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So last night, BuzzFeed decided to publish a “dossier” filled with allegations—one of them absolutely disgusting—against Donald Trump whose veracity it openly said it could not verify. All BuzzFeed knew was that the dossier had been circulating in political circles, that it had been generated by “political opponents of Trump,” and had been produced by a former British intelligence agent. I go into more detail here, and the reasons why the release of these documents represents a new low in journalistic behavior. For one thing, when former intelligence agents or those who claim to have been intelligence agents peddle information, the proper stance toward their tales is extreme skepticism, as anyone who has ever worked with them on news stories is fully aware.

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Trump’s Twitter Obsession Haunts Him

Trump Tweets about that which he cares about. Russia's protests don't rank.

With his frequent resort to Twitter to express his unfiltered feelings, President Trump has set a trap for himself.

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Ideology Isn’t the Problem, Ted Koppel

Ted Koppel gets the problem right, but the causes all wrong.

Critics of Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity are swaggering a little more smugly than usual today. The source of their vindication is the decision by former evening broadcast news anchor Ted Koppel to criticize the Fox host to his face during a CBS “This Morning” interview. Few of Hannity’s haughty critics seem to have listened to all that Koppel said in the interview they are celebrating. If they had, they would temper their enthusiasm.

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Obamacare Repeal Fail: So Much Blame

Commentary podcast: Who truly deserves blame for the AHCA's failure?

On this first podcast of the week, Noah Rothman and Abe Greenwald and I try to make sense of who is to blame and basically decide that… but why would I tell you here? You need to download or stream the podcast to find out! This is a cliffhanger! Give a listen.

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Canada’s Misguided ‘Islamophobia’ Fixation

Canada's officials exploit extremism toward a political end.

Last Thursday, the Canadian Parliament voted overwhelmingly for a motion to condemn Islamophobia, as proposed by rookie Liberal MP Iqra Khalid.

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So Many Ways to Say ‘Debacle’

Commentary Podcast: The GOP's health care mess.

audio: https://soundcloud.com/commentarymagazine/commentary-podcast-so-many-ways-to-say-debacle

On a special week-ending podcast, the COMMENTARY crew considers the collapse of the American Health Care Act and the fallout therefrom. Our conclusion: A lot of fallout. A lot of it on Donald Trump’s head. And some on Paul Ryan. And some on House Republicans. And oy. Give a listen.

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