To Cut Gas Prices, Congress Should Allow the U.S. to Sue OPEC

Congress should allow the Justice Department to sue OPEC for violating antitrust laws.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #bush-george-w, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #russia, #scalia-antonin, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-economy

Secret Emergency Orders May Include Focus on Internet, New Files Show

Dating back to 1950s preparations for nuclear war and revised after the Sept. 11 attacks, the presidential directives are not shown to Congress.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bush-george-w, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #disasters-and-emergencies, #law-and-legislation, #markey-edward-j, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states

Justice Thomas Says Leaked Opinion Destroyed Trust at Supreme Court

In remarks at a conference in Dallas, he also decried the recent protests at justices’ homes and said conservatives would not adopt such tactics.

#abortion, #american-enterprise-institute-for-public-policy-research, #bush-george-w, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #thomas-clarence, #yoo-john-c

Why We Need Wartime Dissent

The reasons to doubt the wisdom of our foreign policy establishment have not suddenly evaporated.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #gibbons-mike-1952, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #house-of-representatives, #lee-barbara-jean-1946, #massie-thomas-h, #no-fly-zones, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #vance-j-d, #war-and-armed-conflicts

They Predicted the Ukraine War. But Did They Still Get It Wrong?

What Putin’s invasion has revealed about realism and idealism in foreign policy.

#bush-george-w, #europe, #mearsheimer-john-j, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Indicted. Under F.B.I. Investigation. And Still Popular With Texas Republicans.

Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney general, earned the most votes in Tuesday’s G.O.P. primary. His embrace of Trumpism has helped him weather a series of allegations.

#bush-george-prescott, #bush-george-w, #bush-jeb, #elections-attorneys-general, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #midterm-elections-2022, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #texas, #trump-donald-j

The Yes Men: Revenge of the Pranksters

A collective that blazed a trail with corporate hoaxes occupies an uneasy space between art and activism.

#art, #bush-george-w, #carriage-trade-manhattan-ny-gallery, #cohen-sacha-baron, #colbert-stephen, #comedy-and-humor, #dow-chemical-company, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #new-york-times, #politics-and-government, #world-trade-organization, #yes-men

How McConnell Hopes to Thwart Trump in the Midterms

Senator Mitch McConnell is working furiously to bring allies to Washington who will buck Donald J. Trump. It’s not going according to plan.

#arizona, #bowers-rusty, #brooks-morris-jackson, #bush-george-w, #chao-elaine-l, #ducey-doug-1964, #greitens-eric, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #hogan-lawrence-j, #kemp-brian-p, #masters-blake-1986, #mcconnell-mitch, #midterm-elections-2022, #murkowski-lisa, #noem-kristi, #parnell-sean, #republican-national-committee, #romney-mitt, #rove-karl, #sununu-christopher-t-1974, #thune-john-r, #trump-donald-j

Hawks Are Standing in the Way of a New Republican Party

Conservatives must make a clear break with neo-neoconservative foreign policy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #china, #conservatism-us-politics, #cotton-tom, #defense-and-military-forces, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #international-relations, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #rubio-marco, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wilson-woodrow

Mentally Ill Detainee, Suspected of Planned Role in 9/11, Set for Transfer

A parole-like board for prisoners at Guantánamo Bay recommended repatriating the Saudi man, whom the military tortured and so could not be put on trial.

#al-qaeda, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

End Affirmative Action for Rich White Students, Too

Obviously.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #bush-george-w, #harvard-university, #hurston-zora-neale, #internal-sub-only-nl, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #when-affirmative-action-was-white-an-untold-history-of-racial-inequality-in-twentieth-century-america-book

We Need to Think the Unthinkable About Our Country

It’s plausible that the United States as we know it could disintegrate. Institutions need to consider worst-case scenarios — to help avoid them. 

#bush-george-w, #dr-strangelove-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-bomb-movie, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #schelling-thomas-c, #secession-and-independence-movements, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

How the Capitol Riot Led to a Broken America

The collapse of decency feeds the attacks on democracy.

#bush-george-w, #elections-house-of-representatives, #internal-sub-only-nl, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

Joan Didion, Conservative

Why I am drawn to Didion’s earlier work and its ambiguities.

#als-hilton, #bacharach-jacob-b-1981, #books-and-literature, #bush-george-w, #california, #cancel-culture, #chappelle-dave, #conservatism-us-politics, #didion-joan, #mailer-norman, #naipaul-v-s, #new-york-review-of-books, #orange-county-calif, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #rowling-j-k, #sacramento-calif, #substack-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #writing-and-writers

Petition to Rescind Tony Blair’s Knighthood Gets Hundreds of Thousands of Signatures

Nearly 15 years after he left office, the prime minister’s support for the Iraq war has not been forgiven by many in Britain.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #blair-tony, #bush-george-w, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #great-britain, #iraq-war-2003-11, #politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Harry Reid Had a Unique Political Superpower

He possessed a quality rare among politicians: profound comfort in his own skin.

#bush-george-w, #capitol-visitor-center-washington-dc, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #nevada, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #politics-and-government, #reid-harry, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Hispanics Became Swing Voters

Republicans see an opportunity. Democrats have a lot of work to do.  

#border-barriers, #bush-george-w, #central-america, #democratic-party, #hispanic-americans, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexican-americans, #obama-barack, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #tea-party-movement, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Ally, Member or Partner? NATO’s Long Dilemma Over Ukraine

NATO promised Ukraine full membership in 2008, but without explaining how or when. Putin sees that promise as an ongoing threat to Russia.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #ussr-former-soviet-union

Republicans Have a Golden Opportunity. They Will Probably Blow It.

The party’s good fortune in avoiding profound punishment for all its follies is the reason those follies will probably continue.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youngkin-glenn-a

Assessing the Legacy of Colin Powell

Readers pay tribute to Mr. Powell but also criticize aspects of his record. Also: Sexism harms everyone.

#black-people, #bush-george-w, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #iraq-war-2003-11, #kaiser-charles-1950, #men-and-boys, #powell-colin-l, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State, Dies of Covid Complications

A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, secretary of state and national security adviser, Mr. Powell died on Monday, his family said.

#bush-george-w, #cheney-dick, #defense-and-military-forces, #iraq-war-2003-11, #persian-gulf-war, #powell-colin-l, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vietnam-war

Terry McAuliffe’s Other Obstacle in Virginia Race: Democrats’ Apathy

Though the state is getting bluer, voters’ exhaustion is imperiling the former governor’s comeback attempt against his Republican rival, Glenn Youngkin.

#alexandria-va, #arlington-tex, #bush-george-w, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #harris-kamala-d, #mcauliffe-terry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Newsom’s Anti-Trump Strategy in the Recall Offers Republicans a Warning for 2022

California Democrats were able to nationalize the vote — thanks to an avalanche of money, party discipline and, above all, an easily demonized opponent.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #california, #davis-joseph-graham-jr, #elder-larry-1952, #elections-california-gubernatorial-recall-2021, #faulconer-kevin, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #midterm-elections-2022, #newsom-gavin, #schwarzenegger-arnold, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilson-pete

George W. Bush 2021, Meet George W. Bush 2001

The former president was an active participant in the politics he now bemoans. 

#ackerman-spencer, #bush-george-w, #presidential-election-of-2004, #republican-party, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #september-11-2001, #shanksville-pa, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Legacy of America’s Post-9/11 Turn to Torture

Twenty years after the attacks, the United States is still grappling with the consequences of brutal interrogations carried out in the name of national security.

#bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #confessions, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #interrogations, #mauritania, #military-tribunals, #senate-committee-on-intelligence, #september-11-2001, #slahi-mohamedou-ould, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

At 9/11 Ceremonies, Moments of Silence, Tributes and Tears

Twenty years after the worst attack on American soil, the loss of nearly 3,000 people was remembered in events across the country.

#afghanistan, #biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #manhattan-nyc, #pentagon-building, #september-11-2001, #shanksville-pa, #terrorism, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

Biden Urges Unity as Nation Remembers Sept. 11

Both President Biden and former President George W. Bush acknowledged that what has happened in the years since has only challenged the notion that Americans found strength in coming together.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #defense-department, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #harris-kamala-d, #republican-party, #senate-committee-on-foreign-relations, #september-11-2001, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

What Comes After the 9/11 Era?

The battle to define the next American grand strategy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #humane-how-the-united-states-abandoned-peace-and-reinvented-war-book, #september-11-2001, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Washington Manned Up and Let Us Down After 9/11

Overdosing on macho after 9/11 led America astray.    

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bin-laden-osama, #bush-george-w, #cheney-dick, #iraq-war-2003-11, #rumsfeld-donald-h, #september-11-2001, #trump-donald-j

20 Years On, the War on Terror Grinds Along With No End in Sight

Yet, the failures in Iraq and Afghanistan obscure the striking success of a multilateral effort that extends to as many as 85 countries.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bin-laden-osama, #bush-george-w, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Foreign Terrorists Have Never Been Our Biggest Threat

By 9/11, domestic extremism was already on the rise.

#bush-george-w, #domestic-extremism, #iraq-war-2003-11, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Art Struggled to Address the Horrors of 9/11

After the attacks, American culture became one of prohibitions. Then the Iraq War made it difficult to address Sept. 11 on its own terms.

#25th-hour-movie, #art, #bush-george-w, #iraq-war-2003-11, #jennifer-bartlett, #labute-neil, #lee-spike, #messud-claire, #movies, #muslim-americans, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #the-emperors-children-book, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

Drowning Our Future in the Past

Republicans keep dragging us backward. 

#abortion, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #global-warming, #manchin-joe-iii, #presidential-election-of-2024, #trump-donald-j

How the U.S. Made War Humane and Endless

The withdrawal from Afghanistan is a final step in the transformation of American warfare into something sanitized and edited out of view.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #detainees, #drones-pilotless-planes, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam

Biden to Tour Hurricane Ida Damage in New Orleans

The president has taken pains to show his commitment to the storm response even as his administration deals with the Afghanistan pullout and other critical issues.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #edwards-john-bel-1966, #hurricane-ida-2021, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la, #united-states-politics-and-government

Joe Biden’s Critics Lost Afghanistan

Our stumbling withdrawal was bad. The decades of waste and quagmire were much worse. 

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #kabul-afghanistan, #obama-barack, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

In Afghanistan, an Unceremonious End, and a Shrouded Beginning

The last American flight from Afghanistan left behind a host of unfulfilled promises and anxious questions about the country’s fate.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan-war-2001, #airlifts, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bin-laden-osama, #bush-george-w, #kabul-afghanistan, #obama-barack, #taliban, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Did the War in Afghanistan Have to Happen?

In 2001, when the Taliban were weak and ready to surrender, the U.S. passed on a deal. Nearly 20 years later, the Taliban hold all the cards.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bin-laden-osama, #brahimi-lakhdar, #bush-george-w, #civilian-casualties, #crocker-ryan-c, #dobbins-james-f, #karzai-hamid, #obama-barack, #peace-process, #rumsfeld-donald-h, #taliban, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Secretary Under 2 Presidents, Is Dead at 88

Mr. Rumsfeld, who served under Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, was in charge of the invasion of Iraq and later said that the removal of Saddam Hussein had “created a more stable and secure world.”

#afghanistan-war-2001, #bush-george-w, #deaths-obituaries, #ford-gerald-rudolph-jr, #iraq-war-2003-11, #politics-and-government, #rumsfeld-donald-h, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Appeals Court Blocks Ruling That Overturned California’s Assault Weapons Ban

The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit leaves the three-decade-old ban in place while litigation continues.

#appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bonta-rob-1972, #bush-george-w, #california, #clinton-bill, #constitution-us, #decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-courts-us, #gun-control, #newsom-gavin, #obama-barack, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

As Wars Wind Down, Congress Revisits Presidential Powers

The House is expected to repeal the 2002 authorization for the invasion of Iraq, and the Senate will consider doing so as well in a rare debate over war powers.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #authorization-for-use-of-military-force, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #iraq-war-2003-11, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #senate, #senate-committee-on-foreign-relations, #september-11-2001, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-emergency-powers-us

Biden and Putin Are Meeting. Here’s How to Make Progress.

They must manage a relationship that has gone sour so things don’t get worse, and figure out how to cooperate where they need to.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #geneva-switzerland, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. Senate Confirms First Muslim Federal District Judge

The judge, Zahid N. Quraishi of New Jersey, said after his selection by President Biden, “Candidly, I would prefer to be the hundredth, if not the thousandth.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #booker-cory-a, #bush-george-w, #council-on-american-islamic-relations, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #hawaii, #hirono-mazie-k, #iraq, #menendez-robert, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #schumer-charles-e, #united-states-politics-and-government

On Pride and the Song of the Cicadas

The cycles of queer progress.

#bush-george-w, #cicadas-insects, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #transgender-and-transsexuals

I’m From Gaza. Hamas Is Irrelevant.

The right to self-defense against Israel’s continued aggression belongs to all Palestinians.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #east-jerusalem, #fatah-al, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #west-bank

Congress Now Supersedes Generals on Military Issues

The shift mirrors broader societal frustrations after two decades of wars, a pervasive problem of sexual assault and harassment of female troops and the exposure of political extremism in the ranks.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #defense-department, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #hagel-chuck, #kaine-timothy-m, #milley-mark-a, #nunn-sam, #obama-barack, #petraeus-david-h, #september-11-2001, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Guantánamo Detainee Agrees to Drop Call for C.I.A. Testimony

Under a deal with the military court, Majid Khan, who has admitted being a courier for Al Qaeda, will give up his chance to call witnesses to his torture in return for being released as soon as next year.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jessen-bruce, #khan-majid, #military-tribunals, #mitchell-james-e, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Will the Supreme Court Write Guantánamo’s Final Chapter?

The justices may get a chance to redeem the court’s own failed promises.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #appeals-courts-us, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #boumediene-lakhdar, #bush-george-w, #constitution-us, #decisions-and-verdicts, #detainees, #federal-courts-us, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #habeas-corpus, #obama-barack, #randolph-arthur-raymond, #rao-neomi, #september-11-2001, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #terrorism, #united-states

Can the U.S. Win Back Its Climate Credibility?

At a summit he convened, the president discovered how difficult it will be to re-establish America as an environmental leader.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #obama-barack, #paris-france, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states, #united-states-economy

The U.S. War in Afghanistan: How It Started and How It Is Ending

Even with violence escalating in the country, President Biden is bringing American troops home after nearly 20 years of war.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bush-george-w, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces