The Democratic primary’s generational divide

Pete Buttigieg is the youngest candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries, and if elected, he would be the youngest president in history. On the campaign trail he often talks about America’s need for “a new generation of leadership” to replace the “failures of the old normal.” Yet none of this seems to be very appealing to voters in his own age bracket. Polls have consistently shown that Mayor Pete appeals overwhelmingly to the over-50 crowd. The sole millennial candidate in the race, then, is a hit with boomers, while the oldest candidate in the race, Senator Bernie Sanders, who is more than twice Buttigieg’s age, is the preferred candidate for… Read More

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America’s troubled alliance with Ukraine

How did the U.S. become so involved with this former Soviet republic? Here’s everything you need to know: How did modern Ukraine emerge? Ukraine’s history is intertwined with Russia’s. Both cultures descend from the medieval Slavic empire Kievan Rus, founded by Vikings in the 9th century with a capital where Kyiv stands today. After the empire was overrun by Mongol invaders in the 13th century, the Rus leadership moved northeastward, to a small trading outpost called Moscow. The lands around Kyiv were carved up by competing powers, who prized the fertile plains and rich, dark soil that later earned Ukraine the nickname “the breadbasket of Europe.” Poland and Lithuania dominated… Read More

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God’s gift to America?

On Sunday, outgoing Secretary of Energy Rick Perry told Fox News viewers about a recent conversation he’d had with Donald Trump in which he told the president he was “the chosen one” placed by God in the White House. Perry made sure to add that he had given Trump a “one pager” on the imperfect Old Testament kings who God had appointed to carry out his plans. “Don’t get confused here, sir,” Perry claims he said to the president. “This is not a reflection that you’re perfect, but that God’s using you.” As liberals predictably freaked out over Perry’s words, other Trump backers quickly confirmed that, yes, Trump has been… Read More

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