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US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L), US Vice President Mike Pence (2ndL), White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (2ndR) and Pence Chief of Staff Nick Ayers (R) listen as US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before a meeting in the Pentagon January 18, 2018 in Washington, DC.(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Insubordination of Trump Isn’t Treason. It’s Normal.

The president isn't being subverted by the deep state—he's being thwarted by bureaucracy.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is greeted by Pope Francis during the Ordinary Public Consistory at St. Peter's Basilica on February 14, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

The Catholic Church Is a Dysfunctional Workplace

The ferocity of the Vatican’s civil war has less to do with theology or justice than petty office politics.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis greets incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton at the Pentagon on March 29. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

John Bolton Can’t Be Contained

For the first time in his career, Washington’s most belligerent foreign policy wonk is officially outside the bureaucratic box.

Mike Pompeo speaks at the American Enterprise Institute on Jan. 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Good Riddance to CIA Director Pompeo

Nobody's throwing goodbye parties at Langley for the outgoing boss.

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the White House, on January 12, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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Making American Bureaucracy Terrible Again

The Trump administration's petty corruption will have a clear legacy: more red tape for years to come.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Aug. 11, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Serving Under Trump Is Not a Crime

Officials in both parties urgently need to assure diplomats that working for the Trump administration won’t derail their future careers.

Saudi women sit in a stadium for the first time to attend an event in the capital Riyadh on Sept. 23, commemorating the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid a Saudi Purge, Women Face the Test of a Lifetime

As the kingdom experiences momentous change, women are keenly aware that the weight of history is on their shoulders.

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State Dept. Rebuts Criticism: ‘We Are Hitting on All Cylinders’

Reports of the death of U.S. diplomacy are greatly exaggerated, State says.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  President Donald Trump raises a fist after his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s Great Patriotic Purge

The administration's assault on experts, bureaucrats, and functionaries who make this country work isn’t just foolish, it’s suicidal.

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Who Runs the World? Mid-Level Bureaucrats.

Here’s how to make your mark in the middle tier of the U.S. government.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Trump vs. The Bureaucracy

With a president trying to challenge and discredit Washington’s establishment, how is our government supposed to accomplish anything?

GERMANY - APRIL 03: Shelves with folders. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)

The Next U.S. President’s Unspoken Challenge: Management

Hopes for a brighter future will be more realistic if the captain can run an effective ship of state.

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Why Can’t Ex-Chinese Leaders Travel Abroad?

Xi Jinping’s secret strategy for dealing with China’s powerful retired elite.

Cocooned in scaffolding, the US Capitol dome is seen in a reflecting pool on October 28, 2014 in Washington, DC as it undergoes  its first comprehensive repairs in more than half a century a century. The two-year, USD 60 million project is aimed at repairing nearly 1,300 cracks that have emerged in the nine-million-pound (4.1-million-kilogram) cast iron dome, according to the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) office.  Construction on the dome began in 1855. Work symbolically continued through the US Civil War and the structure was eventually completed in 1866.    AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

National Security Questions in the Race for House Speaker

The new, relatively inexperienced, pols fighting it out to be next Speaker of the House

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 12:  A sign stand outside the U.S. State Department September 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

10 Ways to Fix America’s Ailing State Department

It's time for the State Department to reclaim its rightful place in the policymaking process. Here's how.

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