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What kind of deal is Trump making with Saudi Arabia?

The optics of Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, where he addressed dozens of leaders from Arab and Muslim majority countries, suggested a dramatic departure for American Middle East policy. The reality is far more prosaic. Trump outlined a highly conventional U.S. Middle East policy focused on cooperation with traditional regional allies against Iran and […]

Why it’s so hard to know whether organic food is really organic

Last week, The Washington Post reported that 36 million pounds of imported nonorganic soybeans suddenly obtained “organic” labels for domestic sale after entering California. This could happen because soybeans, like other foods, areShow More Summary

Are ‘gay’ and ‘homosexual’ the same? Here’s what we found.

After Olympian Tyson Gay qualified for the 100-meter-dash final, Christian news outlet OneNews Now published an article with the following headline: “Homosexual Eases Into 100 Final at Olympic Trials.” The mistake was caused by the site’s...Show More Summary

New data shows a sharp increase in U.S. protest activity in April

This is the fourth installment in a monthly series reporting on political crowds in the United States. Each month the Crowd Counting Consortium will post updates about trends and patterns from the previous month as recorded by our volunteers. (For our counting methods, please see our first post in the series.) For April 2017, we tallied 950 protests, […]

Trump’s nominations for U.S. ambassador are hardly draining the swamp

In his campaign for president, Donald Trump famously promised to “drain the swamp” and do things differently. One way the president can do that is with the people he nominates for key positions in government. And although Trump’s Supreme Court and Cabinet nominees — and, now, the next FBI nominee — have garnered a lot […]

Trump told the Russians that firing Comey took the pressure off. This is what he should have said instead.

Editors’ note: On Friday, the New York Times reported that during his Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other Russian officials the day after he fired FBI Director James Comey, President Trump told his Russian visitors, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” The Times story also reported […]

Ramones, ‘Loudmouth’: The Week In One Song

This week: News that President Trump shared classified information with the Russians.  

Where are Europe’s illegal migrants coming from? Surprise: It’s Bangladesh.

What country are most of Europe’s illegal migrants coming from? You might think Syria or some other war-torn nation. You would be wrong. According to the International Organization for Migration, the top “sending” country is a democracy that claims to have made strides in human development: Bangladesh. Bangladeshi migrants are paying between $8,000 and $9,000 […]

With Trump leaving on his first foreign trip, here are 4 lessons about face-to-face diplomacy

On Friday, President Trump departs on his first foreign trip. Over the course of nine days, he’ll meet many leaders face-to-face for the first time, including key NATO leaders. Before leaving office, Vice President Joe Biden articulated the central importance of face-to-face diplomacy. Show More Summary

Is Mexico the second-deadliest ‘conflict zone’ in the world? Probably not.

This month, headlines have been screaming that “Mexico was second-deadliest country in 2016? and “Mexico Now World’s Deadliest Conflict Zone After Syria: Survey,” based on a report recently released by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Even President Trump retweeted the story. The reports say that Syria had about 50,000 conflict deaths last year […]

What can Watergate teach us about the Trump White House?

Sen. John McCain recently told a fundraising dinner that “We’ve seen this movie before. It’s reaching Watergate size and scale” — and certainly the references to Watergate are scaling up. Last week (only last week?) my social media feed featured Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor whose firing by Richard Nixon sparked the “Saturday Night Massacre.” […]

A Zambian opposition leader was arrested, but there are deeper cracks in the country’s democracy

When Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was arrested last month and charged with treason, the world took notice. Granted, Zambia has never been a model democracy, but this degree of government repression was far out of the ordinary. Zambia, despite its corruption and weak political institutions, is in fact known for relatively high levels of […]

What’s really at stake in Iran’s presidential election

Tomorrow, Iran will hold its 12th presidential election. The election is now a two-man race between incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, the centrist-reformist candidate, and Ebrahim Raisi, the candidate closest to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. In the past week, polls show Rouhani over the 50 percent threshold he needs to win, but also show that almost  50 […]

So is the wave of populist nationalism finished? Hardly.

Commentators are proclaiming that the nationalist populist wave has stalled. They point to the remarkable victory of the pro-European Union centrist Emmanuel Macron over National Front candidate Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, and the defeat of both far-right politician Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and of Norbert Hofer in Austria. For example, […]

Trump’s values are abhorrent to the Federalist Society of conservative lawyers. That doesn’t stop them from helping him.

New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin describes the Federalist Society as an enormously influential network of conservative lawyers. Its executive vice president, Leonard Leo, played a key role in the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and has quietly advised the Trump administration on other judicial nominations. Yet few people outside the legal […]

When Trump signs bills into law, he objects to scores of provisions. Here’s what that means.

Earlier this month, when President Trump signed into law a bill to fund the government through the end of September, he issued a statement identifying nearly 100 provisions he found constitutionally objectionable. One of those he pointed to was a provision that would include low-cost funding enabling historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to repair, […]

Trump claims he wants closer ties with Russia. Here are 3 reasons that won’t fly.

On Tuesday, President Trump sent a round of startling tweets, apparently in an effort to justify his unprecedented decision to share highly sensitive intelligence with the Russian foreign minister as a move to secure Russia’s cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State and terrorism. It’s unclear whether this signals a rapprochement between the two […]

This is why Trump’s loose tongue has compromised U.S. security

On Monday night, The Washington Post reported that President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a meeting at the White House. Specifically, he is said to have described the details of an Islamic State threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft. The information itself was reportedly […]

Can Trump count on Manila to put pressure on North Korea? 3 points to know.

President Trump raised eyebrows in late April with a phone call to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte — and an invitation for Duterte to visit the White House. After Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that these were necessary steps to pressure North Korea, commenters and former officials were quick to dismiss his explanation. These dismissals […]

Why Jordan and Morocco are doubling down on royal rule

Of the Middle East’s eight ruling monarchies, Morocco and Jordan are peculiar. Lacking the hydrocarbon wealth of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies, they carry the reputation instead as moderate kingdoms being guided toward democracy by reform-minded, Western-oriented kings. Show More Summary

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