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The United Nations General Assembly Hall on May 12, 2006. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Haley Tried to Block Appointment of Chinese Diplomat to Key U.N. Post. He Got the Job Anyway.

As the United States pulls back from the world body, experts say it is ceding influence to China.

The State Department on January 26, 2017 in Washington, DC.

With New Appointment, State Department Ramps Up War Against Foreign Propaganda

Former Fox News correspondent and Navy veteran Lea Gabrielle to head long-troubled Global Engagement Center.

Francisco Palmieri, the then-acting assistant secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, at a congressional  hearing in Washington on Jan. 9, 2018. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Rubio Blocks Trump’s Honduras Envoy

The Florida senator is increasingly influential on U.S. policy in Latin America.

A U.S. Marine prepares to board an MV-22 Osprey on his way to a site near al-Tanf Garrison, Syria, on Sept. 7, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Lopez)

How U.S. Mission Creep in Syria and Iraq Could Trigger War With Iran

One previously unreported incident from 2017 illustrates the risks of Trump’s latest plan.

A mural of songwriter Bob Dylan by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota on Oct. 15, 2016. (Stephen Maturen/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Did the State Department Just Spend $84,375 on a Sculpture by Bob Dylan?

The purchase represents the cultural aspects of U.S. diplomacy for some and lavish and wasteful spending for others.

Freshly printed copies of the San Francisco Chronicle run through the printing press at one of the Chronicle's printing facilities in San Francisco on Sept. 20, 2007. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

You Can Hack This Headline for $200

Cybercriminals claim to be selling the ability to manipulate media outlets’ articles.

Supporters of Felix Tshisekedi, the newly elected president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, hold his portrait and cheer during his inauguration in Kinshasa on Jan. 24. (John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images)

How Washington Got on Board With Congo’s Rigged Election

The State Department endorsed Felix Tshisekedi’s unlikely presidency, taking some U.S. officials by surprise.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends the opening day of the 39th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Sept. 10, 2018. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Sought to Derail Michelle Bachelet’s Bid for Top U.N. Human Rights Job

The Trump administration was troubled by her views on abortion, Israel, and Latin America.

U.S. Marines with 3d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, prepare to board an MV-22 Osprey on to a site near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria, on Sept. 7, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Lopez)

U.S. Considering Plan to Stay in Remote Syrian Base to Counter Iran

The Trump administration could face legal issues maintaining a small force at al-Tanf.

Network cables are seen going into a server in an office building following a cyberattack that affected dozens of countries in Washington, D.C., on May 13, 2017. 
(Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Can State’s New Cyber Bureau Hack It?

The U.S. State Department is working to stand up a new cybersecurity bureau, but it's hobbled by debates with lawmakers on its purpose and mandate.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is greeted by senior North Korean officials at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang on July 6, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. to Ease Limits on Humanitarian Aid to North Korea

Aid groups welcome the move, but it’s not likely to unlock stalled nuclear negotiations.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (center) salutes during a military parade marking Independence Day in Minsk on July 3, 2018. (Sergei Gapon/AFP/Getty)

A Diplomatic Breakthrough for Washington in Europe’s Last Dictatorship

Belarus lifts a cap on the number of U.S. diplomats allowed in the country as Minsk looks west and spars with Moscow.

The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing the tanker contract in 2011. (Boeing photo)

Boeing Finally Set to Deliver Years-Delayed Tanker to U.S. Air Force

The Air Force’s effort to buy a new refueling tanker is a long and sordid tale that dates back to 2001.

The Anduril and Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey speaks onstage atthe Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit 2018 in in Beverly Hills, California, on Oct. 10. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Can Silicon Valley Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Pentagon?

Palmer Luckey, the 26-year-old founder of Oculus VR, is leading the charge to get tech companies and the Defense Department on the same page.

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