Lee Smith is the author of The Consequences of Syria.
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Was Christopher Steele Paid by Russian Oligarch and Putin Ally Oleg Deripaska?

New information casts the dossier he allegedly authored in a new light

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How CIA Director John Brennan Targeted James Comey

News of the News: The Russia investigation put the FBI in a bind well before Trump ever landed in the White House

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Did Glenn Simpson Lie to Congress?

News of the News: And could Christopher Steele, the British spy who spent his life as a Cold Warrior, have become an unwitting Kremlin pawn?

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Why Can’t the American Media Cover the Protests in Iran?

Because they have lost the ability to cover real news when it happens

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Josh Meyer Gets an Echo Chamber Beat-Down

Politico reporter is punished for raising the curtain on Obama’s Hezbollah policy

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Did President Obama Read the ‘Steele Dossier’ in the White House Last August?

News of the News: Why the timeline of the scandalous report that fuels Russiagate matters

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Why Glenn Greenwald Deserves a Pulitzer Prize

For his poignant and intrepid rebuke of the American media’s obsession with a false narrative

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The Beirut Echo Chamber

News of the News: How Lebanon came to host an information campaign designed to protect the pro-Iran policies of the Obama administration from the pro-Saudi policies of the Trump administration

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Yu Darvish Should’ve Stood His Ground

Why the Dodgers’ pitcher failure of nerve is a good lesson to us all never to let disrespect fly

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Ambassador David Friedman Accurately Described Longstanding US Policy Towards West Bank Settlements. So Why Is Everyone Mad?

The consensus that Israel would not withdraw from the entire West Bank was shared by American Presidents for forty years across party lines

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John Kerry Was Right About Terrorism in 2004, and Donald Trump And His Generals Are Wrong

‘Afghanistan is the swamp and Trump now owns it’

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Democratic and Republican Elites Are Using Trump to Whitewash 16 Years of Foreign-Policy Disasters

Successive two-term administrations made a mess of the Middle East. Who will clean up?

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News-For-Hire Scandal Deepens: ‘Fusion GPS’ Sleazy Venezuela Links Shed New Light on Trump Dossier

News of the News: an oppo-research-for-hire outfit of former reporters tries to seed stories in the American press for global clients

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John Bolton: Trump Wants to Kill Iran Deal

The former George W. Bush administration adviser and diplomat talks Iran, North Korea, and other NatSec issues

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Fusion GPS Illuminates the Brave New World of Manufactured News for Hire

News of the News: How the new sausage gets made

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Linda Sarsour’s Jihad

The activist version of Kathy Griffin meant to divide her audience while threatening Muslims who reject her extremism. She got away with it.

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Which Is Worse, Nuclear Annihilation or Donald Trump?

The president may be a reckless outsider, but he’s the only one who has a chance to undo three decades of America’s disastrous North Korea policy

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The Strange Tale of Jay Solomon: Iran Deal Expert, Arms Runner, or Dupe?

Iran Week: Why was the Wall Street Journal reporter fired?

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How Facebook Ate the News

Why Mark Zuckerberg is America’s Public Enemy No. 1

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America’s Descent Into Middle Eastern-Style Conspiracy-Theory Madness

How the once-sturdy institutions of our democracy—the press, the intelligence community, political parties—have been used to legitimize a conspiracy theory, and why those theories are so hard to disprove

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Trump’s Middle East Trip Was a Big, Surprising Success—and the Iranian Regime is Nervous

How the president’s photo-op diplomacy plays in Riyadh, Tehran, Beirut, Jerusalem, and back home in Trumpland

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Bibi Should Tell Trump to Go Take a Selfie

When the American president visits the Western Wall next week as part of his Abrahamic monotheism heritage tour, he’ll be using the Jewish state as a prop—in a fantasy of Middle East peace, starring himself.

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Mahmoud Abbas Is History’s Most Stubborn Real Estate Holdout

And Donald Trump knows ‘The Art of the Deal.’ Who will blink first?

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Why Everything You Think You Know About Foreign Policy Is Wrong

How Gladwellian Internet ‘hot takes’ fueled the new echo-chamber press that enabled Obama’s foreign policy—and still rules Washington

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Shooting at Monsters

Making sense of who did—and did not—support President Trump’s airstrikes against Syria, including John Kerry

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Did the Obama Administration’s Abuse of Foreign-Intelligence Collection Start Before Trump?

One clue: The Russia story is a replay of how the former White House smeared pro-Israel activists in the lead-up to the Iran Deal

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Will Obama’s Foreign Policy Wizards Save Trump?

The new president’s approach to Iran, Syria, and Israel looks a lot like the old president’s—because the same people are implementing it

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Wayne Barrett, Donald Trump, and the Death of the American Press

How did we get from ‘Village Voice’ reporters digging up everything there is to know about a flashy New York real estate salesman to not knowing anything about the President of the United States and his ties to Russia?

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Syrian Refugees Are the New Jews. So Who Are the Nazis?

Invoking the Holocaust, and comparing the persecution of Jews to that of Syrian refugees, has become a consensus take. But no one has bothered to identify the murderous culprit.

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