Megan Rapinoe Knows What It Really Means to Be Patriotic

by Tony Wyman If any male footballer had struck the same pose as Megan Rapinoe struck after scoring the winning goal that earned the United States Women’s National Soccer Team their second consecutive World Cup title, the sporting world would barely have taken note. After all, such displays of brashness and boldness are common among male athletes.  Players in men’s leagues used to rip their shirts off in celebration, but now that practice is banned, they make self-aggrandizing jaunts to the corner flags every time the ball touches the back…

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The Russian People Saved Ivan Goluov. Now, Can They Save Russia?

by Kseniya Kirillova The victory of Russia’s civil society in the case of Ivan Golunov* has raised two very important points. Firstly, we have seen that, if provoked, Russians are able to stand up for persons who have fallen into disfavour with police authorities. Secondly, Russian civil society seldom rises to the occasion, especially on such a large scale. (*Ivan Golunov, who works for the independent Russian website Meduza and is known for exposing local corruption, was recently arrested in Moscow on trumped up charges of drug dealing. He was reportedly…

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Why Doesn’t Donald Trump Have a Nickname for Vladimir Putin?

by Tony Wyman Lyin’ Ted.  Little Marco. Little Rocketman.  Pocahontas. 1% Biden. Alfred E. Newman. Animal Assad.  Donald Trump has a nickname for everyone, it seems. Everyone except Russian President Vladimir Putin. No “Sad Vlad” or “Little Putinpie” or “The Murderer of Moskva.”  No “Goober of Gorky” or “Moscow Mule” or “Bald Boris.”  Where President Putin is concerned, Donald Trump has nothing but good things to say. “You know what? Putin’s fine. He’s fine. We’re all fine.  We’re people,” President Trump said in July 2018, responding to press questions about…

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Trump isn’t the Cure for the Cancer Destroying American Politics, He’s the Disease

by Tony Wyman “To my friends who wonder how a decent, educated woman could support a crude, narcissistic reality TV show host and erstwhile pro-wrestling figure like Donald Trump as president, I answer that it’s simple,” wrote Dr. Robin Burk, former West Point instructor and researcher at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in an article recently published in the unabashedly pro-Trump online publication American Greatness. The article is a very well written explanation of how a woman as intelligent, cosmopolitan and worldly as Dr. Burk could come to see a…

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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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