Opinion

  • Analysis | Democrats have a good chance of retaking the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018
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    2017-11-09 04:29:13 UTC

    (Reuters) - Democrats claimed historic gains in Virginia’s statehouse and flipped Republican-held seats in other local races across the United States on Tuesday, in the party’s first big wave of victories since Republican Donald Trump’s surprise White House win a year ago. A ticket filled with candidates making their first bids for ...
  • German 'Wolfskinder': the Forgotten Orphans of World War Two
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    2017-11-03 06:17:09 UTC

    They were barefoot and they had lice. It must have been April 1946, but after so many decades, Erika Smetonus isn't entirely sure about the dates. Her mother hadn't survived the war, her father was missing. Smetonus was completely alone when the great expulsion and flight of the East Prussians began and tens of thousands of Germans...
  • Trump Only Focuses on His Voters, Lacks Policy
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    2017-10-15 06:13:20 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For the moment, U.S. President Donald Trump is going it alone. After weeks of seeing his agenda imperiled by Republican divisions and infighting among his aides, Trump has been a whirl of activity this week, reasserting his campaign priorities and trying to deliver wins for his fervent but frustrated base of s...
  • Columbus Day Celebrates the Explorer's Crimes Against Humanity
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    2017-10-09 20:25:51 UTC

    Every October, grateful Americans get a day off work to, ostensively, celebrate the life of explorer Christopher Columbus. The current President of the United States Donald Trump said in his proclamation: "The permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the cour...
  • Trump's Nationalistic America Sees Anti-Fascist Movement Rising
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    2017-10-07 07:30:08 UTC

    On the day that Donald Trump was inaugurated as the US president in January, the white supremacist Richard Spencer was giving an interview to a television reporter on the streets of Washington, DC. He was midsentence when a black-clad figure rushed up and punched him in the face. Spencer fell from the camera's frame. The attacker — ...
  • The Culture of Violence in America
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    2017-10-03 18:18:52 UTC

    The United States of America was conceived and nurtured by violence. Americans not only engage in violence, they are entertained by it. Killing takes place in America at an average of 87 times each day. Going to war in Afghanistan is less dangerous than living in Chicago. The Romans went to the Coliseum to watch people being k...
  • Far-Right Populist Party Strikes Fear in Germany
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    2017-09-22 14:48:30 UTC

    The German election is only days away, but in Berlin, you could be forgiven for not realizing that anything important was happening at all. The lead-up to the election has been characterized by tediousness and ennui over the inevitability of a fourth Merkel chancellorship. Several newspapers don’t even mention the vote on the front pag...
  • Trump Staffers Looking for the Exits
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    2017-09-22 14:31:48 UTC

    A fast-growing number of White House staffers are starting to look for the exits, even though the one-year mark of President Donald Trump’s first term is still months away. Many who joined the administration in January did so with the explicit idea that they’d stay for at least a year, enough to credibly say they’d served. But in ...
  • Ideological Purity of Bernie Backers Infuriates Democrats
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    2017-09-08 16:42:57 UTC

    Gabriel DeBenedetti Prominent Democrats are increasingly riled by attacks from Bernie Sanders' supporters, whose demands for ideological purity are hurting the party ahead of the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election, they say. But it’s not just the outside agitators that Democratic lawmakers, operatives, and activists a...
  • Roger Stone Political Dirty Trickster Predicts Violent 'insurrection'
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    2017-08-25 17:50:55 UTC

    (Politico) Roger Stone, a longtime confidant to President Donald Trump, predicted Thursday there would be a "spasm of violence" tantamount to civil war if the president were brought under impeachment charges by Congress. During an interview with TMZ the former Nixon administration official and old friend of Trump's cast talk of impe...
  • Paul Ryan is Pandering to Neo-Nazis
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    2017-08-24 18:27:41 UTC

    (The New Republic) He and Republicans will protect Trump from censure, hoping national outrage will have fizzled by the time Congress returns to Washington. Paul Ryan has always relied on the assumption that the people he answers to—constituents and reporters—are stupid. This is why he dresses up his routine deceptions with con...
  • Trump Has No Afghanistan Policy
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    2017-08-22 23:18:12 UTC

    Donald Trump has no strategy for Afghanistan. Appearing at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, on Monday evening, the president announced ... something. A strategy, allegedly, that will “win” our 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. Trump being Trump, he provided few details about his big beautiful strategy, and relied instead on bluster ...
  • A Solar Eclipse Reflective Of America's Dark Mood
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    2017-08-21 16:35:24 UTC

    Now America has a solar eclipse to match its dark mood. — The solar eclipse seems made to order for our current national mood. Darkness at midday? Just further proof of the gloomy times we’re living in. Pick up any newspaper and the evidence is clear: most Americans feel pessimistic about the nation’s future. Since 2009, polls...
  • Trump could easily turn into a fascist if we're not vigilant
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    2017-08-16 18:37:41 UTC

    Donald Trump is not yet in any meaningful way fascist or totalitarian, but he could easily turn into that if we're not vigilant. His creation of a social movement is very dangerous - and the left is enabling it, explains Roger Berkowitz, a scholar on renowned Jewish-German philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906-1975). A refugee from Nazi G...
  • Who Are We? A Timeline of the Dark Side of America
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    2017-08-15 07:41:17 UTC

    <h2>What Happened in Charlottesville Is All Too American</h2><h3>To affirm that vicious race-based violence is not who we are is to erase our very recent, collective past.</h3><strong>By JOSHUA ZEITZ August 13, 2017</strong><img alt="Who_are_we__a_timeline_of_the_dark_side_of_america" src="/system/images/21128/original/Who_are_we__A_ti...
  • Who is more crazy, Kim Jong-un or Trump?
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    2017-08-09 21:09:42 UTC

    Sen. John McCain summed up a widespread American view when last March he described Kim Jong-un as “this crazy fat kid that’s running North Korea.” The breathless style of media reporting about Kim, and his father before him, has played up his eccentricities, often relying on dubious sourcing. When a story originating on a satir...
  • The Last Hope for Venezuela Is Also a Frightening One
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    2017-08-03 22:53:35 UTC

    BY FRANCISCO TORO — Three months ago, Venezuela’s beleaguered president, Nicolás Maduro, pushed the nuclear button in Venezuelan politics: He declared that he would convene a Constituent Assembly, a specially elected body that’s allowed to do pretty much anything. There’s nothing quite like it in the U.S.; the Constitution does hav...
  • Meet Donald Trump's 'dirty trickster' Roger Stone
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    2020-07-13 20:09:37 UTC

    WASHINGTON (By Astead W. Herndon BOSTON GLOBE) — For decades, mainstream Republicans mocked Roger Stone Jr. for his seersucker suits and outlandish affection for Richard Nixon, whose face he has tattooed on his back. They shrugged when he made outrageous claims during the 2016 election cycle, including the assertion that Chelsea Clinto...
  • We thought Trump hit rock bottom, but now he sinks even lower
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    2017-07-01 19:53:49 UTC

    The US President Donald Trump resumed his attacks on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Saturday morning, calling Scarborough "crazy" and Brzezinski "dumb as a rock," despite days of bipartisan outrage earlier this week. The Tweeter in Chief tweeted Saturday morning this: "Crazy Joe Scarborough ...
  • The world is looking at Germany: Leadership is about freedom
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    2017-06-23 18:12:51 UTC

    What does the word "German" mean to people? It's a popular debate topic in the country. Now Chancellor Angela Merkel has put forth her own answer. It's a typical Merkel-style response, says Ines Pohl. — Expectations are weighing more heavily on Angela Merkel than on any other German politician. Ever since Donald Trump took office...
  • A Large-Scale US Crisis Will Unleash Trump's Toxic Agenda That Is Lying In Wait
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    2017-06-13 05:15:22 UTC

    Naomi Klein — During the presidential campaign, some imagined that the more overtly racist elements of Donald Trump’s platform were just talk designed to rile up the base, not anything he seriously intended to act on. But in his first week in office, when he imposed a travel ban on seven majority-Muslim countries, tha...
  • Trump's infrastructure plan is nothing more than a scam
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    2017-06-13 05:14:45 UTC

    <blockquote><i>U.S. President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan is not much more than a page of talking points, and nothing more than a scam, says Robert Reich. For example (in one version of the plan), for every dollar developers put into a project, they’d actually pay only 18 cents – after tax credits – and taxpayers would contri...
  • The leader of the free world, Angela Merkel
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    2017-06-13 05:13:43 UTC

    Angela Merkel is increasingly referred to as the 'leader of the free world.' Yet it is a title she herself does not want. She is not defined by her aspirations, but rather by her pragmatism, says Kay-Alexander Scholz. The best remedy for populism and oversimplification in politics is to keep a level head and not fall into the trap o...
  • With respect, Mr President: Sir, you are an idiot.
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    2021-11-23 23:04:05 UTC

    BRUSSELS — It doesn't actually matter whether Donald Trump just described Germany as "bad" or "evil." Either way, it gives us the opportunity to return the insult. With respect, Mr President: Sir, you are an idiot. It is above all the stupidity that is so offensive in the absurd mixture of insinuation and ill will with which Tr...
  • "America First" might turn out to be rather lonely
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    2017-06-02 19:05:10 UTC

    At the NATO summit in Brussels, US President Donald Trump acted like a diplomatic bully. He arrived late, then shoved the Montenegrin prime minister aside to ensure his place in the front row. He turned what was planned as a short ceremonial address into a lengthy tirade against allies. Trump demanded imaginary money from NATO memb...