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Annalisa Merelli is an editor, writer, social media and communications professional
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It’s Not Just Trump. The U.S. Has Always Broken Its Treaties, Pacts And Promises

May 14, 2018 One of the dangerous consequences of violating the Iran deal is a loss of credibility for the U.S., say critics of Donald Trump’s decision including former president Barack Obama. Iran and all other parties have respected the deal’s terms, they point out, making the U.S. look like an unreliable international...

'I Don’t Get Confused:' How Nikki Haley’s Feminist Clapback Could Cost Her a Job

April 18, 2018 Nikki Haley was just doing her job. On Sunday (April 15), Haley, who serves as the US ambassador to the United Nations, announced that the Trump administration was planning to impose new sanctions on Russia. Haley said the sanctions would go into effect the following day. But unbeknownst to Haley,...

Why James Comey Doesn’t Think Donald Trump Should Be Impeached

April 16, 2018 James Comey did not hide his concerns about Donald Trump’s fitness to be US president in his book A Higher Loyalty to be released April 17—nor did he in his interview with George Stephanopoulos which aired Sunday night on ABC television. Discussing Trump, the former head of the FBI said:...

What Is Known Thus Far About the Austin Serial Bombings

March 19, 2018 There have been four mysterious explosions in Austin, Texas this month, and not much beyond the human toll is known for sure. Police say they are investigating the incidents that have killed two people and injured four others as connected. “We are clearly dealing with a serial bomber,” Austin Police...

American Support For Authoritarian Rule Has Dropped For The First Time In 23 Years

March 19, 2018 For a country that prides itself on democracy, the US has plenty of citizens who think there might be better forms of government. According to a March 13 poll from the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, one in four Americans think it would be good to have a “strong leader”...

The U.S. Government Put Its Money On a Contraceptive Method Guaranteed to Fail

March 7, 2018 The Trump administration has finalized its rules on funding family planning organizations, and it’s doubling down on a controversial contraceptive method: Abstinence education, an approach so ineffective it has been shown to increase likelihood of accidental pregnancy. On Feb. 23, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s Office of...

Trump’s White House Communications Directors, By Length of Service

March 1, 2018 Hope Hicks on Wednesday became the fourth White House communications chief to announce she was leaving the job in under a year. Trump’s comms chiefs couldn’t have had more varied personalities. Clumsy political insider Sean Spicer gave up the job to the invisible, ineffective Mike Dubke, who was eventually replaced...

A Two-Year Timeline of FBI And Police Failures to Stop The Parkland School Shooter

February 23, 2018 At 2:19pm EST on Feb. 14, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz got out of his Uber and entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida. At 2:21 pm, he started shooting people on the school grounds, ultimately killing 17. For that to happen, many things had to go wrong, and for...

There Are 5,000 Tunnels Under North Korea, and U.S. Soldiers Are Training To Fight In Them

January 9, 2018 Tensions are rising between the U.S. and North Korea, and the U.S. military is preparing. That means learning to deal with a unique tactical advantage that North Korea has within its borders: tunnels. “The North Koreans are like mole people,” Dave Maxwell, a former Army colonel who fought in the...

How Donald Trump Spends His Three Hours of 'Executive Time' Each Morning

January 8, 2018 The morning routines of the most powerful and accomplished people are commonly scrutinized and emulated in the hope of replicating their productivity. For those who struggle to get started in the morning, studying their schedules tends to generate shame. So it is particularly refreshing to learn that the world’s most...