John McCain
Who Was the Real Maverick: McCain or Trump?

Who Was the Real Maverick: McCain or Trump?

John McCain was an American politician. That sums up his best and worst qualities. He was not a maverick. As a rather conventional politician, he wasn’t even particularly courageous or much of a straight talker. He represented establishment values as the establishment...

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Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump

Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump

The resistance to Donald Trump’s presidency has been strong, sustained, and multi-dimensional. The women’s march after the inauguration deluged DC in a sea of pink hats and generated companion protests in an extraordinary 670 cities around the world. My in-box has...

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What a GOP Senate Means for Obama’s Foreign Policy

What a GOP Senate Means for Obama’s Foreign Policy

Who ever heard of a flock of hawks? After the sweeping Republican midterm victories, that’s what will descend on Washington come January for the 114th Congress. What does this mean for the future of the United States and its much debated role overseas? Though a few...

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Obama’s Mythical Retreat from Military Force

Obama’s Mythical Retreat from Military Force

Here’s a thought: The Iraq War boosters who enthusiastically promoted the idea that a violent invasion would deliver a stable democracy should keep their opinions about the next U.S. war to themselves. For many pundits and (mostly) Republican politicians, the Obama...

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Ukrainian Unity Depends On…Bulgaria?!

Ukrainian Unity Depends On…Bulgaria?!

Ukraine's war with pro-Russian separatists is not only being decided in the battlefields of eastern Ukraine. Oddly enough, the Ukrainian government’s recapture of Slavyansk and its advance on Donetsk were only made possible because of a decision of the Bulgarian...

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Is Obama Really Adrift in the World?

Is Obama Really Adrift in the World?

For all the hands shaken and hamburgers eaten, President Obama has never quite shaken his reputation for detachment. He is the “cool” president who doesn’t lose his temper even when he should. He is the former constitutional law professor who is too “academic” for the...

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U.S. Republicans Get a “Red Card” on Immigration

U.S. Republicans Get a “Red Card” on Immigration

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) recently used a World Cup analogy to castigate his Republican colleagues for blocking immigration reform. “Leave the field, too many flagrant offenses and unfair attacks. You’re out,” Gutierrez said. “Hit the showers. It’s the red card.” (In...

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