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Soleimani was assassinated one week ago today and we still haven’t been shown evidence of the imminent threat

A week ago today, the U.S. military, at the direction of President Donald Trump, assassinated Iranian General Qassim Soleimani. The Trump administration told us at the time that this was absolutely necessary, as they had evidence of an “imminent attack” against U.S. forces… one which could only be stopped by eliminating the powerful Iranian leader. […]

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There was never a plan for navigating the aftermath of Soleimani’s killing

As it’s been reported that, several days before the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, Donald Trump had told members of his Mar-a-Lago golf club that his administration would soon be delivering a “big” response to the Iranian regime, we can assume that the administration had time to plan not just the killing itself, but […]

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The enduring beauty of the deep state… Marie Yovanovitch provides the best counterpoint to Trumpism to date

I had the good fortune to be on vacation this past Friday, so I was able to watch quite a bit of Marie Yovanovitch’s courageous testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in real-time. While there’s a great deal that I could say about the shameful behavior of Republicans on the committee and the response to […]

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Well, it’s no longer “hearsay”

This past Wednesday, as you may recall, William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told members of the House Intelligence Committee that his aide, later to be identified as David Holmes, had overheard a cellphone conversation between Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, and President Donald Trump on July 26, during […]

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas confesses to conveying the quid pro quo to Ukraine for Trump

I’d wanted to talk about former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, and whether she’s angling to take the vice presidency away from Mike Pence, but then Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas came along fucked up my plans by announcing to the world that he’d reached out to the incoming Zelensky government as far back as May […]

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