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Can Justin Trudeau counter Pierre Poilievre’s claim that his time is up? Obama’s former adviser has some advice

Can Justin Trudeau counter Pierre Poilievre’s claim that his time is up? Obama’s former adviser has some advice

David Axel­rod, a top Amer­i­can Demo­c­ra­t­ic polit­i­cal strate­gist, wasn’t talk­ing about Cana­da or Justin Trudeau when he out­lined a pes­simistic view of U.S. Pres­i­dent Joe Biden’s chances at re-elec­tion. Pres­i­den­tial…

'Swimming into the tide': Liberal MPs talk summer strategy as they prepare to hit the doors down in the polls

'Swimming into the tide': Liberal MPs talk summer strategy as they prepare to hit the doors down in the polls

Prepar­ing to head back to their rid­ings for the sum­mer, Lib­er­al MPs say that while…

Support for Trudeau nears ‘rock bottom’ as 68% want him to step down: Ipsos

Support for Trudeau nears ‘rock bottom’ as 68% want him to step down: Ipsos

As the House of Com­mons pre­pares to break for the sum­mer, a major­i­ty of…

Poilievre Top Choice for Best PM in Canada

Poilievre Top Choice for Best PM in Canada

Pierre Poilievre as the pre­ferred choice for Prime Min­is­ter, with sig­nif­i­cant…

Conservatives lead Liberals by 20 points in vote intention; governing party tied with NDP

Conservatives lead Liberals by 20 points in vote intention; governing party tied with NDP

When it comes to the Lib­er­al gov­ern­ment, tax poli­cies aimed at woo­ing younger…

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Capital Gains Tax: One-in-five say increasing inclusion rate will cost them more over next five years

Capital Gains Tax: One-in-five say increasing inclusion rate will cost them more over next five years

When it comes to the Lib­er­al gov­ern­ment, tax poli­cies aimed at woo­ing younger…

Poilievre Top Choice for Best PM in Canada

Poilievre Top Choice for Best PM in Canada

Pierre Poilievre as the pre­ferred choice for Prime Min­is­ter, with sig­nif­i­cant…



Opinion

20-point comeback election wins are as rare as hen’s teeth, history shows

20-point comeback election wins are as rare as hen’s teeth, history shows

The dif­fer­ence in this case is the gov­ern­ment has been in pow­er for almost…

With the polls stacked against him, here’s why Justin Trudeau still thinks he can win the next election

With the polls stacked against him, here’s why Justin Trudeau still thinks he can win the next election

Justin Trudeau is no doubt acute­ly aware of just how much Lib­er­als need a morale…

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Parliament Hill washrooms to be gender-neutral after renovation

    Parliament Hill washrooms to be gender-neutral after renovation

    The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment has decid­ed to scrap all gen­dered wash­rooms as part of its…

    Info watchdog, Defence Minister Blair keep clashing in court cases over access law compliance

    Info watchdog, Defence Minister Blair keep clashing in court cases over access law compliance

    Defence Min­is­ter Bill Blair is ask­ing the courts to quash two infor­ma­tion…

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    Pierre Poilievre’s silence on industrial carbon pricing undermines investment, Canada’s competitiveness and our environment.

    Pierre Poilievre’s silence on industrial carbon pricing undermines investment, Canada’s competitiveness and our environment.

    Ear­li­er this spring, the Cana­di­an Cli­mate Insti­tute pro­duced a report…

    Chrystia Freeland: A fairer tax system to benefit all Canadians

    Chrystia Freeland: A fairer tax system to benefit all Canadians

    Cap­i­tal gains changes will affect a small num­ber of well-off Cana­di­ans, but…



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    A user's guide to Trudeau's illicit affair with China’s Communists

    A user's guide to Trudeau's illicit affair with China’s Communists

    In the ordi­nary course of heat­ed polit­i­cal con­tro­ver­sies, Cana­di­ans can sort out…

    Unnamed traitors in Parliament, but thank goodness everyone’s reputation is intact

    Unnamed traitors in Parliament, but thank goodness everyone’s reputation is intact

    Two weeks in, we must con­clude that Oper­a­tion Save Our Rep­u­ta­tions has been…

    The capital gains debate has turned dramatic and mysterious

    The capital gains debate has turned dramatic and mysterious

    Announc­ing the Lib­er­al gov­ern­men­t’s pro­posed changes to cap­i­tal gains tax­es…

    Federal Liberals urgently need to shift terrain with bold ideas

    Federal Liberals urgently need to shift terrain with bold ideas

    As Lib­er­al MPs pre­pare to return to their home rid­ings for the sum­mer recess, they…

    Think you’ve lost your freedom? Not in Canada, you haven’t

    Think you’ve lost your freedom? Not in Canada, you haven’t

    So many Cana­di­ans have com­plained about their lack of free­dom. I start­ed to…

    Quebec’s language laws are coming to a long neglected place — bathrooms

    Quebec’s language laws are coming to a long neglected place — bathrooms

    Grow­ing up in a French-speak­ing house­hold, my fam­i­ly often vaca­tioned in…

    Europe is in the middle of a ‘greenlash.’ If Canada doesn’t put workers first in its green transition, we could be next

    Europe is in the middle of a ‘greenlash.’ If Canada doesn’t put workers first in its green transition, we could be next

    Sev­en in 10 Cana­di­ans say they’re wor­ried about cli­mate change, so you might think…

    In the case of foreign interference, why not name names?

    In the case of foreign interference, why not name names?

    Justin Trudeau is a wit­less for the pros­e­cu­tion. The prime min­is­ter could, if…

    High immigration could see Quebec emigrate from Canada

    High immigration could see Quebec emigrate from Canada

    If times are good, immi­gra­tion does not dri­ve pol­i­tics. If times are bad,…

    Taiwan at the Centre of the Coming Age of AI: An Opportunity for Canada


    The foreign interference revelations show that Trudeau’s security committee is fulfilling its mandate

    The foreign interference revelations show that Trudeau’s security committee is fulfilling its mandate

    One of the bit­ter ironies in the dis­mal, long-run­ning for­eign inter­fer­ence saga is…

    Inequality has only widened amid Freeland’s obsessive war on wealth

    Inequality has only widened amid Freeland’s obsessive war on wealth

    The con­clu­sion is that the Lib­er­als have mis­di­ag­nosed Canada’s major eco­nom­ic…

    Pierre Poilievre can prove he’s a grown-up and read the NSICOP report. But what would be the point?

    Pierre Poilievre can prove he’s a grown-up and read the NSICOP report. But what would be the point?

    Con­ser­v­a­tive Leader Pierre Poilievre has every par­ti­san polit­i­cal rea­son to…

    Colonel Mustard with the knife in the Constituency? Maybe not

    Colonel Mustard with the knife in the Constituency? Maybe not

    It has been like a long-play­ing Net­flix series — alter­nate­ly alarm­ing,…

    A few thoughts on political journalism

    A few thoughts on political journalism

    In Jan­u­ary 2023, as part of a larg­er edi­to­r­i­al and cor­po­rate exer­cise, the…

    The Geopolitical Economy: Nationalism, Populism and a New ‘Yes, We Can’

    The Geopolitical Economy: Nationalism, Populism and a New ‘Yes, We Can’

    The real­i­ty today is an uncom­fort­able mix of geopo­lit­i­cal tur­moil, ris­ing…

    For Poilievre, ignorance of the foreign interference report is not bliss

    For Poilievre, ignorance of the foreign interference report is not bliss

    The Nation­al Post’s Tristin Hop­per did a fine job this week explain­ing the…

    Olivia Chow’s greatest vulnerability? Her friends

    Olivia Chow’s greatest vulnerability? Her friends

    Imag­ine the con­fu­sion. Toronto’s most labour friend­ly may­or in recent mem­o­ry and…

    “It’s bull——:” How Ottawa insiders really feel about Justin Trudeau’s handling of the foreign interference probe

    “It’s bull——:” How Ottawa insiders really feel about Justin Trudeau’s handling of the foreign interference probe

    Eighty years ago, cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko walked out of the Sovi­et embassy in Ottawa…

    New research shows engaged women know that embracing Canadian energy can tackle affordability and make life easier. Will our government follow suit?

    New research shows engaged women know that embracing Canadian energy can tackle affordability and make life easier. Will our government follow suit?

    Whether it’s turn­ing on the lights, fill­ing up your tank, or adjust­ing the…



    Political Pulse Panel: Federal leaders differ on intelligence report implications

    Political Pulse Panel: Federal leaders differ on intelligence report implications

    Par­ty insid­ers dis­cuss a week of rev­e­la­tions, con­fu­sion and con­tra­dic­tion…

    Ottawa’s Response to the Trucker Protest Was Doomed from the Start

    Ottawa’s Response to the Trucker Protest Was Doomed from the Start

    THE STORY OF how Ottawa failed to deal effec­tive­ly with the three-week ​“Free­dom…

    Poilievre wriggles out of the Liberal trap, with a commitment to much broader tax reform

    Poilievre wriggles out of the Liberal trap, with a commitment to much broader tax reform

    We would appear, as Woody Allen once said, to stand at a cross­roads: ​“One path…

    Canada should give doctors every incentive to stay. By hiking capital gains, it’s doing the opposite

    Canada should give doctors every incentive to stay. By hiking capital gains, it’s doing the opposite

    There is one very good rea­son why the Lib­er­als could not enter­tain the request from…

    Recalling a Prime Minister’s visit to Stirling on the Rt. Hon. Arthur Meighen’s 150th birthday

    Recalling a Prime Minister’s visit to Stirling on the Rt. Hon. Arthur Meighen’s 150th birthday

    All eyes were on tiny Stir­ling on August 11, 1920. Cana­da had a new prime…

    Will someone please tell us already how exactly our democracy is being undermined?

    Will someone please tell us already how exactly our democracy is being undermined?

    If you ever stud­ied phi­los­o­phy you’ll be famil­iar with Plato’s alle­go­ry of the…

    Ottawa’s cruising for another trade bruising from Donald Trump

    Ottawa’s cruising for another trade bruising from Donald Trump

    The sense that Trump would guar­an­tee Cana­da access to U.S. mar­kets under the…

    Alberta's war room waves the white flag

    Alberta's war room waves the white flag

    When for­mer Alber­ta pre­mier Jason Ken­ney first intro­duced the idea of an oil and gas…

    Canadian politicians are modelling the LGBTQ+ scapegoating of Eastern Europe

    Canadian politicians are modelling the LGBTQ+ scapegoating of Eastern Europe

    Anew report by Over Zero, a research and train­ing group found­ed in response to the…

    Poilievre takes the dare When springing a trap, try not to give six weeks' notice

    Poilievre takes the dare When springing a trap, try not to give six weeks' notice

    Some­body should write a book about Justin Trudeau and box­ing metaphors. One…

    Our toxic politics claims its latest victim

    Our toxic politics claims its latest victim

    At some point, even for the tough­est of cook­ies, enough is enough. After years of…

    Pierre Poilievre’s vision for Canada: Heaven for the very rich and squat for everyone else

    Pierre Poilievre’s vision for Canada: Heaven for the very rich and squat for everyone else

    Pierre Poilievre often calls Cana­da ​“bro­ken,” but he rarely reveals that his dream…

    A matter of expectations - Alberta and opioids III: You can't always just stop

    A matter of expectations - Alberta and opioids III: You can't always just stop

    Street fam­i­ly My tour guide for much of my vis­it to Edmon­ton was Dr. Mon­ty Ghosh,…

    News (Continued)

    Blair promises Canada will meet NATO target as secretary-general visits Ottawa

    Blair promises Canada will meet NATO target as secretary-general visits Ottawa

    Cana­da con­tin­ues to miss its NATO defence spend­ing tar­get, but Defence Min­is­ter…

    Canada listing Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as terrorist group after years of pressure

    Canada listing Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as terrorist group after years of pressure

    The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment is list­ing Iran’s Islam­ic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps…

    Bloc leader says he's in no hurry to read intelligence report linking parliamentarians to foreign interference

    Bloc leader says he's in no hurry to read intelligence report linking parliamentarians to foreign interference

    Bloc Québé­cois Leader Yves-François Blanchet says that while he plans to read the…

    Health minister says he aims to launch national pharmacare program by next April

    Health minister says he aims to launch national pharmacare program by next April

    Health Min­is­ter Mark Hol­land says he hopes to launch a nation­al phar­ma­care…



    NDP MP says interference report has cast suspicion on all MPs, calls on House to release names
    Weekly Writ for June 19: Are Canadians not in 'decision mode' yet?

    Weekly Writ for June 19: Are Canadians not in 'decision mode' yet?

    On Mon­day, Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau appeared on CBC’s Pow­er and Pol­i­tics,…

    Anand defends hesitation to further invest in defence as NATO secretary general arrives in Canada

    Anand defends hesitation to further invest in defence as NATO secretary general arrives in Canada

    The cab­i­net min­is­ter in charge of the fed­er­al trea­sury says it does­n’t make sense…

    Conservatives and NDP at odds over how much committee work to do over the summer

    Conservatives and NDP at odds over how much committee work to do over the summer

    Con­ser­v­a­tives insist that some com­mit­tees should keep sit­ting to con­tin­ue…

    New Democrats to represent Winnipeg constituency for first time following byelection

    New Democrats to represent Winnipeg constituency for first time following byelection

    The Tuxe­do con­stituen­cy in Win­nipeg will be rep­re­sent­ed by the New Democ­rats for…

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to meet with prime minister in Ottawa

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to meet with prime minister in Ottawa

    The head of the NATO alliance is set to meet with the prime min­is­ter in Ottawa today.…

    Federal government decision expected on controversial B.C. fish farms

    Federal government decision expected on controversial B.C. fish farms

    The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment is expect­ed to announce the way for­ward for fish farms along…

    The Race Next Door: “A heartbeat away”.

    The Race Next Door: “A heartbeat away”.

    In 1892, Thomas Reed (who went on to be Speak­er of the US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives)…

    Ten parliamentary committees forgo scrutiny of $25-billion in spending estimates

    Ten parliamentary committees forgo scrutiny of $25-billion in spending estimates

    Nine House com­mit­tees, plus a joint House and Sen­ate com­mit­tee, eschewed…



    Nomination races are a 'gateway' for foreign interference — is anyone doing anything about it?

    Nomination races are a 'gateway' for foreign interference — is anyone doing anything about it?

    Two land­mark reports have flagged fed­er­al nom­i­na­tion races as ​“par­tic­u­lar­ly…

    Canada growing exports of plant-based protein

    Ottawa-Increased pro­duc­tion of plant-based pro­tein can boost agri­cul­ture as well as…

    Airplane food cost more than $220K on Trudeau's Indo-Pacific trip

      Airplane food cost more than $220K on Trudeau's Indo-Pacific trip

      New records show that Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau’s six-day Indo-Pacif­ic trip in…

      Newfoundland premier says Trudeau has shown 'willingness' to carbon tax alternatives

      Newfoundland premier says Trudeau has shown 'willingness' to carbon tax alternatives

      New­found­land and Labrador Pre­mier Andrew Furey says the prime min­is­ter has ​“shown…

      Multiple criminal investigations into federal contracting underway, RCMP reveals

      Multiple criminal investigations into federal contracting underway, RCMP reveals

      The RCMP is con­duct­ing more than half a dozen crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tions into…

      Former N.B. Progressive Conservative MLA to seek Liberal nomination for fall election

      Former N.B. Progressive Conservative MLA to seek Liberal nomination for fall election

      A for­mer New Brunswick Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­v­a­tive cab­i­net min­is­ter says he is…

      Trudeau shouting 'slava Ukraini' during world leader photo op viewed hundreds of thousands of times online

      Trudeau shouting 'slava Ukraini' during world leader photo op viewed hundreds of thousands of times online

      A video of Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau shout­ing ​“sla­va Ukrai­ni” — which…

      Parliamentary budget officer says government not muzzling him over carbon price data

      Parliamentary budget officer says government not muzzling him over carbon price data

      Par­lia­men­tary bud­get offi­cer Yves Giroux says he is not being ​“muz­zled” by the…

      Bloc MPs will 'pay the price' for any involvement in foreign meddling, Blanchet says

      Bloc MPs will 'pay the price' for any involvement in foreign meddling, Blanchet says

      Bloc Québé­cois Leader Yves-Fran­cois Blanchet says any mem­ber of his cau­cus…

      Future Poilievre government would maintain support for 'anti-scab' law, office says

      Future Poilievre government would maintain support for 'anti-scab' law, office says

      A future Con­ser­v­a­tive gov­ern­ment would con­tin­ue to sup­port a ban on the use…

      Canada’s EV strategy will cost $6B more than announced, watchdog says

      Canada’s EV strategy will cost $6B more than announced, watchdog says

      Canada’s EV-build­ing strat­e­gy will cost Ottawa and provinces about $6 bil­lion more…

      With MPs on the brink of a summer break, pressure is on Liberals to pass bills

      With MPs on the brink of a summer break, pressure is on Liberals to pass bills

      With just a few days stand­ing between MPs and sum­mer­time in their rid­ings, the…

      Public blasted Trudeau, other politicians for honouring Nazi division veteran, documents show

      Public blasted Trudeau, other politicians for honouring Nazi division veteran, documents show

      Cana­di­ans from across the coun­try blast­ed the Lib­er­al gov­ern­ment and fed­er­al…

      Conservatives have 14-point advantage over Liberals – Inflation top unprompted national issue of concern

      Conservatives have 14-point advantage over Liberals – Inflation top unprompted national issue of concern

      The Week­ly Nanos Track­ing is pro­duced by the Nanos Research Cor­po­ra­tion,…

      Polls to open in byelection for Winnipeg riding previously held by former Manitoba premier

        Polls to open in byelection for Winnipeg riding previously held by former Manitoba premier

        Vot­ing day has arrived for the race to fill a seat left emp­ty by Man­i­to­ba’s…

        Emissions cap not possible without oil, gas production cuts: Deloitte

        Emissions cap not possible without oil, gas production cuts: Deloitte

        Cana­di­an oil and gas com­pa­nies fac­ing a fed­er­al­ly imposed emis­sions cap…

        Foreign music streamers appeal to heritage minister to intervene over Bill C-11 payments

        Foreign music streamers appeal to heritage minister to intervene over Bill C-11 payments

        Music stream­ers, includ­ing Spo­ti­fy, Ama­zon and Apple Music, have appealed to…

        Rising economic indicators pushing Canada further from NATO spending target, MPs hear

        Rising economic indicators pushing Canada further from NATO spending target, MPs hear

        New­ly revised eco­nom­ic data sug­gests Canada’s pledge to bring its defence spend­ing…

        Five key takeaways from CBC's interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

        Five key takeaways from CBC's interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

        Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau says the ongo­ing pub­lic inquiry into for­eign…

        Shift to land-based salmon farming in B.C. could be expensive and logistically challenging, critics say

        Shift to land-based salmon farming in B.C. could be expensive and logistically challenging, critics say

        The fed­er­al government’s report­ed plan to tran­si­tion B.C. salmon pro­duc­tion to…

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        The Race Next Door: “A heartbeat away”.

        The Race Next Door: “A heartbeat away”.

        In 1892, Thomas Reed (who went on to be Speak­er of the US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives)…

        Cliffhanger congressional contest between Bob Good and John McGuire tests power of Trump endorsement

        FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — One of Amer­i­ca’s most con­ser­v­a­tive con­gress­men was…

        US Rep Tom Cole wins Oklahoma GOP primary outright against well-funded challenger, 3 others

        US Rep Tom Cole wins Oklahoma GOP primary outright against well-funded challenger, 3 others

        OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Eleven-term Okla­homa U.S. Rep. Tom Cole won a five-way…

        Biden again calls Trump a 'convicted felon' at a fundraiser pushing his 5-day total to around $40M

        Biden again calls Trump a 'convicted felon' at a fundraiser pushing his 5-day total to around $40M

        McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Pres­i­dent Joe Biden empha­sized Don­ald Trump’s crim­i­nal cas­es…

        The Context

        The Context: Natural Health Products in Canada

          The Context: Natural Health Products in Canada

          The Con­text host Annette Goern­er sits down with Aaron Skel­ton, Pres­i­dent and CEO of…

          The Context: The state of critical work in Canada

            The Context: The state of critical work in Canada

            The Con­text host Annette Goern­er sits down with Der­rick Hynes, Pres­i­dent of…

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            Putin says Russia and North Korea have vowed to aid each other if attacked in new partnership deal

            Putin says Russia and North Korea have vowed to aid each other if attacked in new partnership deal

            Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and North Kore­an leader Kim Jong Un signed…

            New York's top court declines to hear Trump's appeal of the gag order in his hush money case

            New York's top court declines to hear Trump's appeal of the gag order in his hush money case

            NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s top court on Tues­day declined to hear Don­ald Trump’s gag…

            Ethics probe into Matt Gaetz now reviewing allegations of sexual misconduct and illicit drug use

            Ethics probe into Matt Gaetz now reviewing allegations of sexual misconduct and illicit drug use

            WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Com­mit­tee on Tues­day gave an unusu­al pub­lic…

            Half a million immigrants could eventually get US citizenship under a new plan from Biden

            Half a million immigrants could eventually get US citizenship under a new plan from Biden

            WASHINGTON (AP) — Pres­i­dent Joe Biden is tak­ing an expan­sive elec­tion year step to…

            An ounce of prevention: Now is the time to take action on H5N1 avian flu, because the stakes are enormous

            An ounce of prevention: Now is the time to take action on H5N1 avian flu, because the stakes are enormous

            Bird flu pos­es a mas­sive threat, and the poten­tial for a cat­a­stroph­ic new…

            Think Tank

            Canada’s Security Classification Framework: The Biggest Impediment to Realizing Our Digital Ambition

            Canada’s Security Classification Framework: The Biggest Impediment to Realizing Our Digital Ambition

            In 2022, the Gov­ern­ment of Cana­da, under the lead­er­ship of the Chief Infor­ma­tion…

            Eurasian North – The geopolitics of Russia and China in the Arctic

            Eurasian North – The geopolitics of Russia and China in the Arctic

            What should be our expec­ta­tions of the Chi­na-Rus­sia rela­tion­ship in the Arc­tic?…

            Hard constraints – The supply and demand of NATO in the Indo-Pacific

            Hard constraints – The supply and demand of NATO in the Indo-Pacific

            Ana­lysts and pol­i­cy-mak­ers increas­ing­ly rec­og­nize that the Euro-Atlantic and the…


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            The State of the Writ, Year 3

            The State of the Writ, Year 3

            Time flies when you’re hav­ing fun — and so it’s remark­able that it is already the…

            Shackleton's last ship was a dud for polar exploration

            Shackleton's last ship was a dud for polar exploration

            Sir Ernest Shackleton’s last expe­di­tion ship, which was locat­ed on the seafloor off…

            Traffic jam on RCMP car lots

            Traffic jam on RCMP car lots

            A three-year freeze on the sale of used RCMP vehi­cles has cre­at­ed such huge stor­age…

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              Climate change, migration and Menaka’s epic birding day

              Point Pelee Nation­al Park juts out into Lake Erie like a fin­ger, as every spring…

              War grinds on in Ukraine. Is peace possible?

                War grinds on in Ukraine. Is peace possible?

                On the week­end, more than 90 coun­tries held a con­fer­ence in Switzer­land billed…

                Understood only by those who feel threatened by it

                  Understood only by those who feel threatened by it

                  Curse of Pol­i­tics was cre­at­ed by Air Quotes Media with sup­port from our pre­sent­ing…

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                    Nature is SO Gay

                    25 years ago, one Cana­di­an sci­en­tist wrote a book that detailed the…