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White House senior advisor Jared Kushner at a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Nov. 9 in Beijing, China. (Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)

How Jared Kushner’s Newspaper Became a Favorite Outlet for WikiLeaks Election Hacks

The New York Observer, owned by Trump’s son-in-law, was a friendly outlet for the 2016 Russian hackers.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang talks to U.S. President Donald Trump at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11. (Photo credit Jorge Silva/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Cozying Up to Trump Works

The rest of the world may not particularly like the U.S. president’s bluster, but playing to his ego is a pretty good strategy.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) talks with reporters in Washington D.C. on Nov. 3, 2015. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Can Senator Corker Save the State Department?

The gross misconduct of Rex Tillerson and the White House toward career diplomats and the Foreign Service might require an unlikely savior.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara on Oct. 31. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration Can’t Give Turkey a Hall Pass on Rule of Law

Turkey wants to play “hostage diplomacy” with the United States. But the risks of transactional politics have far-reaching consequences.

Former Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort at Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 17, 2017. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Robert Mueller’s Opening Salvo Is a Show of Strength

A quick and dirty analysis on the Manafort and Papadopoulos cases.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the beginning of a meeting at the White House on Jan. 31. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump Is Tarnishing the Military Brass

The president’s “generals” are serving the country at the expense of the reputation of its armed forces.

President Donald Trump holds a press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the White House Rose Garden on Oct. 16. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Republicans Have Stockholm Syndrome, and It’s Getting Worse

The GOP has stopped resisting President Trump and started accelerating his race to the bottom.

Policemen escort a handcuffed man on Oct. 12, 2005 in Meishan of Sichuan Province, southwest China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

China Is Getting Better at Undermining Global Human Rights

It doesn’t help that the Trump administration doesn’t seem to mind.

People hold up placards to protest against US President Donald Trump's executive order suspending the resettlement of refugees and banning people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entry into the US, during a rally near the US embassy in Tokyo on January 31, 2017.
Some 40 foreigners living in Japan participated in the rally, as a defiant US President Trump struggled to defuse a mounting backlash over his ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations. / AFP / KAZUHIRO NOGI        (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump to Cut Number of Refugees in U.S. by More Than Half

A long, contentious internal debate concludes with the lowest quota in almost 40 years.

US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arab Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Worst 1st Year of Foreign Policy Ever

Most presidents struggle in their first year as commander in chief. But Donald Trump got tired of winning before he started.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 14:  U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House September 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to visit Florida today to view relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Trump also spoke on reports from a meeting with Democratic leaders last night about a proposed deal on DACA and potentially delaying negotiations on his efforts to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.   (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Heckuva Job, Donnie!

In responding to his first natural disasters, President Trump deserves credit where credit is due — but no more than that.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Comey said that President Donald Trump pressured him to drop the FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and demanded Comey's loyalty during the one-on-one meetings he had with president. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Trump Team’s Accusations Against Comey Are Prototypical Abuses of Power

They are particularly pernicious because of the White House’s attempts to involve the Justice Department.

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.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 2: John Bolton, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, waves as he leaves Trump Tower, December 2, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Shut Out of the White House, Iran Hawk Makes Public Appeal to Trump

Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton says Steve Bannon asked him to draft a plan on scrapping the Iran deal. But now Bannon is out, so Bolton released his proposal online.

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The Prince of Darkness Has Left the Building

Steve Bannon is gone from the West Wing. Can Trump’s White House finally get itself in order?

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