April 2017

Civilian casualties grow in Iraq and Syria: 'Why would they make a mistake like this?'

A recent airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq is believed to have caused more than 270 civilian deaths, a tragedy that provoked an international outpouring of grief and outrage.

But the uproar over the March 17 deaths in the Jadidah neighborhood of Mosul masks a grim reality: Hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of other civilians have died in hundreds of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria during the war against Islamic State, and it appears likely that the vast majority of those deaths were never investigated by the U.S. military or its coalition partners.

Trump’s political opponents are using his combative Twitter strategy against him

President Donald Trump’s unique tweeting habits have helped him build a public persona that is direct, candid, and pugnacious. While he is not the first politician to us Twitter as a direct mouthpiece to the people, he takes his candidness to a new level.  

But it’s worked, allowing him to control the narrative and keeping media attention on him. And now, his political opponents are increasingly turning to the social network with similar tactics to take back the platform.  

The Continuing Fallout from Trump and Nunes’s Fake Scandal

Recently, several members and staffers on the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia’s role in the Presidential election, visited the National Security Agency, in Fort Meade, Maryland. Inside the enormous black glass headquarters of America’s largest spy agency, the congressmen and their aides were shown a binder of two to three dozen pages of highly classified intercepts, mostly transcripts of conversations between foreign government officials that took place during the Presidential transition.



WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding recent escalating tensions with North Korea:

“Rather than putting forward a comprehensive strategy that includes a serious diplomatic effort, the Trump Administration is reacting to Pyongyang’s provocative behavior by ratcheting up tensions. The Trump Administration's escalating moves and statements put American allies and American troops at serious risk.”

Defining Moment: Will California End Its Money Bail System?

A nationwide movement that began 53 years ago to reform the pretrial incarceration and money bail process has finally reached the legislative committees and political bargaining tables in Washington and Sacramento. Reform advocates – including legislators, prosecutors, attorneys, judges and grassroots organizations – contend that the use of a money bail system for pretrial release is unfair to the poor and unsafe for the public.

How Twitter king and Congressman Ted Lieu is beating Trump at his own dumb game

It's depressing to admit, but let's do it anyway: there are few politicians in the world more skilled at manipulating Twitter than President Trump. 

So over the past few months, 48-year-old Congressman Ted Lieu (D-California) has decided to try and master the platform, slowly emerging as the President's most adept social media opponent. It might seem like an embarrassing game to play — after all, world leaders don't historically conduct foreign policy in 140 characters or less.