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Trump calls out Putin. Now what?

For those who don’t think I give credit where credit is due when it comes to Donald Trump:
I want to acknowledge that after the Syrian regime’s latest horrific chemical weapons attack on civilians, he has finally tweeted something critical about Vladimir Putin.
Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of [...]

McCain shames Trump on congratulations to Putin

After Donald Trump, Bibi Netanyahu and Jean-Claude Juncker offered cringe-inducing congratulations to Vladimir Putin on his “election” “victory,” it was good to see Senator John McCain cut through the crap.
An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted [...]

Trump fires Tillerson

So here’s where we are now.
On Friday President Trump abruptly fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, forcing him to cut short a trip to Africa.
Remarkable statement from State Department spokesman on Tillerson firing:
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 13, 2018

BREAKING: Officials: White House fires top Tillerson aide who contradicted account of secretary of state's [...]

Oh what a lovely trade war!

After announcing plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum, President Trump tweeted that “trade wars are good and easy to win.”
I have protectionist sympathies and I believe manufacturing still matters. The decline of steel and aluminum manufacturing in the US has had a [...]

Huge crowd in LA for Women’s March despite “pro-Palestinian” boycott

You may recall four years ago when the actor Scarlett Johansson ended her relationship with Oxfam after the charity took exception to her involvement with the Israeli company SodaStream, which at the time operated a factory on the West Bank– including a commercial during the American Super Bowl.
Even though SodaStream has since closed that plant [...]

Jeff Flake on press freedom, the truth… and Trump

Retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, one of the most (traditionally) conservative members of Congress, speaks on the floor of the United States Senate.
He incorrectly attributes a certain quote to George Orwell, but his words are clearly heartfelt. They ring true and are worthy of attention.

Trump and shitholes

Despite multiple reports otherwise, President Trump now denies he referred to Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries” while complaining about immigration from those countries.

The president had grown frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan deal over [...]

Trump unloads on Bannon

After Donald (“I only hire the best people“) Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon was quoted as saying that a meeting Trump’s son and son-in-law held with a Russian lawyer was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” the president of the United States responded as only he can.
[email protected] statement on Bannon after Michael Wolff book quotes Bannon calling [...]

Jake Tapper calls out anti-Israel hypocrisy in UN vote

This is a good commentary from Jake Tapper of CNN.

But if the Trump administration is serious about retaliating against countries that voted to condemn the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, I hope it isn’t similarly hypocritical.
For instance, Trump threatened to cut off US aid to poor and developing countries that voted for [...]

Flynn pleads guilty

It was almost two years ago that Donald Trump’s future national security adviser Michael Flynn and future 2016 Green party candidate for president Jill Stein joined Vladimir Putin in Moscow to celebrate the Russian propaganda outlet RT.

Trump reportedly considered choosing Flynn as his 2016 running mate and Flynn led chants of “Lock her [i.e., Hillary [...]