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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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‘Never Again’ Is a Lie

This won't be the last time.

When does ethnic cleansing become genocide? If that tipping point has not already been reached in Burma, it may be coming soon.

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Everyone Owns the Iran Deal’s Deceits

The deal that cannot be undone.

From all the behind-the-scenes reporting, it seemed as though the Trump White House was of two minds on the Iran nuclear accords. The president wanted the deal gone, but his advisors feared that the risks of such a course outweighed the rewards for the United States. So President Trump gets to have it both ways.

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Trump Made the Right Move on UNESCO

The agency is a den of anti-Semites.

The State Department on Thursday announced America’s withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. As with everything that President Trump does, the move provoked journalistic anger and agony. Prepare for years of sob stories about UNESCO heritage sites neglected and aspiring developing-world scientists unfunded, all due to Trumpian unilateralism.

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America’s Crumbling Alliance with Turkey

False friendship.

America’s bilateral relationship with Turkey has suffered gravely in the months since Donald Trump became president. Dynamics that began years ago have intensified in recent weeks, resulting in a U.S.-Turkish relationship that looks more adversarial every day.

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Is the Threat to Free Speech on Campus Overblown?

Did a rotten few spoil the bunch?

The excellent Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is out with a new survey of student attitudes toward free speech.

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