Manuel Roig-Franzia and Beth Reinhard, The Washington Post Published 12:08 pm PDT, Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Jacob Wohl, left, and Jack Burkman in Burkman's home in Arlington, Va., in May. The conservative consultants and conspiracy theorists say Burkman's house will be their headquarters for vetting Democratic presidential contenders. less Jacob Wohl, left, and Jack Burkman in Burkman's home in Arlington, Va., in May. The conservative consultants and conspiracy theorists say Burkman's house will be their headquarters for vetting Democratic ... more Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Dayna Smith Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Dayna Smith Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 Jacob Wohl, left, and Jack Burkman in Burkman's home in Arlington, Va., in May. The … [Read more...] about Meet the GOP operatives who aim to smear the 2020 Democrats
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If a publisher offered me a contract to write a book under a title that would be something like "Unscientific America", how would I go about it? I would definitely be SUCH a scientist! But, being such a scientist does not mean indulging in Sesquipedalian Obscurantism. Being such a scientist means being dilligent, thorough and systematic in one's reasearch. And then being excited about presenting the findings, while being honest about the degree of confidence one can have in each piece of information. I was not offered a book contract, and I do not have the resources and nine or twelve months to write such a book. But in the next couple of hours days I will write a blog post (this one, I am just starting) thinking through the methodology I would use for such a project, musing about difficulties, jotting down notes and - this being a blog - asking readers for links to information that can either reinforce or challenge my hypotheses. So please follow me under the fold..... Reasons and … [Read more...] about What does it mean that a nation is ‘Unscientific’?
“Intense” is the best word to describe Paul van Zyl, co-founder of The Conduit, literally the most talked-about private members club to open in London in recent years because of its unorthodox mission and high-powered membership. Rather than trading on affability or charm, Van Zyl’s stock in trade is facts and figures. He talks like a messianic policy wonk about climate change, refugees, population growth and economic polarisation, adducing statistics with dizzying fluency. By way of explaining the club’s mission, he observes: “Instead of viewing these trends as inevitable historical forces which will run us over like a freight train, we can stand up and and push that train back down the track of history. You can take agency back in your life by looking at these trends and asking, what can I personally do? How can I mitigate the scourge of climate change? How can I create a decent and just society? What are the ways that I can offset jobless growth? What … [Read more...] about A private members club fosters positive social change
INTELLIGENCE MATTERS - JOHN MILLER HOST: MICHAEL MORELL PRODUCER: OLIVIA GAZIS MICHAEL MORELL: John, thanks for joining us today. It is great to have you on the show. So this is a big turning of the tables. When I-- (OVERTALK) JOHN MILLER: --role reversal here. MICHAEL MORELL: -- exactly. When I (LAUGH) retired from CIA, you were at CBS and you interviewed me for 60 Minutes. And if I remember, you interviewed me for several hours-- JOHN MILLER: Yes. MICHAEL MORELL: --for what ultimately became 20 minutes. JOHN MILLER: That's right. MICHAEL MORELL: So this is gonna be a 30-minute interview for a 30-minute podcast. Just sayin'. JOHN MILLER: I'm glad to see CBS has done so much with productivity since I left. MICHAEL MORELL: John, you have had an unusual career. You got interested in the news very early. I read somewhere that in high school you were taking news photographs and selling them. And I heard you were skipping school to do press briefings. JOHN MILLER: Only the last period. … [Read more...] about Transcript: John Miller talks with Michael Morell on “Intelligence Matters”
Paul Sonne and Shane Harris, The Washington Post Published 9:16 pm PST, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 WASHINGTON - The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia, according to a report released Wednesday by a bipartisan commission that Congress created to evaluate the Trump administration's defense strategy. The National Defense Strategy Commission, comprised of former top Republican and Democratic officials selected by Congress, evaluated the Trump administration's 2018 National Defense Strategy, which ordered a vast reshaping of the U.S. military to compete with Beijing and Moscow in an era of renewed great-power competition. While endorsing the strategy's aims, the commission warned that Washington isn't moving fast enough or investing sufficiently to put the vision into practice, risking a further erosion of American military dominance that could become a national security emergency. At the … [Read more...] about US military advantage has eroded, study says