Shootout At The Oval Office – Nancy Pelosi Hits Target, Trump Shoots Off Mouth

still image from C-Span coverage of the Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, with Vice President Mike Pence in attendance.

by Richard Cameron   The White House meeting in the Oval Office involving President Trump, House Minority leader (soon to be Majority leader and Speaker once again) Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, unraveled in short order into something neither Trump nor White House staff had anticipated.  Mike Pence did sit in on the little get together, but was a seat warmer and made Justice Clarence Thomas seem like a chatterbox in comparison. In other words, not a syllable escaped the Vice President’s mouth before or after Trump’s…

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Because We Lack True Friendships, Men Are Living Unnecessarily Lonely Lives

by Tony Wyman A little more than a year ago, I shared a table at an Irish pub outside Dayton, Ohio, with three fellow business executives, men all in their 50’s who held high-paying positions in major companies where they had enjoyed long and successful careers that made them well-respected and affluent members of their communities. And all three of them were miserable. None of them had money problems, unfaithful wives, recalcitrant children or failing health.  In fact, from an outsider’s perspective, their lives were pretty much what they should…

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Many Russian Christians Criticize the Putin Regime, But not Church Officials

by Kseniya Kirillova A new Russian “socio-political club” called The New Orthodoxy was announced in Moscow in October. Its founders assert that the name originates not in religion, but in the eponymous innovative model of economic development created in the 1930s in the USA which contributed to the country’s recovery from the Great Depression. However, the movement’s religious roots are still evident. According to the list of founders, it includes Lutherans, Old Catholics, the Party of the 10 Commandments, created by evangelical Christians, and other organizations associated with religion – along with…

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It is Time We Face the Fact the War in Afghanistan is Over

by Tony Wyman A United States airstrike killed a major Taliban military figure on Saturday, dealing the insurgency that has been fighting a war against the Afghan government and its American backers for 17 years, 1 month, 3 weeks and 4 days as of this writing a “big loss,” in their words. But that loss doesn’t change the fact that the war in Afghanistan, a war that has so far cost the United States more than $1 trillion, 2412 killed and 19,950 wounded, is, effectively over. “It is time for…

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Who Actually Are The People In The Migrant Caravans And What Brings Them North

Members of the migrant caravan heading north through Mexico toward the United States.

by Richard Cameron   Depending on which side of the immigration debate you hear from, there will be widely varying assessments of who the people are that comprise the migrant caravans and what their actual motives are in desiring to be admitted to the United States. On one end of the argument, we’re told that the caravan is full of people that are not seeking asylum, but are either criminals or potential terrorists, plus others who are simply looking to take jobs from Americans. In opposition to that characterization, are…

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Russian State-Backed Media Strongly Supports Donald Trump

by Kseniya Kirillova Russia’s interference in the internal affairs of the United States has long ceased to be a “political card”, as it’s usually described in Kremlin discourse. The indictments that are being handed down one after another by both Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Department of Justice show in detail the mechanisms of Russian operations for organizing and financing influence campaigns to manipulate American society. Since tracking hacker attacks and other operations is law-enforcement work, I try here to give a brief overview of the themes in Kremlin attitudes towards the…

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Delusion of Freedom: The U.S. Far Right and the Kremlin

Fascist Alexander Dugin

by Kseniya Kirillova One of the pillars of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political system is confrontation with the outside world and the search for enemies. His regime conducts “information operations” against the West to try and undermine democracy. The operations are in many ways similar to the propaganda techniques used by the Kremlin inside Russia. They use lies, slander, selective use of facts, conspiracy theories and a multitude of contradictory versions of reality designed to destroy the notion of truth, as well as exploiting the slightest contradictions within Western societies. However, the…

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The First Amendment Is Being Smothered Right Under Your Nose

By Janice Barlow DOES FREEDOM OF SPEECH START at the top or at the bottom? Are we encased in a cocoon as mindless followers because we have become so jaded to what we should be standing up for? In this article, I will point to three specific examples of what is happening right under our collective noses in this country and how you, by your silence are acquiescing and allowing speech to be stifled.   Let’s start with the Press:    Jim Acosta, while displaying reporter-like aggressive behavior, was behaving…

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Trump Dismisses Evidence Of Saudi Crown Role In Directing Murder Of Jamal Khashoggi

photo montage of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and U.S. President Donald Trump

by Richard Cameron National Compass has consistently made the case that Donald Trump, both personally and as president, has identified with and in terms of his public and private statements – given aid and comfort to repressive regimes void of any semblance of the rule of law, while simultaneously antagonizing our allies. That was true with his past admiring comments about China’s premier Xi Jinping and China’s historical record of destroying political dissidents – most notably, the event many of us witnessed on live television; the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Trump…

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Is America Suffering from Compassion Fatigue?

by Tony Wyman With the news of the world always at our fingertips, it shouldn’t be surprising that Americans are growing fatigued by a constant stream of bad news, mass shooting, destructive storms and rampaging wildfires.  With almost no way to escape the endless flow of information, more and more people are saying “Enough! Give me a break!” In fact, according to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center early this year, 68% said they are overwhelmed by the volume of information coming at them day and night.  And,…

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