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The logo of news website BuzzFeed is seen on a computer screen in Washington on March 25, 2014.   (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Senior FBI Official Is Leading BuzzFeed’s Effort to Verify Trump Dossier

Anthony Ferrante coordinated the U.S. government’s response to Russian election interference. Now he’s helping a news site defend itself from a Russian billionaire’s lawsuit.

Donald Trump and Miss America contestants at Trump Tower, in New York on May 8, 2012.

The Teflon Don

Sex scandals have a long history of taking down politicians — but don't get your hopes up about the current U.S. president.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is sworn in at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 1, 2017. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

There’s No Happy Ending for Rex Tillerson

The secretary of state has held on for a year, but it’s too late for his tenure to end well.

Rep. Ed Royce speaks during a conference on countering violent extremism, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rep. Ed Royce’s Failure to Hold Trump Accountable Is a Dereliction of Duty

The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee should use his last year in office to reverse the unprincipled silence and moral weakness of Republicans in Congress.

President Donald Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen meet in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on Jan. 4. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

If You Thought 2017 Was Bad, Just Wait for 2018

Last year, Trump corroded U.S. foreign policy, but avoided disaster. This year, there are powerful reasons to think that matters will worsen.

Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a campaign event 
on September 6, 2016 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

NeverTrump Doesn’t Owe Anyone an Apology

The president’s policy achievements can never make up for his destructive shamelessness.

Ulysses S. Grant. (Wikimedia Commons)

War and Reconstruction: Ron Chernow’s marvelous new biography of U.S. Grant

In the years following the Civil War, the American south descended into chaos.

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Oct. 7. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

How Far Must Trump ‘Unravel’ Before the 25th Amendment Kicks In?

The constitutional amendment on presidential disabilities could pose a real threat to Trump. But that shouldn't give his opponents solace.

US President Donald Trump walks from motorcycle police to Air Force One at Indianapolis International Airport on September 27, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Systematic, Deliberate Deception Is an Impeachable Offense

The president cannot be excused just because he is a politician who feels entitled to play the game.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Traditional Mayan dancers march past the Metropolitan Detention Center as undocumented people jailed inside tap on the windows in opposition to the President Trump order end to DACA on September 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, United States. The Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects young immigrants who grew up in the U.S. after arriving with their undocumented parents from deportation to a foreign country. The executive order by the president removes protection for about 800,000 current "dreamers", about 200,000 of whom live in Southern California. Congress has the option to replace the policy with legislation before DACA expires on March 5, 2018.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Trump’s DACA Decision Defies All Norms

The president's incompetence continues to temper his malevolence.

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 28:  President Donald Trump speaks at the NRA-ILA's Leadership Forum at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. The convention is the largest annual gathering for the NRA's more than 5 million members. Trump is the first president to address the annual meetings since Ronald Reagan.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Is Trump Changing the Executive Branch Forever?

When the president doesn’t even speak for his own White House, it is not business as usual.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - JANUARY 16:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests at the 2016 South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention on January 16, 2016 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Along with  Trump, Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee spoke at the convention.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Congress Needs to Open a Formal Impeachment Inquiry

The time has come to begin a serious conversation about the removal of President Donald Trump.

US President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Raleigh County Memorial Airport in Beaver, West Virginia, July 24, 2017, as Trump travels to speak at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Missing President

Two crises in the past week demanded leadership of the singular sort that only the president can supply. Trump failed on both counts.

People walk past the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2017.
The US Senate reconvenes after failing to pass Republican health care reforms sought by US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Congress Revive the Authority to Impeach Executive Officers Below the President?

The legislature has its own constitutional power to bring executive officials into line.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 31: Governor Mike Pence of Indiana holds a press conference March 31, 2015 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pence spoke about the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act which has been condemned by business leaders and Democrats.  (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Memo to Pence: Prepare to Be Gerald Ford

If you want to be Trump's successor after his impeachment or resignation, these are the steps you have to take right now.

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