Will Allies Keep Trump in the Dark?

“If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset; not a liability,” Donald Trump averred. Many Americans with only hazy memories of the Cold War might agree. What, they may ask, are the practical concerns that could arise from having a president who enjoys the respect of an increasingly adversarial regime in the Kremlin? The answers to that question are manifold, but they are also theoretical. Rarely are American voters moved by abstract or potential threats to U.S. allies or interests abroad. The presumed rule that Americans don’t care about foreign policy has one exception, however: terrorism.

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Will Allies Keep Trump in the Dark?

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A Great Museum Dies

Government is the problem.

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Monica Lewinsky Versus Israeli Media Elites

A missed opportunity.

Following a punchy 15-minute talk about the ravages of online bullying on Monday, Monica Lewinsky took her place alongside star Israeli news anchor, Yonit Levy, for a chat about the issues she has turned into a life mission. The Jerusalem convention hall was packed with A-list political and media types on hand for Ms. Levy’s whopper of an opener.

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The Rot in the Labour Party

Labour needs more than a makeover.

On Tuesday, Britain’s Labour party adopted the working definition of anti-Semitism that prevails across the civilized world. But don’t break out the champagne and party blowers quite yet. A formal declaration of the kind won’t wash the stain of Jew-hatred left by leader Jeremy Corbyn and his triumphant entourage of keffiyeh-clad cranks and unreconstructed Stalinists.

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Stop Begging Trump’s Conservatives to Sacrifice Their Credibility

A duty to posterity, not Twitter.

Despite all the brooding among the anti-Trump left and the pro-Trump right over the existence of the small band of Republicans who continue to criticize the president when he’s wrong, few  seem any closer to understanding these conservatives’ motivations. The simplicity of the philosophy that animates these rare types could not possibly elude the cliquish sectarians who act as though it is incomprehensible. More likely, they just find it annoying.

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Condoleeza Rice, Political Science, and Honor

A worthy candidate.

It’s hard to believe, but the American Political Science Association (APSA) is honoring a figure who defended a war most political scientists consider immoral and disastrous. I don’t know much about it, but I think I read somewhere that this same person once opposed the war. He reversed himself and even became an all-in cheerleader for it, possibly just to escape from the political wilderness. How dare the APSA honor him?

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