Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies. He edits its Foreign Policy In Focus and OtherWords services and coaches writing in the New Economy Maryland Fellowship program.

He’s a former associate editor of Right Web, a project that monitors efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy, and helped coordinate the first annual Global Day of Action on Military Spending.

His writings have appeared in The NationThe Washington Spectator, The Washington Examiner, and The Kansas City Star, among many other outlets. He’s also the coauthor of a chapter in the Verso collection The Wikileaks Files.

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Midterm Takeaway: We Need a Lot More Democracy

Republicans banked this election on lies, fear-mongering, and rule-rigging. It almost worked.
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D.C. Residents Don't Have a Vote. That Makes a Big Difference Wherever You Live.

Our government would look a lot different if the 4.5 million Americans in non-voting territories like D.C. and Puerto Rico has a voice.
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Nobody in the White House Is Part of 'The Resistance'

They admit Trump’s dangerous, but they’ll stick with him as long as he cuts billionaires’ taxes, deregulates corporations, and feeds the military-industrial complex.
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Iraq Should Be a Much Bigger Part of McCain’s Legacy Than His ‘Civility’

The “straight talk” people praise McCain for is actually what most of them can’t stand about politicians: They say noble words but cast ignoble votes.
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Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.

The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.
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The Supreme Court is a Slurring, Undemocratic Mess

The court’s been popping off far-right proclamations like a drunk uncle at Thanksgiving.
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Nevermind the Wall — They’re Building Warehouses

The newest plank of immigration enforcement? Piling children into overcrowded detention centers.
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Actually, Trump Loves Chinese Goods—So Long as they Make Him Richer

Trump rallied to save a major Chinese firm right in the middle of a trade war of his own making. Why?
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There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria

We fired 105 missiles on April 14. That’s 10 times the number of Syrian refugees we’ve taken all year.
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Get Ready for Bush 2.0

The president once distanced himself from the Bush legacy. Now he's brought back the architects of its darkest moments.
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What Trump Wants on Immigration Is Ethnic Cleansing

The president's "open hand" to Democrats is full of poison pills.

A Year Out, the Election Day Hangover We Can't Get Rid Of

At his inauguration Trump promised a government controlled by the people. How are the people faring so far?
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Republicans Admit Their Tax Plan Is All About Rich Donors

It’s unpopular. It’s expensive. But the donors want it.
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A U.S. Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?

When our soldiers kill and die in wars we don’t know about and can’t end, we’re not a democracy anymore.
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White Supremacy Carries More Than a Tiki Torch

Republicans are condemning Trump’s coddling of white supremacists. Can they speak out against racist laws, too?
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Trump’s Worst Collusion Isn’t With Russia — It’s With Corporations

The billionaires who backed Trump are making out a lot better than Putin.
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A Bipartisan Vote to Put the Brakes on War

By putting such a sinister face on it, Trump might have finally inspired lawmakers to rein in America’s post-9/11 war machine.

The Hidden Bombshell in the Comey-Trump Story

The president didn’t just want the FBI to stop investigating his friend Mike Flynn. He wanted it to arrest journalists.

After the Chemical Attack, It’s Time to Get Rid of the ‘Muslim Ban’

Now that he cares about the fate of Syrian children, I hope Trump will open up our country — not bomb theirs.
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Under Trump, the U.S. May Now Be Killing More Civilians Than Russia

With mass-casualty events from Raqqa to Mosul, some think the U.S. military is scrapping rules designed to protect innocents.

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