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Revelers celebrate news of Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president in Washington on Nov. 7, 2020.

Biden’s Bold Gamble on Immigration Is About America’s Future

Failed immigration reform gave rise to Trumpism. Success could finally cool the debate.

President-elect Joe Biden announces key climate and energy appointments at the Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 19.

America Must Reclaim the Global Lead on Climate Change

Five places to start undoing the Trump administration’s damage and rebuilding U.S. leadership.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses his supporters at a rally near the White House in Washington before the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Invoke the 25th Amendment—Now

Trump’s actions on Wednesday have led to an unavoidable national reckoning.

U.S. Capitol police officers point their guns at a door broken by pro-Trump extremists during a joint session of Congress in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6.

The Military Stayed Out of the Insurrection, but It Isn’t Over Yet

Trump failed because key Republicans backed down and the military stayed out—yet critical questions remain.

Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Dabancheng in Xinjiang, China, on Sept. 4, 2018.

In Rare Unanimity, Biden Could Double Down on Trump’s Uighur Sanctions

A bipartisan crackdown on Chinese forced labor has put Western corporations on notice—and could pave the way for Washington to finally support the International Criminal Court.

Wind turbines at a wind farm in Colorado City, Texas on Jan. 21, 2016.

What Are Biden’s Climate Options if the Senate Stays Republican?

A split government would make it harder, but there are many things a president can do.

Voters cast ballots in the Michigan primary election in Detroit on March 10.

America’s Elections Are Under Threat—and Congress Is Being Bypassed

The Trump administration’s decision to scale back briefings on election security needs to be reversed. Here’s how to do it.

Hong Kongers Protest Chinese National Security Law

U.S. Preparing to Suspend Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

The looming decision, following China’s imposition of a new security law for the former colony, could be a prelude to even tougher U.S. actions against Beijing.

The U.S. Capitol at dusk in Washington on Feb. 6, 2018.

Congress Has Been AWOL on U.S. Coronavirus Diplomacy

The invisibility and silence of Congress is another reason for America’s shocking abdication of global leadership.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Is $2 Trillion Too Little, Too Late?

Despite market rebound, economists say only a major suspension of mortgage and debt contracts and reimbursement of pay may stave off a coronavirus depression.

Protesters supporting the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump

Impeachment and 2020: Inside the Democrats’ Strategy

With Trump the first president ever to be impeached ahead of an election, Democrats are betting he’ll be damaged enough to be defeated—even if he’s acquitted.

U.S. President Donald Trump at the United Nations General Assembly

World Leaders Stood Behind Bill Clinton When He Was Impeached. Not So Trump.

The allies Trump has snubbed are shrugging off his impeachment—or just laughing.

Members of the Azov movement protest in front of Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kyiv on Oct. 28 holding a banner that says "Defense of Ukraine Is Not Terrorism!"

U.S. Congress Accidentally Boosted Ukraine’s Far-Right

A member of Congress wrote to the State Department calling out Ukraine’s Azov movement as terrorists. It backfired.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine arrives on Capitol Hill to give testimony before the House Intelligence Committee as part of the impeachment investigation

Pompeo’s State Department Reels as Impeachment Inquiry Sinks Morale

As the investigation grows, so, too, does the foreign service officers’ legal defense fund.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin from the White House on Jan. 28, 2017.

Whistleblower Fight Could Chill Reports of Wrongdoing

Laws on whistleblowing weren’t crafted to deal with concerns about a president.

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.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein listen to testimony during a committee hearing on the Foreign Agents Registration Act on July 26, 2017.

The Foreign Agents Registration Act Is Broken

Stepping up enforcement of FARA before reforming the act is a recipe for disaster.

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