2020 Presidential Election Power Rankings

by Tony Wyman As of 7 February, there were 517 people and one pig who have filed as candidates for president with the Federal Election Commision.  Assuming that Refino Pig doesn’t unseat President Trump during the Republican primaries, who are the top candidates with the best chance of being president in 2020? National Compass will rank the top 10 candidates and list some others to keep an eye upon over the next 632 days before the election is held 3 November 2020.  We will update the rankings as more candidates…

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The Russian Government’s War Against the Integrity Initiative: Putin’s Propaganda Machine Fights Back

by Kseniya Kirillova In late November, 2018, Russian news agencies, like state-sponsored RIA Novosti and Mint Press News, accused the Integrity Initiative, a U.K.-based group devoted to countering Russia’s use of the media to spread propaganda, of being “…engaged in highly deceptive covert propaganda campaigns funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), NATO, Facebook and hardline national security institutions.”  They claim in their reports, the Integrity Initiative “was used to interfere in the internal affairs of European countries and for the information war against Russia.” Citing documents stolen…

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How President Trump Can Solve the Immigration Dilemma and Maybe Save His Presidency, too

by Tony Wyman President Trump gave a speech last week that, I admit, I immediately dismissed as “a dud.”  Like millions of others watching the speech, I expected Mr. Trump to announce he was declaring a state of emergency so he could make an end run around Congress and the Constitution, and redirect money from the Defense Department to build a 1954-mile-long wall between the United States and Mexico. Instead, he delivered a nine-minute-long speech that sought to reshape his message from one depicting immigrants as dangerous, malevolent and threatening…

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Paul Whelan Isn’t an American Spy, but is He a Russian Tool?

by Kseniya Kirillova On December 28th of last year, Canadian-American Paul Whelan was detained in Moscow by police on suspicion of espionage after he was found in possession of classified information belonging to the Russian government.  The FSB (Russian federal security service) claims Mr. Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, was involved in an American intelligence operation, but his friends and members of the American intelligence service say he was set up. According to Russian news agency Rosbalt, citing sources in the intelligence community, Mr. Whelan was detained after receiving a…

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The Wall Won’t Solve the Illegal Immigrant Problem, It Will Make it Worse

by Tony Wyman Americans have lived with the problem of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally for so long we don’t remember a time when the problem didn’t exist.  But there was such a time, before politicians discovered making Americans fear Mexican immigrants was political gold. Back then, migrants crossed the border with ease, staying long enough to help American farmers harvest crops before going back home in the winter.  But that all changed when politicians rewrote the laws that made migration across the Mexican border easy and created…

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What Does Putin Really Want?

by Tony Wyman “It is very difficult to predict with certainty what is going to happen. I am convinced, given not just the events of yesterday but the cumulative set of events that have taken place, that this change is real… The rapidity of change is mind-boggling. The quest for freedom is stronger than steel, more permanent than concrete.” – Pres. George H.W. Bush, Nov 12, 1989, three days after the Berlin Wall was opened, beginning the end of the Cold War Few people in 1989 would have argued with…

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There are Ways to Handle a Midlife Crisis Without Buying a Corvette

by Tony Wyman At 57, I find too many times that I am “that guy,” the older, greying veteran warning younger men to prepare better for middle age than I did, to be in a better place emotionally to handle that moment that will inevitably come when they realize their best days are behind them. Greybeards warned me, of course, when I was in my 20’s and was smarter than everyone else.  And I treated their advice with the same disdain the young men I talk to treat my words. …

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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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