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Xi Jinping holds all the cards ahead of Mar-a-Lago meeting with Trump

In stark contrast to the Chinese leader’s unchallenged authority, Donald Trump is in a far weaker position<p>At a secretive gathering of the Chinese Communist party’s most senior officials, a room-full of middle aged men in dark suits convened under a gold hammer and sickle and raised their hands in …

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The Climate Change Problem No One Talks About: Anxiety and Depression

Climate change doesn’t just affect people.’s physical health by exacerbating problems like asthma — it can also cause mental health issues like …

6 reasons the Trump presidency is in shambles

"Dysfunction begets more dysfunction."<p>Bullshitting is easy, but governing is hard: Trump’s bluster and bombast, so effective on the campaign trail, has backfired spectacularly in office.<p>As Vox’s Ezra Klein noted this week, Trump is failing on almost every front. His health care bill died — killed …

Political Science

Obama's Legacy Is Proving Far Harder To Erase Than Trump Imagined

Campaign promises are meeting governing realities, and realities are winning.<p>It wasn’t quite in the league of predicting the Dow would hit 36,000 months before the dot-com bubble burst, but when New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait unveiled his book on Barack Obama’s enduring legacy shortly before …

Every Terrifying Thing That Donald Trump Did Lately

It’s been less than five months since Donald Trump became commander-in-chief. But for the president’s detractors, it’s felt like centuries — long …

Six Ways to Tell If Trump Is Sabotaging Obamacare

The president appears to be rooting for the Affordable Care Act to fail. Here’s a guide to determine whether he’s laying the groundwork.<p>With the president pulling the vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, both the media and health experts have correctly zeroed in what may be the …

Donald Trump's Ignorance Extends to Foreign Affairs. That's A Big Problem.

The president’s meeting with Germany’s Angela Merkel offers a window into the foreign policy perils of a fact-free presidency.<p>WASHINGTON – Germany’s chancellor stood just a few feet away as President Donald Trump said her country’s trade negotiators had done a much better job than their American …

What you need to know about Turkey and the Trump administration

By Ishaan Tharoor<p>Ishaan Tharoor<p>Reporter covering foreign affairs, geopolitics and history<p>Email Bio Follow<p><i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView</b> …

Trump Administration

Why experts think Rex Tillerson skipping a NATO summit is "an unmitigated disaster"

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to skip an April meeting of NATO foreign ministers to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Washington, giving a cold shoulder to many of Washington’s closest allies. Experts on Washington’s delicate diplomatic relationship with Europe had …

Why Putin Hates Clinton and Helped Trump Win

An expert in US-Russia relations explains how we got to where we are today.<p>The Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia have spiraled out into a story that's birthed a thousand conspiracy theories about how and why Donald Trump teamed up with the Kremlin to "hack" the 2016 election. Many Trump …

The Power of Le Pen

Patrice Sinoquet loves the United States of America. In this bleak corner of northern France, he stands out in his Harley-Davidson jacket, his arms …

One Trump Adviser Really Does Know All About Putin

“People person” is not necessarily the first description that comes to mind when one thinks of Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p>Though barely a year …

Russia

Trump’s planned military buildup is based on faulty claims, not good strategy

<b>(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)</b><p>Military overspending will not solve our problems<p>Daniel Wirls<p>March 19, 2017 9:59am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>President Donald Trump just released a budget plan intended to fulfill a promise to rebuild the military with “one of the …

Trump’s ruined credibility: What happens when the White House just can’t be trusted?

<b>Sean Spicer (AP/Salon)</b><p>President Trump and his aides tell lies and then lie about the lies, which is politically corrosive and dangerous<p>Simon Maloy<p>March 19, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>White House press secretary Sean Spicer was in a difficult spot on Thursday afternoon. Just prior to Spicer’s daily press …

The Denationalization of American Muslims

For years, Republican leaders treated Frank Gaffney as a pariah. But his dark warnings about Sharia law taking over America found an audience among grassroots conservatives—and now, in the White House.<p>On March 6, the zoning board in Bayonne, New Jersey, turned down a request to convert an old …

Why 'Trump Administration' Is An Oxymoron

Don’t cheer: A White House adrift is a dangerous thing.<p>WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump took the oath of office two months ago, but is not yet running a real presidency. His administration, thus far, largely is playing like a junta that surprised the royal guards and seized the palace ― while still …

Redditors Gleefully Spoof Donald Trump’s Awkward Photo-Op With Angela Merkel

Let the Photoshop battle begin!<p>President Donald Trump may have ignored requests to shake hands with Angela Merkel in the Oval Office on Friday.<p>But a photograph of Trump staring down as the German chancellor looked on provided comic relief for Redditors, who manipulated the image (below) in all …

Trump knows the feds are closing in on him

It didn't last long.<p>Immediately before and after his well-received speech to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, President Trump curtailed his use of Twitter. "For precisely four days, eight hours and five minutes, Trump refrained from tweeting anything inflammatory," the Washington Post noted. …

Donald Trump’s assertion about terrorism had a major falsehood

<b>(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)</b><p>The president’s claim about foreign terrorists missed a key fact<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>March 1, 2017 5:02pm (UTC)<p>President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress was filled with exaggerations and falsehoods, one of which warrants particular attention — namely, his claims …

The State of Trump's State Department

Anxiety and listless days as a foreign-policy bureaucracy confronts the possibility of radical change<p>The flags in the lobby of the State Department stood bathed in sunlight and silence on a recent afternoon. “It’s normally so busy here,” marveled a State Department staffer as we stood watching the …

Junta lite: how generals and billionaires took over Trump's militarized America

America has undergone a transformation since the 9/11 attacks – and the ascent of Donald Trump has merely shoved that reality directly in our faces<p>It’s been epic! A cast of thousands. A spectacular production that, five weeks after opening on every screen of any sort in the US (and possibly the …

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Trump says Obama behind leaks

http://ht.cdn.turner.com/cnn/big/politics/2017/02/28/donald-trump-obama-leaks-fox-and-friends-intv-ac-panel.cnn_1255400_768x432_1300k.mp4<p><b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump said he believes former President Barack Obama has been behind the leaks within his administration and the sizable, …

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Trump's Alpha Male Foreign Policy

I spoke with three of the Alpha Ladies of national security, and they are not impressed.<p>Forget America First or the new nationalism or any of the other isms that have been offered as explanations for Donald Trump’s emerging foreign policy.<p>Want to really understand Trump’s philosophy of …

Foreign Policy

The FBI Offers A Detailed Overview Of Russian Interference With The 2016 Election

After the election, concerns over Russia propaganda and hacking activities influencing the 2016 elections became a hot topic, especially after a CIA report on the issue leaked. While Donald Trump attempted to dismiss the concerns, the FBI stepped forward to publicly back the CIA’s statements on the …