• What to Know Ahead of the Trump-Putin Summit

    What to Know Ahead of the Trump-Putin Summit

    On July 16, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet for their first formal bilateral summit in Helsinki, Finland.

    Expectations should be kept at a minimum. The U.S. and Russia have conflicting interests when it comes to many of the major geopolitical issues of the day, and this is unlikely to change anytime soon.

    Trump should use this meeting to address some serious issues with his Russian counterpart.

    For one, he must make clear to Putin that U.S. policy remains that Crimea is part of Ukraine, not Russia. Crimea legally belongs to Ukraine and since 2014 Russia has been occupying the peninsula unlawfully. READ MORE...

  • ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’

    ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’

    Perhaps the most amazing thing about Spider-Man was the mind and abilities of the man who truly formed him. This was not Stan Lee or the legendary artist Jack Kirby, who co-created so much of the early Marvel universe. It was Steve Ditko who truly turned Spider-Man into what he has become.

    Ditko was found dead in his New York apartment on June 29. Estimates place the time of death up to two days earlier. It took another week for the news to break online.

    Here I’ll focus on Ditko’s greatest achievement rather than the man himself, because Ditko didn’t want to be known. He was known as the Salinger of comics. He hid himself away from the public but never stopped working on his art, apparently even up to the time he died. READ MORE...

  • 14 Times Republican Officials Viciously Harassed, Threatened With Death

    14 Times Republican Officials Viciously Harassed, Threatened With Death

    Throughout the past couple of months, Republicans and government officials who work for President Trump have received death threats, been run out of restaurants and stores, and followed to their cars. The uptick in harassment coincides with increasingly aggressive rhetoric from leading Democrats.

    Here are 14 times Trump administration officials and Republican lawmakers have been threatened or run out of establishments recently.

    1. Protestors to Mitch McConnell: ‘We Know Where You Live!’

    Protestors followed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to his car outside of a restaurant in Kentucky on Saturday. In a video recording of the encounter, protestors are seen walking behind McConnell and shouting at him: “Vote you out!” READ MORE...

  • 8 Things to Know About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

    8 Things to Know About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

    President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a prime-time announcement Monday night. If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy to give the court a likely solid 5-4 conservative majority.

    “Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge’s judge, a true thought leader among his peers,” Trump said in announcing his choice at the East Room of the White House.

    President George W. Bush nominated Kavanaugh to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2003, but he wasn’t confirmed until 2006, by a Senate vote of 57-36. The D.C. Circuit is considered a stepping stone to the high court. READ MORE...

  • Trump Hits Another Home Run With Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh

    Trump Hits Another Home Run With Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh

    President Donald Trump announced on Monday night his nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, who was included in The Heritage Foundation’s original list of potential Supreme Court nominees, is a very promising choice.

    The battle lines were already drawn before Trump made his announcement, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., declaring he would not vote for any of the individuals on Trump’s short list.

    Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., promised the confirmation vote would happen this fall. Now, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin the process of reviewing Kavanaugh’s judicial record and background, with a hearing coming later this summer. READ MORE...

  • Trump Is Not To Blame For NATO Chaos, Nor Breaking The Liberal Order

    Trump Is Not To Blame For NATO Chaos, Nor Breaking The Liberal Order

    In the middle of the Peloponnesian war, Athens faced a simple but existential dilemma. Melos, an island in the middle of the Aegean, was a Spartan ally, and the existence of an independent, unconquered, and even neutral island allied with a rival land power was an unacceptable scenario for a maritime hegemon like Athens.

    The Athenians dispatched a group of emissaries to discuss Melian surrender. What took place is perhaps one of the most memorable chapters of an ethical debate still relevant to modern times. The Melians pleaded ideals, and even threatened that the gods would punish Athenian hubris if they took over a noncombatant people. READ MORE...

  • Jim Jordan Is A Man of Integrity Railroaded With Factless Allegations

    Jim Jordan Is A Man of Integrity Railroaded With Factless Allegations

    Like many Americans, when I saw last week’s headlines about my friend, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), I couldn’t believe them. The accusations did not describe the man of character and courage I’ve known for more than a decade. When I read the actual stories under those headlines, my reaction turned from dread to outrage. Jordan isn’t being accused; he’s being railroaded.

    Jordan, as you may know, was a two-time NCAA Division I national champion wrestler. After graduating from college, he became an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University, from 1986 to 1994. This was during the decades-long career of the now deceased OSU doctor Richard Strauss, who has now been accused of sexual abuse by former OSU athletes. The university just launched an investigation in April of the claims that date back three decades. READ MORE...

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