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In hindsight, Nixon should have faced trial. Pardoning him only served the interests of a corrupt political class that wanted to protect themselves.
10:10 AM - Jun 07, 2024
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In the early days of the #Sudan crisis, the U.S. had few options to evacuate 16,000 citizens. This highlighted the limits of American power and the need to acknowledge those limits. #foreignpolicy #strategy
https://open.substack.com/pub/currenthistory/p/the-limits-of-american-power-in-sudan/
05:15 PM - Jun 05, 2024
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This is like when Al Capone was convicted on tax fraud charges. It’s petty, but it gets the job done
05:12 PM - May 30, 2024
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Trump is officially the first former president to be a convicted felon
05:09 PM - May 30, 2024 (Edited)
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New weekend newsletter is live! I cover headlines on the Israel-Gaza and Russia-Ukraine conflicts.

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https://open.substack.com/pub/currenthistory/p/weekend-newsletter-2
07:12 PM - May 26, 2024
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thread 2 Threaded Spouts
While everyone is focused on Israel, the world’s worst ongoing civil war is taking place in Sudan. Over 8 million people have been displaced.
02:52 PM - May 22, 2024
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The testing of NATO is beginning.

"Russia plans to appropriate inland sea waters in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland and near the cities of Baltiysk and Zelenodradsk in Kaliningrad Oblast, according to a decree prepared by the Russian Defense Ministry."

https://kyivindependent.com/russia-un
06:59 PM - May 21, 2024
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Breaking news: water is wet
01:24 PM - May 20, 2024
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The current Arab world was largely created by violent conquest over 1000 years ago.

Putting groups into "oppressed" and "oppressor" classes ignores historical complexity, and its turtles all the way down. Letting everyone relitigate historic territorial claims is a path to endless conflict.
11:22 AM - May 20, 2024 (Edited)
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Given the events in Iran over the weekend, thought this chart breaking down the power structure in Iran would be helpful.

The country is essentially a religious monarchy with policy being set at the top, so don't expect any major changes.
10:53 AM - May 20, 2024
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Trump's court jesters are even color coordinating now
02:15 PM - May 14, 2024
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Russia has talked a lot about historic territorial claims in the last few years, which is interesting since China has a historical claim to large portions of the Russian Far East. Of course, Putin doesn’t like to talk about that. . .
02:59 PM - May 13, 2024
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When you break down data by country subdivision, you get interesting results. The highlighted areas together account for 50% of global GDP.
02:55 PM - May 13, 2024
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I’m supposed to be worried about Biden being senile and this dude goes off and says stuff like this
10:53 AM - May 12, 2024
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Fun science fact: different elements emit light at different frequencies (i.e. colors) when their electrons are energized. This is how you get the different colors in the aurora.
11:49 AM - May 11, 2024
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Parking garage views are underrated, especially in south Florida.
09:10 PM - May 07, 2024
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What he's basically saying is some of the money being created to pay for the massive federal deficits over the last few years needs to be parked in capital goods (i.e. equipment, land, buildings, etc...) to avoid massive inflation.
10:55 AM - May 07, 2024
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Whether you like it or not, this was the inevitable result when a terrorist group decided that massacring civilians in a nuclear-armed state supported by the United States would help them achieve their goals.
02:16 PM - May 06, 2024
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I grew up on a cattle ranch in Texas, and I've spent a lot of time with livestock. Cattle definitely have an inner life, and individuals have obvious personalities. If there is a good way around raising them just to be rounded up, shipped to an industrial facility, and slaughtered, we should take it
01:40 PM - May 04, 2024 (Edited)
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New post explaining why China hawks who think we should abandon Europe are narrowly focused on one threat to the exclusion of others, and fail to see the connections between them.
#foreignpolicy #ukraine #russia #china

https://currenthistory.substack.com/p/we-cant-abandon-europe-to-focus-on
03:06 PM - May 03, 2024 (Edited)
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thread 5 Threaded Spouts
When I migrated by blog over to Substack, not all of my posts made it (in fact, nothing from after April of last year did). That was annoying, but it was also an opportunity to revisit these old posts.
01:24 PM - May 01, 2024
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In 2016, we knew he had authoritarian tendencies, but the GOP ignored it.

In 2024, the Supreme Court is debating whether presidents have lifetime legal immunity even if they attempt a coup

Life comes at you fast.
10:45 AM - Apr 25, 2024 (Edited)
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Campus protests are going national (photo from the University of Texas at Austin). Can’t just use them as culture war fodder against the Ivies anymore
10:41 AM - Apr 25, 2024
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One of the notable things in the first $1 billion aid package to Ukraine is the supplying of long-range ATACMS missiles that can strike deep into Russian territory. Signals an end to self-deterrence by the U.S., and that is great news.
03:03 PM - Apr 24, 2024
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For anyone who wants to watch, President Biden is speaking right now on the Ukraine aid bill
https://www.youtube.com/live/qsi6uily0NY?si=CLWTbl1PAh3q6PDG
11:04 AM - Apr 24, 2024
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I love #spoutible because of the great community that actually engages with you. Huge contrast with Elmo's site.
06:48 PM - Apr 23, 2024
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We're getting closer to treating Trump like any other citizen. Still a ways to go.
Deanna Fry @DeannaFryTV
Prosecutors on Tuesday alleged that former President Donald Trump violated a gag order imposed by Judge Juan Merchan in his New York criminal trial, saying Trump's "attacks" have "willfully and flagrantly" violated the order.
03:51 PM - Apr 23, 2024
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Conservation is a hugely important issue (and a bipartisan one).
Lisa W FirstWave @LisaW829
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Most people discussing these protests at #Columbia only care about them insofar as they can use them. With that in mind, here is what I think:
1. Law enforcement should ensure Jewish students feel safe.
2. Columbia should tell outside political interests to shove it.
03:17 PM - Apr 22, 2024
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In a follow-up to my thread yesterday, wanted to share a piece I wrote this week on America’s different approaches to supporting #Israel and #Ukraine .

https://open.substack.com/pub/currenthistory/p/israel-and-ukraine?r=8yoj0&utm_medium=ios
12:01 PM - Apr 21, 2024
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