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Trump Should Praise Vladimir Kara-Murza — Not Vladimir Putin

In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump sought to excuse the murder of journalists, activists, and political opposition members in Russia

Argument

Backing Into World War III

America must check the assertive, rising powers of Russia and China before it’s too late. Accepting spheres of influence is a recipe for disaster.

Report

In Charter 77, Czech Dissidents Charted New Territory

How a group of despondent people pushed back against a repressive regime’s lies — and changed history.

The Cable

Ex-Russian MP Floats Plan to Restore Russian Monarchy. In the South Pacific.

And all he needs is for the tiny island nation of Kiribati to sign on the dotted line.

Voice

Trump’s Pox Americana

The new president has sounded an unprecedented retreat for the United States from its role as a world leader.

Argument

Forget Dow 20,000 — the Boom Times Are Over. Is Democracy Next?

Liberal democracy and market capitalism are taken for granted as the best form of government. That bubble may be about to burst.

Dispatch

Ukraine and Poland’s History Wars Are a Gift For Putin

A conflict over Eastern Europe’s fraught World War II history is just the kind of self-inflicted wound Moscow is hoping for.

Voice

When the Mob Rules, Everyone Is a Target

Trump’s ochlocracy brings dangers and threats that the Republic has not witnessed since Joe McCarthy. Do we even know how to fight back?

Voice

What Kind of New Beginning?

Inauguration Day in America might be the beginning of something great.

Argument

Obama’s Good Intentions in the Middle East Meant Nothing

History will remember the president’s landmark Cairo speech in 2009, but not the way he intended.

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