Rex Tillerson

Trump’s Dirty War in Yemen

The president is aiding Saudi Arabia in an unlawful, unpopular, inhumane bombing campaign at odds with the foreign policy that he promised Americans.<p>Earlier this year, three United States senators, including the Vermont progressive Bernie Sanders and the Utah conservative Mike Lee, authored a …

World News

Ex-New York Review of Books Editor Speaks Out: 'Convicted On Twitter'

Ian Buruma faced swift backlash after publishing an essay by #MeToo man Jian Ghomeshi<p>The New York Review of Books former top editor is speaking out …

Donald Trump

At U.N. podium, Trump to tout protecting U.S. sovereignty

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Since U.S. President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations a year ago pushing an “America First” policy, he has quit the Iran nuclear deal, the U.N. Human Rights Council and lashed out at some of the closest allies of the United States.<p>FILE PHOTO: U.S. …

United Nations

AP Analysis: Other nations adjust to 'America first' policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — America first? Try America first, second and third.<p>As President Donald Trump prepares for his second U.N. General Assembly, the Olympics of international diplomacy, his administration has turned unabashedly and profoundly inward, pursuing ever more unilateral policies in what …

Foreign Policy

They Only Hire the Best Unqualified Sycophants

The Washington Post looked into the backgrounds of the major political appointees in the Department of Housing and Urban Development and found, to no …

Ben Carson

ExxonMobil agrees to join oil and gas climate change alliance

ExxonMobil has joined the oil and gas industry’s flagship climate change project, reversing its decision not to join the alliance four years ago.<p>The company was a notable holdout when the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OCGI) was launched, but will now join European peers BP, Shell and Total in …

Oil & Gas Industry

Timeline: U.S. Relations With China 1949—2018

Timeline<p>U.S. Relations With China<p>1949 – 2018<p>Since 1949, U.S.-China relations have evolved from tense standoffs to a complex mix of intensifying …

China

Pompeo overruled State Department experts to back U.S. military support of Saudis in Yemen

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed continued U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen over the objections of staff …

U.S. State Department

Trump lashes out over lack of wall funding in 'ridiculous' spending bill

President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday over the lack of border security funding in the spending bill that the Senate passed recently.<p>“I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from after the Midterms? Dems are …

Donald Trump

Exxon and Chevron join industry climate change group | Financial Times

ExxonMobil and Chevron, the two largest US energy groups, have joined the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, a group of companies supporting curbs on …

Economics

India, Pakistan ministers to meet in U.S., but prospects are low

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan will meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly this month, the Indian foreign ministry said on Thursday, the first such high-level meeting in years between the nuclear rivals and arch foes.<p>Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan …

World News

How Donald Trump could make Venezuela's crisis dramatically worse

Venezuela’s economic and political crisis has its roots in the decline of global oil prices and the macroeconomic incompetence of Nicolás Maduro’s …

Venezuela

Latin American diplomats: Is there anyone we can talk to?

Diplomats say a revolving door of Latin American specialists at the White House and State Department has left the region’s leaders wondering who in …

Latin America

Parlor games: Defense Secretary Mattis dismisses rumors of White House discord

Defense Secretary James Mattis is not going anywhere anytime soon.<p>The former four-star Marine Corps general told reporters on Tuesday that rumors of …

U.S. Secretary of Defense

Jim Mattis rejects reports of departure : 'I don’t think about leaving’

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis rejected reports that he would be leaving the Pentagon soon, noting that he wouldn’t take them “seriously at …

Jim Mattis

Mr. Ford goes to Washington: Good luck with the White House ‘hammerheads’

Ontario Premier Doug Ford arrives in Washington on Wednesday to confer with Canadian officials on NAFTA negotiations.<p>Justin Trudeau’s negotiators had requested to have the latest round of NAFTA talks take place on their own turf this time. Better, they thought, than again rushing down as colonial …

Politics

Ex-Voya CEO Maliz Beams joins Cannabis Investment Network advisory board - Puget Sound Business Journal

By Marc Stiles <br>– Staff Writer, Puget Sound Business Journal<p>Sep 17, 2018, 11:48am PDT<p>Cannabis Investment Network (CIN) of Bellevue on Monday named …

Puget Sound

From “Mad Dog” to “Moderate Dog”: How Defense Secretary Mattis lost Trump

Mattis is the anti-Trump. That finally caught up to him.<p>It’s looking more and more likely that Secretary of Defense James Mattis’s days in the Trump administration are numbered. If he leaves, experts say it could make an already shambolic presidency even more chaotic.<p>Mattis, a retired four-star …

Foreign Policy

Did John Kerry violate the Logan Act? It's Possible

Just Now<p><b>The Logan Act: it's one of the oldest laws in America and it's authority is rarely exercised, but it's still the law of the land. The Logan</b> …

John Kerry

Monday Morning Briefing

Worst flooding yet to come for waterlogged Carolinas, Kavanaugh accuser goes public and southern China cleans up after super typhoon, catch up on the latest headlines.<p>A boat sits in a backyard after the passing of Hurricane Florence in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 16, 2018. …

North Carolina

Robert Mueller seeks November sentencing for Michael Flynn, signaling end of his use to Russia probe

WASHINGTON – Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has requested a November sentencing date for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, signaling that the former Army general has completed his cooperation with federal investigators in the ongoing inquiry into Russia's …

Donald Trump

Overfunded and Under Governed: Why Jordan's Economy Is Struggling

Donors to Jordan's economy must ensure that the country's economy does not simply survive but becomes self-sustaining.Overfunded and Under Governed: …

Foreign Aid

Ex-State Department official: I was denied promotions under Trump because I couldn’t pass ‘the Breitbart Test’

Uzra Zeya, a longtime diplomat who worked at the U.S. State Department for 27 years, has written a damning account of working at Foggy Bottom during …

Liberal View

Trump Is Making American Diplomacy White Again

I worked at the State Department for 27 years and was proud to watch it become more diverse. Until President Trump.<p>When I joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1990, I used to joke that all my South Asian-American colleagues and I could fit comfortably at a table for four. With my brownish skin, …

Politics

Exclusive: Pompeo seeks rapprochement with alienated U.S. diplomats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has nearly doubled promotions of top American diplomats as he seeks to restore diplomatic ties with a workforce alienated by his predecessor, Rex Tillerson.<p>Since taking over in April, Pompeo has lavished attention on diplomats demoralized …

World News

Here's an exhaustive breakdown of each Trump cohort's Simpsons analog

Comparing pop culture figures to the cretins in President Donald Trump’s circle is nothing new, but, Jesus Christ, a writer named Alessandro King has …

Jesus

Advertising totals reveal parties’ positioning in battle for House

By Robert Costa<p>Robert Costa<p>National political reporter covering the White House, Congress and campaigns<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Republicans and Democrats are taking starkly different approaches to advertising as they race to win control of the U.S. House, according to documents obtained by The Washington …

U.S. Politics

Trump’s foreign policy has devolved into chaos

It sounds unlikely, but the record shows that the most effective foreign policy adviser to President Trump since his election has been Barack Obama.<p>In their sole meeting, on Nov. 10, 2016, Obama managed to focus Trump on the most critical national security problem then facing the country: North …

Opinion

Trump is reportedly souring on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

Trump’s calling him “Moderate Dog” instead of “Mad Dog.”<p>Things aren’t so peachy anymore between President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, according to recent reports.<p>Helene Cooper at the New York Times and David Cloud at the Los Angeles Times have both published accounts of the …

Politics

Trump complains about media coverage of Obama’s ‘57 states’ remark 10 years ago

President Trump took to Twitter Friday night and brought up the media’s coverage of a gaffe by former President Barack Obama 10 years ago.<p>Trump tagged Fox News’ Laura Ingraham in his tweet and wrote: “When President Obama said that he has been to ‘57 States,’ very little mention in Fake News Media. …

Fake News