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The headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels on October 21, 2004. (Mark Renders/Getty Images)
The headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels on October 21, 2004. (Mark Renders/Getty Images)

No, Europe Isn’t Ambushing NATO

How to learn to stop worrying and love the EU’s new security and defense agreement.

Haig Papazian, Carl Gerges, and Hamed Sinno, members of the band Mashrou' Leila, in New York on Nov. 1. After their concert in Cairo in September, Egypt intensified a crackdown on its LGBT community. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)
Haig Papazian, Carl Gerges, and Hamed Sinno, members of the band Mashrou' Leila, in New York on Nov. 1. After their concert in Cairo in September, Egypt intensified a crackdown on its LGBT community. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

2017 Was a Bad Year for Egypt’s LGBT Community. 2018 Could Be Even Worse.

Egyptian authorities are using a "debauchery" law to justify a crackdown on gay and trans people.

U.S. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) (L) speaks during a hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, May 23, in Washington, DC. ( Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) (L) speaks during a hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, May 23, in Washington, DC. ( Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Congressional Republicans Are Pulling a Bait-and-Switch in the Trump-Russia Investigation

Signs are mounting that the House Intelligence Committee plans on prematurely abdicating its work. 

A judge's gavel rests on top of a desk in the courtroom of the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum February 3, 2009 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A judge's gavel rests on top of a desk in the courtroom of the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum February 3, 2009 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Federal Court Vacancies Are a Crisis. Military Judges Are the Solution.

A modest proposal to solve a growing problem in America’s judicial system.

U.S. President Donald Trump with a proclaimation that the U.S. government will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump with a proclaimation that the U.S. government will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s Jerusalem Policy Is More Ambiguous Than It Seems

And that's going to lead to even bigger problems down the road.

Chinese 100 yuan notes and one U.S. dollar on Jan. 6, 2017. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese 100 yuan notes and one U.S. dollar on Jan. 6, 2017. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Trust China’s Opening of Its Financial Sector

Inviting foreign investors into a closed economy is a lot easier said than done.

Michael Flynn after his plea hearing at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse on December 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Michael Flynn after his plea hearing at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse on December 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Unsolved Mystery of Michael Flynn’s Plea Deal

It might be a dramatic breakthrough in the investigation of Donald Trump — or a revelation of Robert Mueller’s weak hand.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 17, 2015. (Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 17, 2015. (Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin Isn’t as Russian as He Seems

The Russian president cloaks himself in nationalism, but that’s not where his heart is.

Michael Flynn, former national security advisor to President Donald Trump, leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse  in Washington on Dec. 1. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Michael Flynn, former national security advisor to President Donald Trump, leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington on Dec. 1. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Flynn’s Lies Are Just the Latest in a Series

The former national security adviser's plea deal must be understood in the context of various deceits by the president and his associates.

The U.S. embassy building in Tel Aviv on Dec. 28, 2016. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
The U.S. embassy building in Tel Aviv on Dec. 28, 2016. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
Three Taiwanese submarines at the Tsoying navy base in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on Jan. 18. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
Three Taiwanese submarines at the Tsoying navy base in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on Jan. 18. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

America Just Quietly Backed Down Against China Again

When China complained about a plan for the Navy to make port calls in Taiwan, Congress listened.

Donald Trump holds a copy of Time Magazine outside the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa, on Jan. 19, 2016. (Aron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Donald Trump holds a copy of Time Magazine outside the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa, on Jan. 19, 2016. (Aron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

All the President’s Men of the Year

Donald Trump is pining for Time magazine’s recognition, but he has competition in his own White House.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee Nov. 14 in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee Nov. 14 in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

I Spent 5 Hours With Jeff Sessions So You Didn’t Have To

Hillary Clinton doesn’t have to worry about a special prosecutor, and three other takeaways from the Attorney General’s latest Congressional testimony.

Senator Robert Menendez speaks outside federal court after he was indicted on corruption charges on April 2, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Senator Robert Menendez speaks outside federal court after he was indicted on corruption charges on April 2, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Democrats Are Hypocrites on Corruption

Robert Menendez is credibly accused of serious crimes, but his party has never seemed to have a problem with him.

The United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.  (Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)
The United States Capitol, Washington, D.C. (Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)

It’s the Beginning of the End of the Internet’s Legal Immunity

Congress is starting to chip away at tech companies’ claims that they're just "platforms".

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