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Sen. Warren Demands Federal Probe Into Attorney General Barr's Order to Tear-Gas Peaceful Protesters
"These attacks on peaceful American protesters steps from the White House were sickening and appalling."
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Bush’s war of aggression contained within itself the accumulated evil of the whole, and now that evil is spreading out to turn us all into Fallujans. (Photo:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
From Fallujah to Minneapolis: Trump Brings the US Military 'Battlespace' Home
A significant part of the American elite was shaped by Bush’s wars to think about dissidence as the equivalent of insurgency and to see challenges to the status quo as illegitimate.
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'We Need to Put Guardrails in Place': Senator Unveils Plan to Bar Use of US Military Force Against Protesters
"I thought that would seem obvious to everyone. But as we take up the NDAA next week, I'm going to be pushing to ensure the president can't treat the U.S. military as his personal palace guard."
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'This Isn't a Healthy Democracy': Warnings of Domestic Military Threat as Top US General Walks DC Streets in Combat Fatigues
"The commander of the joint chiefs is surveying the streets of D.C. in uniform like he's planning a military assault."
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 The spread of Covid-19 has offered a rare opportunity to raise questions, challenge frameworks, and critically consider what “ending” war might even mean for this country.(Photo:  Erich Ferdinand/flickr/cc) Views
The Coming of a Social-Distancing Version of War
The future of forever war, American-style.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves after a press briefing at the State Department on May 20, 2020. News
Lavish Taxpayer-Funded Dinners Hosted by Pompeo Spark Concern Over Real Purpose
"The CEO of Chick-fil-A is not someone I would say is involved in foreign policy."
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A man wearing a mask checks his phone in Times Square in New York on March 22, 2020.(Photo: Kena Betancur / AFP - Getty Images) Views
Beware the Pentagon's Pandemic Profiteers
Hasn't the military-industrial complex taken enough of our money?
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Littoral combat ship USS Detroit off the coast of Venezuela. (Photo: US Navy/DoD) Views
Threatening Military Intervention in Venezuela During a Pandemic?
With cities in Venezuela under lockdown and the country struggling to address a looming public health crisis and yet another economic shock, it is clear that the Trump administration sees a new opportunity to exercise "maximum pressure" to try to achieve regime change.
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Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and heads up the Trump administration’s Covid-19 task force. (Photo: CNN) Views
If Trump Fires Dr. Fauci and Installs a Barr-Like Toady, Whatever Will Become of Us?
Trump is perfectly capable of installing some suck-up crony as head of the coronavirus task force, someone who would be all right with declaring the pandemic over.
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Pompeo rode his ample funding from the political action committee of the billionaire Koch brothers straight to the Hill. So linked was he to those fraternal right-wing energy tycoons and so protective of their interests that he was dubbed "the congressman from Koch." (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Trump's Own Military "West Point Mafia"
"Courage never quits"?: The price of power and West Point’s class of 1986.
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