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Spring Donation Drive CounterPunch is a lifeboat of sanity in today’s turbulent political seas. Please make a tax-deductible donation and help us continue to fight. Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, “every time the US ‘saves’ a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or […]

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Pompeo Won’t Promise to Consult Congress Before Attacking Venezuela

May 6, 2019           |                                       

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to comment on whether the administration would consult Congress before invading Venezuela, saying “I don’t want to speak to that.” Pompeo shunned all questions about the role of Congress in a potential Venezuelan war, saying he is confident that President Trump has sufficient authority […]

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Posted by William Astore at 8:00am, April 30, 2019.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Consider it a conundrum. Both parties in Congress and the president simply can’t pour enough money into the Pentagon and the rest of the national security state. As a result, theirs has been a cumulative trillion-dollar budget for years and it’s still […]

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Pentagon Developing Military Options to Deter Russia and China in Venezuela

April 15, 2019           |                                       

Under the orders of John Bolton, the Pentagon is busily developing new military options for Venezuela, both for the imposition of regime change, and more specifically for trying to deter either Russia or China from doing anything to help President Maduro. While officials continue to insist “all options are on the table,” Pentagon officials say […]

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U.S. Attorney General: Redacted Mueller Report To Be Released By Mid-April

March 29, 2019           |                                       

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is to be released by mid-April, Attorney General Bill Barr said on March 29. Barr, in a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees, said he was in the process of redacting sensitive material from […]

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In one video that has gone viral, ICE agents can be seen surrounding Bear Creek Arsenal and checking the identification of anyone trying to leave the property, including Sanford resident Christian Canales, who filmed the video. Image: Courtesy of Christian Canales At least thirty people were arrested and up to seventy persons detained at Bear […]

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Theresa May and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a press conference in 2017. Image: PAHistory, Karl Marx famously quipped, repeats itself: first as tragedy, then as farce. That’s certainly true of Theresa May’s approach to Ireland. This past weekend began with a tragic misreading of Dublin’s position on Brexit – that London could somehow sign a […]

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BuzzFeed has an important story that fleshes out what was made clear in Michael Cohen’s allocution, sentencing memo, and the public record (including earlier BuzzFeed reports). Trump and his kids knew a lot about Cohen’s negotiations for a Trump Tower, and also knew and helped sustain his lies to Congress. BuzzFeed even suggests that all […]

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Tonight, Trump will take over the airwaves to lie about the southern border in what will either be a last ditch effort to persuade Senate Republicans to stay the course supporting his temper tantrum, or will include a declaration of emergency that would pave the way to reopen government while saving face, all while creating […]

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On one of the last days of last year, Rudy Giuliani repeated a refrain he made in August, dick-wagging Mueller to “put up or shut up” and release the report that Rudy has spun fables about. That taunt happened ten days after the House Intelligence Committee voted to release Roger Stone’s testimony transcript to Mueller. […]

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Last month, I argued that a memo William Barr wrote that many say disqualifies him to be Attorney General in fact (or perhaps, “also”) should make him utterly toxic to Trump, because he (unknowingly) makes the case for impeaching Trump. That’s because of the specific content of a William Barr memo sent to Rod Rosenstein, […]

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The same McClatchy team that has long been chasing the Steele dossier allegation that Michael Cohen was in Prague in (the first two reports said) August or maybe (the last report said) September has a new story reporting two new details about the allegation, sourced to four people reporting anonymously and secondhand about what “foreign […]

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A Spiritual Special Ops Team’s Christmas Gift

December 17, 2018           |                                       

It happened that a fire broke out backstage in a theater. The clown came out to inform the public. They thought it was a jest and applauded. He repeated his warning, they shouted even louder. So I think the world will come to an end amid general applause from all the wits, who believe that […]

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