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Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier

How the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>In January, after a long day at his London office, Christopher Steele, the former spy turned private investigator, was stepping off a …

Russia

The Democratic Party’s Campaign Arm Grows More Toxic in Midterm Races

The campaign committee has been on the receiving end of outrage from a number of candidates and progressive groups in recent weeks.<p>Just days ahead of …

Pennsylvania Republicans lost the redistricting battle. Now, they’re declaring war on the courts.

Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania who lost a gerrymandering case before the state’s Supreme Court are now calling for justices who issued the ruling to be impeached.<p>The court ruled this year that the congressional map drawn by Republican legislators in 2011 was a partisan gerrymander that …

Government

It's Been an Open Secret All Along

The scandal of Michael Wolff’s new book isn’t its salacious details—it’s that everyone in Washington has known its key themes, and refused to act.<p>Three months ago, when Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i> unloaded their first big report about Harvey Weinstein’s pattern of sexual …

Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Win – and Neither Did His Campaign

On the afternoon of November 8, 2016, Kellyanne Conway settled into her glass office at Trump Tower. Right up until the last weeks of the race, the …

Donald Trump

The Trump administration pushes for a change that could derail the census

PERHAPS NO institution is more important to the functioning of American democracy than the census, the once-a-decade count of the U.S. population that determines congressional representation — and where billions in federal dollars will be spent. Yet both the GOP-led Congress and the Trump …

Trump Administration

Harvey should be a warning to Trump that climate change is a global threat

As rains fell and floodwaters rose in Houston,<p>President Trumptook to Twitter with an “oh, gosh” tweet: “Wow - Now experts are calling #Harveya once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well!”<p>How refreshing it is when the president directs our attention to the words of …

Climate Change

Trump is dragging us toward a full-blown crisis. Here’s what has to happen now.

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>It is welcome that some Republicans stepped forward to condemn President Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County (Ariz.) sheriff Joe Arpaio. But something more is needed right now: We also need to hear a loud, clanging alarm from Republicans and Democrats alike that signals to …

Donald Trump

Who are the antifa?

On Monday, President Trump capitulated to the popular demand that he distance himself from his comment that “many sides” were to blame in Charlottesville by explicitly denouncing white nationalism. “Racism is evil,” he appeared to grudgingly concede, “including the KKK, neo-Nazis and white …

Rights & Freedoms

It's Up to Congress to Call Trump to Account

A bipartisan vote condemning the president’s failure to distance himself from white supremacism could provide the leadership he has failed to offer.<p>On Saturday, Donald Trump was widely condemned for his response to the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a motorist …

The Hoods Are Off

The “Unite the Right” gathering wasn’t a Klan rally at all. It was a pride march.<p>In July 2017, the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society invited members of the press to a private conference to discuss a sensitive pair of items from the organization’s collection: a pair of robes that might …

Can Any Democratic Candidate Satisfy the Left?

It is the year 2017, a full three years out from the next presidential election, and yet we are already talking about 2020. We dream of a savior, and …

Middle-class

Someone needs to distract Trump with a shiny object

A look at the second half, so far, of the president’s first year in the White House.<p>A look at the second half of the president’s first year in the White House.<p>This is what we dreaded. Some international crisis was bound to flare up, and President Trump would make it worse. Now we can only hope that …

North Korea

North Korea just called Trump’s bluff. So what happens now?

Yesterday, President Trump took a break from his 17-day vacation to threaten North Korea. His words:<p>North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state. And as I said, …

North Korea

Trump’s Fledgling Presidency Has Already Collapsed

President Trump’s approval rating has dropped by about one percentage point per month and now sits in the mid-30s. At the current rate, it would hit …

Donald Trump

Trump aides’ stunning cry for help: Admitting the president misled the American people

President Trump hates leaks. He hired Anthony Scaramucci 10 days ago to very publicly root them out, and he has even attacked his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for not investigating them aggressively enough.<p>But oftentimes with Trump, a leak isn't just a leak; it's an effort to save him from …

Donald Trump

Obamacare Lives

I remember where I was and how it felt when the House of Representatives held the deciding vote to establish the Affordable Care Act. It was a …

Health Care

A basic income really could end poverty forever

But to become a reality, it needs to get detailed and stop being oversold.<p>I first heard the term “basic income” in the socialist magazine Dissent in 2005. I was a 15-year-old leftist with a taste for weird, radical plans to restructure society: say, having the government buy up majority stakes in …

This presidency can’t be saved. It’s all downhill from here.

In light of news reports that President Trump’s team is scouring the record for conflicts of interest on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team (the essence of chutzpah) and contemplating pardons (of aides and/or himself), it is worth considering how this may all play out.<p>We offer several …

Donald Trump

How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool

He and his coterie of idiots, nihilists, and opportunists were the perfect prey for Putin’s spell.<p>In the fall of 2012, I was in Moscow, at the embassy of a small Middle Eastern country. I was writing an article for <i>The New York Times Magazine</i> about an oligarch in Baku who wanted to build the tallest …

Donald Trump

Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation

Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump: L’état, C’est Moi

In his bizarre New York <i>Times</i> interview, Donald Trump expresses his characteristic assortment of fever-dream assertions. The president believes …

Donald Trump

Liberals can win again if they stop being so annoying and fix their 'hamburger problem'

On one hand, it's obviously true that Democrats suffer from a cultural disconnect from non-college-educated voters who have abandoned the party in droves. Democrats believe their economic agenda should appeal to people with lower incomes, yet income has become a poor predictor of partisan …

The Breakthrough: How an ICIJ Reporter Dug Up the World Bank’s Best Kept Secret

ICIJ reporter Sasha Chavkin had been investigating the World Bank for months when he visited a sweltering military post in Honduras and sat with the …

World Bank

How Rex Tillerson Turned the State Department Into a Ghost Ship

When Donald Trump tapped Rex Tillerson, then CEO of ExxonMobil, to serve as secretary of state, expectations weren't high. With zero experience in …

U.S. Dept. of State

At a luxury high-rise in India, the maids are rioting

NEW DELHI — A mob of angry domestic workers chanted in protest and threw stones at a luxury high-rise outside India’s capital on Wednesday, laying bare the deep divisions between the haves and have-nots in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.<p>Police said that more than 150 maids working in …

India

The Donald Trump Jr. emails change everything

It is no longer possible to dismiss the Russia scandal as fake news.<p>The June 2016 email thread in which Donald Trump Jr. was offered Russian government help for the Trump campaign has now been released, and it is utterly damning.<p>In the thread, publicist Rob Goldstone writes clear as day that a …

Trump's Low-Level Russian Connection

In stories about her meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Natalia Veselnitskaya, the unlikely celebrity in the latest installment of the Trump-Russia …

How Trumpcare Dies

One of the central challenges opponents of Trumpcare face is that they must constantly probe the bill for signs of life. Like a monster in a horror …