In Afghanistan, the US military has dropped what it calls the "mother of all bombs"—or MOAB—the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used by this country in combat. It contains 11 tons of explosives. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer explained, "The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously and in order to defeat the group, we must deny them operational space." Jeff Schogol, senior reporter for the Marine Corps Times, says the move is an indication of how dire the situation has become in Afghanistan.
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The founder of Communist China, Mao Tse Tung, was famous for unpredictability -- keeping the world off balance with unexpected contradictions. In less than 100 days, President Trump has set a new standard for American leaders, flip-flopping on Syria, NATO, China — and Vladimir Putin's Russia. Inexperience requires reliance on his advisors, so White House office politics may be more important than ever. But what does the inconsistency mean for America's strengths and weaknesses in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world?
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Eight American states and Washington, DC have legalized recreational marijuana, but even medical use is illegal under federal law — and the Trump Administration may be renewing the War on Drugs. But, just across the international border, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced "The Cannabis Act," which would legalize recreational use for his entire country. Hilary Bricken is an attorney represents the cannabis industry on America's West Coast.
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Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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