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Deputy National Security Ben Rhodes edits President Barack Obama's speech aboard Air Force One (Pete Souza/White House/Flickr)

A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the asshole who is the president’s foreign policy guru

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US President Donald Trump gives a speeech at the Warsaw Uprising Monument on Krasinski Square after he gave a speech during the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Warsaw, Poland, July 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Has Reshaped Presidential Rhetoric Into an Unrecognizable Grotesque

In Poland, the president had all the facts and stories and history right, but drew all the wrong lessons.

US Vice President Joe Biden gestures during his speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 20, 2016..
Rising risks to the global economy and a string of jihadist attacks around the world overshadowed the opening of an annual meeting of the rich and powerful in the snow-blanketed Swiss ski resort. Even as heads of state, billionaires and Hollywood megastar Leonardo DiCaprio were arriving, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sounded the alarm about perils in the major emerging market economies and lowered its outlook for global economic growth this year.
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Davos Diary 2: Say It Ain’t So, Joe

As Biden delivers his valedictory address at the World Economic Forum, we wonder what might have been.

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room of the White House, in Washington DC, on January 8, 2014. (Aude Guerrucci/Pool)

Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Fantasy

The vice president has mischaracterized U.S. foreign policy under Obama.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, August 15, 2016, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read )

Biden Slams Trump on National Security: ‘His Shame Has No Limits’

The vice president singles out Trump’s friendliness toward Russia and his claim that Obama “founded” ISIS as evidence the GOP nominee is “already making our country less safe.”

CHATTANOOGA, TN - AUGUST 15:  U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a memorial service to honor those killed In Chattanooga shooting at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena on August 15, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The military is putting on the ceremony to honor the sailor and four Marines killed and to say thank you to the men and women who helped responded when Mohammad Abdulazeez shot up a military recruitment center and a Navy operations support center before being killed by law enforcement, (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)

Biden on Trump: Profiling Muslims Will Make Us Less Safe

Echoing some of Hillary Clinton’s new attack lines, Vice President Joe Biden tore into Republican businessman Donald Trump on Monday and warned that the presumptive GOP nominee’s calls to profile Muslims or bar them from entering the country will leave the United States less safe.

epa01864058 A handout picture released by Iraqi Prime Minister Office shows US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Iraqi Prime Minsietr Nouri al-Maliki (R) during a press conference after their meeting, in Baghdad, Iraq on 16 September 2009.   / HANDOUT

Joe Biden Didn’t Lose Iraq

The veep may have poor timing, but when it comes to Iraq, he's the only one in the Obama administration trying to save it.

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - APRIL 29:  U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) greets Pope Francis (R) upon his arrival before Pope Francis receives in audience the participants at the international conference promoted by the Pontifical Council for Culture on the progress of regenerative medicine and its cultural impact, at Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican City, Vatican on April 29, 2016. (Photo by Riccardo De Luca/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Joe Biden On Confessions, Cars, and Holy Wagers

In unscripted moment at the Vatican, the U.S. veep seeks absolution not for betting on cars, but for losing.


Lincoln Chafee Is Out of the 2016 Democratic Presidential Race

Chafee drops out, further thinning the 2016 Democratic field for Hillary Clinton.

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 13:  (AFP OUT)  U.S. Vice President Joe Biden talks to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during an arrival ceremony for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on the South Lawn of the White House October 13, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Later in the day Lee is scheduled to hold a joint press conference with Obama and also address a joint meeting of Congress.  (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

Will Biden Haunt Hillary’s Presidential Campaign?

The vice president vowed to speak out if Hillary sways from Obama’s foreign policy. Here are the top five times the two disagreed on national security.


Down With Otto!

Guatemala's president has been sent to jail amid allegations of massive corruption, flinging the country into uncharted territory as it prepares for Sunday's elections.


Iraq Eyes Small Steps for Big Gains Against Islamic State

In putting the fight for Anbar before Mosul, Iraq seeks to win over suspicious Sunnis. To do so, Washington says Baghdad should also limit the role of Shiite militias backed by Iran.


Will New U.S. Aid and an IMF Bailout Be Enough to Save Ukraine?

The White House promised Ukraine $75 million in new aid and the IMF approved a $17.5 billion loan for the country's struggling economy Wednesday. But it's not clear if either measure will be enough to save Ukraine.

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U.S. Leans on Europe for Stronger Smackdown Against Russia

Amid escalating violence in Ukraine, Biden looks to enlist Europe in new push against Moscow.

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