became president in 2016 — …

U.S. Congress

FACT CHECK: White House Apologizes For False Claim About African-American Jobs

The White House was forced to backtrack this week, after wildly misstating the level of job gains by African-Americans under President Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama.<p>The false claim came during Tuesday's press briefing, which was dominated by questions about Omarosa Manigault Newman. In her new …

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Another Worry For Turkey Investors: A Potential NATO Split

As if a currency crisis alone wasn’t enough, now investors in Turkey could have another thing to worry over.<p>The country could split from NATO as soon as the end of the year, according to a recent report. NATO, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is the U.S.-led military alliance based on …

Middle East

Senate Tracker: Democratic Incumbent Manchin Holds Slim Lead In West Virginia

Senate Tracker<p>Most polls are showing Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin slightly ahead of his Republican opponent, state Attorney General Patrick …

Republicans

Rick Gates says he lied for years at Manafort’s request and stole from him in the process

Rick Gates — the star witness against President Trump’s former campaign chairman — admitted in federal court Monday that he committed a host of crimes with his former boss, and confessed to stealing from him and others.<p>In his first hour on the witness stand, Gates catalogued years of illegal …

Corruption

White House says Trump wants to revoke security clearances for former officials critical of him over Russia

President Trump moved to retaliate against some of his strongest critics Monday, threatening to revoke the security clearances of former top officials who have raised alarms about Russian interference in the 2016 election or questioned the president’s fitness for office.<p>White House press secretary …

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Trump voices support for U.S. intelligence a day after fueling bipartisan outrage with Putin comments

WASHINGTON – Seeking to quell the furor over his support of Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he accepts the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russians interfered with the 2016 election – but that others could have been involved as well.<p>"I accept our intelligence …

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Wave of condemnation hits Trump after summit with Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Bizarre." ''Shameful." ''Disgraceful."<p>That's the swift and sweeping condemnation directed at President Donald Trump on Monday after he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a stunning appearance in Helsinki — and that's just from the Republicans.<p>Lawmakers in both …

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President Trump Sends North Korean Dictator a CD of Elton John's 'Rocket Man' Because Our World is Just One Big Joke

President Trump gave a speech at the United Nations in September of 2017 where he famously called Kim Jong Un, “rocket man.” Now, in one of the most …

WaPo: Trump's personal calls to world leaders leave White House aides in the dark

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump started handing out his personal cell phone number to world leaders shortly after he took office last year, leading to one-on-one calls that even top White House aides did not know about, according to a report in The Washington Post.<p>White House aides learned of an …

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U.S. warships pass through Taiwan Strait amid China tensions

WASHINGTON/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Two U.S. warships passed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday on a voyage that will likely be viewed in the self-ruled island as a sign of support by President Donald Trump amid heightened tension with China.<p>"Two U.S. Navy ships conducted a routine transit through the …

China

The other North Korea threat -- that almost never gets talked about

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with North Korean officials Saturday to discuss how to achieve the U.S. goal of denuclearization of the communist nation, the world was paying less attention to a related challenge: how to stop the North from continuing to sell nuclear capabilities and weapons …

“I'm the Guy They Called Deep Throat”

Despite three decades of intense speculation, the identity of “Deep Throat”—the source who leaked key details of Nixon's Watergate cover-up to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein—has never been revealed. Now, at age 91, W. Mark Felt, number two at the F.B.I. in the early 70s, …

North Korea calls U.S. attitude toward talks ‘gangster-like’ and ‘cancerous,’ rejecting Pompeo’s assessment

TOKYO — In a sharp signal that denuclearization negotiations with North Korea will be drawn out and difficult, Pyongyang on Saturday lambasted the U.S. stance as regrettable, gangster-like and cancerous, directly contradicting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s rosy assessment that his two days of …

North Korea

Warning signs as states revive Depression-era trade tactics

Following a week filled with threats and counter-threats, there are ominous signs that a long era of free trade may be coming to an abrupt end.<p>In a …

There's only one way to truly understand another person's mind

It’s often said that we should put ourselves in another person’s shoes in order to better understand their point of view. But psychological research suggests this directive leaves something to be desired: When we imagine the inner lives of others, we don’t necessarily gain real insight into other …

Psychology

Watch: Dutch PM Rutte interrupts Trump over trade deal claims

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte interrupted Donald Trump on Monday, saying “No” when the US president claimed that failing to reach a deal on EU trade would be "positive".<p>The US has imposed tariffs on European steel and aluminium imports and is conducting another national security study that could …

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a potential Supreme Court nominee, has defended overturning precedents

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, one of President Trump’s top candidates for the soon-to-be-open Supreme Court seat, has been unusually frank in her support for overturning precedents that are not in line with the Constitution.<p>The issue of preserving Supreme Court precedents, a doctrine known as stare …

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Trump: ‘If not for me,’ United States would be at war with North Korea

By John Wagner<p>, Reporter<p>President Trump said Tuesday that the United States would be at war with North Korea without his efforts and that conversations with the nation’s leaders are “going well” — an assessment at odds with recent reports that North Korea is working to conceal key aspects of its …

North Korea

China issues U.S. travel warning amid trade tensions

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's embassy in Washington has issued a security advisory to Chinese nationals traveling to the United States, the latest such warning as trade tensions escalate between the two countries.<p>The embassy warned Chinese tourists to be aware of issues including expensive medical …

China Claims To Have A Real-Deal Laser Gun That Inflicts 'Instant Carbonisation' Of Human Skin

As the US prepares for war in space, China's bringing the space war home. Its ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle is reportedly capable of hitting a target …

Trump goes to war with corporate America

The president’s widening trade war is pushing longtime GOP allies to the front lines of a fight against the Trump administration.<p>President Donald Trump is now at full-scale war over trade policy with some of the Republican Party’s staunchest allies in big business, including executives at iconic …

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Vote Resets U.S.-Mexico Relations on Trade

MEXICO CITY—Andres Manuel López Obrador’s election victory offers the chance to reset frayed relations with Washington as the incoming Mexican president and President Donald Trump both believe the North American Free Trade Agreement needs to be rewritten.<p>But major differences remain as the two …

Trump will now lower flags for victims of Capital Gazette shooting

The Annapolis mayor said Monday that the president had declined his request.<p>President Donald Trump will now lower flags to half-staff in honor of the five people killed in the Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, last week.<p>The president had reportedly declined a request from the mayor …

Trump to Harley Davidson: ‘Don’t get cute with us’

President Donald Trump on Thursday had a message for Harley-Davidson: “Don’t get cute with us.”<p>The president’s comments, which were made at a groundbreaking in Wisconsin for a Foxconn plant, were the latest attacks he‘s made on the motorcycle company after it announced it would move some of its …

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Republicans are fine confirming a Supreme Court justice in a midterm year because “it’s different”

They blocked Obama’s Court pick during a presidential election year — but don’t care if it’s a midterm year.<p>Senate Republicans blocked President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland, in 2016 so voters could have a voice in the process, they said.<p>Now, months away from another …

Trump privately floats plan to make a deal with Putin on Syria

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump once again raised the idea of pulling the US out of Syria this week -- this time privately during a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House, according to two diplomatic sources familiar with the sit-down.<p>The two leaders discussed Syria at …

Middle East

Supreme Court rules that Trump's travel ban is constitutional

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of President Donald Trump's September order to restrict travel from several majority Muslim countries to the …

Is world using US as a 'piggy bank'? The tensions behind a Trump comment.

Washington<p>Amid a flurry of stern and sometimes vitriolic rhetoric after a weekend summit of large democracies, one comment by President Trump stood …