Nord Stream Pipeline Sabotaged; EU Blames Russia

The CIA warned of his months ago but the Biden administration is being cautious.

Thursday Tabs

Hawley Votes Against NATO Expansion

Instead of a clenched fist of support, it was a big middle finger to Sweden and Finland.

U.S. Kills Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda Founder and Leader

A precision drone strike on a balcony in Kabul took out a longtime nemesis.

Biden Continuing Trump Foreign Policy?

Normalcy is not a bad thing.

Defending the Constitution Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic

What should conservatives who can’t support the party of Trump do?

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Doves Split Over Ukraine

Foreign policy makes strange bedfellows.

Finland and Sweden Joining NATO

The Western alliance is getting stronger in the face of Russian aggression.

End of the Week Tab Clearing

More stories than there is time to blog.

Finland and Sweden Apply to NATO, Turkey an Obstacle

A diplomatic nightmare brewing since last week is now upon us.

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Q&A Time

Hopefully answering a reader question (but probably just making it all worse).

Ukraine Invasion Sending History in a New Direction?

The ferocity of the global reaction to Putin’s invasion is stunning.

Deterring The Deterrers

Deterring Russia is a matter of principle.

Putin Invades Ukraine in Defiance of West

The much-anticipated escalation has happened. Now to see how the United States and its allies respond.

Ukraine: Advantage Putin? Advantage NATO?

Expert opinion on the standoff differs sharply.

FBI Supplied Encrypted Comms to Criminal Networks

A massive sting operation has been revealed.

More on Social Policy and Comparisons

Mostly about how not to do it.

Sweden, Sweden, Sweden!

The data on Sweden and Covid-19 don’t fit the media narrative.

What’s a Republic?

What meanings might the Founders have had? How should we understand the term?

One Million Dead from COVID-19 Worldwide

Yet another grim milestone.

Remember Sweden?

One of these things is not like the others.

Sweden No-Lockdown Plan a Mistake

The architect of the plan admits he was wrong.

Nursing Homes Ground Zero for COVID-19

The pandemic is highlighting an international shame.

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COVID Whataboutism

Should government be taking harsher measures against smoking, car crashes, and the flu?

What We Don’t Know About COVID-19

Two new studies bring more questions than answers.

Sweden’s COVID Response: So Far, Not Good

Vastly more people died than needed to and the economy still crashed.

President Donald J. Trump participates in a FOX News Channel virtual town hall entitled America Together: Returning to Work, with co-moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum live from the Lincoln Memorial Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) President Donald J. Trump participates in a FOX News Channel virtual town hall entitled America Together: Returning to Work, with co-moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum live from the Lincoln Memorial Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

There is No Plan

A sober assessment of President Trump’s plan to get the country running again.

USA Most Prepared Country for Pandemics

Despite our poor showing against COVID-19, we have the best infrastructure in place.

North Korea Not Interested In Any Talks With U.S.

The Trump Administration’s strategy in North Korea is an utter failure.

Trump Names Robert O’Brien To Be National Security Adviser

President Trump has named his fourth National Security Adviser in less than three years.

What is American Patriotism?

There’s an inherent tension in our national ethos.

U.S Women Win Fourth Overall World Cup, Second In A Row

The U.S. Women’s National Team won their second consecutive World Cup, their fourth overall, in a 2-0 win over The Netherlands.

U.S. Formally Seeks Extradition Of Julian Assange

Beginning tomorrow in a British courtroom, the United States will begin the process of having Julian Assange extradited to the United States to face espionage and other charges.

Julian Assange Indicted On Additional Counts Alleging Violations Of Espionage Act

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been indicted on seventeen counts under the Espionage Act arising out of his role in the Chelsea Manning affair.

Julian Assange Arrested

The Wikileaks founder has been detained by London authorities after 7 years hiding in Ecuador’s embassy.

Theresa May Still Searching For A Brexit Deal

With just over two months to go until the March 29th deadline, British Prime Minister Theresa May is no closer to a Brexit deal.

Death Cleaning

Your treasures are your kids’ junk.

Before Taking Office, Mitt Romney Takes On Trump

Before even taking office, Mitt Romney is taking on the President. It’s a good sign, but we’ll see what it leads to.

Federal Government Inadvertently Reveals Sealed Indictment Against Julian Assange

A filing in an unrelated case has apparently revealed the existence of a sealed indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

American Troops Arrive In Iceland, Drink All The Beer

American troops in Iceland for a military exercise were apparently quite thirsty.

Comparative Judiciaries

The current discussion about SCOTUS is a good excuse to look at how other countries handle these things.

How That “Caravan” Of Immigrants Became A Focus Of Panic On The Right

Thanks to a combination of sensationalism and outright lies, a fairly conventional story about an annual protest march in Mexico was turned into Fox News fodder that raised images of an invading army of illegal immigrants.

Trump’s New Transgender Troop Ban Is As Unconstitutional As The First One

The President’s new attempt to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military is as legally defective as the original ban was.

Defense Secretary Mattis Leaning Toward Allowing Transgender Troops To Remain In The Military

The Defense Department will reportedly recommend to President Trump that transgender members of the service currently serving in the military be allowed to continue serving.

Trump Administration Set To Formalize Transgender Military Ban

The Trump Administration has reportedly finalized its order to the Defense Department regarding a ban on military service by transgender soldiers.

Trump Announces Ban On Transgender Military Service

A step backward on civil rights from a President who claimed he would be a friend to the LGBT community.

Trump’s Advisers Are Feeding Him Genuinely Fake News, And That’s A Problem

The President is being fed “news” from questionable news sources, and that’s a problem.

What’s Taking So Long For Trump To Name U.S. Ambassadors?

Donald Trump has been President for nearly four months, but has yet to name Ambassadorial picks for many slots including several important posts.