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Donald Trump

What Most Reporters Missed at Trump’s Press Conference

The political reporters at President-elect Donald Trump’s news conference on Jan. 11 were so focused on Russia and conflicts of interest that they missed a true nugget of news. Early into his press conference, Donald Trump said something that sent drug stocks into a tailspin, and made pharmaceutical executives cringe. He first complained that too Read More

John Kerry

Leaked Kerry Audio Shows Hidden Syria Backstory

It appears CNN and The New York Times gave the public a sanitized report on US Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting with Syrian opposition leaders back in September. Unlike those two media giants, Wikileaks released the full, unscrubbed audio of the 35-minute conversation this week. Included was the revelation that the White House knew Read More

Chuck Schumer

Schumer Says Trump “Dumb” To Cross Intelligence Community — Payback Likely

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) let slip a terrifying reality when it comes to the power of our nation’s president over “executive branch” agencies like the CIA. In an interview Tuesday with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Schumer said President-elect Donald Trump is “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community because if he does Read More

Bab Al-Hawa border crossing

Bad Week for Turkey’s Syria Policy Continues

Twitter and other social media were briefly blocked on Friday morning in Turkey as the government in Ankara sought to suppress a gruesome Islamic State (IS) video that appeared to show the extremists burn alive two captured Turkish soldiers. That and the news that at least 16 more Turkish soldiers were killed in a failed, Read More

Putin, Trump, Syria, China

WhoWhatWhy Is Not Just Ahead of the Curve on Domestic Issues

It hasn’t just been WhoWhatWhy’s domestic coverage that has been far ahead of the curve: with our limited resources we got many of the international stories right too. For example, according to mainstream media reports, it now seems increasingly likely that Donald Trump might try to play Russia and China off of each other, by cozying Read More

Rex Tillerson

Will There Be a Tillerson Senate Showdown?

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump often railed against congressional Republicans who did not bend the knee and kiss his ring as the party’s new standard-bearer. In the end, most of them toed the line but there are plenty of bruised egos on Capitol Hill. Now that the GOP controls all of Washington, one big Read More

Eric Schneiderman

NY Primary Was a Mess, New Report Shows

New York’s voter protection hotline received 10 times more calls during the Empire State’s primary than any previous election, according to a report New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released this week. In response to the highly flawed election, he vowed to seek sweeping changes to how the state votes in the future. WhoWhatWhy had Read More

Election Recount

Why Recounts Matter

Forget Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein. This recount isn’t about them, it’s about you. It’s about shedding a little light on a process that is needlessly and absurdly opaque. A Gallup poll released in November shows that 69% of Americans lack confidence in the “honesty of the election.”  That’s up 30% from 2009. Read More

Jill Stein

Jill Stein Wins the Recount

The first vote in Wisconsin hasn’t been counted yet, but the winner of the recount is already clear: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. There is hardly a scenario in which she doesn’t emerge victorious: –          If the recount is conducted and Donald Trump wins, which remains the most likely outcome, then Stein is the Read More

Alexander Litvinenko

Revisiting Litvinenko Murder 10 Years Later

It’s too early to tell if the Donald Trump era will bring about vindictive acts against political opponents, but it is troubling that his main advocate among foreign heads of state – Russia’s Vladimir Putin – has been accused of just such actions.It was 10 years ago today, Nov. 23, 2006, that former Russian spy Read More

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