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Dutch voters go to the polls on Wednesday, and one candidate for Prime Minister is Geert Wilders, a populist with controversial views on Islam and immigration. His encouragement of anti-Muslim sentiment in the Netherlands brought an angry response this weekend from Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey, who called the Dutch fascists. Peter Thal Larsen, global economics editor with Reuters Breakingviews, reports on how anti-immigrant sentiment whipped up by Wilders might well impact the Dutch election.
Just after the President accused Barack Obama of "wiretapping" Trump Tower, WikiLeaks dumped a massive database revealing CIA hacking. Coincidence? Now, conservatives are joining liberals in demanding to know if Trump and his associates have been lying about collusion with Russia. But others insist such conspiracy theories lead down "a rabbit hole," and distract attention from healthcare, the environment and the justice system. One week from the start of congressional hearings we get the latest on the political firestorm.
Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations (@MaxBoot)
Ted Lieu, US Congress (@tedlieu)
Masha Gessen, Russian-American journalist and author (@mashagessen)
Byron York, Washington Examiner / Fox News (@ByronYork)
Last Friday, a federal court issued a bombshell decision in Texas: three Congressional districts were intentionally drawn to discriminate against black and Latinos and to gain voting advantages for Republicans. Ari Berman, a reporter for The Nation and the author of Give us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, dissects the decision and its implications for future elections -- including the 2020 presidential election.
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Ronen Bergman on Israel’s targeted assassinations Israeli intelligence agents now admit Palestinian leaders have been officially targeted for assassination--2700 times. Author Ronen Bergman talks about the unusual assassination tactics and how he recently challenged the Prime Minister of Poland over the country’s role in the Holocaust.
Restoring public confidence in our institutions Are President Trump and allies in Congress eroding public trust in democratic government? Even a former Republican governor warns that attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller have gone too far. A constitutional scholar and a former FBI agent see real threats to both federal law enforcement and national security.
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