Hungary is thumbing its nose at the U.S. — by following Trump’s cues

Hungary is thumbing its nose at the U.S. — by following Trump’s cues

During his first NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump refused to state his support for NATO’s most important treaty obligation. During his first British visit, the president managed to offend everybody, from tabloid journalists to the queen. But although there are many incidents and relationships to choose from, the most embarrassing European foreign policy failure …

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The democratic world could feel the heat from Paris

The democratic world could feel the heat from Paris

Fire, flares and tear gas scorched Paris on Saturday night; on Sunday morning, the carcasses of burned cars littered the streets, and graffiti covered the Arc de Triomphe. Smaller, and mostly more peaceful, marches had also played out across the country, where for the past couple of weekends protesters have occupied French toll booths, blocked speed cameras …

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Russia’s latest attack on the Ukrainians is a warning to the West

Russia’s latest attack on the Ukrainians is a warning to the West

On Saturday evening, three small Ukrainian naval vessels left the Ukrainian port of Odessa and headed for the Ukrainian port of Mariupol. Along the way, they had to pass through the Kerch Strait, a sliver of water that lies between the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula and the Russian mainland. The Ukrainian ships were well within their …

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Iran’s regime could fall apart. What happens then?

Iran’s regime could fall apart. What happens then?

We are now more than two weeks into a new sanctions regime on Iran, and it will be a long time before it ends. The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has listed 12 conditions that Iran needs to meet before that happens. They include a permanent cessation of Iranian support for revolutionary groups abroad, as …

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A not-so-fond farewell to Dana Rohrabacher, Putin’s best friend in Congress

A not-so-fond farewell to Dana Rohrabacher, Putin’s best friend in Congress

It took a while for Orange County, Calif., to count all the mail-in votes, but officials there did it. The result: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) will be leaving Congress after 15 terms in the House. So as he leaves the stage, let’s spend a little bit of time saying goodbye to Rohrabacher, the soon-to-be ex-congressman from …

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A bittersweet commemoration exposes ominous rifts in our new world order

A bittersweet commemoration exposes ominous rifts in our new world order

On the 11th day of the 11th month and at the 11th hour — the moment at which the armistice ending World War I was declared a century ago — the leaders of the nations that once murdered one another during that brutal conflict gathered in Paris. That was expected. The surprise was the degree …

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Trump campaigned to protect himself, not help Republicans

Trump campaigned to protect himself, not help Republicans

The midterms are over, so expect President Trump to adjust accordingly: The “caravan” will now drop out of the news; the troops sent to the border will quietly pass their time drilling in the Texas sunshine. The conspiracy websites and QAnon groups that have been chattering about “the invasion” for weeks will shift their focus, …

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We have learned a lot about online disinformation — and we are doing nothing

We have learned a lot about online disinformation — and we are doing nothing

In the two years that have passed since the 2016 election, we have learned a lot about malignant disinformation campaigns in Western democracies. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has indicted the Russian operatives who created fake identities and ran targeted advertising on Facebook. The ads themselves — supporting extreme anti-immigration groups and the phony …

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We must fight harder against homegrown terrorism. But it won’t happen under Trump.

We must fight harder against homegrown terrorism. But it won’t happen under Trump.

Right now, the threat to ordinary Americans from homegrown terrorists, radicalized by racist and nativist conspiracies they read on the Internet, is significantly higher than the threat from Islamist terrorists, radicalized by jihadist conspiracies they read on the Internet. But as a nation, we aren’t going to admit it, and we aren’t going to stop …

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