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      Can Foreign Powers Help the Belarus Prodemocracy Movement Without Undermining It?
      Sep27

      Can Foreign Powers Help the Belarus Prodemocracy Movement Without Undermining It?

      When Alexander Lukashenko began to face the biggest challenge yet to his 26-year rule of Belarus, he attributed it to only one thing: Western meddling.“We have managed to take steps to anticipate and thwart a major plan to destabilize Belarus,” the longtime president said in the run-up to last month’s disputed elections. “The masks have...

      Large-Scale Political Unrest Is Unlikely, But Not Impossible
      Sep26

      Large-Scale Political Unrest Is Unlikely, But Not Impossible

      When a reporter recently asked Donald Trump if he would accept a peaceful transition of power, the president wouldn’t commit. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In an apparent reference to mail-in ballots, he went on, “We’ll want to have—get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very—we’ll have a very peaceful—there...

      Disclosure Doesn’t Work on a Shameless President
      Sep25

      Disclosure Doesn’t Work on a Shameless President

      Again and again, President Donald Trump has violated, evaded, or ignored the law. The Constitution says a president cannot accept payments from foreign governments, but Trump did. The Constitution says that the principal officers of executive departments—members of the Cabinet—must be confirmed by the Senate. Trump junked that rule too, relying...

      Is This How Biden Blows It?
      Sep22

      Is This How Biden Blows It?

      Last weekend, Philippe Reines walked over to Ron Klain’s house in Washington, D.C., to hand off his Donald Trump outfit: the suit, the shoes with the lifts, the shirt, the long red tie, the cufflinks. Just in case. When the former Hillary Clinton aide stored the outfit in a bag after playing Trump in debate prep four years ago, a part of...

      The Inside Story of Why Mueller Failed
      Sep21

      The Inside Story of Why Mueller Failed

      Andrew Weissmann was one of Robert Mueller’s top deputies in the special counsel’s investigation of the 2016 election, and he’s about to publish the first insider account, called Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation. The title comes from an adapted quote by the philosopher John Locke that’s inscribed on the...

      Bill Barr’s Stinging Attack on Bill Barr
      Sep18

      Bill Barr’s Stinging Attack on Bill Barr

      In an administration that tends toward incoherence and lunacy, Bill Barr’s great strength is the ability to sound levelheaded. The attorney general is calm, cogent, and logical—and, in contrast to many of his Cabinet colleagues, clearly well studied and qualified for his role.Barr’s sober demeanor allows him to make a lot of arguments...

      Photos of the Week: Tinside Lido, Log Climber, Dragon Temple
      Sep18

      Photos of the Week: Tinside Lido, Log Climber, Dragon Temple

      The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, a hammock on Australian ski slopes, wildfire damage in Oregon, scorched wetlands in Brazil, flooding in Florida from Hurricane Sally, continued protests in Belarus, smoky skies over Seattle, scenes from the Crimean Fashion Week, and much more. …read more Source:: The...

      The Atlantic Daily: Alexander Vindman Speaks
      Sep15

      The Atlantic Daily: Alexander Vindman Speaks

      Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox.SASHA ARUTYUNOVAA telephone call demolished Alexander Vindman’s life.Vindman, who was famously on the line when President Donald Trump asked...

      Alexander Vindman: Trump Is Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’
      Sep14

      Alexander Vindman: Trump Is Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’

      Shortly after midnight on June 17, 1972, an unusually attentive security guard named Frank Wills discovered an unlocked door in the garage of the Watergate office complex. A piece of tape had been placed over the latch. Wills removed the tape and continued on his rounds. When he returned a while later, he found the lock taped again. He called the...

      Trump Made a Bad Bargain With Woodward
      Sep12

      Trump Made a Bad Bargain With Woodward

      A Bob Woodward book is a record of a sequence of transactions. In exchange for access and information, Woodward offers Washington power holders the opportunity to disparage their rivals and aggrandize themselves. But be warned that a Woodward proposition is never guaranteed. It comes hedged with dense, finely printed terms and conditions. And...