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Jake Flanigan

Jake Flanagin is a New York-based journalist who writes about foreign affairs and human rights.
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Obama: Sanders Got One Thing Correct About Big Banks

April 28, 2016 President Barack Obama is taking a victory lap after bringing the US economy back after the Great Recession—and that includes a back-handed compliment for Bernie Sanders. He spoke to The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin about his economic legacy: “There is no doubt that the financial system is substantially...

A New Eight-Minute Islamic State Video Prominently Features Donald Trump

March 25, 2016 A prominent pro-Islamic State media outlet has released a video celebrating the deadly attacks in Brussels, and it features comments by US presidential candidate Donald Trump. The video from the Al-Battar Media Foundation, titled “The Exile of Islam and Brussels Attacks,” opens with footage from the bombings of the Zaventem...

No, It Doesn't Matter Where the President of the United States Was Born

January 8, 2016 Birtherism is back. Donald Trump, the leading Republican running for his party’s presidential nomination, has publicly called into question the Ted Cruz’s eligibility to serve as president. Cruz, Trump’s rival du jour, was born to an American mother in the Canadian city of Calgary in 1970. Article II of the...

Yes Millennials Work Less and Sleep More Now Than a Decade Ago, But Are Not Lazy

January 8, 2016 Every year, the United States government collects information on how American citizens spend their time. Don’t worry—no one’s spying on you through your laptop’s webcam. I think. No, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics collects this data from volunteers who embark on the admittedly quite daunting task of accounting for...

Sanders Isn't So Tired of 'Those Damn Emails' Anymore

November 5, 2015 In the first Democratic presidential debate last month, Vermont senator and candidate for the Democratic nomination Bernie Sanders surprised viewers and political analysts alike by passing up a chance to attack frontrunner Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while US secretary of state. Voters were “sick...

Clinton: China Hacks Into 'Everything That Doesn’t Move'

July 6, 2015 Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton aired accusations against China on Saturday, July 4. Speaking at a campaign event in the US state of New Hampshire, she claimed Chinese hackers had stolen “huge amounts of government information,” and were intent on “hacking into everything that...

Hillary Clinton Accuses China of Hacking 'Everything That Doesn't Move'

July 5, 2015 US Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton aired accusations against China on Saturday, July 4. Speaking at a campaign event in the US state of New Hampshire, she claimed Chinese hackers had stolen “huge amounts of government information,” and were intent on “hacking into everything...

Arizona’s Voters Are Victorious in the Fight Against Gerrymandering

June 30, 2015 A rare bit of good political news out of the US state of Arizona: the US Supreme Court has rejected efforts by Republican lawmakers to challenge voter-approved congressional district boundaries drawn by an independent commission. The court ruled 5 to 4 that commission-drawn boundaries do not violate the Elections Clause...

There's No Federal Mandate to Remove Times Square's Billboards

May 8, 2015 Rarely do New Yorkers speak fondly of Times Square—the “Crossroads of the World”—known for its tourist-heavy foot traffic and gargantuan, neon-lit billboards. It was Fran Lebowitz, New York City’s resident malcontent, who said, “If you’re a New Yorker, and you run into another New Yorker in Times Square, it’s like...

Which Possible Presidential Candidates Speak Spanish?

May 4, 2015 When Hillary Clinton announced, via video, that she would run for president in 2016, US commentators wasted no time dissecting every detail of every clip. One moment stood out—“Mi hermano y yo estamos empezando un primer negocio,” says one man in the video. “My brother and I are starting our...