Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, is more qualified to do the job than Matt Whitaker—but so are thousands of others. His record, however, show’s he as bad as Jeff Sessions—if not worse. David Cole, national legal director of the ACLU and The Nation’s legal affairs correspondent, explains.
Also: a report on The Nation’s investigation of massive accounting fraud at the Pentagon—Dave Lindorff found that $21 trillion cannot be accounted for. For decades, he says, the Pentagon has been “deliberately cooking the books to mislead Congress.”
Plus: the Armenian Revolution offers “a small light of hope and progressive democratic change in a Europe increasingly shadowed by authoritarian and dictatorial forces, especially in most of the former Soviet-bloc states of Eastern Europe.” That’s what Marc Cooper says—he’s spent months in Yerevan, where elections on Sunday confirmed the victory of the revolutionaries.