Monthly Archives: December 2016

Frida Ghitis: Obama puts Trump on the spot with Russia sanctions –

The issue of a foreign power interfering with American democracy is hardly one to be cavalierly dismissed by the next president — although it is in keeping with Trump’s other head-spinning comments. These are his insights on the national security

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Bryan Menegus: Why Trolls Won in 2016 – Gizmodo

The tech industry’s 10-year plan to sweep the problems of harassment, abuse, and misinformation under the rug was only a prelude to the industry’s soon-to-be cozy relationship with the incoming administration: Paypal creator and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel being

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Friend Dog Studios: 2016: The Movie (Trailer) – YouTube

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David Frum: How Donald Trump Made Russia’s Hacking More Effective – The Atlantic

Without Trump’s own willingness to make false claims and misuse Russian-provided information, the Wikileaks material would have deflated of its own boringness. The Russian-hacked material did damage because, and only because, Russia found a willing accomplice in the person of

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Ross Douthat: The Trump Matrix – The New York Times

As for what we should actually hope for – well, the midpoint of each axis, the center of the matrix, seems like the sweet spot for the country: A Trump presidency that’s competent-enough without being dictatorial, and that provides a

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Donald J. Trump: “Vladimir Putin said today…” – Twitter

Vladimir Putin said today about Hillary and Dems: “In my opinion, it is humiliating. One must be able to lose with dignity.” So true! 4:13 PM – 23 Dec 2016 From: Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “Vladimir Putin said today…

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Michael Brendan Dougherty: Angela Merkel is destroying Europe – The Week

[N]ationalist resentment across the continent found in Merkel a perfect foil once her grand invitation worsened the chaos of the migration crisis, especially as violence increased. Given the concerns about migration in Britain, Merkel’s policy may have even been what

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Eric Brown: The Fall of Turkey – The American Interest

Erdogan’s will to power is putting Turkish national security at risk. ISIS is zeroing in on these glaring divides, trying to exploit them for its own purposes. In time, the collusion of intransigent PKK factions with Iran or Russia, Turkey’s

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Andrew Reynolds: North Carolina no longer a democracy – News & Observer

In the just released EIP report, North Carolina’s overall electoral integrity score of 58/100 for the 2016 election places us alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. If it were a nation state, North Carolina would

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Donald Trump dossier ‘certainly’ held by Russia, says former National Security Council member – International Business Times

“I think they most certainly have something on Trump,” said Thomas Graham, managing director at Kissinger Associates — the consulting firm of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Intelligence Advisory Board chair Brent Scowcroft. Graham spoke Friday (16

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