Michael Kober

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The War America Isn’t Fighting

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells us about his Pentagon plan to counter Russia—and why both Obama and Trump have failed to execute it.<p><i>Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.</i><p>When Ash Carter became President Barack Obama’s fourth and final …

Russia

America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn't Care

Trump’s gravest responsibility is to defend the United States from foreign attack—and he’s done nothing to fulfill it.<p>As the rest of America mourns the victims of the Parkland, Florida, massacre, President Trump took to Twitter.<p>Not for him the rituals of grief. He is too consumed by rage and …

Political Science

How the U.S. Fueled the Rise of MS-13

The notorious gang known as MS-13 has become a focal point in President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on immigration, with the president citing the gang’s …

Immigration

How the growth of cities changes farming

LOOKING out from Mathabari, a village in northern Bangladesh, the landscape glints and ripples. Twenty years ago this was a rice-farming area, with …

Aquaculture

Women could be the undoing of Donald Trump

IF DEMOCRATIC strategists could build a candidate for Pennsylvania’s sixth congressional district, she would probably look something like Chrissy …

Political Science

Congo is sliding back to bloodshed

NO CONFLICT since the 1940s has been bloodier, yet few have been more completely ignored. Estimates of the death toll in Congo between 1998 and 2003 …

Africa

Deep Dish: Nuclear Postures and Bloody Noses

NATO Ambassador Ivo Daalder and POLITICO's Susan Glasser react to the Pentagon's new nuclear posture review, the rumored "bloody nose" strategy for …

North Korea

Trump Uses MS-13 To 'Sell Draconian Overhauls Of Border Issues,' Journalist Says

<i>New Yorker</i> writer Jonathan Blitzer says President Trump uses the notorious gang to paint a portrait of rampant criminality among immigrants — and to frame the broader immigration debate.

Immigration

Capitalism isn't an ideology -- it's an operating system

Bhu Srinivasan researches the intersection of capitalism and technological progress. Instead of thinking about capitalism as a firm, unchanging …

Economics

Struggle for black and Latino mortgage applicants suggests modern-day redlining

<b>Judy Woodruff:</b><p>It’s been 10 years since the economic recession, and credit has slowly returned for most Americans.<p>By 2016, the number of conventional …

Housing

‘Black Women Are Realizing the Power of Their Vote’

The massive turnout of African-American women in 2017’s elections was only the start, predicts Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.<p><i>Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.</i><p>The massive turnout of black women in 2017’s elections was only the start, predicts …

Karen Handel

Why Americans don't do anything about mass shootings

<b>(CNN) —</b> In October, 2017, the worst mass shooting in US history took place at a country music concert in Las Vegas. Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 people injured. Bill O'Reilly boiled the massacre down to six words: "This is the price of freedom."<p>I hate to say it, but he is right. …

Guns

Stimulus Response

Jared Bernstein has a dilemma. He's a liberal economist, and he's been saying for years that the U.S. needs stimulus — some combination of higher spending and lower taxes — to drive up wages for workers.<p>Congress and the President recently passed bills to raise spending and cut taxes.<p>These weren't …

Economics

The Key To Raising A Happy Child

For much of the past half-century, children, adolescents and young adults in the U.S. have been saying they feel like their lives are increasingly out of their control. At the same time, rates of anxiety and depression have risen steadily.<p>What's the fix? Feeling in control of your own destiny. …

Parenting

The Precedent for Trump's Administration Isn't Nixon—It's Clinton

A network analysis of the structure of the president's inner circle suggests some surprising parallels.<p>History is at least as much about the structures of power as it is about the personalities of “great men”—or terrible ones. Of course, a president’s idiosyncrasies matter, and the outsized and …

Donald Trump

“America’s Harvest Box” Captures the Trumpian Attitude Toward Poverty

On Monday, the Trump Administration rolled out a budget that would dramatically alter the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—also known as <i>SNAP</i>, or, more colloquially, food stamps—which helps protect almost one-sixth of the American population from falling into hunger. There’s a good chance …

Income Inequality

Steve Bannon Sees #MeToo As An 'Existential Threat' To Trump, Journalist Says

Though six months have passed since Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist, he continues to follow the drama inside the Trump administration.<p>Journalist Joshua Green says the right-wing provocateur is particularly attuned to the #MeToo movement, which he's dubbed "the …

Donald Trump

Melinda Gates: President Trump’s ‘Misguided’ Budget Shows U.S. Doesn’t Care About Women and Children

President Trump on Monday released his latest budget request for the next fiscal year. The plan drew reactions from all over, including criticism …

Public Health

How a Saudi nuclear reactor could accelerate an arms race

IN THE desert 220km (137 miles) from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a South Korean firm is close to finishing the Arab …

Nuclear Energy

Agency-by-agency highlights of Trump's 2019 budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Highlights from President Donald Trump's budget for fiscal year 2019.<p>___<p>DEFENSE<p>Trump's budget for 2019 shows the administration's concern about the threat from North Korea and its missile program.<p>The Pentagon is proposing to spend hundreds of millions more in 2019 on missile …

David Shulkin

3 lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage

What's the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate? In this inspiring, poetic talk, Valarie Kaur asks us to reclaim love as a …

APIs

How protest is redefining democracy around the world

The democratic process is messy, complicated and often inefficient -- but across Africa, activists are redefining democracy by putting protest at its …

Africa

Is Harriet Jacobs The Black Anne Frank?

Some have compared the trials of former slave Harriet Jacobs to those of Anne Frank. Both deserve their own stories be told.<p>Is calling Harriet Ann …

Black History

In His First Year As Attorney General, Sessions Transforms Justice In Key Ways

One year ago this week, Jeff Sessions stood beaming in the Oval Office as he awaited his swearing-in as the 84th attorney general of the United States.<p>On that day last February, President Trump signed executive orders on violent crime and gangs, pledging that a "new era of justice begins." And, in …

Jeff Sessions

Lessons From the Tet Offensive

Last month marked the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the Tet Offensive. Yesterday I had the good fortune to discuss the lessons of Tet with …

Vietnam

Olympics show U.S. and South Korea out of sync on North Korea

<b>Judy Woodruff:</b><p>The opening ceremony is over, and Pyeongchang Winter Games are about to begin in earnest.<p>But, as John Yang reports, among the most …

North Korea

The budget deal will add billions to the deficit. What are the benefits and risks?

<b>Judy Woodruff:</b><p>Last night’s brief government shutdown may not have had much of an impact, but the wide-ranging budget deal signed today by the …

Economy

Threats to democracy in the Trump era

In his new book, “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,” David Frum outlines how Trump could push America toward illiberalism, what …

David Frum

Threats to democracy in the Trump era

Democracy

With Budget Deal, the G.O.P. Tosses Out the Economics Textbooks

With Donald Trump in the White House and Congress bitterly divided, setting economic policy has been a haphazard, piecemeal business. In December, congressional Republicans rammed through an overhaul of the tax code that was so rushed, it’s still not clear how parts of it will work in practice. …

Economics