The USS Curtis Wilbur is seen in the background

The USS Curtis Wilbur is seen in the background / Getty Images

Two Navy warships transited the Taiwan Strait on Monday in a show of force in Pentagon efforts to push back against China’s expansive claims to control waters near the communist mainland.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Chris Logan said the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur and the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam took part in the passage operation “in accordance with international law.”

Claire McCaskill Steals Hillary Clinton’s ‘Fighting for You’ Slogan

Democratic senator Claire McCaskill kicked off a “Fighting for You” tour across Missouri on Monday. Her Republican opponent Josh Hawley says the slogan was lifted from Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign. The Clinton campaign failed to truly embrace a slogan, but “Fighting for You” was one of the first it ever trotted out, using …

Trump Says U.S. to Exit Landmark Nuclear Arms Pact

National flags of Russia and U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow

ELKO, Nev/MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow.

Suspect in Georgia Police Officer’s Death Shot, Killed

Two days after a Gwinnett County police officer was killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle, a manhunt ended in the death of suspect Tafahree Maynard, according to authorities.

Majority Still Support Death Penalty, Poll Says

A majority of Americans continue to support capital punishment, a new poll from Gallup shows, continuing the status quo since the death penalty was reestablished as constitutional in 1976.

RNC Nearly Triples DNC’s Fundraising Numbers in September

The Republican National Committee raised nearly three times as much money as the Democratic National Committee in September with $26.2 million in donations compared to the DNC’s $9.7 million.

Independent Committee Supporting Ellison Is Half Funded by Alexander Soros

Alexander Soros, the son of billionaire political activist George Soros, donated $100,000 to an independent expenditure committee intended to support Rep. Keith Ellison’s bid to become attorney general of Minnesota, an amount that represents slightly less than half of all funds raised by the committee.

Illinois’ Anti-BDS Efforts in Jeopardy as Key Opponent Leads Polls in Attorney General Race

Kwame Raoul

A chief opponent of the one of the nation’s first bill barring boycotts of Israel is vying to become Illinois’ next attorney general, a post that would allow the candidate to weaken the legislation, according to those who are raising concerns in the state’s pro-Israel community.

Permanent Offense

Something about Tom Brady was different. New England sports diehard Jerry Thornton realized this when the cover of the February 18, 2002, edition of People magazine caught his eye. “Why I Had Plastic Surgery” blared the big-blocked letters. But it wasn’t Greta Van Susteren featuring her new “talk of TV” look that grabbed his attention. Thornton was fixated by the top right corner: a space occupied by a visor-wearing quarterback who until now had been a pop-culture anonymous. “Those lips, that chin, that Super Bowl win!” read the accompanying tease with Brady’s photo. If Celtics icon Larry Bird had gotten a “That wispy mustache, those tiny shorts—the best in sports” treatment, Thornton couldn’t recall.

Not Our Kind

So, here’s a story. You probably saw it in the news, in the dueling op-eds, in the outrage that swirled around it. But the story is still worth revisiting as a microcosm, a little diorama, of our cultural situation. This past July, The Nation published a poem by Anders Carlson-Wee called “How-To,” narrated by a panhandler offering advice to other panhandlers, explaining how to gin up sympathy among the passers-by.

GOP Increasingly Confident in Closely Contested Iowa Congressional District

The House election in Iowa’s First Congressional District pits Republican congressman Rod Blum against Democrat Abby Finkenauer, a member of the Iowa House of Representatives. The closely contested race will prove crucial for determining which party will control the lower chamber of Congress next year.

Claire McCaskill Steals Hillary Clinton’s ‘Fighting for You’ Slogan

Democratic senator Claire McCaskill kicked off a “Fighting for You” tour across Missouri on Monday. Her Republican opponent Josh Hawley says the slogan was lifted from Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign. The Clinton campaign failed to truly embrace a slogan, but “Fighting for You” was one of the first it ever trotted out, using …

Trump Says U.S. to Exit Landmark Nuclear Arms Pact

National flags of Russia and U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow

ELKO, Nev/MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow.

Independent Committee Supporting Ellison Is Half Funded by Alexander Soros

Alexander Soros, the son of billionaire political activist George Soros, donated $100,000 to an independent expenditure committee intended to support Rep. Keith Ellison’s bid to become attorney general of Minnesota, an amount that represents slightly less than half of all funds raised by the committee.

Suspect in Georgia Police Officer’s Death Shot, Killed

Two days after a Gwinnett County police officer was killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle, a manhunt ended in the death of suspect Tafahree Maynard, according to authorities.

Majority Still Support Death Penalty, Poll Says

A majority of Americans continue to support capital punishment, a new poll from Gallup shows, continuing the status quo since the death penalty was reestablished as constitutional in 1976.