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Kamala Harris breaks silence on Jussie Smollett: ‘Sad, frustrated, and disappointed’

Kamala Harris breaks silence on Jussie Smollett: 'Sad, frustrated, and disappointed'

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Democratic presidential contender Kamala D. Harris broker her silence Thursday on the Jussie Smollett case, calling the apparent hoax disappointing and a distraction from fighting racism and homophobia.
Osundairo brothers in Jussie Smollett case not charged so far

Osundairo brothers in Jussie Smollett case not charged so far

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Two brothers who played central roles in what Chicago police say was a staged racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett are, compared to the "Empire" actor, so far walking away legally unscathed.
New York Times labels William Happer, Princeton physicist, a ‘climate denialist,’ faces backlash

New York Times labels William Happer, Princeton physicist, a 'climate denialist,' faces backlash

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Princeton professor emeritus William Happer's role in forming a White House climate security committee didn't sit well with a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, which called the eminent physicist a "denialist."
Peter Tork of The Monkees dies at 77

Peter Tork of The Monkees dies at 77

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Peter Tork, who rose to teen-idol fame in 1966 playing the lovably clueless bass guitarist in the made-for-television rock band The Monkees, has died. He was 77.
Cashing in on Wokeness, Anthony Burgess’s Obscure Novels, and the DNA of Old Books

Cashing in on Wokeness, Anthony Burgess’s Obscure Novels, and the DNA of Old Books

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Tom Murphy VII via Wikimedia Commons. You know, I give opportunistic artists and writers a tough time occasionally in this column, but let me be quick to admit that it’s not always easy to cash in on wokeness—especially when you are pitted against an investment firm or corporation that is also trying to cash in.…
NATO Pushed the U.S. Into the Libya Fiasco

NATO Pushed the U.S. Into the Libya Fiasco

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President Barack Obama meets with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in the Oval Office, May 13, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) A key worry among American critics of NATO is that expanding the alliance into Eastern Europe may entangle the United States in conflicts that have little or no relevance to…
Trump Treats Iraq Like a Conquered Province

Trump Treats Iraq Like a Conquered Province

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The driving force behind American foreign policy in recent years has been hubris. The United States sees itself as the essential unipower, endowed with the right, indeed the duty, to intervene around the world. Any nation that gets in the way must be crushed—but in a moral, compassionate way. Fortunately, President Donald Trump rejects Full…
The Sad Decline of the House Freedom Caucus

The Sad Decline of the House Freedom Caucus

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Freedom Caucus chairman Congressman Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, seen here at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr The most recent example of the maxim that “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” is the tragedy that’s befallen the House Freedom Caucus. Once, the small band of congressional rebels shed light on…
How the Revolution Could Devour Bernie

How the Revolution Could Devour Bernie

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Bernie Sanders’s quest for the Democratic presidential nomination was one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 campaign, surpassed only by the election’s ultimate winner. The rumpled septuagenarian socialist senator from the tiny state of Vermont, who had never even run for office as a Democrat before, went from decades of laboring in obscurity to…
ACLU, Sierra Club file lawsuit over Trump border wall emergency declaration

ACLU, Sierra Club file lawsuit over Trump border wall emergency declaration

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Nearly every legal argument has already been made -- and now nearly every major player has joined in, after the ACLU and the Sierra Club filed their own lawsuit late Tuesday challenging President Trump's border wall emergency.