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Study: Obama voters switched to Trump because of race - Vox
Kamala Harris’s new basic income-style bill is so frustratingly close to being great
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yesterday by bekishore
How the US Halted China’s Cybertheft—Using a Chinese Spy | WIRED
For years, China has systematically looted American trade secrets. Here's the messy inside story of how DC got Beijing to clean up its act for a while.
Hacking  hackers  Chinese  America  American  companies  Wired  Boeing  Obama  Trump  Xi 
4 days ago by TonkyC
The Blob: Ben Rhodes and the crisis of liberal foreign policy
Review of Rhodes's memoir, more honest in its treatment of Rhodes than most but also questions America's imperial power, noting that "for all [Obama and Rhodes's]...self-awareness, their view of American power was missing a critical component...it rarely occurred to them to ask whether they or any American had any right to that power, and whether it could be exercised in a way that was not an expression of American domination."
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4 days ago by ribbonknight
John Brennan, Former C.I.A. Spymaster, Steps Out of the Shadows - The New York Times
ency around drone strikes made it hard to understand, let alone defend, United States policy. “The biggest conflict I had with my leadership was drone strikes,” says one former diplomat who worked in South Asia during Obama’s first term. “Official U.S. government policy is that you can’t talk about them, because they don’t exist,” the diplomat continued. “I quickly realized that I couldn’t be a credible representative of the U.S. government without talking about what was on the front page of every single newspaper.” Under Obama, the justification for holding such unaccountable power was the good character of the president and his staff. “Do I want this system to last forever? No,” one senior Obama official told The Washington Post in 2012, referring to the drone program. “What is scary is the apparatus set up without John to run it.”

If McDonough could not talk about signature strikes, perhaps he could talk about drone strikes against “high-value targets,” named and known terrorists.

“Again, that sounds to me like a question that I’m not in a position to respond t
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12 days ago by Kirk510620

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