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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 …

China

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 …

Mental Health

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

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 Donald Trump’s election, it seemed ― for lack of a better term ― poorly …

Obama Administration

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 …

Health Care

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

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 counterparts, but he would change that.<p>“Hopefully we can even it out,” Trump said. “We don’t want victory, we want fairness. All …

Donald Trump
South Asia

Trump Is a Chinese Agent

The big story everyone is chasing is whether President Trump is a Russian stooge. Wrong. That’s all a smoke screen. Trump is actually a Chinese agent. He is clearly out to make China great again. Just look at the facts.<p>Trump took office promising to fix our trade imbalance with China, and what’s …

Free Trade

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 …

Geopolitics

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 …

Russia

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 …

Europe

One Trump Adviser Really Does Know All About Putin

Fiona Hill’s book about Vladimir Putin’s career as an intelligence operative tells us a lot. But what’s she telling Trump?<p>“People person” is not …

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

Military overspending will not solve our problems<p>President Donald Trump just released a budget plan intended to fulfill a promise to rebuild the military with “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.”<p>Specifically, Trump wants to boost “base” military spending …

Military

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

President Trump and his aides tell lies and then lie about the lies, which is politically corrosive and dangerous<p>White House press secretary Sean Spicer was in a difficult spot on Thursday afternoon. Just prior to Spicer’s daily press briefing, the top Republican and Democratic members of the …

Donald Trump

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 …

Religion

Why 'Trump Administration' Is An Oxymoron

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 remaining unable to pacify the capital city, let alone …

Donald Trump

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

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 kinds of hilarious ways.<p>Via a …

Donald Trump

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

Donald Trump’s assertion about terrorism had a major falsehood

The president’s claim about foreign terrorists missed a key fact<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 about foreign terrorists.<p>"According to data provided by the …

Donald Trump

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 …

Donald Trump

Trump wants to cut the State Department’s budget by 37 percent. Congress isn’t buying it.

President Trump has floated a plan to cut the State Department’s budget by an enormous 37 percent, essentially slashing diplomacy and foreign aid to make room for an $18 billion increase to defense-related spending. But members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, are quickly shooting down the …

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Trump says Obama behind leaks

<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, angry town hall crowds Republicans have faced across the country.<p>Trump was asked in an interview on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" if he …

Donald Trump

Trump's Alpha Male Foreign Policy

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>By signing up you agree to receive email newsletters or alerts from POLITICO. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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 …