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THE DEATH OF ‘AMERICA FIRST’

Trump’s campaign slogan had political appeal, but the U.S. strike in Syria shows it was worthless in the real world

“AMERICA FIRST”: Donald Trump’s campaign slogan had a succinct, obvious power. Just two words summed up the instinct that Washington— and big business—was no longer working in the interests of ordinary citizens. The slogan encompassed Trump’s (and his supporters’) suspicion of trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement, as well as the never ending wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. Despite its ugly historical antecedents—America firsters, including a few prominent anti- Semites, had lobbied to stay out of World War II—the phrase had undeniable political appeal in 2016. But in the complex world of foreign affairs, America first couldn’t last. And it didn’t.

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SPLITTING HEADACHE: IS FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY FIR TO TAKE ON TRUMP Many say FBI Director James Comey torpedoed the presidential aspirations of Hillary Clinton, and he may soon do the same for Donald Trump. As the bureau’s investigation of Russian interference in the election and the possible collusion of Trump’s camp builds toward a confrontation, America needs to know if their top G-man is a righteous warrior or a self-righteous prig.
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