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Monday, July 25, 2016

Trump's relationship with Putin and his warm views toward Russia, which began in the 1980s when the country was still part of the Soviet Union, have emerged as one of the more curious aspects of his presidential campaign. Since the 1980s, Trump and his family members have made numerous trips to Moscow in search of business opportunities, and they have relied on Russian investors to buy their properties around the world. In a Republican Party in which an ability to stand up to Putin has been seen as a test of toughness, Trump's relationship with the Russian leader is instead one of mutual flattery. Still, the relationship is setting off alarms in pro-Western capitals -- and in the U.S. foreign policy community. read more


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Gretchen Carlson has opened a floodgate. More than two dozen women currently or formerly employed by Fox News have come forward to tell sordid tales of the depraved atmosphere Roger Ailes cultivated at the network. The pervy infestation of Fox has brewed for two decades. In order to advance at work, the female victims were told they must perform sexual favors. Other women say they were subject to constant harassment, crude remarks and denigration of their gender by male staff at all levels. Managers attempted to coerce junior employees into going on dates with men higher up in the company. One woman said that in 2009 she walked into an office she thought was empty only to find a male senior manager receiving oral sex from a young female staffer. read more


Donald Trump's dark and frightening speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday had pundits and historians making comparisons ranging from George Wallace in the 1960s to Benito Mussolini in the 1930s. As suitable as those comparisons may be, the chill that ran down my spine was not because of Trump's echoes of old newsreel footage. Instead, I saw an Americanized version of the brutally effective propaganda of fear and hatred that Vladimir Putin blankets Russia with today. read more


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart came out of retirement to join his old colleague Stephen Colbert on CBS' Late Show. He didn't waste any time getting back to work, ripping into Fox News for praising Donald Trump for some of the very same traits they condemned in Barack Obama. And he had a very direct message for the "conservatives" who want to "take the country back." "You feel that you're this country's rightful owners. There's only one problem with that: This country isn't yours. You don't own it," he said. "It never was. There is no 'real America.' You don't own it. You don't own patriotism, you don't own Christianity, you sure as hell don't own respect for the bravery and sacrifice of military, police and firefighters. Trust me." read more


Hillary Clinton introduced her running mate, Tim Kaine, at an event in Miami this afternoon. Tim Kaine spoke about his life as a missionary, 17 years as a Harvard educated lawyer doing civil rights work, and more. His remarks begin after Clinton's remarks, about 20 minutes in. read more


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