The anti-Islamic State fight could devolve into a war between the Kurds and Ankara and disrupt the plan to take back the terrorist group’s de facto capital.
Molly O’Toole is a senior reporter at Foreign Policy, covering immigration, refugees, and national security. She was FP’s sole 2016 presidential campaign reporter, on the trail from New Hampshire to Nevada. Previously, she covered the politics of national security for Atlantic Media’s Defense One, where she reported from Congress, the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department. Before that, she was a news editor at the Huffington Post. Molly has also reported on national and international politics for Reuters, the Nation, The Associated Press, and Newsweek International, among others, from Washington, New York, Mexico City, and London. She received her dual master’s degree in journalism and international relations from New York University and her bachelor’s from Cornell University and in 2016 was a grant recipient of the International Women’s Media Foundation. She will always be a Californian.
The new executive order tweaks some of the big flaws that blocked the first travel ban — especially for visa holders — but still may face legal challenges.
Other top lawmakers, including Republicans, didn’t see the point in meeting with Russian officials.
The new president brings parents of children killed by undocumented immigrants as his guests, while opponents bring children of undocumented immigrants he just removed.
Will Rex Tillerson resist a plan to gut the State Department?
According to an internal memo, laxer standards are needed to expand the number of Border Patrol agents, but that could come at a cost in security.
Despite the president’s threats, Mexico City also has leverage when it comes to immigration and border security.
Under orders for years to shut the prison down, commanders at Gitmo are now bracing for the new president’s “bad dudes.”
The administration’s plans to focus on countering only one sort of extremism could imperil the broader fight against terrorism.