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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stand for the presentation of colors during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 15.

The Republican and Democratic Parties Are Heading for Collapse

U.S. political parties have reshuffled every few decades, and 2020 may be the year they do it again.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on Jan. 27, 2017.

This Election Has Become Dangerous for the U.S. Military

Trump is losing support among the troops. That’s just one reason why the military risks getting sucked into the campaign.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the virtual Republican convention in a pre-recorded video from Jerusalem, Israel, on Aug. 25.

Is Trump Touting His Diplomatic Achievements to Get Reelected?

Both parties have featured speeches from key diplomats at their conventions, with Mike Pompeo making a controversial cameo at the RNC—but they aren’t proposing much that’s new.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24.

What the Republican National Convention Tells Us About Trump’s Foreign Policy

Exaggeration, distortion, spin—that much was expected. More frightening were the things they didn’t say.

Then-U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak in Washington.

Pompeo and Haley Position Themselves as the Republican Standard-Bearers After Trump

In a party turning America inward, its brightest stars built their résumés on foreign policy.

U.S. President Donald Trump pauses during a press briefing at the White House, in Washington, DC on Aug. 19.

Why I, an Anti-Trump Republican, Didn’t Sign the Anti-Trump Letter

Many former Republican national security officials just endorsed Biden. They will be hobbled in the fight for the party’s post-Trump future.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware on July 28.

Why We Joined Over 70 Former Republican National Security Officials to Support Biden

A Trump empowered with a second term would be a threat to the United States, especially in Asia.

Youths kneel in front of police with their hands in the air during protests in Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976.

Is America’s Future South Africa’s Past?

There are uncomfortable parallels between the United States in 2020 and South Africa in the dying days of white rule.

Former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton

The Journey of John Bolton: From Right-Wing Zealot to Rock of the Republic

Trump’s former national security advisor could be a key to proving the impeachment case against the president.

Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona speaks during a press conference alongside House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 23.

Divided Lawmakers Still Unite Around Ukraine

Despite the impeachment inquiry, U.S. lawmakers on both sides insist their support for Ukraine against Russian aggression remains strong.

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget,  speaks at the White House in Washington on March 22, 2018.

Trump’s Plan to Slash Foreign Aid Puts Humanitarian Programs in Jeopardy

Administration hopes to bypass Congress by running down the budget clock.

Richard Holbrooke talks with Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Richard Lugar before a hearing on Capitol Hill July 14, 2010 in Washington.

Bipartisan Foreign Policy Died This Weekend

Richard Lugar represented an endangered aspect of American—and Republican Party—leadership.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders supporters rally in Los Angeles on May 19, 2016, to bring attention to voter suppression in Nevada. (Frederic Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Is It So Hard to Vote in America?

Voter turnout lags in the world’s most powerful democracy.

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, hosts a cabinet meeting in the White House on Aug. 16. (Contreras/Pool/Getty Images)

Trump Officials Can’t Rescue Their Reputations With Op-Eds

They argue their actions are saving the republic, but they are really trying to save themselves.

John McCain gives a speech at the Navy and Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 1, 2008, in Annapolis, Maryland. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

John McCain Loved the Military Too Much

He was a hero in Vietnam, but he was too quick to advocate for future wars.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (R) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford (2nd L) listen to committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) prior to a hearing before Senate Armed Services Committee October 3, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Traditional’ Republican Foreign Policy

Trump can't ruin the GOP's foreign-policy principles, because there aren't any to ruin.

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Two Years Later, No Amnesty for the GOP’s Never Trump Camp

Many remain critical, others have repented, but all are shut out from the Trump State Department.

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.