bureaucratic politics

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis greets incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton at the Pentagon on March 29. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

John Bolton Can’t Be Contained

For the first time in his career, Washington’s most belligerent foreign policy wonk is officially outside the bureaucratic box.

Mike Pompeo speaks at the American Enterprise Institute on Jan. 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Good Riddance to CIA Director Pompeo

Nobody's throwing goodbye parties at Langley for the outgoing boss.

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the White House, on January 12, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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Making American Bureaucracy Terrible Again

The Trump administration's petty corruption will have a clear legacy: more red tape for years to come.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Aug. 11, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Serving Under Trump Is Not a Crime

Officials in both parties urgently need to assure diplomats that working for the Trump administration won’t derail their future careers.

Saudi women sit in a stadium for the first time to attend an event in the capital Riyadh on Sept. 23, commemorating the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid a Saudi Purge, Women Face the Test of a Lifetime

As the kingdom experiences momentous change, women are keenly aware that the weight of history is on their shoulders.

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State Dept. Rebuts Criticism: ‘We Are Hitting on All Cylinders’

Reports of the death of U.S. diplomacy are greatly exaggerated, State says.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  President Donald Trump raises a fist after his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s Great Patriotic Purge

The administration's assault on experts, bureaucrats, and functionaries who make this country work isn’t just foolish, it’s suicidal.

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Who Runs the World? Mid-Level Bureaucrats.

Here’s how to make your mark in the middle tier of the U.S. government.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Trump vs. The Bureaucracy

With a president trying to challenge and discredit Washington’s establishment, how is our government supposed to accomplish anything?

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