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The three crises of liberal democracy

Over the past few years, I have frequently been reminded of David Foster Wallace’s commencement address at Kenyon College in 2005. Wallace began with the story of two fish swimming together, when an older fish swims by and says “Morning boys, how’s the water?” After the old fish swims away, one …

Political Science

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s fiery statement about Sessions’s decision to fire him

“I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played ... in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey.”<p>Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been in the news a lot over the past two years, most recently for being fired by the Trump administration right on the eve of his …

Yellen ends her tenure as Federal Reserve chief by paving way for next interest rate hike

Federal Reserve officials, meeting for the last time with Janet Yellen as their chief, left borrowing costs unchanged while adding emphasis to their plan for more rate hikes, setting the stage for an increase in March under her successor Jerome Powell.<p>"The committee expects that economic conditions …

With Focus On Unemployment, Yellen Led Fed Through Tough Balancing Act

Janet Yellen chaired her final Federal Reserve policymaking meeting Wednesday. She and her Fed colleagues held interest rates steady and officially elected Jerome Powell to succeed her as chair. As Yellen steps down, she is getting high marks for her four years at the helm of the nation's central …

Federal Reserve

Now It's the Fed That Appears to Be Moving Slowly

It seems as if the Federal Reserve's interest rate is the one that is stuck.<p>The Fed on Wednesday left its benchmark overnight lending rate in a 1.25 …

If You Bought $1,000 in Bitcoin a Month Ago, Here’s How Much You Would’ve Lost Now

The crypto just had its worth month in years.<p>After an absolutely phenomenal 2017, Bitcoin is getting off to a brutal start in 2018. The leading …

Fascism Runs in My American Family

The diehard Trump supporters aren't being fooled. The Moore voters aren't pinching their noses. A large portion of Americans actually agree with the …

Donald Trump

Schiff: Evidence of Russian collusion damning - CNN Video

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says the signs of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign are damning.

Donald Trump

Bitcoin Prices Are Headed to $0.00: Peter Schiff

Investors are drunk on the Kool-Aid that is bitcoin, according to veteran market forecaster Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital.<p>"No matter how …

What happens when you unleash the American military? THIS

<b>“There is no escape for ISIS.”</b><p>In case you haven’t heard about it in the news, you might be interested to find out that ISIS is being utterly …

The Trump-Russia Probe Is About to Get Uglier

Unpleasant facts are spilling out. Republicans don't want to know them.<p>Here are two certainties about the Trump-Russia investigation. It won't end soon. It will get uglier.<p>A new shoe drops almost daily in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. First, Former national security adviser Michael Flynn …

The US Coast Guard is operating floating prisons in the Pacific Ocean, outside US legal protections

If you've followed the War on Terror at all, you're almost certainly familiar with the US detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — a US prison that exists outside the realm of the US justice system.<p>Now, it turns out, there's a secret US detention system in the War on Drugs, too — and this one …

How Trump is slowly destroying America's national security agencies

The Guardian has reported that John Le Carré, the famed British spy novelist, recently said of the Trump presidency: “Something truly, seriously bad is happening and we have to be awake to that.” Chillingly, he expressed alarm about the “toxic” parallels between the rise of Donald Trump and hard …

Donald Trump

Britain crashes out of world's top 5 economies

Britain has officially abandoned its claim to be the world's fifth largest economy.<p>Treasury chief Philip Hammond acknowledged the slide on Wednesday, noting the new ranking in a series of statements meant to highlight the economy's strength.<p>"Britain is the world's sixth largest economy," Hammond …

Economy

Bitcoin and Ethereum fall after a $31 million crypto heist

LONDON — The major cryptocurrencies bitcoin and Ethereum were falling against the dollar on Tuesday morning after a $31 million heist elsewhere in the digital currency world.<p>Tether, which created a cryptocurrency called USDT that is pegged to the dollar, said in a blog post on Tuesday that "funds …

Cryptocurrency

A Reminder That America Is Incredibly Corrupt and Only Getting Worse

A mistrial in a major case against a sitting US Senator is just the latest reason to despair about unlimited shady behavior by powerful politicians.<p>After 11 strange weeks, a mistrial was declared in the corruption case against New Jersey senator Robert Menendez on Thursday. The saga has been …

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

College Football

Airstrikes and artillery kill scores of civilians in Syria

Syrian ground troops have been battling to take back the last urban area held by "Islamic State" (IS). Airstrikes and artillery have reportedly …

A Nafta Recession?

President Trump keeps touting the 3% U.S. GDP growth of the last two quarters and “record” stock prices, and the economy is his best talking point. But he might want to take a look at the latest Journal survey of economists about the impact of a U.S. withdrawal from the North American Free Trade …

Economy

The US Air Force says the ballistic missile that targeted Saudi Arabia was Iranian

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, who oversees the Air Forces Central Command in Qatar, made the comments at a news conference in Dubai.<p>Harrigian said authorities were investigating how the missile was smuggled into Yemen amid a Saudi-led coalition controlling the country's airspace, ports and borders.<p>…

U.S. Could Lose in a War Against North Korea's Massive Army, Former Pentagon Commander Warns

If a conflict between North Korea and the United States suddenly broke out, U.S. troops in South Korea would be "outnumbered" and undersupplied, …

China’s Strategic Economic Planning versus America’s Failed Capitalism | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>US journalists and commentators, politicians and Sinologists spend considerable time and space speculating on the personality of China’s President Xi</i> …

Hundreds detained in Moscow after nationalist blogger calls for revolution

Hundreds of people have been detained in Russia on the day of a “revolution” announced by a popular nationalist blogger.<p>Moscow police said they had detained 263 participants of an unauthorised rally on Sunday. OVD Info, a group that monitors arrests, later said at least 376 people had been detained …

The Quiet Religious-Freedom Fight That Is Remaking America

A federal law was supposed to put an end to the use of local zoning laws as tools of discrimination. It hasn't.<p>A church outgrows its old building. It finds a vacant warehouse in a middle-class neighborhood, close to the highway and convenient for its congregants. Mortgage money is raised, plans are …

Slouching Toward War With North Korea

John Brennan, the former head of the C.I.A., estimates the chance of a war with North Korea at 20 to 25 percent.<p>Joel S. Wit, a Korea expert at Johns Hopkins University, puts it at 40 percent.<p>Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, says the odds may be somewhere around …

North Korea

The End of Empire | United States

The American empire is coming to an end. The U.S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. …

Geopolitics

Trump is Leading the Most Corrupt Administration in U.S. History, One of First-Class Kleptocrats

Analysis Donald Trump Trump administration<p>He’d promised to build the wall. To make America great again. To lock her up. Now, in the last weeks of his …

Trump leaning toward banker Jerome Powell to run Fed

It appears President Trump is zeroing in on a choice for next Federal Reserve chair.<p>Two sources told CNN on Saturday that Trump will likely name Jerome Powell to lead the central bank.<p>Powell, a Republican, has been a governor on the Fed's board since 2012, and he was assigned to lead the bank's …

Jerome Powell

Leonard Read's Vision of a Liberty-Loving Government

In Richard Ebeling’s “This Is What a True Liberty-Loving Politician Would Look Like,” he provides a sharp contrast between politicians as we know …

Political Science

Poll: 71% of Americans say politics has reached a dangerous low point

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Amid a growing partisan gap between Democrats and Republicans, a new poll shows that 71% of Americans believe the country's politics have reached a dangerous low point in the Trump era.<p>According to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll released Saturday, only 29% said …

Vietnam War