Mike Ludwig of Truthout: As lobbyists swarm Congress, the government is facing a possible shutdown over the wall.
Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, now openly allege that Russia is arming the Taliban.
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Mike Lofgren is a former congressional staff member who served on the House and Senate budget committees. His new book, The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government, appeared January 5, 2016.