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How Rex Tillerson Wrecked the State Department

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson might not have his job for much longer, but his tenure may well be regarded as the most consequential in postwar American history: not for what he built but for what he destroyed.<p>In only ten months, Tillerson, the former C.E.O. of ExxonMobil, has presided over the …

11 secret Italian villages to visit before the crowds do

Rome? Been there. Venice? Done that. Florence? Bought the statue-of-David postcard. While this triumvirate of tourist destinations is a must-do for any first-time visitor to Italy, many of the country’s greatest charms can only be experienced in small Italian villages — places where you can slip …

Italy

How to Have the Perfect Weekend in Lisbon

Lisbon has received a lot of attention in the press lately, having been named at the top of many “must see” destination lists. With year round …

Everything You Need to Know About the Senate GOP Tax Plan

Senate Republicans released their vision for a tax-cut plan Thursday that would cut the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, with a one-year delay to …

Finance

Texas church gunman once escaped from mental health center

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who carried out the massacre at a small-town Texas church briefly escaped from a mental health center in New Mexico in 2012 and got in trouble for bringing guns onto a military base and threatening his superiors there, police reports indicate.<p>Devin …

Crime

Trump supporters eager to ‘drain the swamp’ help fill Republican Party coffers

Fueled by a string of fundraising appeals from President Trump to his supporters, the Republican Party is on track to raise more money from small-dollar contributions than it has collected in more than a decade.<p>The influx of cash from Trump's base is helping the GOP amass a major advantage as the …

Government

NRA support for restricting ‘bump stocks’ reflects impact of Las Vegas massacre

The long-simmering debate in this country over gun rights took a dramatic turn Thursday when the National Rifle Association unexpectedly joined an effort to restrict a device used to accelerate gunfire in the Las Vegas massacre.<p>The NRA's announcement gave political cover to a growing number of …

Guns

Silencers, Armor-Piercing Bullets: Congress Looks to Roll Back Gun Laws

WASHINGTON — The day House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot in June during a congressional baseball practice, his colleagues were supposed to hold a hearing on a bill to make it easier for Americans to buy gun silencers.<p>That hearing was postponed because of the shooting, and now …

Guns

The Daily 202: 10 ways politics may — or may not — change after the Las Vegas shooting

<b>Analysis</b> Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events

Las Vegas

Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns

Democrat Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.) and Republican Steve Scalise (La.) share a tragic, common bond: Both were nearly killed in separate mass …

Guns

Lawmakers can’t do anything about mass shootings without politicizing them

Here’s why it’s okay to politicize mass shootings.<p>Following a mass shooting in America, there’s a very common line used to resist any discussion around gun control: Don’t politicize a tragedy.<p>After the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night, killing at least 59 and injuring more than 500, the exact …

Mass Shootings Are A Bad Way To Understand Gun Violence

It’s impossible to say when the first mass shooting in America took place. Plant your shovel in the internet and you’ll find one event described that …

Guns

3 hard realities of American gun tragedy

In a moment of such jarring tragedy, three sad but indisputable realities of America 2017 were exposed — and then amplified — within minutes of the …

Gun Control

The gun debate, again

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history thrust the bitter debate about gun rights back to the center of Washington politics Monday -- and everyone reached for familiar scripts.<p>As horror and disbelief rocked the nation after the massacre in Las Vegas that killed at …

Guns

America's deadliest shooting incidents are getting much more deadly

<i>This article has been updated with new fatality numbers.</i><p>The mass shooting that killed at least 50 people in Las Vegas on Sunday night was the worst in modern American history. Police suspect that Stephen Paddock fired on the crowd at a country-music concert indiscriminately from his hotel room …

Guns

America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts

In the developed world, these levels of gun violence are a uniquely American problem. Here’s why.<p>America is an exceptional country when it comes to guns. It’s one of the few countries in which the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected. But America’s relationship with guns is unique in …

Guns

Five key pieces of Trump's Afghanistan plan

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump outlined his plan for the 16-year US war in Afghanistan Monday evening, vowing that the US would find victory while no longer "nation-building."<p>The President declared he would no longer announce troop levels but would focus on allowing US forces to target the Taliban …

Nation-Building

Awe-struck viewers watch total eclipse sweep across US

Ivanka Trump: 'There is a level of viciousness that I was not expecting'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Ivanka Trump said Monday she is surprised by the "viciousness" of the media covering her father's presidency, referring to the growing "cloud" of distractions resulting from the Russia probe.<p>President Donald Trump's daughter and top adviser also said on "Fox & Friends" that her …

Donald Trump

The web of relationships between Team Trump and Russia

In the most abstract sense, there is nothing noteworthy about a government official meeting with an ambassador from a foreign country. When such an interaction becomes important is when that official is an ally of a presidential campaign that’s got a complex set of possibly inappropriate …

Donald Trump

The Candy Hierarchy for 2016: Halloween's best and worst treats

<b>BC:</b> Speaking of scientific legitimacy, I can’t believe we haven’t talked about the results that are already shocking the world.<p><b>DN:</b> You’re talking …

The Trouble With Peak Trump

When he’s on a high, that’s when the problems start. What does this mean for a person angling for the most powerful job in the world?<p>In January of 2005, the week before his third wedding, Donald Trump assured Billy Bush that this time he would be a better man. “I’m gonna show up, I’m gonna say ‘I …

Donald Trump

Marijuana legalization 2016: Just how popular is legal weed this election?

On Nov. 8, nine states will vote to either legalize marijuana or allow its use for medical purposes. Since 1996, 23 states and Washington, D.C., have …

The history of Mosul, in five maps

In 1165, Benjamin of Tudela, a medieval Spanish Jewish traveler, approached the city of Mosul on the banks of the Tigris. A visitor, even a thousand years ago, could marvel at its antiquity. "This city, situated on the confines of Persia, is of great extent and very ancient," he wrote in the …

Middle East

Behind Duterte’s Break With the U.S., a Lifetime of Resentment

Philippines president, driven by a sense of grievance over colonial history and perceived slights, threatens to undo a vital American relationship in Asia<p>In an effort to clear tension with Barack Obama, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approached him during a dinner at a regional summit in Laos …

Asia

13 times Trump was dead wrong at the debate, and 2 times Clinton was

Plus a host other instances in which the candidates bent the truth.<p>The debate was unreal.<p>In a campaign season littered with falsehoods, Sunday night’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton marked the moment when the tether between rhetoric and reality snapped. From their policies and …

Donald Trump

22 Fall Salad Recipes to See You Through the Season

In spring and summer salads are an obvious meal—farmers markets overflow with fresh produce, and salads are a seasonally appropriate way to showcase the lettuces, tomatoes, and other vegetables that are in abundance. When the seasons change, the offerings at the local market change, too, but that …