Photo: US Capitol building at night. (David Illiff)
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In Geneva today the head of the UN’s Human Rights Council called the Syrian city of Aleppo a “slaughterhouse.” Zeid Raad al-Hussein said “Crimes of historic proportions” are being committed by Russian and Syrian bombers. There was another call for the International Criminal Court to open an investigation.
GOP candidates point with alarm at Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court nominees, free college tuition and “Big Government” that’s bigger than ever. Advocates for Republicans are almost saying it out loud: Hillary Clinton is likely to be America’s next President. That’s got them campaigning to maintain a divided government. Are they selling government by checks and balances in hopes of gridlock and four years of a Democratic president who can’t get anything done? Is that what voters really want?
Rick Hasen, University of California, Irvine (@rickhasen)
Bob Cusack, The Hill (@BobCusack)
Reed Galen, Republican consultant and writer (@reedgalen)
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute / Atlantic (@NormOrnstein)
The battle is on to retake Mosul, capitol of the Islamic State in Iraq. The next major target will be Raqqa, the Syriun capitol of the so-called Caliphate. But ISIS territory already is shrinking, and intelligence officials say that means European extremists will be returning to their home countries—with the likely prospect of more attacks like those in Paris in November of last year and in other countries.
Photo: ISIS Fighters. (Day Donaldson)
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