When America First Means Putting Democracy Second

America First

News that the State Department is scrubbing the promotion of justice and democracy from its mission is just the latest in a steady and unending stream of signals the Trump administration is pushing the nation further away from small-d democracy. It follows the alienation of democratic allies, the promotion of undemocratic ideals abroad, and perhaps most egregiously, the cozying up […]

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Official Threatens Journalist Over Chechen LGBTQ Torture Questions

Russian Official Threatens Finnish Journalist Over Chechen LGBTQ Torture Questions

An official at the Russian Foreign Ministry subtly threatened a Finnish reporter for inquiring about the critical situation in Chechnya. The satellite country is accused not only of rounding up and torturing gay men, but operating World War II-style concentration camps for those men. Prior to the press conference, Russian LGBTQ activists and international human rights organizations have worked ardently to help LGBTQ people […]

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What Trump’s Israel Intelligence Remarks Clearly Demonstrate

Trump and Netanyahu in Israel

After revealing highly classified information to Russian officials during a closed-door visit to the Oval Office two weeks ago, Donald Trump argued today he never mentioned Israel by name as the source. He added that reporting indicating he revealed the source of the intelligence is “wrong.” The main problem with his argument is that no major news outlet reported Trump as having […]

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U.S. Denying Visas to Gay Men Fleeing Chechnya

U.S. Denying Visas to Gay Men Fleeing Chechnya

After the world learned last month that Chechnya had at least one (if not multiple) operating concentration camps targeting gay men, one of the first questions involved how world powers would react. Knowing the harm he’s already inflicted on the LGBTQ community just within his first 100 days, LGBTQ civil rights advocates did not expect Donald Trump to offer any solace or safety to those fleeing […]

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Trump Revealed Highly Classified Info to Russia [UPDATED]

During his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week, Donald Trump revealed highly classified information even parts of the U.S. government is not privy to.

During his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week, Donald Trump revealed highly classified information even parts of the U.S. government is not privy to. The relaying of the code-word-level information violates our agreement with the ally who provided the information since Trump did not have the permission to share the information outside of a specific set […]

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Obama, Yates & the Flynn Scandal: Trump Was Warned Ahead Of Time

Sally Yates, Donald Trump, Obama and Michael Flynn

Hours ahead of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates’ testimony before Congress, NBC News reported that President Obama warned Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn less than 48 hours after the November election last year. This new information builds a stronger case against the Trump administration’s ongoing explanation that Obama is to blame for his transition team’s failure to fully […]

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Chechnya’s Gay Concentration Camp: What We Know

Chechnya President Ramzan Kadyrov is alleged ti have approved gay death camps - concentration camps designed for gay men.

Reports emerged from international sources over the weekend that Chechnya – formally known as the Chechen Republic – has reportedly begun arresting, detaining, torturing and potentially murdering gay men. According to Novaya Gazeta, Chechnya is detaining gay men “in connection with their non-traditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such.” They added, “At the moment, we received information about the arrest of more than […]

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Trump’s Twitter Temper Tantrum Over Russia Allegations

Donald Trump deplorables outrage

Following the resignation of Michael Flynn over intelligence that he not only discussed Russian sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last year but subsequently lied about it to at least one White House official, news began breaking from major news outlets detailing a larger, more complex story involving Russia’s ongoing interference in United States sovereignty. Among the largest of those stories […]

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Flynn’s Russia Scandal: What Did Trump Know and When?

Michael Flynn 's Russia Scandal: What Did Trump Know and When?

The larger question in the ongoing Michael Flynn scandal and resignation isn’t whether he broke the law by discussing Russian sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last year; rather, it’s when Donald Trump knew, and why he didn’t act sooner. As late as a few hours before Flynn’s resignation, Trump had White House counselor Kellyanne Conway making the media rounds proclaiming the […]

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