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Giving Putin a pass on vote meddling, Trump widens rifts back in US

Giving Putin a pass on vote meddling, Trump widens rifts back in US Last Friday special counsel Robert Mueller accused 12 Russian military intelligence officials of hacking into US political institutions and meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. The Justice Department indictment was impressively detailed, complete with names, dates, times, and tactics of the alleged computer offenses. On Monday President Trump cast doubt on whether any of that description was true.


California GOP looks for inroads by taking down a gas tax

California GOP looks for inroads by taking down a gas tax If the categories of threatened species applied to politics, the Republican Party in California would be listed as critically endangered. The number of voters registered as Republican has fallen to third behind Democrats and those with “no party preference.” Hillary Clinton tallied 4.2 million more votes statewide than Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.


How US stance on Iran could raise price of peace in Lebanon

How US stance on Iran could raise price of peace in Lebanon In marked contrast to the past decade of political deadlock, sectarian strife, and occasional bouts of bloodshed, this tiny eastern Mediterranean country bordering Syria and Israel is enjoying a period of relative stability. The newfound calm is largely down to the triumph of the powerful Shiite organization Hezbollah and its allies in overcoming their parliamentary opponents in an 11-year power struggle and cementing that win in parliamentary polls in May. Hezbollah performed well in the elections, and, with its allies, now holds a small majority in the 128-seat parliament.


Troubled by the US Supreme Court’s upholding of Trump’s travel ban, Erdoğan’s reelection tilts toward authoritarianism, Why a stable Turkey is important, Ukraine has come a long way since Russia’s invasion, ‘Standard of living’ or ‘standard of life’?

Troubled by the US Supreme Court’s upholding of Trump’s travel ban, Erdoğan’s reelection tilts toward authoritarianism, Why a stable Turkey is important, Ukraine has come a long way since Russia’s invasion, ‘Standard of living’ or ‘standard of life’? “Ever since the Supreme Court ... allowed the third iteration of President Trump’s travel ban to go into effect last December it could be assumed that it would ultimately uphold the controversial move,” writes Michael Knigge. “With this, his authoritarian grip will be further consolidated.... The elections were held in a state of emergency, imposed in July 2016 following a coup attempt.... The outcome, which was expected, is a big setback to the secularist Republican People’s Party, the main Opposition.


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