Saudi Crown Prince Boasted That Jared Kushner Was “In His Pocket”

Until he was stripped of his top-secret security clearance in February, presidential adviser Jared Kushner was known around the White House as one of the most voracious readers of the President’s Daily Brief, a highly classified rundown of the latest intelligence intended only for the president and his closest advisers. Kushner, who had been tasked with bringing about a deal …

Opinion | Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now

What would that look like? He would educate the public on the scale of the problem; he would bring together all the stakeholders — state and local election authorities, the federal government, both parties and all the owners of social networks that the Russians used to carry out their interference — to mount an effective defense; and he would bring …

Trump has no idea what he thinks (except about those ‘shithole’ countries)

If you want to know President Trump’s position on any given policy issue, the last person you should ask is President Trump. He has no idea what he thinks. Let me amend that. He does know that he wants more immigrants from places such as Norway and fewer from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador, which he called “shithole countries” …

Why can’t the United Nations bring peace to Yemen?

Hundreds of children rally in front of a UN office in Sanaa on the World Children’s Day, demanding help to end the war and lift the blockade imposed on Yemen. Mohammed Mohammed/ Press Association. All rights reserved.Yemenis, speaking to journalists and other camera-bearing strangers, like many others facing disaster and the collapse of the world around them from war or …

Britain rejected the EU, and the EU is loving its new life

Brussels, Belgium The day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, people were weeping in the European Commission’s headquarters. The city of Brussels, the EU’s capital, spent weeks in a state of shock and anxiety. But 18 months on, the city seems cheerier than ever. “The wind is back in Europe’s sails,” cheered Jean-Claude Juncker, the normally dour president …

The populist mask is slipping for Trump and the GOP

By E.J. Dionne Jr., Dec. 1, 2017, will be remembered as the day when the vast majority of Americans fully grasped the consequences of the 2016 elections. They installed a man in the White House “likely to be under investigation for criminality for a very, very long time to come.” And they gave power to a Republican Party …

Perspective | I’m a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929.

People gather on the subtreasury building steps across from the New York Stock Exchange in New York on “Black Thursday” on Oct. 24, 1929. The Great Depression followed thereafter. (AP) “There are two ideas of government,” William Jennings Bryan declared in his 1896 “Cross of Gold” speech. “There are those who believe that if you will only legislate to make …

Thirty countries use ‘armies of opinion shapers’ to manipulate democracy – report

The governments of 30 countries around the globe are using armies of so called opinion shapers to meddle in elections, advance anti-democratic agendas and repress their citizens, a new report shows. Unlike widely reported Russian attempts to influence foreign elections, most of the offending countries use the internet to manipulate opinion domestically, says US NGO Freedom House. “Manipulation and disinformation …