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Trump urges Israel to 'act reasonably' on settlements

<b>US President Donald Trump has told an Israeli paper that settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank is not "good for peace" with the Palestinians.</b><p>In an interview with Israel Hayom, Mr Trump said a peace deal was possible but urged Israel to "act reasonably".<p>Israel has advanced plans for 6,000 …

Israel

Unlike all previous U.S. presidents, Trump almost never mentions democratic ideals

As many have noted, when President Donald J. Trump speaks publicly, his rhetorical style is quite different from that of previous presidents. From the inauguration to his National Prayer Breakfast address to his provocative tweets, the president seems to speak just to his supporters. He regularly …

Political Science

Anti-fascist activists take on Trump and the far right: 'Resistance is our only shot'

For a small but growing band of activists, any public appearance by a member of white-supremacist movement is met with resistance by any means<p>More than 1,000 people were shouting “Shut it down” outside the University of California, Berkeley venue where Milo Yiannopoulos planned to speak on …

Rights & Freedoms

It’s Putin’s World

How the Russian president became the ideological hero of nationalists everywhere<p>In 2012, Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency after a four-year, constitutionally imposed hiatus. It wasn’t the smoothest of transitions. To his surprise, in the run-up to his inauguration, protesters filled the …

Political Science

European Leaders Are Now Describing Trump as a Threat

The new administration has called into question "the last 70 years of American foreign policy,” one says.<p>Something has fundamentally changed in the world when one of the leaders of the European Union mentions the American president among the top threats to European unity, along with Russian …

Europe

Sean Spicer: critics of White House Holocaust commemoration 'pathetic'

Trump’s press secretary said the president went ‘out of his way’ to recognize genocide in defense of omitted references to Jewish people and antisemitism<p>After days of criticism for omitting any mention of Jews or antisemitism from a White House statement commemorating International Holocaust …

Israel

A Clarifying Moment in American History

There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week—but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.<p>I am not surprised by President Donald Trump’s antics this week. Not by the big splashy pronouncements such as announcing a wall that he …

Political Science

Trump lays groundwork to change U.S. role in the world

President Trump began this week to reshape the U.S. role in the world, laying the groundwork, in a series of planned and signed executive actions and statements, for the “America first” foreign policy on which he campaigned.<p>Already, Trump has mandated construction of a border wall with Mexico and a …

George W. Bush

Mikhail Gorbachev: 'It All Looks as if the World Is Preparing for War'

The world today is overwhelmed with problems. Policymakers seem to be confused and at a loss.<p>But no problem is more urgent today than the …

Geopolitics

What Does It Mean That Trump Is 'Leader of the Free World'?

The puzzling resilience of a Cold War concept<p>The presidency of Donald Trump, and the prospect of a new and radically different vision of U.S. foreign policy, has raised the question of whether the United States is still the leader of the free world. The commentator Anne Applebaum, for example, …

Geopolitics

'America First,' a phrase with a loaded anti-Semitic and isolationist history

At the center of his foreign policy vision, Donald Trump has put “America First,” a phrase with an anti-Semitic and isolationist history going back to the years before the U.S. entry into World War II.<p>Trump started using the slogan in the later months of his campaign, and despite requests from the …

Top Trump aide in frequent contact with Russia's ambassador

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's national security adviser and Russia's ambassador to the U.S. have been in frequent contact in recent weeks, including on the day the Obama administration hit Moscow with sanctions in retaliation for election-related hacking, a senior U.S. official …

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Report: The Trump Transition Team Might Evict the Press from the White House

The media may no longer be permitted to gather in the White House press room.<p>The ongoing cold war between the incoming Trump Administration and the nation's news organizations has found a new battleground: the White House press room. The venue, itself a metaphor for the First Amendment, has been a …

The Return of ‘Street Corner Conservatism’ | National Review

Donald Trump and the political philosophy of the Deplorables.<p>Richard Nixon was plotting his 1968 presidential campaign when he received a letter from …

Political Science

Vladimir Putin is trying to play nuclear poker; the problem is Donald Trump doesn’t know the rules

The nuclear threat is now greater than at any time since the 1980s.<p>While the number of nuclear warheads in the world is continuing its slow decline, both Russia and America have been investing heavily in modernizing their weapons and delivery systems. In the White House will soon be a famously …

Donald Trump

The Trump World Order

To avoid upending global stability, the president-elect will need to develop respect for it.<p>President-elect Donald Trump has made a point of shaking things up. In domestic policy, this taste for disorder is risky. In foreign policy, it could be calamitous.<p>Trump isn’t yet president, so it’s early to …

China

Harvey Mansfield on Donald Trump and Political Philosophy

CH. 1 : On Donald Trump<p>How might political philosophy inform our understanding of Donald Trump? Mansfield shares his perspective.<p><b>00:15 - 26:54</b><p>CH. 2 : …

Donald Trump

Trump’s first 17 cabinet-level picks have more money than a third of American households combined

The 17 people who US president-elect Donald Trump has selected for his cabinet or for posts with cabinet rank have well over $9.5 billion in combined wealth, with several positions still unfilled. This collection of wealth is greater than that of the 43 million least wealthy American households …

Donald Trump