John Le Carré’s ‘A Legacy of Spies’ asks all the questions we’re thinking in 2017

Nearly three decades after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, its shadow still falls on the West. Moscow is once again trying to subvert the international liberal order. The horrors that liberal, capitalist nations perpetrated in their last fight against Moscow continue to reverberate in unexpected ways. And with the rise of President Donald Trump and the buckling of the European Union, liberalism … [Read more...]

After leaking intelligence to Russia, Trump insults allies in a speech to NATO

As leaders of Germany, France, and the United Kingdom looked on, Trump repeated myths about failure to pay a “fair share.”CREDIT: MSNBC ScreengrabPresident Donald Trump capped off his administration’s first trip abroad by scolding other members of NATO for failing to “meet their financial obligations” in a speech delivered at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.While the visibly … [Read more...]

The FBI has been reportedly tracking a Trump campaign adviser for four years

Investigators allegedly found out about Russian efforts to recruit Carter Page in 2013.In this Friday, July 8, 2016, file photo, Carter Page speaks at the graduation ceremony for the New Economic School in Moscow, Russia. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pavel GolovkinCarter Page is the man who first piqued the FBI’s interest in links between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, according to … [Read more...]

The ranking Oversight Committee member is suspicious about the U.S. attorney firing

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) thinks Bharara’s ouster could have something to do with investigations into Trump.Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara waits for the elevator in the lobby of Trump Tower, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in New York. CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan VucciThe day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions unceremoniously fired Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the top Democrat on the … [Read more...]

Trump shouted down CNN’s Jim Acosta as ‘fake news’ then took a question from Breitbart

Only one of those outlets champions a white nationalist movement.President-elect Donald Trump calls on a questioner during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan VucciOne of the stranger moments in Wednesday’s deeply strange Donald Trump press conference came when the president-elect got into a shouting match with CNN’s Jim … [Read more...]

The center has fallen, and white nationalism is filling the vacuum

Racism has the power to transform both right and left.Donna Decker of Sarasota, Fla., screams at reporters during a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. CREDIT: AP Photo/ Evan VucciIn 1992, a magnetic young Democrat swept aside twelve years of unbroken Republican rule by campaigning on a platform that seemed to cross the old … [Read more...]

The Founding Fathers ensured that rural white votes count more than others

Blame the electoral college, among other things.CREDIT: AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenVotes are still being counted, but the likeliest scenario is now that Donald Trump will win the electoral college and narrowly lose the popular vote. He will be the fourth president to have done so.The reason is simple. Clinton voters were more likely to be concentrated in dense urban areas, where far more voters are … [Read more...]

What Trump Talks About When He Talks About the Working Class

The middle class household no longer reigns supreme in U.S. political rhetoric. The Great Recession killed it. Since the 2008 financial crisis, the percentage of Americans who identify as part of the “upper-middle and middle class” has dropped from a high of 63 percent to barely more than half of the population. Surveys based on household income paint an even bleaker portrait: Pew Research finds … [Read more...]