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Who needs a Constitution anyway? Donald Trump sets the First Amendment on fire

<b>(AP/Richard Shiro/Salon)</b><p>The founding fathers probably had Trump in mind when drafting the Bill of Rights as he looks to persecute Muslims<p>Aaron R. Hanlon<p>December 14, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>The day before Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” he …

Donald Trump

I used to laugh off Donald Trump: As a Muslim, a U.S. citizen and a veteran, I’m not laughing anymore

<b>(Reuters/Brian Snyder)</b><p>The first time our government fingerprinted me, it was for a post-9/11 registry. The second was for the Army<p>Nadeem Zaman<p>December 9, 2015 11:58pm (UTC)<p>In six months, Donald Trump has gone from a sputtering brat and a punch line on the fringes of the American political scene to …

Donald Trump

6 keys to understanding ISIS’ barbaric brand of nihilism

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It really believes it is the agent of the coming apocalypse<p>Steven Rosenfeld<p>November 18, 2015 8:15am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The latest terrorist attacks by ISIS have changed the 2016 presidential race, sparking a …

Al-Qaeda

This is why they hate us: The real American history neither Ted Cruz nor the New York Times will tell you | Salon.com

Iran was once a secular democracy. You would not know this from contemporary discussions of the much demonized country in U.S. politics and media.<p>What happened to Iran's democracy? The U.S. overthrew it in 1953, with the help of the U.K. Why? For oil.<p>Mohammad Mosaddegh may be the most popular …

Political Science

States cannot refuse refugees, but they can make it difficult

<b>(CNN) —</b> A wave of governors -- mostly Republicans -- issued a cascade of press releases Monday voicing objections to Syrian refugees landing their states, following the Paris attacks.<p>Experts say that while the states may not have the legal authority to block their borders, state agencies have …

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Why There Hasn’t Been Another Benghazi

While a House committee tries to pin the 2012 tragedy on Hillary Clinton, the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service has moved on to even …

“Every president has been manipulated by national security officials”: David Talbot exposes America’s “deep state”

<b>John F. Kennedy, Allen Dulles (AP)</b><p>From World War II though JFK, “The Devil’s Chessboard” explores how Allen Dulles used the CIA as a tool of elites<p>Liam O'Donoghue<p>October 15, 2015 7:27pm (UTC)<p>This year’s best spy thriller isn’t fiction – it’s history. David Talbot’s previous book, the bestseller …

Cold War

Sheriff Hanlin Is the Kim Davis of Gun Control

Ideas, beliefs and actions have always been more inherently dangerous than inert firearms. But guns in action are dangerous, too often deadly and never benign. Guns can reside in museums or family collections as historic, revered, artistic and seductive tools that generate wonderment, respect, …

It’s not just about guns: What the gun control debate exposes — and threatens — in our toxic white male culture of violence | Salon.com

<b>Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry (Warner Bros. Entertainment)</b><p>It’s not just about guns: What the gun control debate exposes — and threatens — in our toxic white male culture of violence<p>America loves its firearms—but they’re just the tip of the dysfunctional iceberg<p>Paula Young Lee<p>October 5, 2015 3:05pm …

Guns

The American Pope

Francis may be the first pontiff from the New World, but heirs to St. Peter’s throne have long loomed large in the American imagination.<p>When the chartered Alitalia jet known as “Shepherd One” touches down in Maryland this week, Pope Francis will become just the fourth leader of the Roman Catholic …

Christianity

The remarkable life of Carly Fiorina, tech CEO turned presidential candidate

Despite her lack of political chops, she's a businesswoman who cut her teeth in tech before joining John McCain on the campaign trail as an advisor.<p>Here's a look at her life from tech trainee to a presidential hopeful.

Government

George Takei on How Kim Davis Violated the First Amendment

The Kentucky clerk and her supporters ignore the Constitution’s Establishment Clause—which prohibits anyone from forcing their own religious views on …

Former CIA director under Obama: 'Someone needs to lose their job' if reports about ISIS intelligence are true

According to a report from The Daily Beast, more than 50 intelligence analysts at Centcom have formally complained that reports on the Islamic State and the Nusra Front— Al Qaeda's Syria branch — have been repeatedly altered by senior intelligence officials to fit with the Obama administration's …

National Security

'There is no silver bullet': Isis, al-Qaida and the myths of terrorism

Islamic State,Al-Qaida,September 11 2001,Osama bin Laden,Syria,Middle East and North Africa,World news<p>The west’s response to 9/11 was the catastrophic ‘war on terror’. Have we learned from our mistakes with al-Qaida, or is history repeating itself with Isis?<p>Fourteen years ago, in the immediate …

Terrorism

Know your history: Understanding racism in the US | Black History

There will never be an acceptable explanation for what happened between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson in Ferguson but we will never fully grasp <i>why</i> the stage was set for such an encounter unless we know American history.<p>We cannot fully comprehend why Dylan Roof murdered nine parishioners at …

America’s inequality crisis is about so much more than money: The ugly realities that elude our politicians

<b>(romakoma via Shutterstock)</b><p>The growing chasm between the rich and the poor is a crisis of our own making — and a threat to our very liberty<p>David Cay Johnston<p>August 5, 2015 9:15am (UTC)<p>Inequality is about much more than the growing chasm of income and wealth between those at the very top and …

“The Confederate flag still flies overseas”: Endless war, domestic racism and the forgotten history of the stars and bars

<b>(PhotosbyAndy via Shutterstock)</b><p>Before it became a pennant for right-wing backlash, the Confederate flag was a symbol of American imperialism<p>Greg Grandin<p>July 11, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>The Pentagon just can’t let go. In the wake of the Charleston Massacre, …

What Can the Right Do After Gay Marriage?

Conservatives feared the Supreme Court’s ruling would impinge upon their religious freedom—and believe they’ve found bittersweet vindication.<p>If public opinion on same-sex marriage was polarized before the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June, it has split almost entirely in two since.<p>Take the case …

LGBTQI

Gay marriage plaintiff Obergefell: push for religious freedom laws is offensive

'This decision will not stand': Republicans seek common cause against same-sex marriage<p>Read more<p>Jim Obergefell made history on 26 June, when the supreme court ruled on his case and in a 5-4 vote legalized same-sex marriage across the US. But not all in the nation have celebrated the expansion of …

Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong.

By James W. Loewen<p>History is the polemics of the victor, William F. Buckley once said. Not so in the United States, at least not regarding the Civil War. As soon as the Confederates laid down their arms, some picked up their pens and began to distort what they had done and why. The resulting …

White America’s Waco insanity: The shocking realities it ignores about racism & violence

<b>Booking photos of people arrested during the motorcycle gang related shooting at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on May 17, 2015. (AP/McLennan County Sheriff's Office)</b><p>The response to the Twin Peaks shootout says everything you need to know about how white privilege really works<p>Brittney …

Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy

Erik Prince, recently outed as a participant in a C.I.A. assassination program, has gained notoriety as head of the military-contracting juggernaut Blackwater, a company dogged by a grand-jury investigation, bribery accusations, and the voluntary-manslaughter trial of five ex-employees, set for …

Dick Cheney’s gift to the Middle East: How America created an Afghan Blackwater

<b>(AP/Ron Edmonds)</b><p>Just as the U.S. threw its support behind the Taliban, officials have empowered a whole new set of Afghan warlords<p>Anand Gopal<p>April 12, 2015 5:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>[<i>This essay is taken from chapter five of Anand Gopal’s</i> No Good Men Among the Living: …

Afghanistan

Michael Slager Is Not Going to Prison for Killing Walter Scott: Here’s Why

It’s good he was arrested and charged with murder, but the Supreme Court made it hard to actually convict trigger-happy police officers.<p>Last …

Next, We Muslims Bring Sharia to Indiana

Allah’s blessings be upon you, Mike Pence. Now that “religious conscience” means whatever, we Muslims are going to town!<p>I, along with millions of …

The Iran Deal’s Fatal Flaw

Nothing can work without tough inspections and enforcement. And for that we must rely on … Vladimir Putin.<p>We don’t yet know all the details of the nuclear agreement that Iran, the United States and five other world powers announced Thursday they are aiming to complete by June 30. What we do know is …

A Boston Cop Shooting and Our Post-Truth Era

A career criminal shot a good cop. There’s no dispute over the facts. But that doesn’t mean everyone accepts them.<p>A career criminal, Angelo West, 41 …