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      Fredo in the White House: Trump’s rolling chaos
      Dec23

      Fredo in the White House: Trump’s rolling chaos

      (Credit: Getty/Nicholas Kamm) Donald Trump is wearing thin. He is inherently boring. Everything he says or tweets is so familiar, no matter how offensive, that it’s hard to pay attention to him anymore. He generates crisis, offence and chaos every day, and yet he is devoid of information. He doesn’t tell us anything that we...

      Congress fiddles while America burns

      (Credit: AP/Getty/Salon) Have you listened to the president lately? Every time he faces a microphone, he’s talking about collusion. Well, “no collusion” anyway. “What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion,” he said after his former National Security Adviser plead guilty a couple of weeks ago. “There has been absolutely no collusion.”...

      The spy who changed everything: How Klaus Fuchs shaped the Cold War
      Dec04

      The spy who changed everything: How Klaus Fuchs shaped the Cold War

      Dr. Klaus Fuchs (Credit: AP) Just how big a spy was Klaus Fuchs? Fuchs was arrested and jailed in Britain in 1950 for passing secrets about atomic research to the Soviet Union. At the time, Fleet Street claimed that he was a traitor who had sold the secrets of the atom bomb to the Russians. But as the initial storm of hysteria passed on to other...

      Don’t be fooled by these 12 foods with really tricky names
      Nov25

      Don’t be fooled by these 12 foods with really tricky names

      (Credit: AP Photo/Matthew Mead) “What’s in a name?” Shakespeare once asked. Well, everything. Food-wise, when it comes to names, the particular label or nickname an ingredient or dish carries can mean the difference between enjoying your meal or being repulsed by testicles when you really wanted seafood. Naming mistakes can also lead you to...

      Don’t be fooled by these 12 foods with really tricky names
      Nov25

      Don’t be fooled by these 12 foods with really tricky names

      (Credit: AP Photo/Matthew Mead) “What’s in a name?” Shakespeare once asked. Well, everything. Food-wise, when it comes to names, the particular label or nickname an ingredient or dish carries can mean the difference between enjoying your meal or being repulsed by testicles when you really wanted seafood. Naming mistakes can also lead you to...

      How does an authoritarian regime celebrate a revolution?
      Nov12

      How does an authoritarian regime celebrate a revolution?

      Vladimir Putin (Credit: AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko) “And what, exactly, is there to be celebrating?” snapped Vladimir Putin’s press secretary on Oct. 25, a little more than a week before the 100th anniversary of what, in Soviet times, was lauded as the country’s greatest victory. On Nov. 7, 1917, Vladimir Lenin seized power in St....

      The best reporting on Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and, of course, George Papadopoulos
      Nov11

      The best reporting on Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and, of course, George Papadopoulos

      Paul Manafort (Credit: AP/Matt Rourke) Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, his protégé Rick Gates and the less well-known Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos have all faced scrutiny before Monday. Here are our favorite stories on them. The Quiet American, Slate, April 28, 2016 “Manafort has spent a career working on...

      Trump: Putin “means it” when he denies Russian election meddling
      Nov11

      Trump: Putin “means it” when he denies Russian election meddling

      Vladimir Putin; Donald Trump (Credit: AP/Alexei Nikolsky/Susan Walsh) President Donald Trump told reporters that when Russian President Vladimir Putin once again denied that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, his claims were sincere, but a Kremlin officials denied that the two discussed the topic. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One on...

      Former FBI counter-spy on Mueller, Trump and Putin: “Russia is winning”
      Nov10

      Former FBI counter-spy on Mueller, Trump and Putin: “Russia is winning”

      Robert Mueller; Vladimir Putin; Donald Trump (Credit: AP/Getty/Salon) Where there’s smoke, there is usually fire. It may seem like a month ago, but only last week a grand jury impaneled by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller issued the first indictments in the Russia scandal. Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign...

      The attack on “fake news” is really an attack on alternative media
      Nov06

      The attack on “fake news” is really an attack on alternative media

      (Credit: Shutterstock/Salon) These are tough days to be a serious journalist. Report a story now, with your facts all lined up nicely, and you’re still likely to have it labeled “fake news” by anyone whose ox you’ve gored — and even by friends who don’t share your political perspective. For good measure, they’ll say...