Jim DeMint’s On-Off-On Trip to Honduras



Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy This is very inside DC baseball stuff on Senator Jim DeMint’s plans to visit Honduras which were announced via twitter, then stopped by Senator John Kerry, and then put back on track by Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.

Energy and Finance Highlight Europe’s Divisions



(Photo credit: G.hostbuster’s photostream) Following the Russia-Ukraine gas disagreement last December, European leaders promised to diversify their natural gas supply away from Russia in order to prevent politically motivated shortages in the future. German President Angela Merkel said that Russia’s actions would have consequences and European Commission Chief Jose Manuel Barroso called the crisis “unacceptable.

Chuck Peña: Why Liberals (like Peter Beinart) Can’t Win the War on Terror



In a recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Peter Beinart — former editor of The New Republic, who has declared that only liberals can win the war on terror (the self-proclaimed subtitle of his new book) — offers up a weak mea culpa for “mistakenly” backing the Iraq war but lauds President Clinton’s “multilateral…

Giles Trendle: European Collusion in Rendition



Europe seems to have been caught giving a nod and a wink in the dark to the CIA policy referred to in media circles as ‘extraordinary rendition’. Fourteen European states colluded with the CIA in secret US flights ferrying terror suspects around the world, according a report published last week by Europe’s human rights watchdog….

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Beltway Crusaders



As Robert Borosage, co-Director of the Campaign for America’s Future, argues in The Nation’s current issue, “the current rage in center-right Democratic circles is to resuscitate Harry Truman, substitute bin Laden for Stalin and jihadism for Communism, and summon America to a new global struggle.

P.J. Simmons: Can you Handle Another Inconvenient Truth?



Whether you’ve seen Al Gore’s film or not, you probably know by now that the carbon-based energy system we built last century is royally messing up our planet’s built-in thermostat — promising all kinds of nasty consequences unless we kick our response into high gear.