Our Political Dysfunction Has Turned Us Inward and That’s a Recipe for Disasters Ahead

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by James J. Zogby Domestic American politics have become so cripplingly partisan that Congress can’t pass a long-term spending bill or deal the critical issues like immigration reform, comprehensive health care reform, or provide the massive funding needed to repair our… Continue Reading  

The Damaging Decline of HPSCI

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by Paul R. Pillar The most frequent and regular interaction that I, as a then-serving intelligence officer, had with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI—referred to orally as “hip-see”) was in the 1980s. Part of my duties involved… Continue Reading  

Tom Cotton Appointed “Never Trump” Bill Kristol’s Son Legislative Director

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by Eli Clifton Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is one of President Donald Trump’s closest allies in the Senate, advising Trump before the alleged “shithole” comments about Haitians and African immigrants and on the White House’s Iran policy. Cotton is also… Continue Reading  

The Iran Nuclear Deal at Two: A Status Report

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by the International Crisis Group It could have been worse. President Trump’s 12 January decision to waive sanctions while threatening to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the July 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the… Continue Reading  

Trump Uses Uncertainty Against Iran

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by Dina Esfandiary Last week, President Trump announced that he would renew sanctions waivers for Iran. But he also imposed non-nuclear sanctions and renewed his call to Congress to “fix” the deal or else. By doing so, Trump fosters uncertainty.… Continue Reading