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Inconvenient Evidence Puts GOP Senators on the Spot in Impeachment Trial

Lev Parnas exits after a bail hearing at the Manhattan Federal Court in New York, December 17, 2019. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)With articles of impeachment delivered and the trial set to start, Republicans in the upper chamber can no longer hedge by claiming ignorance of the facts.

President Donald J. Trump was impeached on Thursday.

I know that he was technically impeached when the House voted to do so in December.

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Iran’s Options in a Showdown with America Are All Bad

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2008 (Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters)Trump governs the tempo of the confrontation.

After losing its top strategist, military commander, and arch-terrorist, Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian theocracy is weighing responses.

One, Iran can quiet down and cease military provocations.

After attacking tankers off its coast, destroying an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia, shooting down a U.S.

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If This Has Been Super-Decade, Why Are We Still so Angry?

Workers unload the numerals 2 and 0 for News Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square, December 11, 2019. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)We have one ‘change’ election after another, driven by voters who don’t really know what they want beyond ‘not this.’

There is a strong case to be made that things are getting better.

In 2010, Matt Ridley made the case in The Rational Optimist that things were better than they appeared.

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Recalling the Battle of the Bulge

101st Airborne troops move out of Bastogne, Belgium, December 31, 1944. (US Army Center of Military History)The American victory can remind us that when calamities strike, the status quo is not always equipped to rise to the challenge.

Seventy-five years ago, at the Battle of the Bulge (fought from December 16, 1944, to January 25, 1945), the United States suffered more casualties than in any other battle in its history.

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Former Intelligence Chiefs Fit Perfectly into Media Advocacy Culture

From left: FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testify on Capitol Hill in February, 2014. (Gary Cameron/Reuters)We are witnessing a surreal collusion between the nation’s former top intelligence officials and the progressive media.

Former FBI director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe, former CIA director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have lots of things in common.

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A Country of Two Minority Parties

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Capitol Hill in 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)One reason our politics are so chaotic is that neither Democrats nor Republicans can seem to govern as a majority party.

Here’s a theory for why our politics are so confusing these days: Neither party wants to be a majority party.

From an ideological perspective, majority parties are, by nature, weird.

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A Russian Under Every Bed

President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 30, 2018. (Marcos Brindicci/Reuters)After Trump’s election, his opponents took a sudden dislike to the Russians they once saw as peace partners

The three-year-long effort to abort the Trump presidency — now culminating with a manipulated impeachment effort — has warped U.S. foreign policy toward Russia.

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Trump’s War-Crimes Pardons Weaken Our Military’s Moral Fiber

Members of the 30th Heavy Separate Brigade of the North Carolina Army National Guard salute during playing of the National Anthem. February 12, 2004. (Ellen Ozier/Reuters)An ethically upright military takes decades or even centuries to build. It can be undone much more quickly.

People often offer cynical interpretations of American support for Israel.

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