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Mattis on Ethics

This week, we've been thinking a great deal about our current national moment. And the vitality, especially in times like these, of the institutions...

Is the Government Listening to Your Phone Calls?

A trove of documents about CIA hacking tools released by Wikileaks and President Trump's recent tweet claiming President Obama tapped his phone has caused many...

Sign of the Times

Yesterday, we learned that a grand jury has been empaneled to investigate allegations related to a sitting President; someone within the U.S. government leaked...

The Incredible Shrinking Trump Presidency

The Presidency is shrinking. It's unmistakable. While the current occupant of the Oval Office, Donald J. Trump, dominates the news, it is often for...

A Tale of Two Trumps

This week has been the tale of two Trumps. In dueling speeches Monday and Tuesday, we saw two sides of President Donald Trump. On...

Clinton, Russia and the Uranium Deal Explained

In a tweet Thursday, President Donald Trump attacked Hillary Clinton over the 2010 approval of a deal that gave Russia control over one-fifth of...

Ten Questions with James Rosen, Fox News Chief Washington Correspondent

In nearly two decades covering Washington, James Rosen has interviewed Presidents, broken important stories and at times been at the center of the story himself. The Obama administration targeted Rosen as...

North Korea’s Nuclear Test Explained

Early Sunday morning, North Korean state TV announced that it had tested a hydrogen bomb designed to be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile...

Is Climate Change Making Hurricanes More Intense?

In the space of two weeks, two record-breaking hurricanes. Hurricane Harvey was the wettest storm in history, and now Hurricane Irma is barreling towards...

The FBI Was Denied Access to the DNC’s Server. But, Does it Matter?

Among the most persistent objections for the attribution to Russia of the 2016 hacking of the DNC is the DNC’s refused to grant access...

What Sessions Didn’t Say May Be More Revealing Than What He Did

In testimony punctuated by flashes of anger, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called charges that he colluded in Russia's effort to influence the 2016 election...
North Korean guards at the DMZ

Here’s What’s Going On With North Korea

The war of words between North Korea and the U.S. escalated again Wednesday as North Korea announced it was preparing a plan to launch...

In Defense of Sean Spicer

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made his satirical debut on Saturday Night Live this weekend. President Lyndon B. Johnson might have some advice. "IT IS...

How to Prank an Email Scammer

Editor's Note: We've all received spam emails promising huge sums from Nigerian princes and fabulously wealthy foreigners that need you (of all people) to help them invest their...

Why CBO’s Estimate of GOP Obamacare Replacement May Overstate Negative Effects

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is out. On its face, CBO's report is not all that helpful to...

Why Comey Was Really Fired and Five Other Things That Matter After Comey’s Testimony

Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Thursday was riveting, but in the long run, not as damning...

Does the American Constitution allow for the rise of a dictator?

The U.S. Constitution is built from the ground up to prevent a dictatorship. It was a topic into which the founders invested substantial thought.The Constitution...

What is “Skinny Repeal”?

As prospects for outright repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) dim, Republicans are still looking for some way to make good...

What You Need to Know About Jeff Sessions’ Recusal

Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the ongoing investigation into supposed links between Trump campaign staffers and Russian intelligence officers and officials....

Reflections on September 11, 2001

It is hard to describe just how normal the world felt in the early morning hours of September 11, 2001. The saga of a...

The American Health Care Act: An Autopsy

Autopsy, a noun: a postmortem examination to discover the cause of death or the extent of disease. After President Trump and Speaker Ryan declared...

Here’s Four Reasons Obamacare Repeal is Turning Out to Be So Hard

Repealing Obamacare is hard. President Obama's health care overhaul, more formally known as the Affordable Care Act, is a tangled web of interrelated mandates, regulations...

How White House Counsel Don McGahn’s Uncle Helped Trump Do a Deal with the...

Two major characteristics separate President Trump from other men to hold the office: He has no political experience, and he heavily relies on family...

What We Can Take from the GOP Obamacare Repeal Debacle

President Donald Trump sounded weary when he stepped in front of the press to announce that the GOP's Obamacare repeal had failed to rally...

Does a New Study Prove the DNC Hack Was An Inside Job?

Updated 8/14/17 to include responses from Forensicator and additional information. The question of Russia's culpability in the 2016 hacking of the DNC is a settled...

Did President Trump Disclose Classified Information to Russia?

The Washington Post reported Monday that in a meeting last week with Russian ambassador Sergei Lavrov, President Donald Trump described details of intelligence the...

Are there legal grounds to disobey a presidential order to launch a nuclear weapon?

No. None. Zilch. As Tom Nichols, a professor at the Naval War College and an expert in nuclear strategy put it, the idea of legal...

Jim Mattis and the Heroes of Houston Remind Us Who We Are

Amid the dank rancor of our present political moment, glimmers of light must be celebrated. A few weeks ago, Americans watched in horror as...

What Steve Bannon Leaves Behind

When news broke this afternoon that White House Senior Advisor Stephen Bannon had resigned, traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange...

Eclipses Echo Through History

The modern view of eclipses is still one of wonder. But, their rarity and strangeness caused them to take on great significance throughout history....

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