EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published on June 26, 2017, and has been reposted given the recent conclusion of Robert Mueller’s investigation into issues related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. * * * Day by day, it is becoming more clear that Russia has far bigger ambitions than interfering with elections abroad. The popular charge is of collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign in 2016, though the charge remains unfounded. Another accusation, although less popular, is of collusion between Russia and the recently failed French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. However, the popular talk is underestimating the Russian government’s intentions...Read More
President Donald Trump is among the highest scoring world leaders with the least amount of fake followers on Twitter. Analysis from the Eurasia Group using Twitter’s audit tool reveals that Trump beats out the Pope, the Indian prime minister, the president of Mexico, and the social media darling and celebrity, Kim Kardashian, in their follower’s authenticity index. The Pope has 59 percent of fake followers on twitter, while India’s prime minister, Narenda Modi, has 60 percent. Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, has 47 percent of fake followers, while President Trump only has 37 percent of fake followers! Kim Kardashian...Read More
There’s sympathy that media has to work under a faster news cycle. But it should not be an excuse for them to assume that maybe everything Trump does is another one of his ‘crazy’ ideas—even when it might not be the case all the time.Read More
The thing that spurred me to read Hillary Cliton’s new memoir, What Happened, was a quote. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, in his book The Black Swan, wrote that “people who fail do not seem to write memoirs” because readers “would not pay $26.95 for a story of failure.” People tend to prefer learning about the experiences of winners over losers. They avoid the narratives of losers “even if you convinced them that it had more useful tricks than a story of success.” The question is: were there useful insights that could be extracted from Hillary’s failure? What Did Hillary Actually Learn? The answer is...Read More
Jen Psaki, a former State Department spokesperson and White House Communications Director during the Obama administration, spoke with TheCollegeConservative in a wide-ranging interview. She discussed Russian propaganda during the Obama administration, their failure to combat it, and the challenges facing the Trump administration. The State of Affairs President Donald Trump has restored US credibility. He has shown that he’s willing to take decisive action, for example, in Syria—unlike his predecessor in past years. However, it is no secret that his main instrument in charge of global diplomacy is weakening. The US Department of State is operating with a skeleton staff and a severely...Read More
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