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A National-Security Strategy Devoid of Values

“The Trump administration unveils a National Security Strategy next week, but National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster provided an advance glimpse of the plan on Tuesday” writes David Frum for theatlantic.com. Apparently, based on the words read today by one of the most formidable soldier-intellectuals of recent times, the national-security strategy of the United States is to pretend that the problem does not exist at all.The Bush administration committed the United States to supporting human dignity, opening societies, and supporting the building of democracy.Within the Trump administration, McMaster has been a leading—if…

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Sean Spicer is writing a book about the Trump administration because of course is

“Just as we predicted, former White House press secretary has a new mission in life” writes Gianluca Mezzofiore for mashable.com. Spicer, who worked as communications director for the RNC (Republican National Committee), was named Trump’s press secretary during the transition.He’s writing a book, a tell-all memoir to “set the record straight” about the Trump administration, from the 2016 campaign to the transition and his short time behind the world’s most famous podium.Despite our best hopes, though, the book is unlikely to shine a revelatory light on all the lies, misrepresentations,…

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Grand Strategy Is Overrated

“Even before the document is published, however, some grand strategy scholars have warned that the NSS will most likely fail to provide a long-term grand strategic design that the current president would be willing and able to follow” writes James Traub for foreignpolicy.com. In fact, when one examines key policies and strategies adopted by U.S. presidents over the past 70 years, the relation between following a coherent long-term grand strategy and achieving success in foreign policy is much more tenuous than commonly assumed.In the next few days, the Trump administration…

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Dina Powell, top Trump national security aide, to leave White House

“Powell took over as deputy national security adviser in March amid the shake-up on Trump’s National Security Council that followed after Michael Flynn, former national security adviser, was fired in February” writes Sarah Westwood for washingtonexaminer.com. President Trump’s deputy national security adviser, Dina Powell, will leave her post in the administration by early next year, the White House said on Friday.”Dina has been an invaluable member of President Trump’s team,” national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Friday.Jared Kushner, trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, also praised Powell in the White House’s…

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The North Korea Debate Sounds Eerily Familiar

“The Trump White House talking about North Korea sounds eerily and increasingly like the George W. Bush administration in the run-up to the Iraq War” writes Kori Schake for theatlantic.com. Since administration policy treats North Korean leadership statements as actionable, that same rule ought to apply also to the American side.If the Trump administration isn’t re-examining their assumptions, they desperately need to be. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Trump travel ban — the 3.0 version — argued at appeals court

“Whatever the outcome at either appeals court, the case seems destined to end up back at the Supreme Court” reports washingtonpost.com. For the second time this week, the Trump administration heads to court to try to implement the latest version of the president’s travel ban for certain residents of six mostly Muslim countries.The administration was forced to rewrite earlier travel ban versions after judges determined the orders were unconstitutional because they targeted Muslims. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees

“For their immediate predecessors in the Obama administration, it was almost the opposite: more than 60 percent had advanced science degrees” writes Seth Borenstein for seattletimes.com. WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to filling jobs dealing with complex science, environment and health issues, the Trump administration is nominating people with fewer science academic credentials than their Obama predecessors.None of the seven Trump energy science-oriented nominees — including the undersecretary for science, who did research while in the U.S. Navy — has even a master’s degree in a science field, although…

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Exclusive: Trump names career diplomat to head Cuban embassy – sources

“HAVANA (Reuters) – The Trump administration has named career diplomat Philip Goldberg to head the all-but-abandoned U.S. embassy in Havana, according to three sources familiar with the matter, at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and Cuba” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “But Ambassador Goldberg is a Foreign Service professional and will ably represent the policies of Trump’s administration.The U.S. embassy has been reduced to a skeleton staff and has suspended almost all visa processing after the Trump administration in October pulled 60 percent of embassy…

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The year’s biggest deal is far from certain

“While it may appear to be a textbook vertical deal, the Justice Department has sued to block it, calling the deal anti-competitive and warning against higher monthly television bills for customers” writes Joe Ciolli for businessinsider.com. And that, in turn, would likely boost Aetna’s stock price closer to the offer price of $207, if not above it.So the question now becomes: will Delharim, and by extension the Trump administration, be as tough on future vertical mergers as they’ve been on the AT&T/Time Warner deal?. But things have changed under the…

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