Hillary Clinton made a very pertinent comment this week: "Why aren't I 50 points ahead?' you might ask."
My single explanation would be this: Clintonworld is a semi-closed system that operates according to its own calendar. Donald Trump is egregious, but at least he's living in the 21st century.
Clintonworld is a decades-old interlocking network of donors and friends that hasn't quite caught up to these fundamental shifts. That's because Clintonworld is defensive, distrusting and oriented around avoiding errors.
Her donor base and fund-raising style is out of another era. Obama and Sanders tapped into the energized populist base, but Clinton has Barbra Streisand, Cher and a cast of Wall Street plutocrats. Her campaign proposals sidestep the cutting issues that have driven Trump, Sanders, Brexit and the other key movements of modern politics. Her ideas for reducing poverty are fine, but they are circa Ed Muskie. read more
Back in the 1980s and 1990s, international relations was roiled by "paradigm wars," pitched theoretical battles between realists, institutionalists and constructivists over the best model to explain world politics. Beyond those grand paradigms, the end of the Cold War unleashed an additional wave of speculative theorizing about what the future would hold, ranging from Francis Fukuyama's "End of History" thesis to Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" counterargument, to pitched debates over the meaning of the democratic peace or American hegemony. In contrast, international relations has experienced two similar inflection points in this century (9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis) along with the rise of China, but there has been no similar outpouring of theory to explain the meaning of these events.
This is a shame, for several reasons. It's not like the old paradigms have done all that great a job explaining world politics in this century.
North Korea will have enough material for about 20 nuclear bombs by the end of this year, with ramped-up uranium enrichment facilities and an existing stockpile of plutonium, according to new assessments by weapons experts.
The North has evaded a decade of U.N. sanctions to develop the uranium enrichment process, enabling it to run an effectively self-sufficient nuclear program that is capable of producing around six nuclear bombs a year, they said.
The true nuclear capability of the isolated and secretive state is impossible to verify. But after Pyongyang conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test last week and, according to South Korea, was preparing for another, it appears to have no shortage of material to test with.
That project, believed to have been expanded significantly, is likely the source of up to 150 kilograms (330 pounds) of highly enriched uranium a year.
The FBI could not review all of the Hillary Clinton emails under investigation because:
The Clintons' Apple personal server used for Hillary Clinton work email could not be located for the FBI to examine.
An Apple MacBook laptop and thumb drive that contained Hillary Clinton email archives were lost.
2 BlackBerry devices provided to FBI didn't have their SIM or SD data cards.
13 Hillary Clinton personal mobile devices were lost, discarded or destroyed.
Various server backups were deleted over time.
After State Dept. notified Hillary Clinton her records would be sought by House Benghazi Committee, copies of her email on the laptops of her attorneys Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were wiped with BleachBit.
After her emails were subpoenaed, Hillary Clinton's email archive was also permanently deleted from her then-server "PRN" with BleachBit.
Also after the subpoena, backups of the PRN server were manually deleted. read more
Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001. But for a tiny handful of people, those memories touch American presidential history. Shortly after the attacks began, the most powerful man in the world, who had been informed of the World Trade Center explosions in a Florida classroom, was escorted to a runway and sent to the safest place his handlers could think of: the open sky.
For the next eight hours, with American airspace completely cleared of jets, a single blue-and-white Boeing 747, tail number 29000 -- filled with about 65 passengers, crew and press, and the 43rd president, George W. Bush, as well as 70 box lunches and 25 pounds of bananas -- traversed the eastern United States. On board, President Bush and his aides argued about two competing interests -- the need to return to Washington and reassure a nation and the competing need to protect the commander in chief.