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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...

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...

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...

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...

The Agony and the Alt Right

In times of strife, Americans look to their Presidents for moral grounding. When the nation's eyes turned to President Trump this week, they found...
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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

The Great American Eclipse: Complete Guide

For the first time in 99 years, America will experience a total eclipse spanning from coast to coast. Those in the path of totality,...

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...

Why Mueller is Investigating Trump’s Business Ties

The investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly turned to President Trump's business dealings with Russia according to a new Bloomberg...

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...

The Ten Day King

White House Communications Director Anthony "The Mooch!" Scaramucci lasted all of ten thrilling days. In an ironic turn, it was Scaramucci's victory in forcing...

Make Applicants Great Again

We are facing an economic crisis in this country.  The way President Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders tell it, we are facing an...

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...

Trump’s Syria Airstrike Explained

President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a missile attack on a Syrian airbase the U.S. believes was the launching point for Tuesday's chemical attack....

The Surprising Reason for the White House’s Oval-shaped Rooms

The oval shape of rooms in the White House was chosen to accommodate an elaborately formal greeting ceremony known as a "Levee." The ceremony was...

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...

The Berkeley Controversy Over Milo Yiannopoulos Has Echoes in Legal History

In 1964, Clarence Brandenburg, a KKK leader from Ohio, invited local media reporters to cover a rally where a handful of his supporters were...

Real Estate Deals: The Other Trump-Russia Story

By focusing its attention on potential connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, the media is missing a bigger story: Trump’s business...

Trump, Comey and Executive Privilege Explained

 President Trump’s decision not to invoke executive privilege and, thus, allow former FBI Director James B. Comey to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee...

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...

Did Obama or Bush, like Trump, ever meet with Russians in the Oval Office?

Originally published on Quora.com. Every modern President has met with Russian officials. Presidents Obama and Bush have both met with the very same Russian official...

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...

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...

A Short Note on the Shooting in Washington

Let's all take a deep breath before we go blaming Democrats and the media for this morning's shooting. The radicalization of politics as blood...

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...

Is The Trump-Russia Connection a Conspiracy, Or Inexperience?

It may be that Mr. Trump's contrarian instincts, lack of experienced advisors and a string of coincidences are the real Trump-Russia conspiracy.

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