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House Democrats will debate curtailing 9/11 war powers in new Congress

On Monday, POLITICO reported that House Democrats plan to re-examine the sweeping mandate granted to the president by the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force:

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Trump Is Lying About 9/11 - Again -  to Defend His Abominable Behavior

During his presidential campaign, President Donald Trump faced heavy criticism for repeatedly lying when he claimed that he saw "thousands" of "Arabs" celebrating in New Jersey when the Twin Towers fell on 9/11. This was widely panned as an outrageous lie — and a deeply racist one at that — and yet his campaign continued and eventually succeeded.

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The 'War on Terror' Has Utterly Failed - Global Terrorism Has Dramatically Increased Since 9/11

In the 17 years since the events of Sept. 11 2001, after which the United States declared a "global war on terror," there has not been a terrorist attack of similar size or magnitude on American soil.

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An Afghan Woman’s Reflection on Afghanistan Post-9/11

I crawled into the car with my six sisters and parents in the middle of the night. The house across from our home in our town of Taluqan had been hit by a rocket. The Taliban had invaded and taken over our town. The ground was shaking from anti-Taliban coalition tanks. The Taliban were arriving in large numbers in pickup trucks and various vehicles with the fighters on top of each other carrying their guns and blaring their anthem of arrival. They took over the radio stations and banned television, cinema, and any form of arts and music. Urban fighting was filling the streets. If anyone left their house, the house would be taken over by the Taliban.

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17 Years After 9/11: Here Are 5 Major Sources of Instability in the Modern Middle East

Today is the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a day when thousands of Americans lost their lives. To borrow the phrase that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used to describe the December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, 9/11 is a day that will live in infamy. 9/11 changed the U.S. in fundamental ways, resulting in a major ramp-up in security and the creation of government agencies that didn’t exist previously (including the Department of Homeland Security). And 17 years after the most devastating terrorist attacks in U.S. history, there is still considerable turmoil and instability in the part of the world where al-Qaeda originated: the Middle East.

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How American Greed Led to a World in Decline

Think of it as the all-American version of the human comedy: a great power that eternally knows what the world needs and offers copious advice with a tone deafness that would be humorous if it weren’t so grim. If you look, you can find examples of this just about anywhere. Here, for instance, is a passage in the New York Times from a piece on the topsy-turvy Trumpian negotiations that preceded the Singapore summit. “The Americans and South Koreans,” wrote reporter Motoko Rich, “want to persuade the North that continuing to funnel most of the country’s resources into its military and nuclear programs shortchanges its citizens’ economic well-being. But the North does not see the two as mutually exclusive.”

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We're Living in the Age of Unintended Consequences

You want to see “blowback” in action? That's easy enough. All you need is a vague sense of how Google Search works. Then type into it phrases like “warmest years,” “rising sea levels,” “melting ice,” “lengthening wildfire season,” or “future climate refugees,” and you’ll find yourself immersed in the grimmest of blowback universes.  It’s a world which should give that CIA term of tradecraft a meaning even the Agency never imagined for it. 

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Did Trump Just Announce His 9/11 'Unification' Strategy?

There are two bright-red warning lights flashing right now on the dashboard of what’s left of American democracy. While Donald Trump is hyper-aware of both of them, the media and most of our politicians are ignoring them. 

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Trump Suggests a Terror Attack Could Help Republicans in the 2018 Midterm Elections: Report

A Wednesday report about the mood among Republican leaders facing the increasing probability of major Democratic gains in the 2018 midterm elections contains a disturbing comment attributed to President Donald Trump.

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Trump's Bigotry Has Inspired a New Push to Close Guantanamo, 16 Years After Its Opening

Sixteen years after it opened, 41 men remain in detention at Guantanamo Bay, the majority of whom have not been charged with a crime. On January 11, a group of lawyers took direct action on behalf of some of the men, pushing back against the president's policies of bigotry and hate.

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