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A person wears a QAnon sweatshirt during a pro-Trump rally

America’s Conspiratorial Delusions Weren’t Born Under Trump

False realities have been part of the U.S. political scene for decades.

Pro-Uighur protesters demonstrate outside the White House in Washington, on Aug. 14, 2020.

State Department Lawyers Concluded Insufficient Evidence to Prove Genocide in China

Despite the Trump administration’s declaration of a genocide in Xinjiang, upheld by the Biden administration, some legal experts suspect China’s behavior may fall short of actual genocide.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with then-U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit Charlevoix, Canada, on June 9, 2018.

America Is Back. But Can Allies Ever Trust It Again?

Fears of another Trump make it even more urgent that allies work with Biden now.

An airport worker walks along Daxing International Airport in Beijing on Feb. 8.

China’s Potemkin Aviation Can’t Survive Without Washington’s Help

Biden has a hard choice to make regarding Trump’s limits on airliner tech.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

A Grand Old Identity Crisis

Trump may have been acquitted, but his brand has been damaged. The Republican Party now faces a battle for its future.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer walks with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 9.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Political psychologists offer a new approach to authoritarianism, Ukraine clamps down on pro-Russian media, and a critically acclaimed documentary chronicles Wuhan’s lockdown.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to city officials and employees of Double Eagle Energy at the site of an active oil rig in Midland, Texas, on July 29, 2020.

The Death of the Carbon Coalition

Existing models of U.S. politics are wrong. Here’s how the system really works.

A specialist inside a COVID-19 mobile unit set up by the Peruvian Ministry of Health at the Hipolito Unanue Hospital in Lima on Feb. 27, 2020.

A Fight Over a Trump Official Could Block Aid to Latin America

The largest provider of urgently needed aid is up for a bigger budget, but some Democrats first want to remove its Trump-nominated head.

A man walks past a wall of messages of support for the ongoing protests against the military coup in Yangon on Feb. 11.

Why Convicting Trump is Key to Biden’s Foreign Policy

With U.S. credibility so low, promoting democracy is harder than ever—so Washington should get its own house in order first.

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in Washington on Jan. 6.

How to Live With Authoritarians

Democracies have to learn how to manage some people’s innate fears of change.

Katherine Tai speaks after then President-elect Joe Biden announced her nomination to be U.S. trade representative

Why Everyone Likes Katherine Tai

Biden’s nominee to be U.S. trade representative is admired on both sides of the aisle, but she faces some of the toughest conditions ever when it comes to winning over the rest of the world.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer walks with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 9.

Historic Second Impeachment of Trump Gets Underway

While a conviction seems unlikely, Democratic lawmakers seek accountability for the former president’s instigation of the mob that stormed the Capitol.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump protest inside the U.S. Capitol

Why Partisan Hostility Won’t End With Trump

The U.S. political system is designed for demonization and gridlock. Countries with proportional representation and parliamentary systems promote coalitions and cooperation among rivals.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to staff during his first visit to the State Department in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4.

Biden Puts a Kinder, Gentler Spin on ‘America First’

To lead abroad, Joe Biden argued in his first foreign-policy speech as president, America must heal itself.

U.S. President Joe Biden arrives to speak to staff during his first visit to the State Department in Washington on Feb. 4.

‘America Is Back,’ Biden Says

The new president returns to traditional foreign policy—with a big dash of populism.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 17, 2020.

Give Everyone a Vote on Kicking Politicians Off Social Media

If platforms aren’t going to enforce their rules properly, they should go back to Athenian ostracism.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the White House in Washington on Jan. 26.

Congress Will Make It Tough for Biden on Iran

Biden’s nominees will face trouble in the Senate unless they prove they learned the lessons of the failed 2015 nuclear agreement.

Rob Malley, former U.S. negotiator during the Iran nuclear program negotiations and current president and CEO of the International Crisis Group

Biden Taps Obama Administration Diplomat as New Iran Envoy

Robert Malley, who has faced sharp criticisms from Republican lawmakers, will be tasked with trying to get Iran back to the negotiating table on its nuclear program.

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