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a shutdown would be bad a default would be catastrophic theres plenty of time for all sides to internalize thi
A shutdown would be bad. A default would be catastrophic. There’s plenty of time for all sides to internalize this truth and act to avoid it.
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tomorrows the day for cnas2019 if you cant make it there check it out here
Tomorrow’s the day for #CNAS2019. If you can’t make it there, check it out here:
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this take from ilangoldenberg seems worryingly more relevant today than it did a week ago
This take from @ilangoldenberg seems worryingly more relevant today than it did a week ago.
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in january president xi urged taiwan to talk unification under one country two systems events in hk must be ta
In January, President Xi urged Taiwan to talk unification under One Country, Two Systems. Events in HK must be taking any remaining shine off that offer.
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im looking forward to reading this report keeping the alliance strong is a key to managing china in the indo p
I’m looking forward to reading this @USSC report. Keeping the alliance strong is a key to managing China in the Indo-Pacific.
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the story of how fso john gunther dean averted a coup in laos by parking on a runway and ordering the plotters
The story of how FSO John Gunther Dean averted a coup in Laos - by parking on a runway and ordering the plotters to “go back across the Mekong” - is just unreal.
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australias pacific step up is exactly the kind of niche engagement we should want us allies to carry out in th
Australia’s “Pacific step-up” is exactly the kind of niche engagement we should want US allies to carry out in the region.
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not an alliance not an axis yet anyway but russia and china are getting friendlier fast
Not an alliance, not an axis (yet, anyway), but Russia and China are getting friendlier fast.
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heres a very important article from indias former chief economic advisor says the government has significantly
Here’s a very important article from India’s former chief economic advisor. Says the government has significantly overstated econ growth for years and that “growth has been tepid, not torrid.”
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the us has had six nobel winners this year six of them are immigrants
The U.S. has had six Nobel winners this year. Six of them are immigrants.
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beyond the controversies of the day this poignant photo shows just how far germany and france have come over t
Beyond the controversies of the day, this poignant photo shows just how far Germany and France have come over the years. Transcending history rather than remaining prisoners of it.
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why do we defend europe charity sentiment anachronistic attachment nope we defend europe out of national self
Why do we defend Europe? Charity? Sentiment? Anachronistic attachment?

Nope, we defend Europe out of national self-interest. My latest for :

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refugees resettled in the us since 9 11 745000 refugees arrested on domestic terrorism charges since 9 11 zero
Refugees resettled in the U.S. since 9/11: 745,000
Refugees arrested on domestic terrorism charges since 9/11: zero
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john mccain was brave inspiring funny and a ton of fun and he leaves a legacy which is by his own reckoning th
John McCain was brave, inspiring, funny and a ton of fun. And he leaves a legacy which is, by his own reckoning, the best measure of a meaningful life.

My remembrance of the old man:
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jim mattis is no iran dove worth listening to his wise cautions here
Jim Mattis is no Iran dove. Worth listening to his wise cautions here.
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its very hard to say goodbye to john mccain honor his memory by serving our country or by doing something to m
It’s very hard to say goodbye to John McCain. Honor his memory by serving our country, or by doing something to make the world a little better.

Then do it again. RIP, Boss.
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aleppo hasn t fallen you can t do a sneak liberation of mosul assad is not the solution in syria allies help n
Aleppo hasn't fallen. You can't do a sneak liberation of Mosul. Assad is not the solution in Syria. Allies help not hurt. The Russians hack.
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while americans follow every political twist and turn they should also know of the 4 famines endangering 20m p
While Americans follow every political twist and turn, they should also know of the 4 famines endangering 20M people.
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amid reports that the president has mulled withdrawing from nato a reminder why we defend europe
Amid reports that the President has mulled withdrawing from NATO, a reminder why we defend Europe:
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