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Military investigating shooting in newly leaked Afghan combat video

U.S. commanders have launched an investigation into video footage that appears to show an American service member firing into the cab of a civilian truck as the two vehicles pass on a road in Afghanistan, an action that could have violated the military’s rules of engagement and may hamper the …

Afghanistan

Does the White Working Class Really Vote Against Its Own Interests?

Trump’s first year in office revived an age-old debate about why some people choose race over class—and how far they will go to protect the system.<p>As his first year in the White House draws to a close, Donald J. Trump remains in almost every respect a singular character. He exists well outside the …

Income Inequality

Inside a secret 2014 list of hundreds of L.A. deputies with histories of misconduct

It was a critical piece of evidence: an inmate’s shirt, bloodied from a jailhouse brawl.<p>When it went missing, Deputy Jose Ovalle had an idea.<p>He picked out a similar shirt, doused it with taco sauce and snapped a photograph, which was booked into evidence with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s …

Corruption

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.<p>Before I called Bernie Sanders, I lit a candle in my living room and put on some gospel music. I wanted to center myself for what I knew would be an …

Government

Bodycam footage shows Utah police shoot man as he runs away

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Salt Lake City Police Department is the latest US police department to come under scrutiny after bodycam footage shows an officer shooting and killing a man, even as the man appeared to be running away.<p>An officer shot and killed Patrick Harmon, a 50-year-old black man, as he was being …

Justice

The Rise of the Violent Left

Antifa’s activists say they’re battling burgeoning authoritarianism on the American right. Are they fueling it instead?<p>Since 1907, Portland, Oregon, has hosted an annual Rose Festival. Since 2007, the festival had included a parade down 82nd Avenue. Since 2013, the Republican Party of Multnomah …

A simple guide to fixing scratches on your car

Scratches are like the old torture of death by a thousand cuts. Eventually, they'll destroy your car's finish by allowing rust to develop on metal parts. And like the great Canadian poet said, rust never sleeps.<p>Neil Young references aside, a while back I suggested two ways to repair scratches. …

This is what Americans will really dislike about the House ‘Trumpcare’ bill

House Republicans voted Thursday to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with their alternative plan, the American Health Care Act. This is a big political victory — and a big win for the Trump administration. However, it will likely create headaches for the Republican legislators who voted …

Health Care

We No Longer Have Three Branches of Government

I served in Congress for 16 years and taught civics for 13 more. Our government no longer looks like the one I told my students about—or the one the Constitution describes.<p>For more than a dozen years, teaching government classes to graduate students at Harvard and Princeton, I filled my students’ …

Political Science

The growth of Israeli settlements, explained in 5 charts

“Is ours the generation that gives up on the dream of a Jewish, democratic state of Israel living in peace and security with its neighbors? Because that is literally what is at stake.”<p>Those are the words of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who on Wednesday leveled the most scathing attack on …

MEMO: Tony Blair tells George W Bush they can create 'post-cold war world order' in 2003 note

Among them is an 11-page note from the former Labour Prime Minister to Bush setting out his vision to create a "true post-cold war world order" with Bush. The memo was sent in March 2003, 6 days after the invasion of Iraq.<p>Blair comes across as a House of Cards-style political chess player …

Geopolitics

The favorite foods and eccentric eating habits of 9 ruthless dictators

These were favorite meals of some 20th-century dictators.<p>In "Dictators' Dinners: A Bad Taste Guide to Entertaining Tyrants," Victoria Clark and Melissa Scott offer astonishing insights into dictators' table manners, food vices, and fears of poisonings. They also include recipes for some of the …

The First Time Party Bigwigs Tried to Stop a Front-Runner From Becoming President It Backfired—Big-time

What the GOP can learn from the story of Andrew Jackson in 1824.<p>America has never seen a presidential candidate like this before. Detractors point to his lack of political experience, his poor grasp of policy, his alleged autocratic leanings and his shady past. They believe this man without much of …

Government