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    How Scared Do Clinton Voters Really Need to Be?
    Aug18

    How Scared Do Clinton Voters Really Need to Be?

    For many Democrats, this week has been a rapture of Republican dysfunction. Just since Sunday, the Trump campaign has been buffeted by scandals involving possible illegal cash payments from a pro-Russian Ukraine government to the campaign’s chair, staff shakeups that have put disgraced FOX News chair Roger Ailes and controversial Breitbart...

    The Twitter Bot that Sounds Just Like Me
    Aug18

    The Twitter Bot that Sounds Just Like Me

    The tweet came in Monday afternoon: “@kavehwaddell …what are they looking for that isn’t backed up to iCloud data—and can produce if subpoenaed.”To most people, that tweet is the opposite of clickbait: It’s opaque, technical, and kind of boring. But the tweet wasn’t directed at most people—it was directed at me, a...

    Trump Time Capsule #79->∞: Shakeup
    Aug18

    Trump Time Capsule #79->∞: Shakeup

    I’ve innocently spent a few days off line, in the same city (Erie, Pa.) where Donald Trump spoke this weekend but seeing a completely different prospect from the one he described. And I log back to on to see — whoa!In order, and for the record:Medical records. While Trump’s refusal to release his tax records has gotten more attention,...

    Trump’s Reshuffle
    Aug17

    Trump’s Reshuffle

    NEWS BRIEF Donald Trump has hired a senior executive from Breitbart News and promoted a campaign adviser to a top position in an effort to jump-start his presidential campaign, which has been foundering in recent days.Under the changes announced Wednesday, Stephen Bannon, Breitbart’s executive chairman, will become chief executive of the...

    The Atlantic Daily: The Russian Connection, Milwaukee Burning, Living With Fear
    Aug16

    The Atlantic Daily: The Russian Connection, Milwaukee Burning, Living With Fear

    What We’re FollowingTrump’s Russian Connection: Just how closely is Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, tied to Vladimir Putin? Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that Manafort received $12.7 million in secret payments from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. The news broke on the eve of a...

    The Atlantic  Politics & Policy Daily: Scranton Enjoys Quadrennial 15 Minutes of Fame
    Aug16

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Scranton Enjoys Quadrennial 15 Minutes of Fame

    Today in 5 LinesDonald Trump proposed an ideological admissions test for Muslim immigrants and tourists coming to the United States during a foreign policy speech in Youngstown, Ohio. Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort denied a New York Times report claiming secret ledgers showed more than $12 million set aside for him from the...

    The Manafort Dossier
    Aug15

    The Manafort Dossier

    Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver what aides are billing as a major foreign-policy speech Monday afternoon, but his campaign is, yet again, already playing defense.In a major piece published Sunday evening, The New York Times delves into the work of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in Ukraine. For years, Manafort worked for Viktor...

    Trump Time Capsule #78: ‘Undisclosed Cash Payments’
    Aug15

    Trump Time Capsule #78: ‘Undisclosed Cash Payments’

    This is a breaking-news placeholder, for “what we knew, when” purposes:One month ago, the Republican platform was altered to remove any reference to supporting Ukraine in its struggles against Russia (which seized Crimea from Ukraine two years ago). …read more Source: The...

    America’s Addiction to Mercenaries
    Aug13

    America’s Addiction to Mercenaries

    A decade ago, I found myself in a precarious position. I was in Burundi, sipping a Coke with Domitien Ndayizeye, the country’s then-president, U.S. Ambassador Jim Yellin, and several others. We had an emerging catastrophe on our hands.Ten years earlier, the Rwandan genocide left a trail of ash and tears in its wake, claiming 800,000 lives...

    A Shtetl Returns to Ukraine and the Agony of North Korean Olympians: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing
    Aug12

    A Shtetl Returns to Ukraine and the Agony of North Korean Olympians: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing

    The Olympics Are Tough for All Athletes. For North Koreans, They’re Worse. Adam Taylor | The Washington Post “North Korea is well-known around the world as a ‘Hermit Kingdom’—a country whose citizens tend to have little to no access to the wider world and whose government has an antagonistic relationship with most other governments....

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