U.S. Intelligence Undercuts Trump’s Case on Iran-al Qaeda Links
Despite claims by Pompeo, Tehran and al Qaeda have been at odds more often than they've been aligned since 9/11.
Why Trump Decided Not to Attack Iran
Officials say the president is looking for a peaceful solution to the crisis.
Trump Nominates Army Secretary as Pentagon Chief
The president also announced he would promote Ryan McCarthy, a former Army ranger, to the top Army civilian slot.
Finally, the U.S. Is Getting Some Diplomats in the Field
Thanks to rule changes and a new push from the Senate and Pompeo’s team, a flurry of nominees is being approved at last.
Likely Pentagon Nominee Jumps Into Iran Crisis
Mark Esper has ties to Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, but some wonder if he has the stature to stand up to Trump.
Did Iran Just Invite a U.S. Attack?
“This country will not stand for it,” Trump says after drone shootdown.
Trump’s Global Gag Rule Is Killing Women, Report Says
The administration’s hard-line anti-abortion stance is undermining women’s rights and U.S. development aid around the world, critics say.
North Korea Talks in ‘Holding Pattern’ Over Key Word, U.S. Envoy Says
Biegun admits the two sides still can’t agree on what “denuclearization” means.
Dems Grill Trump’s U.N. Nominee Over Ottawa Absences
Kelly Knight Craft spent about half her tenure as ambassador outside Canada, data shows. She says much of it was work travel.
Trump’s Top Russia Aide to Depart
Fiona Hill will be replaced by the arms control expert Tim Morrison, signaling a possible shift toward nuclear talks.
Shanahan Out as Pentagon Chief as Reports Emerge of Family Disputes
In a tweet, Trump named Mark Esper, the secretary of the Army, as the new acting secretary of defense.
New Centcom Chief Walks Tightrope on Iran as Trump Adds Troops
Gen. Kenneth McKenzie must strike a balance between sending a strong deterrent signal and provoking a war in the Middle East.
A Dangerous Game of Nuclear Brinkmanship
By threatening to breach the nuclear deal, Tehran hopes to scare Europe into prodding the United States back to the negotiating table. It may not work.
How Hong Kong’s Unrest Plays to Beijing’s Hawks
Hard-liners say the protests only prove that America’s hidden hand is everywhere.
Europe’s Dream: Escaping the Dictatorship of the Dollar
Trump’s hostile behavior is reinvigorating efforts to turn the euro into an alternative to the world’s dominant currency. If only the Europeans could find some way to do it.
Some U.S. Allies Balk at Blaming Iran for Tanker Attack
Conflicting accounts of the incidents in the Gulf of Oman stir further confusion in an increasingly volatile region.
Top WMD Official Quietly Leaves Pentagon
Guy Roberts’s abrupt departure in April comes amid a long exodus of senior officials under acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
U.S. Blames Iran for Latest Tanker Attack
Pompeo says no other country could have orchestrated the explosions with “such a high degree of sophistication.”
‘Fort Trump’ for Poland? Not Quite.
Trump will send 1,000 noncombat troops to Eastern Europe amid signs of a Russian buildup.
Infuriating Congress, Trump Administration Keeps Pushing for Saudi Arms Sales
Lawmakers accused the State Department of concocting a “phony emergency.”