Editor’s Note: This column was written before Fort Worth Police Officer Aaron Dean, 34, resigned and was arrested.
As fires devastate the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, much of the world has been outraged, arguing the loss will accelerate climate change. French President Emmanuel Macron harshly criticized Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for encouraging deforestation. The Group of Seven nations offered $22.2 million to help fight the fires. Some activists want to try Bolsonaro at The Hague for ecocide.
Here are some recent headlines from schools around the country: In Indiana, officials played a segment of a 911 call of a teacher in a panic during the Columbine High School shooting to students. In Ohio, officers fired blank shots during an active-shooter drill. In South Carolina, an officer dressed in black posed as an intruder on an unannounced drill. In Michigan, a school is spending $48 million on a renovation that includes curved hallways and hiding niches, in hopes of protecting students from a mass shooting. In Florida, a police officer arrested two 6-year-old students for misdemeanor battery. In Colorado, teachers received buckets and kitty litter for students to use as toilets in case of a prolonged school lockdown.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., written off by the chattering class earlier in the year as "unelectable," now sits at the top of several polls in the first two state contests' polling and a whisker behind former Vice President Joe Biden in national polling (less than two points in the RealClearPolitics average). Solid fundraising, substantial organization on the ground in early states and a work ethic second to none make her a formidable candidate. Her consistent focus on fighting corruption is well-attuned to the Trump era.
The Democratic candidates for president will be holding their fourth debate on Tuesday, and through the three previous debates, what may be the most consequential issue of the 2020 campaign has been all but ignored.
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno knows something about indigenous politics. Before rising to the top office in 2017, he served two terms as vice president to Rafael Correa, the disruptive caudillo who tapped the frustrations of excluded indigenous communities to fuel his "Citizens Revolution" before they turned on him. Before that, Moreno saw two other presidents fall, in 1997 and 2000, after they clashed with the powerful Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador.
Japan's biggest airline is betting that the future of travel isn't traveling at all. For the last month, a married couple in Oita Prefecture has been interacting with a robot - called an Avatar - that's controlled by their daughter hundreds of miles away in Tokyo. Made by ANA Holdings Inc., it looks like a vacuum cleaner with an iPad attached. But the screen displays the daughter's face as they chat, and its wheels let her trundle about the house as though she's really there, and even join her parents at the dinner table.
A week ago, President Donald Trump shocked Washington and announced he wouldn't impede an imminent Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria. Now, in the space of just a few days, his administration is already reaping what it sowed.
Twenty years ago, former U.S. Transportation Secretary, president of the Red Cross and future North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole was a decidedly long-shot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination — an honor her husband, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, had won four years e…
DES MOINES, Iowa - Near the end of her stump speech, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., asks Iowa Democrats to remember one of the best moments of their lives: the cold January night when they started Barack Obama's march toward the presidency. She was there, too, going door-to-door for Obama, canvassing for Democrats who didn't usually show up and caucus. And a conversation with one elderly black woman had stuck with her.
If you want to understand what's happening in the National Basketball Association, turn off SportsCenter and pick up "The Art of War." More than 2,000 years ago, the Chinese general Sun Tzu wrote that "the skillful strategist defeats the enemy without doing battle, captures the city without laying siege, overthrows the enemy state without protracted war." That's how the NBA lost its recent battle with China, and it's how China has been beating Americans the past few years.
Former defense secretary Jim Mattis stopped by NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday as part of the promotional tour for his new memoir. At stop after stop on this tour, Mattis has been asked to comment on whether he disagrees with the president on specific issues, and each time he has ducked. Sunday was no different, and his excuses for not commenting yet again held up poorly.
Bloomberg reports: "Hunter Biden is stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company and promising to forgo all foreign work if his father, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, is elected president in 2020."
It was a tough week for U.S. companies doing business in China. Tiffany canceled an ad campaign because the model had a hand over her right eye, prompting critics in China to complain it looked like she was supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
We can look at the 2020 presidential race in one of two ways. In the first, the Democratic race is coming down to a head-to-head battle between former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., over to who will face the certain Republican nominee, President Donald Trump. From a different vantage point, we cannot be certain Trump will survive until 2020 and capture the Republican nomination; both Biden and Warren have significant flaws; and the early states, which remain highly competitive, will determine the shape of the race. In the chaotic Trump era, the second scenario sure seems more realistic.
Donald Trump has greenlighted Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria in an attempt to remove Kurdish forces from a strip of Syrian land along the Turkish-Syrian border. This decision has prompted outrage and condemnation from politicians on both sides of the political aisle, as well as America's traditional allies.
Thanks to an administration in Washington committed to cutting federal funding for local government and a Congress plagued by gridlock, city leaders often face difficult choices without reliable outside support. And lacking the ability to levy an income tax, cities are then forced to rely on regressive property taxes for essential work.
Critics of President Donald Trump often express bafflement over why his broad support among conservatives is so enduring. Some of this "dismay" is simply manufactured, as many in the "Never Trump" rump have to deny any good has happened on his watch, as it complicates their certainty about Trump. They prefer their extreme rhetoric of denunciation to even the possibility of a mixed record. Others who admit that Trump has got a lot right resist an explicit balancing of good and bad, as it inevitably leads to discussion of Trump's good policy choices which, when examined closely, are many and enduring.
Political correctness seems to be at the center of more debates lately, if not explicitly then implicitly. So it's worthwhile to revisit the historical roots of the P.C. debate, to try to see where this latest version might be headed.
Donald J. Trump will go down in history as fully complicit in Turkish war crimes. Unless, that is, he picks up his phone and tells Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to halt his murderous attack on Syrian Kurds immediately — or face draconian U.S. sanctions.
If you seek evidence of how political polarization has caused many of us to be a little more guarded in how we discuss politics, even as the politicians throw such caution to the wind, consider Friday’s come-and-go reunion for former Baylor University political science students and faculty during Baylor Homecoming. Those on the front lines in the classrooms were gracious, thoughtful but careful in how they articulated political dynamics in our politically charged age, especially when I showed up with questions about how students react to what some experts label a constitutional crisis in our midst.
With each passing day, President Donald Trump flaunts his great and unmatched wisdom and so invites us to play armchair, arm's-length therapists. So let me float an untested theory about what is unfolding before our eyes. And then let's test it.
We are living in challenging times for those who depend on the work of a free press. Every day, journalists across the globe encounter censorship, harassment and violence. In every part of the world, authoritarian rulers are tightening their grip on the media, trying to prevent reporters from holding the powerful to account.
Populism is the political science of providing simple answers to complex questions. It flourishes in periods of profound change, with all their attendant uncertainty. For example, when a tangled skein of forces - technical, scientific, economic and cultural - transformed Western societies from primarily rural to urban and agrarian to industrial, every walk of life was altered. Revolutions erupted around the world. Wars were waged among dying monarchies. A person could spend a career trying to explain it all, but the typical populist boiled it down to a problem of railroad barons and Jews.
As states across the country struggle to cobble together the resources to address the opioid epidemic, one thing is clear: The current system is not working. One significant way that it is not working is in its failure to serve our addicted family members, neighbors and other fellow citizens who are churning in and out of jails and prisons. Furthermore, it is failing the taxpayers whose hard-earned money is being spent on reincarceration rather than saved through rehabilitation.
Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, a pro-Trumper or a never-Trumper, an inhabitant of a blue state or a red state, you owe it to yourself and your country to read the text of the statement prepared for Congress by former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. If you care about the Constitution, if you feel any fealty to the ideas and ideals that have shaped U.S. foreign policy for the past century, then you will find it deeply disturbing.
That the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government were of the same moral plane is evident from the findings of the bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election that was released this week.
In the very unlikely event that the impeachment inquiry underway in the House leads to President Donald Trump's removal from office by the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence would ascend to the Oval Office. Pence remains one of the least-understood figures of the Trump administration - even as he quietly lays the groundwork for his own future presidential bid. Pence has long been a master at stealth campaigning. Here are five myths that have helped enshroud him.
Despite the growing allegations about his misconduct, President Donald Trump remains idolized by many of his supporters. His campaign rallies feature fans whose devotion is unwavering. When Trump insulted a supporter he mistook for a protester for being overweight, for example, the supporter later said he was not insulted: "Everything's good. I love the guy."
Many Americans remain amazed that Republican lawmakers can be so cowed by an unpopular and unhinged president. Do they really think he has the power to prevent their reelection, or do they simply fear the nasty tweets? It is hard to fathom how grown men and women are both so scared of losing an elected position (are they entirely unemployable elsewhere?) or receiving unhinged criticism from Trump supporters. (Believe me, the latter is quite easily ignored.)
If Matt Lauer's response to a sexual assault accusation had been a wine, instead of just a whine, we'd say it had an acidic bouquet of victim-blaming with a bitter aftertaste of self-pity.
U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs, who recently declared Harvard University innocent of discrimination against Asian American applicants, used her written opinion to congratulate the school for a practice I find misleading and overdone.
The story of the Washington Mystics' historic national championship should be about nothing more than a team of fierce ballers who simply out-balled everyone else.
For a moment, let us put aside scandals such as President Donald Trump's receipt of foreign emoluments; his improper retention of the lease on the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.; his self-dealing; his relatives' self-dealing; his and his 2016 campaign's outreach to Russia; his own association as essentially an unindicted co-conspirator in Michael Cohen's payoff to a woman with whom he cheated on his wife; and the 10 or so grounds for obstruction of justice laid out in special counsel Robert Mueller III's report. Just for a moment.
It has all been so vague and furious and quick. First, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted and then deleted a post last weekendsupporting the protests in Hong Kong. When Chinese sponsors fled, the Chinese Basketball Association suspended cooperation with the team and the Internet giant Tencent stopped streaming Rockets games, Morey and the team's owner expressed regret, and droves of fans and politicians flayed the league for kowtowing. A few days later, National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement supporting free speech, and the scandal began to subside; the editor of the Global Times communist tabloid seemed to speak of Chinese sentiment when he said his paper "will not push to keep it hot."
In Sunday's national election, Poland's ruling Law & Justice party will without a doubt come first by a large margin. If it can secure a majority, as it did in 2015, Poland's shift toward nationalism and conservatism and away from liberal democracy is likely to become as lasting and profound as Hungary's. But the party of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is not winning on populist rhetoric. Its strength comes from a strong economic record and a history of keeping important social promises.
Once again, Alan Dershowitz, the former Harvard Law School professor, is mounting a defense of President Donald Trump against the threat of impeachment.
Over the past few weeks, troubling revelations have emerged about President Donald Trump's push to get Ukraine and China to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, a potential 2020 opponent. These discoveries have prompted Democrats to coalesce around an impeachment investigation. A few Republicans have also voiced concern, most prominently Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, but most Republicans have either stayed silent or remained supportive of Trump.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will consider Dominion Energy's much-delayed bid to construct the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile, $7.5 billion project that would carry natural gas from West Virginia to the East Coast. At the heart of the case is a request from Dominion to run its pipeline across the federally protected Appalachian Trail. In 2018, the U.S. Forest Service granted Dominion permission to cross the trail, but later that year, a lower court overturned the permit. If the Supreme Court decides the Forest Service acted within its jurisdiction, Dominion will be allowed to continue construction of its pipeline.
President Donald Trump has been fiercely criticized for requesting that Ukraine investigate his leading political rival, former vice president Joe Biden. But Trump doesn't just ask foreign leaders for domestic electoral assistance: He also gives it to them. Trump has now done just that for Turkish President Erdogan, offering a foreign policy favor for domestic political benefit. He has, in effect, done for Erdogan exactly what he asked of Ukrainian President Zelensky. And either seeking or providing such electoral interference is wildly inappropriate for a U.S. president.
When people ask when I came out, I say it was in my senior year of college. But I also came out to my siblings, then my parents, the previous Thanksgiving. And to some friends before my family, to one-night stands and other paramours before my friends, and to myself first of all, when I was 5. Since college, I've come out countless times: in office meetings, to roommates, at dinner parties, to baristas and doctors and anytime it seems necessary. In August, I came out to my 89-year-old grandmother.
As the House of Representatives builds momentum to impeach President Donald Trump, conventional wisdom holds that the constitutionally required two-thirds vote in the Senate to remove him would be impossible.
Early this month, President Donald Trump sent an SOS to China, asking its government to help him find dirt on his political opponents at home. "China should start an investigation" of the Biden family, he said on the White House lawn. China's ruling Communist Party has for decades denigrated democracy, lest its attractions overwhelm the benefits doled out by the Chinese system, so Trump's request could have seemed enticing. Beijing might have momentarily enjoyed the prospect of destabilizing the U.S. election and, at the same time, discrediting the American political system more broadly. The Chinese watched with curiosity and admiration as Moscow sowed chaos in Washington with its interference in the 2016 presidential election and its other online efforts. (One Chinese official told me in a moment of candor that Russia's success prompted them to take a fresh look at what tools they could use to infiltrate politics in places like the Philippines and Taiwan, either to tip the scale in favor of a preferred candidate or to undermine and discredit the democratic process.)
I never intended to become a whistleblower. In 2002, when I'd been an FBI agent for more than a dozen years, my bureau supervisors in Florida asked me to help get a stalled undercover terrorism investigation in Florida back on track. When I discovered that a poorly trained FBI informant had illegally recorded part of a conversation between the investigation's subjects, the supervisor told me to just pretend it didn't happen. I couldn't do that, so I reported it to the FBI special agent in charge, as the law and bureau policy required. I assumed that the issue would be handled and I could go back to work. Instead I was removed from the operation. Ultimately, I left the bureau.
In the days since the White House essentially greenlit a Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria, President Donald Trump has struggled to make a confusing set of decisions clear. On one hand, he decided that the American military would not stand in the way of a long-mooted Turkish incursion. On the other, Trump ventured that such an intervention against America's Syrian Kurdish allies was a "bad idea" and threatened Ankara with economic disaster should its actions cross an as-of-yet imperceptible red line gestured at by the president.