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Roy Blunt Is Right To Investigate Russian Ties

On Monday night, General Michael Flynn formally stepped down from his position as National Security Advisor for the Trump administration. One Republican called for a further investigation, and should not be castigated. Michael Flynn had been under fire for weeks from outlets like the Washington Post for speaking to Russia about sanctions before President Donald Trump was inaugurated and lying about it. He issued a letter of resignation and Trump accepted Monday. The reason given for the resignation was that Flynn had given “incomplete information” to Vice President Mike Pence. Not knowing the extent of Flynn’s contact with Russia caused Pence to present ‘alternative facts’ to the media. One Republican, Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, has called for an ‘exhaustive’ investigation into ties between the Trump administration and Russia. Blunt, chair of the Senate Select Intelligence Committe, has concerns about unanswered questions about Flynn’s post-election communications. Whether this investigation will be separate from or included in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has yet to… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

Police Incompetence Killed Philando Castile – Regardless Of Which Side One Takes

I was one of the unfortunate multitudes who watched the video of the Philando Castile shooting when it first hit the internet – it was barely an hour old, and the hour was quite late here on the east coast. The sun had gone down, and my spirits were already abysmal due to personal reasons, so this footage just dragged me down even further to the inescapable depths of depression for the rest of my time awake. It was disgusting, disturbing, and (in my mind, at least) infelicitously typical. However, it was, objectively speaking, a puzzle. There was a debate among myself and my fellow editors at one of the publications I work at about whether or not to break the story before anyone else, or wait until more details came out before writing about it at all. My editor-in-chief was in favor of the latter course of action, while I leaned more toward the former. He won out, of course, and so we did not run that story.… Keep Reading

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