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Behind the Trump Transition Headlines, the Yeoman’s Work of Building Foreign Policy

Michael Singh is managing director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. From 2005 to 2008, he worked on Middle East issues at the National Security Council. He is on Twitter: @MichaelSinghDC. Speculation will continue over the coming days and weeks about high-profile positions in a …

Foreign Policy

US election: President-elect Donald Trump's actions and inactions will change the world as we know it

Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the United States election has sent the world into a tailspin, especially Europe and American neighbours. Going by …

Donald Trump

Anti-Trump protesters march for 3rd night; Portland police call it a 'riot'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Thousands protesting Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election took to the streets for a third night of demonstrations and vigils in several US cities.<p>An anti-Trump rally in Portland, Oregon, revved up as protesters confronted police Thursday night. What started out as a peaceful …

Justice

Trump shows flashes of his old self

The president-elect shows dueling impulses as anti-Trump protests surge across the nation.<p>Donald Trump is showing flashes of his classic form, lashing out on Twitter at the protesters raging against his imminent presidency, before cleaning up the comment the next morning.<p>“Just had a very open and …

Donald Trump

Ex-congressman with Downton Abbey office indicted over spending

Aaron Schock charged with 24 criminal counts following claims he used House and campaign funds to support lavish lifestyle<p>An Illinois congressman who resigned amid scrutiny of his lavish spending – including a Downton Abbey-style redecoration of his Capitol Hill office – has been charged in a …

Corruption

The cult of the expert and how it collapsed - podcast

Led by a class of omnipotent central bankers, experts have gained extraordinary political power. Will a populist backlash shatter their technocratic dream?<p><b>Subscribe via Audioboom, iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Acast & Sticher</b>

Public Policy

Why Michelle Obama is unlikely to run for president

The first lady recently inspired voters on the trail when she campaigned for Hillary Clinton, but don’t expect her to pursue a career in politics<p>When Michelle Obama took the Democratic national convention by storm this year – and again when she gave a barnstorming speech attacking Donald Trump last …

Michelle Obama

I’m a Latino millennial, and Donald Trump has inspired me beyond words

My family may be Democrats, but I have always been a Republican, and I officially registered for the party shortly after my 18th birthday. The first Donald Trump rally I went to was in Las Vegas last year. The crowd was joyful and happy, people were singing and cheering, and when Trump got up on …

Donald Trump

Trump meets with Obama at the White House as whirlwind transition starts

President-elect Donald Trump and President Obama met for the first time Thursday and pledged to work together, starting the whirlwind transition that will unfold over the next 10 weeks until Trump is sworn into office Jan. 20.<p>Trump later met with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) at the Capitol …

Donald Trump

Civilians shot, bodies hung from poles in Mosul, Iraqi sources say

<b>Irbil, Iraq (CNN) —</b> As fighting continued in and around Mosul on Friday, civilians caught in crossfire have a stark choice: whether to flee or stay huddled inside their homes.<p>Many residents tell CNN the intensity of the fighting and the airstrikes in eastern parts of the city limited their …

Middle East

Trump win opens way for China to take climate leadership role | Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - The election of climate change skeptic Donald Trump as president is likely to end the U.S. leadership role in the international fight against global warming and may lead to the emergence of a new and unlikely champion: China.<p>U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gestures …

Climate

Trump administration could mean new life for Clinton Foundation probe

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The FBI has spent more than a year looking into the Clinton Foundation without getting beyond the starting gates. That could soon change.<p>Investigators at the FBI's New York office, who unsuccessfully argued for months that they should be allowed to open a full-blown investigation …

Donald Trump

Serbia deports Russians suspected of plotting Montenegro coup

Serbia has deported a group of Russians suspected of involvement in a coup plot in neighbouring Montenegro, the Guardian has learned, in the latest twist in a murky sequence of events that apparently threatened the lives of two European prime ministers.<p>The plotters were allegedly going to dress in …

Russia

Turkish newspaper chairman detained at Istanbul airport

Akın Atalay held in ‘terrorism’ investigation after nine staff from his Cumhuriyet paper were arrested last week<p>The top executive of Turkey’s most influential opposition newspaper has been detained in a crackdown in which nine other staff members have been apprehended in recent days.<p>Akın Atalay, …

Human Rights

Russia's Putin sees risk of budget deficit exceeding 3.7 percent of GDP | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday there was a risk this year’s federal budget deficit could slightly exceed 3.7 percent of gross domestic product.<p>Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a glass during a ceremony of receiving diplomatic credentials from foreign …

Russia

The Latest: Pence speaks at Indiana Veteran's Day event

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential transition (all times EST):<p>4:05 p.m.<p>Vice President-elect Mike Pence recalled his late father's …

Donald Trump

More anti-Trump action planned after second night of protests across US

Activists say they are weighing up their next moves, as hundreds of people take to the streets again following election of Donald Trump<p>Become a Guardian supporter or make a contribution<p>Protesters across the US were on Friday gearing up for weekend demonstrations over the election of Donald Trump, …

Donald Trump

Trump, Brexit and the age of popular revolt: 2016 in Long Reads

Ten big stories to help make sense of a bewildering year in global politics<p>The political earthquakes of 2016 have shaken the complacent preconceptions of the liberal establishment. But the signs were there. Here are ten stories that tried to reckon with our new era of populist backlash.<p>The dark …

Political Science

The Closet as Workspace, Bedroom or Bar

Some New Yorkers have a use-what-you-have mentality that allows them to see an ordinary old coat closet as a gift of more square footage in a city where every inch of interior real estate counts. With a little work and a lot of vision, they’ve discovered that the smallest and most unassuming space …

Real Estate

9 New Books We Recommend This Week

However you feel about the results of this week’s election, there’s no arguing that it was a long and brutal campaign season. Let’s take refuge in stories, and in the long view of history.<p>Pamela Paul<br>Editor of The New York Times Book Review<p><b>THE ATTENTION MERCHANTS: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our</b> …

Books