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By announcing its intent to withdraw from a decades-old nuclear weapons treaty, the United States is targeting Russia, which it says violated the bilateral deal -- but also China, which is developing arms that are banned under it. Beijing is not a signatory to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), so it's Russia that has been singled out for violating the accord, signed in 1987 by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. At issue is Moscow's new 9M729 ground-based missile system, which Washington says has a reach that exceeds 500 kilometers (300 miles) -- a claim the Kremlin denies.
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On Sunday, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, asked President Trump to drop his recent call for the United States to leave a nuclear arms treaty that Mr. Gorbachev himself negotiated with President Ronald Reagan in 1987. The pact, which is called the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, has helped keep a relative peace in Europe for more than three decades. It also reflects a growing sentiment among Russians that they can find a home within Europe rather than remain divided over issues such as nuclear threats, the Ukraine conflict, and spy scandals.
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Trump drew a warning of "military-technical" retaliation from Moscow after saying on Saturday that Washington would withdraw from the Cold War-era pact which rid Europe of land-based nuclear missiles. Signed by then-President Ronald Reagan and reformist Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 at a time of unprecedented East-West detente, the INF treaty required the elimination of all short-range and intermediate-range land-based nuclear and conventional missiles held by both countries in Europe.
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ELKO, Nev/MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries.
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BEIJING (Reuters) - It is wrong of the United States to unilaterally pull out of a landmark Cold War-ear treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe, China said on Monday. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular news briefing that China was opposed to the withdrawal. On Sunday, President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated by then president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. ...
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Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, on Sunday warned Donald Trump against leaving a Cold War-era weapons treaty, saying the move could have unintended consequences. The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was negotiated by Mr Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan to eliminate all land-based nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges between 310 and 3400 miles. However, the US has repeatedly accused Russia of violating its terms. Both sides have hinted at military retaliation in a dispute that threatens a return to the darkest days of the Cold War. Mr Gorbachev said Mr Trump’s announcement at the weekend that he was abandoning the deal was a mistake. "Under no circumstances should we tear up old disarmament agreements. ... Do they really not understand in Washington what this could lead to?" he said, according to Interfax News Agency. "Quitting the INF is a mistake." The US accuses Russia of breaching the terms of the deal Credit: US Air Force via AP A...
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ELKO, Nev/MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries.
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Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has said he thinks Donald Trump is making a “mistake” by leaving its nuclear weapons treaty with Russia. Mr Gorbachev was one of the original signatories to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed originally in 1987 with then-US President Ronald Reagan. ... Do they really not understand in Washington what this could lead to?,” Mr Gorbachev said to Interfax news agency.
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Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who signed the INF treaty with then-US President Ronald Reagan, says Washington’s move to withdraw from it is a “mistake” and “a narrow-minded” decision. Read Full Article at RT.com
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President Donald Trump said on Saturday the United States will exit the Cold-War era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that eliminated a class of nuclear weapons, in a move that is likely to upset Russia. The INF treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1988, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries.
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Donald Trump on Saturday announced the US is to pull out of a landmark nuclear agreement with Russia, accusing the Kremlin of violating its terms. Mr Trump did not offer specific details on how Moscow had violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, but during the past four years America has repeatedly argued that Russia has been in breach of the agreement with its aggressive actions against former Soviet states in Europe. "Russia has violated the agreement. They have been violating it for many years," said Mr Trump after a campaign rally in Nevada.  "And we're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we're not allowed to." Mr Trump hinted that the only way forward might be to include China in a new treaty. Donald Trump talks to reporters before leaving Nevada Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters "We'll have to develop those weapons, unless Russia comes to us and China comes to us and they all come...
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President Donald Trump confirmed Saturday that the United States plans to leave a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Russia over claims Moscow has violated the deal. The three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, was signed in 1987 by president Ronald Reagan. "We're the ones who have stayed in the agreement and we've honored the agreement, but Russia has not unfortunately honored the agreement, so we're going to terminate the agreement and we're going to pull out," Trump told reporters in Elko, Nevada.
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2 days ago
President Donald Trump's job approval numbers are right in line with three two-term presidents, including Ronald Reagan.
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While Bolton will discuss other major topics with Russian officials, including North Korea, Ukraine and Syria, the 1987 accord between the United States and the former Soviet Union is also expected to come up. The INF treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1988, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries. The United States believes Russia is in violation of the accord.
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He shows greater disdain for the show than he does for foreign dictators. The end of summer and arrival of fall not only means cooler temperatures and shorter days; it also means the return of NBC’s long-running “Saturday Night Live,” which launched its 44th season on September 29. For President Donald Trump, a new “SNL” season brings with it the fear of being lampooned by Alec Baldwin—and sure enough, “SNL’s” October 13 show opened with a skit poking fun at Trump’s recent meeting with rapper Kanye West (played by Chris Redd). Baldwin’s impression of Trump has been wildly popular, but the president is not a fan. And Trump is the first president in “SNL’s” 43-year history who has been deeply upset by a humorous impression of him.“SNL’s” lampooning of presidents of the United States is a time-honored tradition going back to 1975, when Chevy Chase (who was part of the show’s original cast along with comic giants like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and...
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While Bolton will discuss other major topics with Russian officials, including North Korea, Ukraine and Syria, the 1987 accord between the United States and the former Soviet Union is also expected to come up. The INF treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1988, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries. The United States believes Russia is in violation of the accord.
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3 days ago
John Bolton, US national security adviser, will meet Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, on Saturday in Moscow, amid reports that Washington will tell Russia it plans to quit a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. Mr Bolton, who will also meet Nikolai Patrushev, Russian security council secretary, announced the visit to Moscow in a tweet, saying he would "continue discussions that began in Helsinki," referring to a summit between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in July. The New York Times said that the Trump administration plans to inform Russian leaders in the coming days that it is preparing to leave the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF. The newspaper said the US accuses Russia of violating the deal, signed in 1987 by Ronald Reagan, by deploying tactical nuclear weapons to intimidate former Soviet satellite states that are now close to the West. Relations between the United States and Russia are under deep stra...
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A US Navy helicopter crashed onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier in the Philippines Sea on Friday, injuring some personnel on board.
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A dozen Navy personnel were injured Friday when an MH-60 Seahawk crashed on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, officials said.
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A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on Friday, injuring multiple sailors, the navy said.The 7th ...
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An U.S. Navy helicopter crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on Friday, causing non-fatal injuries to sailors, the Navy said.
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An U.S. Navy helicopter has crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, causing injuries to sailors that were not life-threatening
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TOKYO (AP) — An U.S. Navy helicopter crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on Friday, causing non-fatal injuries to sailors, the Navy said. The Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement that the MH-60 Seahawk crashed shortly after takeoff Friday morning while the carrier was off the Philippine coast. […]
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U.S. Navy helicopter crashes on flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, causing non-fatal injuries to sailors
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TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Navy helicopter crashes on flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, causing non-fatal injuries to sailors.
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An MH-60 Seahawk helicopter has crashed on the flight deck of the USS ‘Ronald Reagan’ shortly after takeoff, the Navy said on Friday. Read Full Article at RT.com
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5 days ago
The warning signs are already here. The billionaire fascists are coming for your Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. And they’re openly bragging about it.Right after Trump’s election, back in December of 2016, Newt Gingrich openly bragged at the Heritage Foundation that the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress were going to “break out of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt model.” That “model,” of course, created what we today refer to as “the middle class.”This week Mitch McConnell confirmed Gingrich’s prophecy, using the huge deficits created by Trump’s billionaire tax cuts as an excuse to destroy “entitlement” programs.“I think it would be safe to say that the single biggest disappointment of my time in Congress has been our failure to address the entitlement issue, and it’s a shame, because now the Democrats are promising Medicare for All,” McConnell told Bloomberg. He added, “[W]e’re talking about Medicare, Social Security and Medi...
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As his fierce battle for re-election nears a close, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly attacked the “radical left” and even sought to align with President Trump and former President Ronald Reagan.
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A Republican Senate candidate compared Michelle Obama to a chimpanzee during her meeting with the Queen and urged the former first lady to stand up “straighter”. Karin Housley – currently a state senator who serves in Minnesota – took to Facebook in 2009 to compare Ms Obama to the chimpanzee in 1951 film Bedtime for Bonzo, which starred Ronald Reagan.
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Author Max Boot admits he finds himself “politically homeless” after renouncing Donald Trump’s Republican Party. The Republican Party is no longer a "conservative" organization. Donald Trump has given Republicans and other movement conservatives permission to surrender to their worst temptations and excesses. Rather than embracing some concept of responsible tradition and being averse to change, the Republican Party and movement conservatives are now a destructive and anti-democratic force. Norms about consensus that have dominated American politics for at least four decades have been discarded. Assumptions that Congress should be a coequal branch of government which serves as a "check and balance" against the presidency have been jettisoned.Donald Trump is more than an imperial president. He is an American fascist and demagogue who is aided and abetted by Republican and other conservative elites.The Republican Party has long been the United States' largest white identit...
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1 week ago
During an interview with SiriusXM Progress’ “Signal Boost” on Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated that she has always had a suspicion that there was some financial transaction involving President Trump and the Saudis, “and I think that plays out” in the administration’s response to Jamal Khashoggi. Pelosi said, “I’ve always wondered why he went there as the first country to visit outside of the United States, of course, as president of the United States. All of the other presidents, back to Ronald Reagan, went to Canada, or to — one to Mexico, George W Bush, so in our hemisphere. Or there are many friends and allies he could have gone to. So, there was — I was always suspicious that there was some kind of a financial transaction involved there, whether for his businesses or whatever, and I’m not convinced there isn’t, and I think that plays out here now. Of course, he would say, we want to know the truth,...
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A Democratic senator has challenged Donald Trump to make good on a pledge to donate $1 million to charity if a DNA test proved she has Native American ancestry. Elizabeth Warren, who is expected to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, released a DNA test on Monday showing "strong evidence" she has Native-American heritage. Ms Warren sent a tweet reminding Mr Trump of his offer to give $1 million to a charity of her choice. "Remember saying on 7/5 that you’d give $1M to a charity of my choice if my DNA showed Native American ancestry?" She added: "I remember – and here's the verdict. Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center". Known as a liberal firebrand in her party, Ms Warren is a former Harvard Law School professor who has championed populist economics including student loan reform and a higher minimum wage. The Democrat senator and Mr Trump clashed frequently through the 2016 presidential cam...
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Republicans just can't turn off the racism. Minnesota Republican Senate candidate Karin Housley is facing fresh scrutiny for comments she posted to Facebook in 2009, in which she compared former First Lady Michelle Obama to the chimpanzee from the 1951 Ronald Reagan film "Bedtime for Bonzo" following Michelle's meeting with Queen Elizabeth II."Michelle is soooo far from cool. Don't we expect our First Ladies to at least stand up straight? (And my dear sister, know the proper etiquette and DO NOT TOUCH THE QUEEN!)," Housley wrote in postings revealed by the Huffington Post on Monday. "I do miss Nancy Reagan. Ronald even more. Speaking of Bedtime for Bonzo, I think even that chimp stood up straighter than Michelle. Uh-oh, someone is going to make a comment."Housley spokesman Jake Schneider refused to apologize when reached for comment by the Huffington Post. "It's not surprising the Huffington Post—basically an extension of the Democratic Party—would do Tina Smith’s dirt...
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Donald Trump and the congressional Republicans have wielded Islamophobia domestically the way the anticommunists of my childhood once did McCarthyism. These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s "1984." Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia? In that novel, the Party is able to erase history, sending old newspaper articles down the Ministry of Truth’s “memory hole” and so ensuring that, in the public mind, the enemy of the moment was always the enemy. Today, there is one constant, though. The Trump administration has made Muslims our enemy of the first order and, in its Islamophobia, is reinforced by an ugly resurgence of fascism in Germany, Italy, Hungary, and other European countries.It’s hard today even to imagine that, in the late 1980s, the rightwing Christian Voice Magazine published a “candidate’s biblical scoreboard,” urging its readers (and potential...
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Paul Ryan’s SuperPAC is declining to spend money to support 15 term incumbent Dana Rohrabacher. This is to die for. Check this out.2 Orange County GOP incumbents were just dumped overboard by Ryan's SuperPAC. Dana Rohrabacher & Mini Walters are now seen as dead in the water & sure losers. Congratulations @KatiePorterOC & @HarleyRouda. OC voters understand Dana & Mimi are total Trump rubber-stamps. TRIAGE!— Howie Klein (@downwithtyranny) October 13, 2018That’s the gist of it, and with good voter turn out, that’s how it will go down. Politico puts both races, Rohrabacher and Walters in the toss up category, which is simply wonderful. They both need to go down the tubes, “Putin’s greatest congressional ally” Rohrabacher, most especially.The Congressional Leadership Fund, Paul Ryan’s SuperPAC, is declining to spend money to support 15 term incumbent Dana Rohrabacher and 3 term incumbent Mimi Walters, both of Orange County, CA-48 and CA-45, respective...
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Trump is arguably the logical culmination of some strains of right-wing evangelical Christianity in America This Advent season, while watching Donald Trump in front of a garishly green-and-red banner which proclaims “Make America Great Again,” take the opportunity to reflect on the Faustian bargain which allowed conservative evangelical Christians to “Keep Christ in Christmas” while seemingly divorcing Christianity from Christ. That Republican supply side economics, exemplified by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell’s cruel tax “reform,” contradicts Matthew 5:3 is clear. That Trump’s draconian immigration policy, which involves splitting families apart, violates the essence of Exodus 22:21 is obvious. And it shouldn’t have to be said that the new nationalism, this new fascism, with its “blood and soil” metaphysic, stands in opposition to the sublime universalism of Galatians 3:28.For those 81% of white evangelicals who voted for Trump, and more troublingly for the...
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1 week ago
A lifelike hologram of former President Ronald Reagan is now greeting visitors to his presidential library in Simi Valley, California.
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He is a professional liar of the grandest kind. In a democracy, the free press has a sacred responsibility. It must hold the powerful accountable, and provide the public with sufficient information to make informed political decisions.During the 2016 presidential contest the mainstream American news media almost wholly abandoned that responsibility. Instead of reporting that Donald Trump was clearly and obviously an authoritarian in waiting, the American news media gave him an estimated $5 billion in free coverage. It was, and largely remains, verboten to call Donald Trump a fascist even though he exhibits, repeatedly and enthusiastically, almost all of the necessary traits.He is a professional liar of the grandest kind -- the Washington Post estimates Trump has publicly lied at least 5,000 times since he entered the 2016 campaign. Yet it took the American news media almost a year into Trump's presidency to acknowledge that he would not "mature" or "pivot" and grow into his resp...
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The party has been an almost unending stream of embarrassments and debacles. With the 2018 midterms less than a month away, a new American Baromenter/Hill.TV poll shows that among Millennials, Democrats hold a 30% advantage over Republicans when it comes to the generic ballot. And according to a CNN poll released on October 10, 63% of women have a generic ballot preference for Democrats (factoring in both men and women, the preference decreases to 54%). Certainly, there are many reasons why Republicans should be crushed at the polls on Tuesday, November 6—from their efforts to deprive millions of Americans of health insurance to President Donald Trump’s low approval ratings to the fact that some of his closest associates have confessed to major financial crimes (including his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and former campaign aide Rick Gates).But history shows that the GOP has incredible discipline as a party and can be gr...
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SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Yonhap) -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan joined South Korea's once-in-a-decade international fleet review in waters off the southern island of Jeju on Thursday. The 103,600-ton Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
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A widely anticipated textbook, “Universal Economics,” has just been published by Liberty Fund. Its authors are two noted UCLA economists, the late Armen A. Alchian and William R. Allen. Editor Jerry L. Jordan was their student and later became a member of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, as well as the president and […]
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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan is making a comeback as a hologram at his official library in California.
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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan is making a comeback as a hologram at his official library in California.
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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan is making a comeback as a hologram at his official library in California. The 3-D image of Reagan began welcoming visitors at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday. One scene showed Reagan waving to crowds from a rail car he used in a 1984 campaign stop.
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The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier was blocked entry to the Jeju Navy base by a group of Kayak protesters on Thursday.
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An illegitimate president appointed an illegitimate justice. Show him the contempt he deserves Not so long ago, if a journalist working for a major American news organization was murdered by the government of one dictator, inside the country of another dictator, the United States of America would have taken action, or at least had something to say about it. Those days are gone.There was a time, not so long ago, when the United States would not have ordered that children be separated from their families and be held in tents in concentration camps inside the borders of this country. Gone.It was only two years ago that a president of the United States nominated a judge from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court who was not an accused sexual abuser and a drunk. That president, and that Supreme Court nominee are gone.There was a time not so long ago that the Department of Justice voting rights division would have filed lawsuits challenging state laws like those in Nor...
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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — A characteristic twinkle in his eye, Ronald Reagan waves to a crowd from aboard a rail car in a hologram revealed Wednesday at the late president’s namesake library in Southern California. “We think we made a good beginning, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” the digital resurrection of the nation’s 40th...
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Before he became the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan first rose to fame as a Hollywood actor, starring in numerous movies and later on TV shows. Now, once again thanks to Hollywood magic, the Gipper is back, this time as a 3-D digital hologram. A holographic version of Reagan...
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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Ronald Reagan is returning, in hologram form. A hologram of the nation’s 40th president is set to be revealed Wednesday at his namesake library in Southern California. The Reagan Library says it worked with the same Hollywood special effects wizards who helped bring singers Michael Jackson, Maria Callas and Roy […]
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Japan's maritime self-defense force is training with the U.S. Navy in the East China Sea in an exercise involving the USS Ronald Reagan.
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Piper Laurie admitted she regretted getting candid about how she lost her virginity to future President Ronald Reagan.
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It would be a bold move — but it's no longer unthinkable. With Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the far right now has a majority on the U.S. Supreme Court—which means that everything from abortion rights and gay rights and to health care reform could be on the chopping block. The High Court already leaned conservative, but while the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy (appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987) was a right-winger with libertarian leanings at times, Kavanaugh is much more of a social conservative in the Clarence Thomas/Antonin Scalia vein. And this new edition of the Court could not only further the theocratic agenda of the Christian Right, but also, overturn the Affordable Care Act of 2010, criminalize affirmative action or attack voting rights—all of which makes an argument in favor of something President Franklin Delano Roosevelt attempted in the 1930s: Court packing.Presently, the Supreme Court has nine seats, but were the Court to be pac...
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Both parties are struggling to redefine themselves, but in very different ways. If anything should be obvious in the wake of the 2016 election it’s that both major American political parties are in deep trouble, reflecting the larger trouble of a society potentially headed for state breakdown. The unacknowledged terrible record of the GOP’s “deep bench” paved the way for Donald Trump. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders’ promotion of popular progressive positions and his surprisingly strong 2016 showing challenged more than just Hillary Clinton, it challenged the entire direction of the party for over a generation.In the aftermath, both parties are struggling to redefine themselves, but in very different ways. The Republicans' redefinition is being driven by Trump, while Democrats are undergoing a more varied bottom-up process.  One such perspective on what that involves can be gleaned by reflecting on the legacy of retiring California Gov. Jerry Brown —...
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2 weeks ago
Publication of Bob Spitz’s massive biography of Ronald Reagan couldn’t have been more timely. In coming out on the eve of the midterm elections, “Reagan: An American Journey” will provide at least preliminary answers to two troubling questions that have by now become almost unavoidable: 1) How...
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Trump made no friends with his mockery of Dr. Ford. Tuesday, October 2 was a busy day for President Donald J. Trump. After a mid-afternoon speech at the National Electrical Contractors Association’s annual convention in Democrat-dominated Philadelphia—where he was greeted with an abundance of angry anti-Trump protestors—the president flew down to Mississippi for a Tuesday night “Make America Great Again”-themed rally. And to Trump, part of making America great again meant insulting, belittling and mocking Christine Blasey Ford, the Palo Alto University psychology professor who has accused Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, of attempted to rape her at a party in 1982.It was quite a contrast to all the pro-Ford and anti-Trump signs being carried through the streets of Center City Philadelphia hours earlier; when Trump tried to portray Ford as a mixed up false accuser with a faulty memory, the Mississippi crowd broke out in a chant of, “Lock her u...
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A former West Point Instructor on blowback from U.S. policy in the greater Middle East Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. In July 1999, Chalmers Johnson began the prologue to Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire this way: “Instead of demobilizing after the Cold War, the United States imprudently committed itself to maintaining a global empire. This book is an account of the resentments our policies have built up and of the kinds of economic and political retribution that, particularly in Asia, may be their harvest in the twenty-first century.” The book (which I edited) was published in 2000 and only modestly attended to until... you know perfectly well until what... until, on September 11, 2001, a terror group by the name of al-Qaeda that had emerged from the American proxy war against the Soviet Union in the South Asian country of Afghanistan sent three hijacked American commercial jets crashing into iconic buildings in New Y...
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Underfunding, lack of strategic planning and denialism are hindering the DoD’s climate response. A rock seawall protecting the Air Force’s Cape Lisburne Long Range Radar Station on the North East Alaska coast is under increasing duress from extreme weather patterns affecting Arctic sea ice. early $50 million has been spent replacing vulnerable parts of the wall already.In 2013, a late summer monsoon rainstorm struck Fort Irwin, in California, flooding more than 160 buildings and causing extensive damage that took weeks to clean up. Some buildings were out of commission for months.The 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, one of the most destructive wildfires in Colorado’s history, only narrowly missed Peterson Air Force Base. The fire cost some $16 million to battle.These are just some of the findings that make up a US Department of Defense vulnerability report, published earlier this year, looking at the impact of climate change on more than 3,500 military installations. Its conclusion?...
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A Trump prophecy movement believes that his election was part of God's plan. Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. A new film, “Trump Prophecy,” will be shown in some limited theaters on Oct. 2 and 4. The film is an adaptation of a book, co-authored by Mark Taylor, a retired firefighter, who claimed he received a message from God in 2011 that the Trump presidency is divinely ordained.Liberty University film students are reported to have participated in the making of the film. At the same time, however, thousands of Liberty University students are also reported to have signed a petition saying they did not support the film.Media outlets, such as the Religion News Service, commented that the “film is part of a small but influential Trump prophecy movement” that believes Trump’s election was part of God’s plans, and those who condemn him are servants of Satan.Here are three stories from The Conversation’s archives that further explain a...
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Lindsey Graham and Brett Kavanaugh channel white-rage blowback. But they just come off like big babies Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT 0 for help. There has been a lot of discussion lately about women's rage. New York magazine's Rebecca Traister (a former Salon staffer) has written a timely book about it and has chronicled various aspects of the issue, most recently in the New York Times. Women are mad as hell, for sure. But if they want to see how powerful white men (and the women who enable them) leverage anger to dominate the rest of us, we've just had a potent demonstration of how that works.The rhetorical violence of the right-wing response to the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation mess perfectly illustrates the "Don't make daddy mad" tactic of white patriarchy. Powerful white men may allow women and people of color to speak their piece but such people should never, ever think that they get to make the rules. If they refuse to back down when they're told...
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Dr. Carl Hart is one of America's leading advocates for the legalization of drugs and their responsible use. Laws are not natural. They are made by society. As such, they reward certain behavior and punish others. The law is not "neutral" or "blind." It is made by the powerful, often to the disadvantage of the less powerful. America's drug laws serve as a powerful example of how justice that is supposed to be dispensed equally becomes a form of social control.For example, the long-running "War on Drugs" punishes the poor more than the rich. Black and brown people are racially profiled, subjected to "stop and frisk" procedures, and experience routine violations of their civil and human rights. White people -- who in many places are actually more likely to possess illegal drugs -- are treated much more benignly. Through lobbying, donations and other interest-group behavior, pharmaceutical, tobacco and alcohol manufacturers make sure their products are protected under the...
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