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Is America Becoming Trump’s Banana Republic?

The Trump show is endlessly distracting in a way that would be familiar to any connoisseur of the Latin-American strongman. The Wednesday-afternoon Oval Office appearance alone had enough fodder for countless talk-show segments: Trump grounds the airplanes! Trump lies about building the wall! Trump lies about being vindicated in the special-counsel probe —even when a federal judge says, in court, that he hasn’t been!

Read Here – The New Yorker

The Future Of Europe Hinges On a Face-Off In France

The last time a French Presidential election was anywhere near this wild was in 2002. Jacques Chirac, the center-right President, was supposed to face Lionel Jospin, the center-left Prime Minister. (The two men had been sharing power in a “cohabitation” government.) The extreme-right candidate, Jean-Marie Le Pen—Marine’s father, an eyepatch-wearing former paratrooper and gleeful racist, who famously called the Holocaust a “detail” of history—had been polling a weak fourth.

Read Here – The New Yorker

Two Months Out Of Office, Barack Obama Is Having A Post-Presidency Like No Other

Not only are the Obamas still young and unusually popular for a post-White House couple, their decision to stay in Washington while their younger daughter finishes high school has combined with the compulsion of the new Trump administration to keep pulling them back into the spotlight.

Read Here – The Washington Post

Donald Trump Is Not Having Fun

Why is Trump so out of sorts? It could be that he’s simply found, in fire-and-brimstone Donald, his latest role. Yet it seems equally likely that Trump has stumbled into an Aesop’s fable of his own making. Having received what he so fervently wished for, he’s now found that leading the free world is a miserable chore.

Read Here – Slate

The Strategy Behind (Donald) Trump’s Shock-And-Awe Presidency

Since Washington has a reputation, well-deserved, for drowning every attempt to change things in years of deliberation and obstruction, Trump has launched a host of surprise attacks. Instead of picking one priority, Trump is attacking on all fronts, deliberately overdoing it, and seeing what it gets him.

Read Here – Vanity Fair

Trump’s Presidency Is Doomed

Whether he knows it or not, the specter of Lyndon Baines Johnson haunts Donald John Trump. There are some jarring similarities — two big, fleshy men given to vulgarities and gauche behavior, boastful, thin-skinned, politically amoral, vengeful, unforgiving and, most important, considered illegitimate presidents. For Johnson, that took some time to sink in; Trump is already there.

Read Here – The Washington Post

The Nation Obama Built

Courtesy: White House website official photo

Courtesy: White House website official photo

Over the past seven years, Americans have heard an awful lot about Barack Obama and his presidency, but the actual substance of his domestic policies and their impact on the country remain poorly understood. He has engineered quite a few quiet revolutions—and some of his louder revolutions are shaking up the status quo in quiet ways.

Read Here – Politico

Vladimir Putin Ain’t Going Anywhere

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he may run for a fourth presidential term in 2018, confirming the expectations of most Russians and frustrating those now working to restore free elections in Russia. If Putin runs and wins, it would keep him in power for about a quarter century and make him the nation’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Read Here – The Globe And Mail

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