Trump’s Big Turnaround: Cash Payments Instead of a Payroll Tax Cut
Parsing the latest economic fixes to the economic devastation being caused by the coronavirus.
Will Putin Be Russia’s President For Life?
A series of choreographed moves have set the stage for him to potentially rule until at least 2036.
What Trump Really Doesn’t Get About Trade
The U.S. president has disrupted the global economy for three years based on misguided notions about trade deficits. Now it’s Europe’s turn.
Britain’s Labour Party Starts Deciding Its Post-Corbyn Future
Front-runner Keir Starmer is seeking to get past Jeremy Corbyn and return the party to the early glory days of Tony Blair, but whoever the winner is will have to reckon with the party’s hard turn leftward.
What Really Happened to Carlos Ghosn?
Nissan just filed a lawsuit against its former CEO. Here’s why—and what could happen next.
Sinn Fein Just Upended Ireland’s Status Quo. What Comes Next?
Disgruntled Irish voters have made their voices heard, but translating that mandate into a governing coalition won’t be easy.
Why Angela Merkel’s Succession Plan Failed
The German chancellor’s anointed successor says she will no longer seek the country’s top position. Berlin now faces months of political uncertainty.
Will Irish Elections Lead to Unification?
After Saturday’s vote, the nationalist Sinn Fein party could form parts of governments in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for the first time in history.
How to Tell What’s Really Happening With the Wuhan Virus
China struggles with a fast-moving outbreak, as the authorities move to cut off unauthorized information.
Wuhan’s 11 Million People Face Quarantine as Virus Fears Spread
Trains and flights out of the central Chinese city have been canceled as the toll from a new coronavirus grows.
The Iran Deal Is Not Dead Yet, but It’s Getting There
Europe’s decision to start the dispute settlement process may set the clock ticking on the deal’s ultimate demise.
Assassination, Extrajudicial Execution, or Targeted Killing—What’s the Difference?
Successive presidents have tried to shape new terminology for political killings. But they’re still mostly illegal.
Harry and Meghan Are Leaving the Job but Keeping the Salary
Blame the British press and Buckingham Palace staff for the royal Brexit.
Is Iran Abandoning the 2015 Nuclear Agreement?
Not quite. But by saying it’s no longer bound by any nuclear restrictions, Tehran has come one big step closer to scrapping the deal.
Democrats Give Trump a Trade Victory—Even as They Impeach Him
Eager to be seen as doing more than taking down the president, Speaker Pelosi readies a “yes” vote on USMCA.
Believe It or Not, Impeachment Is About to Get Even More Partisan
Expect anger and grandstanding as the House Judiciary Committee picks up the torch with a critical decision bearing down on the Democrats.
What Just Happened in Hong Kong’s Elections?
Hong Kongers turned out in droves to defeat pro-Beijing candidates.
Shrunken Aramco Listing Could Crimp Saudi Crown Prince’s Bigger Plans
By failing to attract major international investors, Mohammed bin Salman may have to kiss his Saudi Vision 2030 goodbye.
Bolivia’s Lithium Isn’t The New Oil
A popular theory around Evo Morales’s removal is completely mistaken.
Why Protesters in Lebanon Are Taking to the Streets
The protests combine political and economic grievances and could bring down the country’s sect-based political order.
Ilham Tohti’s Sakharov Prize Will Drive Beijing Crazy
The imprisoned Uighur economist represents an entire people under attack by China.
How Turkey and Russia Carved Up Northern Syria
The pact cements Ankara’s annexation of a significant chunk of formerly Kurdish-held land.
Why Is Turkey Fighting Syria’s Kurds?
Turkey’s president says Syrian Kurdish fighters are terrorists—but he’s a very unreliable narrator.
Why Ukrainegate Is Nothing Like Russiagate
U.S. President Donald Trump has a far more damaging scandal on his hands.
What You Need to Know About the Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities
So far, attacks attributed to Iran haven’t resulted in a military confrontation with the United States.
The Queen Can’t Do Anything About Brexit
The suspension of Parliament is outrageous—but it’s all Boris Johnson’s fault.
How Does Online Racism Spawn Mass Shooters?
White nationalist terrorism is becoming normalized through internet forums.
Why Is Hong Kong Erupting?
Hong Kongers are fighting for their city's unique status under the shadow of Beijing.
What Does the Demise of the INF Treaty Mean for Nuclear Arms Control?
Trump’s exit from the U.S.-Russia treaty, which officially takes effect Friday, raises questions about whether the era of arms control is ending—or being reinvented.
How to Read Between the Lines of the Mueller Report
Here’s what to expect from the long-awaited—and now heavily redacted—probe into Trump’s Russia ties.
Julian Assange’s Legal Trouble, Explained
The WikiLeaks founder is in British custody and faces extradition to the United States.