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State Department Defends U.N. Peacekeeping

The White House and Foggy Bottom are at odds over the value of blue helmets.

U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) hold a news conference on August 19 in St. Paul, Minnesota after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked a planned trip by Omar and Tlaib to visit Israel and the West Bank.

Trump Doesn’t Care About Israel. He Cares About Reelection.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s capitulation to the White House over Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib’s visit has harmed his country’s image and profoundly endangered bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that the United States blamed on Iran in Washington on June 13, 2019.

Lawmakers Redouble Push to Stop Trump From Going to War With Iran

The U.S. president’s maximum pressure campaign on Iran is creating strange bedfellows in Congress.

U.S. Sen. James Risch, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, attends a hearing on Capitol Hill on June 19.

Senators Break Ranks Over Saudi Arabia

The Foreign Relations Committee, in a rare breach of decorum, engages in a bitter dispute over how to pressure Riyadh.

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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.

Kelly Knight Craft, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations, testifies at her nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on June 19.

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.

A member of the Yemeni security forces loyal to Houthi rebels stands guard at a square in the capital, Sanaa, on June 5.

Infuriating Congress, Trump Administration Keeps Pushing for Saudi Arms Sales

Lawmakers accused the State Department of concocting a “phony emergency.”

U.S. President Donald Trump is flanked by National Security Advisor John Bolton as he speaks at the White House on April 9, 2018.

More Democrats Accuse Trump of Inflating Iran Intelligence

A new congressional letter raises fears of stumbling into war.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington is pictured on Nov. 7, 2018.

U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

Washington and Berlin face off again over Nord Stream 2 as European ships are targeted.

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks to reporters during a flight from El Paso, Texas, after visiting the southern U.S. border on Feb. 23.

The Pentagon Is Finally Getting a New Defense Secretary

The long-awaited appointment of Patrick Shanahan allows Pentagon leaders to finally move forward on filling key positions.

A Ukrainian flag flies in front of the Ukrainian Central Election Commission in Kiev on March 12.

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Recalled in ‘Political Hit Job,’ Lawmakers Say

Marie Yovanovitch stepping down as ambassador follows attacks from both right-wing media figures in the United States and a senior Ukrainian official.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses tariffs with Congressmen Sean Duffy, left, and Robert Aderholt in the White House on Jan. 24.

Congress Should Take Back Its Authority Over Tariffs

Legislators must reinsert themselves into the trade policymaking process.

Attendees hold rainbow flags during a march to honor LGBT rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker in New York City on June 14, 2017.

Congress Wants State Department to Reckon With the ‘Lavender Scare’

Gay employees were hounded from office in a dark episode of State Department history from the 1950s and ’60s, and many committed suicide.

Indonesian workers transport ballot boxes for the upcoming general elections at the Bonto Matinggi village in Maros, South Sulawesi, on April 16. (Daeng Mansur/AFP/Getty Images)

The World This Weekend

In recent days, Washington raced to decipher the Mueller report and Indonesian voters cast ballots at more than 800,000 polling stations.

Supporters of Yemen's Houthi rebels attend a rally  in Sanaa, Yemen, on March 26. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Yemen Veto Could Still Cost Saudis

Democratic lawmaker mulls sanctioning Saudis tied to the humanitarian blockade on the war-torn country.

US President Donald Trump signs an executive order to start the Mexico border wall project at the Department of Homeland Security facility in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

With Emergency Declaration, Trump Sticks by His Populist Persona

Trump will continue targeting immigrants, while the Democrats will target the rich. Success in 2020 will depend on the messaging.

Members of the U.S. Army 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, transport heavy combat equipment including Bradley Fighting Vehicles at the railway station near the Rukla military base in Lithuania on Oct. 4, 2014. (Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon Seeks Massive Increase for ‘Slush Fund’ War Account

Contingency coffers could reach levels not seen since the Iraq surge.

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.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a break in their historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Let Democrats Become the Party of War

In their zeal to oppose any policy associated with Trump, the Democratic Party’s leaders in Congress are starting to sound like warmongers.

The U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

New Bill Seeks to Energize American Cyberdiplomacy

Lawmakers argue the State Department needs to balance human rights and national security in cyberspace.

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