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Trump-Putin Frenzy

by Graham E. Fuller* — I cannot recall a period in which the US public debate across the media has reached such implacably partisan and toxic proportions. The issues are indeed important—particularly the specific case of Russian involvement in helping make public the activities of the Democratic National Committee—information that …

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Donald Trump and the Middle East

The Levant News Exclusive – By Geoffrey Cook* — Donald Trump is a disaster for the American Republic domestically and for U.S. and foreign Muslims and others in the Arab world especially. During his campaign, a central point of his proposed policy was that no new Islamic people would be …

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Melania Trump is set to be a long-distance first lady

THE LEVANT NEWS – A long-distance first lady will be one of the many different things about Donald Trump’s administration. Breaking with tradition, Melania Trump and 10-year-old son Barron will remain in New York City until the end of the school year, after the new president moves into the White …

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Contenders, picks for key jobs in Trump’s administration

The Levant News – Donald Trump is not expected to make additional high-level appointments on Friday, his transition team told reporters, adding that more meetings are planned for Monday. Below are people mentioned as contenders for senior roles as the Republican president-elect works to form his administration before taking office …

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Trump selects candidates for CIA, attorney general

By Steve Holland for Reuters | NEW YORK – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has tapped three conservative loyalists and Army veterans to lead his national security and law enforcement teams, including Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Representative Mike Pompeo as CIA director, a transition official said on Friday. …

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Director of US National Intelligence James Clapper Resigns

The Levant News — US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced that he is resigning from his post during the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday. “I submitted my letter of resignation last night which felt pretty good,” Clapper said. “I’ve got 64 days left.” Referring to cyberattacks on …

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President Trump

by Graham E. Fuller* — The very words hit the ear as a shock; the mind is not ready for it. And that is exactly the problem. We could not see it coming. Among other things this tawdry and interminable election represents a massive American intelligence failure. Not failure of …

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US Iran deal foes sharpen their knives

THE LEVANT NEWS – Advocates of the nuclear deal with Iran are convinced the pact is in mortal danger following Republican Donald Trump’s upset victory in the presidential election. Deal skeptics on Capitol Hill have already prepared a raft of bills that have a far better chance of making it …

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