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On Friday, the U.S. assassinated Iran’s second most powerful leader, General Qassim Suleimani. Suleimani was leaving Baghdad airport when a U.S. drone strike killed him.

Suleimani was not a good person. He led Iranian military efforts across the region, including the defense of Syria’s dictatorship in its brutal war. But U.S. hostilities with Iran go back to before Suleimani was even born. In 1953, the U.S. overthrew Iran’s democratically elected government and replaced it with a king.

Remember: Saddam Hussein’s brutality did not make the U.S. invasion of Iraq a wise or moral decision. Trump’s latest assassination is a reckless…

Democratic leaders have made a terrible trade. In return for clean headlines on impeachment, congressional Democrats gave Donald Trump his full wish list for war.

Because Democrats did not want a debate over military policy to distract from impeachment headlines, they dropped many important objections to Trump’s military agenda. While House Democrats declared Trump “a threat to national security” in articles of impeachment, they gave Trump most of what he wanted on the big questions of war.

Just two days after House Democrats passed articles of impeachment, Trump signed into law a major piece of military legislation, the $738 billion…

I just found out that the Saudi dictatorship has found a new location for its bogus charity event today — Monday 9/23 — from 1 PM to 6 PM.

We already kicked them out of the New York Public Library last week. Now they’ve quietly moved to a fancy location called Cipriani at 25 Broadway in Manhattan.

I also just found out that Bloomberg is doing a panel event with the same bogus Saudi charity “MiSK” this Wednesday. The topic? Youth and the global economy. Stay tuned for actions on that front.

This is the same Saudi dictatorship that has…

Last week, the New York Public Library announced that it reversed itself and cancelled the Saudi dictatorship’s 9/23 propaganda event at the library.

Here’s a quick recap of how it all went down:

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Rapid-fire debates can only tell us so much. At some point, policy gives way to performance. Imagine a debate format that added something unique to the political conversation.

Why can’t basic Internet tech be used to make the presidential debates a series of conversations that happen over time?

What if the public was directly involved, instead of just using Internet tech to generate lots of public reactions and snark, as we do now via Twitter, Facebook, etc?

Some questions to consider:

  • Do the candidates really have to be in the same room for a debate to happen?
  • Do the candidates…

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The National Emergency is here. But Trump’s courageous declaration has left many of us unsure of how to prepare.

Is this like a hurricane? A tornado? Or even worse: a sharknado? Only our brave president truly knows.

Here’s how to stay safe:

  1. Update your friends and family on Facebook.

It can be hard to know who to donate to. Indeed, this question can even become a source of paralysis for well-meaning people who want to make a difference in this world.

How do you decide which organizations are most deserving of your funds?

The Challenge: “Customers” versus “Clients”

“Customers” = donors

We aren’t used to thinking of donors as “customers,” but it is a useful analogy because it clarifies the challenge. Donors are essentially buying an idea: by giving to a particular organization, they will put their money to good use in the service of a particular cause. …

Written with Michelle Dixon and originally published on Lobelog.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) is fast becoming a pariah among world leaders. Even as his family-run government continues pumping millions of barrels of oil, his own stock is dropping fast. Just yesterday, the Senate voted to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-UAE coalition’s brutal war in Yemen. The Senate then immediately voted to condemn MbS for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

For climate campaigners who are hungry for a new strategic fight, the Saudi oil monarchy’s failing brand is a rare and unique gift. For too…

Giving Tuesday is just a few days away. It’s a global day for all of us to give more to the causes we care about. But in a sea of solicitations, how do you decide the most effective way to donate your funds?

Giving is a deeply personal act, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. But here’s one question worth considering:

Which organizations ask the most of you?

Soliciting a contribution should only be the first step to getting a person involved in a cause or charity. But if asking for money is the only step, the organization in question…

According to news reports, two Democrats in the U.S. Senate are still undecided on whether to put Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court:

  1. U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota)
  2. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia)
U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Not surprisingly, both Heitkamp and Manchin are red-state Democrats who are running for re-election this November.

  • In Manchin’s home state of West Virginia, 67.9% of voters backed Trump in the 2016 presidential elections.
  • In Heitkamp’s North Dakota, 63% of voters backed Trump in 2016.

Both Heitkamp and Manchin need pro-Trump voters to win re-election. Manchin currently leads his Republican opponent by 8 points, but…

Sunjeev Bery

Executive Director @FreedomForward

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