The Trump Presidency: A Steady Global Devolution Towards Disorder

by Paul Szydlowski Three weeks after he was elected, I posted some predictions of where a Trump presidency might lead us. Among the predictions were failure to complete a border wall, soaring federal deficits, potholes in the attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act and steady global devolution towards disorder if the U.S. were to withdraw from global treaties and alliances. I believe it’s time for a review of where things stand. This is in no way an exhaustive list. Internationally, our withdrawal from multiple international agreements, along with our…

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Have We Lost Our Minds?

by Tony Wyman It has never in the history of humanity been easier to know the truth of things than it is today, yet Americans chose to believe things that are easily disproved with just a few clicks of a keyboard. Have we grown lazy and stupid, too distracted by the drama of reality TV shows, too transfixed by our social media world to know much about the real world that exists off the web? Are we, as the Daily Beast put it in 2017, in a cult of ignorance,…

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2020 Presidential Election Power Rankings – The Democrats

by Tony Wyman Back in February, we listed the top 20 candidates most likely to win the presidency in 2020.  Since then, a number of the top choices have dropped out.  Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, ranked 5th in our early ranking, and Ohio’s Senator Sherrod Brown, seeded one spot higher than the publishing magnate in 4th, have both called it quits.  So has number 19, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, number 15 in our February rankings. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock hasn’t, as…

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An Open Letter to Maria Butina From Her Victims

by Kseniya Kirillova An open letter to Maria Butina from her victims Very few people know that before her arrival in the US, Maria Butina, recently convicted of spying for Moscow, had managed to gain trust with the Russian opposition to Vladimir Putin, and participated in human rights and opposition efforts in the country. Her work and apparent commitment was so compelling that none of the activists she knew and participated with could even imagine that she worked for the government or intelligence agencies.  Parallel to Butina’s “opposition” activities, she…

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Faith in Putin Hits 13-year Low, Yet Some Russians Still Trust Him

by Kseniya Kirillova Faith the Russian people have in President Vladimir Putin dropped to the lowest level its been in more than a decade, dealing a serious blow to the image of the Russian leader as the widely popular and respected father-figure of the state. Confidence in Mr. Putin dropped more than a third early this year to a 13-year low, according to a poll by the Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM), published in late January.  Just under 33% of Russians expressed trust in their president,…

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It Is Time We Start Electing the U.S. Attorney-General

by Tony Wyman The United States Attorney-General is supposed to work for you and me, the people of this country, not anyone else, including the president of the United States, to insure that justice is served across the nation.  But as Bill Barr just demonstrated, that doesn’t seem to be the way the current AG’s understands his job description. “I suspect that the president was pretty pleased with the performance of Bill Barr today and particularly on the issue of obstruction,” said Fox News commentator Chris Wallace about the Attorney-General’s…

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America Should Never Forgive Kirstjen Nielsen

by Tony Wyman Perhaps I am being sexist, but I expect more from women than I do from men.  Throughout my life, I have been blessed to have women around me who combined great kindness, compassion and sensitivity with equally great strength, intelligence and sound moral judgment.  And, thanks to them, I have always seen women as embodying the best the human race has to offer. Maybe that is why my reaction to the cruelty demonstrated by former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen hit me as hard as…

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If There is a Recession Coming, How Can We See it Before it Happens?

by Tony Wyman June will mark the 10th anniversary of the end of the Great Recession, the longest and deepest economic downturn this country had seen since World War II.  Unemployment doubled, housing values dropped 30%, the S&P 500 declined 57% and U.S. households lost $14 trillion of wealth, more than 20%, during the nearly 19-month decline. SInce then, the country has enjoyed one the longest periods of expansion in the nation’s history, thanks to the aggressive and unprecedented responses by fiscal and monetary policy makers in the Bush and…

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Intelligence Operations are Designed to be Impossible to Prove: Why the Mueller Report Failed to Find Collusion

by Kseniya Kirillova For the second time this week, the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, blocked the resolution which called for the publication of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s intervention in the 2016 presidential election. As of now, all we know about the content of the report is what’s in the short summary by the Attorney General William Barr, who said that the Special Counsel “…did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in…

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President Trump Just Showed America Why He Is Unfit to be President

by Tony Wyman Following what political commentators could only call the best day in his presidency, Donald Trump had the opportunity to show America that he is a man of character worthy to be the president of the United States. And he failed. Following 22 months of investigation into now discredited allegations that Mr. Trump colluded with Russian operatives seeking to influence the 2016 presidential race to prevent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from being elected, no one could blame the president for feeling a sense of both relief…

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