To defeat Donald Trump at the convention, the devil is in the details of the Republican rulebook.

Delegates to the 2016 Republican convention “actually own the rights to control the convention, but most of them don’t know it. They’re convinced they have no choice. They get lied to all the time.” That’s the inside baseball assessment of Curly Haugland, the longtime Republican National Committee (RNC) member from North Dakota. Haugland served on …

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Give the Devil his Due: Putin is Right about Crimea being Russian Turf

Russian President Putin’s claim that, “Crimea has always been an inseparable part of Russia,” is an uncomfortable assertion (for some), but as pundit Eric Margolis points out, “President Putin keeps bringing up history to justify his assertive policies towards Ukraine and Crimea. This annoys Americans, who know little about history and refuse to accept Russia …

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“No Eunuch Ever Wrote a Book”

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“No Eunuch Ever Wrote a Book.” That was the late novelist Taylor Caldwell’s take on her phenomenally successful career, but she is no longer a well-known name among avid fiction readers. Then again, who hears much about Irving Wallace or even John Dos Passos these days? Among fiction writers who hold the all time record of …

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12/88 USA Today Op/Ed: “Iron Triangle” Rules Washington

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President Reagan has correctly updated and refined the way Washington works” an “Iron Triangle”  of power and money interests perpetuate a big government run with red ink. He derided the coalition of left-wing congressman, special interest groups, and liberal elements of the media this week as usurpers of our democratic institutions. The Iron Triangle formula once included …

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Are terrorists seeping through our porous border?

Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has observed: “A very dangerous trend [began] a few years ago when the Iranian Quds force, an external terrorist group supported by the country of Iran, was planning an operation to use the southern border. A southern border is now on the advertising list for …

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Political Kingmaker Sheldon Alderson: the Way His World Works Threatens Ours

What happened in Las Vegas last week wasn’t meant to stay in Las Vegas. Zionist billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his Republican Jewish Coalition spent two days vetting some prospective Republican presidential candidates. The GOP politicians sold themselves to the assembled power elites as Israel-firsters. The event was a painful reminder that if you want …

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Interview with Leah Durant of Progressives for Immigration Reform

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NOTE: Leah Durant, Executive Director of Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), a new Washington, DC-based educational organization, to get her take on the immigration issue from a traditional liberal point of view. PFIR focuses on the effects of immigration on the carrying capacity of the U.S. population, the nation’s ecology and energy resources, and the working …

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Book Review: Middle East Mischief — Israel and Iran

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Treacherous Alliances: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States by Trita Parsi Yale University Press, 2007 HB; 361 pages; $28.00 Any book which receives plaudits ranging from the Arab Washingtonian 1 (“one of its kind in providing in-depth understanding and information”) to the Jewish Chronicle 2 (“a valuable and perhaps long overdue …

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Dan Smoot: the Man and his Message

If there ever was a real Horatio Alger story, the life and times of Dan Smoot certainly fit the bill. From farm boy, orphan, and hobo to the faculty at Harvard University, service as an FBI agent, and staff assistant to J. Edgar Hoover—that in and of itself makes for a fascinating story, with enough …

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Book Review: “Nero’s Killing Machine”

The ancient historian Flavius Josephus wrote admiringly of the Roman legionnaires’ fighting excellence: “Their perfect discipline welds the whole into a single body; so compact are their ranks, so alert their movements in wheeling, so quick their ears for orders, their eyes for signals, their hands for tasks.” His observations were more than academic — as …

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