Trump’s Sanctions on International Court May Do Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Critics say the administration has targeted a human rights lawyer with economic penalties meant for warlords, dictators and authoritarian governments.

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Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments.

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Trump Aide Insists U.S. Will Reduce Forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 Troops

The national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, reiterated a plan to draw down troops to 2,500 by early 2021, sidestepping President Trump’s call for a Christmas exit.

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Russia Can Interfere Only if We Let It

Moscow’s operatives did not invent our crude tribal politics; they just exploited them.

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Government Lawsuit Over John Bolton’s Memoir May Proceed, Judge Rules

The Justice Department is seeking to seize a $2 million advance because President Trump’s former top aide published the book, which criticizes Mr. Trump, without written permission.

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In Book Fight, Lawyers Clash on Whether to Fault Bolton or White House

A judge made no ruling at a hearing shadowed by a career official’s claims that Trump aides politicized the prepublication review process.

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White House Accused of Intervening to Keep Bolton’s Book From Becoming Public

A career official said political appointees “commandeered” the prepublication review process.

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Trump Needs a Tutorial on How International Agreements Work

The administration is arguing that it is still a party to the Iran deal that it left with great fanfare in 2018.

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Justice Dept. Opens Criminal Inquiry Into John Bolton’s Book

Investigators are examining whether the former national security adviser illegally disclosed classified information.

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How Trump Draws on Campaign Funds to Pay Legal Bills

As he has done with other aspects of the presidency, Donald J. Trump has redefined the practice in ways that have unsettled even some Republicans.

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Allies and Former U.S. Officials Fear Trump Could Seek NATO Exit in a Second Term

President Trump is said to have spoken privately for years about withdrawing from the alliance, a move that critics say would be a major victory for Russia.

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Trump Books Keep Coming, and Readers Can’t Stop Buying

White House memoirs, journalistic exposés, full-throated defenses of the president: Publishers are producing books for every partisan and wondering if the gravy train ends on Election Day.

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U.S. Will Revive Global Virus-Hunting Effort Ended Last Year

A federal agency is resurrecting a version of Predict, a scientific network that for a decade watched for new pathogens dangerous to humans. Joe Biden has also vowed to fund the effort.

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U.S. Tries to Bolster Taiwan’s Status, Short of Recognizing Sovereignty

President Trump prefers a robust relationship with authoritarian China to one with democratic Taiwan. But other American officials aim to strengthen U.S.-Taiwan ties.

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In Trumpworld, the Grown-Ups in the Room All Left, and Got Book Deals

A large club of Trump administration evictees have turned their bracingly bad experiences into a new genre: political revenge literature.

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House Democrats Considered 10 Impeachment Articles Before Narrowing Their Case Against Trump

The question of what to include in the case against President Trump is at the heart of a new book by Norm Eisen, a lawyer working with House Democrats in the impeachment effort.

#a-case-for-the-american-people-book, #bolton-john-r, #books-and-literature, #eisen-norman-l, #house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #impeachment, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #nadler-jerrold, #pelosi-nancy, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Officials Over Mass Detention of Muslims

The measure, over human rights abuses against mainly the Uighur ethnic group, is likely to ratchet up tensions between Washington and Beijing.

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Don’t Let Russian Meddling Derail Afghanistan Withdrawal Plans

Allegations of bounties paid for the deaths of U.S. soldiers are serious. But the White House ought to stay the course toward a peace deal.

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Bounties Uproar Casts a Shadow Over a Rare Trump Foreign Policy Achievement

The president was already impatient to end a troop deployment in Afghanistan he has called “ridiculous.” Now a new issue is causing him fresh political damage.

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President Trump Has Tools to Pressure China. Will He Use Them?

History will not be kind to those who did nothing to try to stop Beijing’s human rights abuses.

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Joe Biden Is Wondering Why John Bolton Suddenly Likes Him

Definitely won’t be the vice-presidential pick, though.

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Bolton Assaults Trump From the Right, and Takes Fire From All Directions

In an interview, the former national security said he accepted that he would pay a price for perhaps the most incriminating portrait of a president by such a high-level aide since the Watergate era.

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Trump Poses ‘Danger for the Republic’ if Re-elected, John Bolton Charges

The president’s former national security adviser, in a TV interview, called the November election the “last guardrail” against a second term in which “there’s no telling what will happen.”

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On North Korea and Iran, Bolton Blames ‘the Split Between Trump and Trump’

In his memoir, the hawkish national security adviser describes a president who simultaneously wanted to sound tough and strike a deal — any deal — that he could portray as a victory.

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Judge Rejects Trump Request for Order Blocking Bolton’s Memoir

But the judge also sharply criticized the former national security adviser, suggesting his $2 million book advance may be in jeopardy.

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The Doom Where It Happened

Was John Bolton gullible or cynical? Yes.

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Mike Pompeo Dishonors the State Department

John Bolton’s book won’t move the needle on Trump’s future.

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Judge Weighs Administration Request to Order Bolton to Try to Pull Back Book

A lawyer for President Trump’s former national security adviser called the request “theater,” portraying it as legally and practically impossible.

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Don’t Buy John Bolton’s Book. But Don’t Ignore Its Revelations.

He says Trump cheered Chinese concentration camps.

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Targeting Bolton, Justice Dept. Again in Alignment With Trump’s Desires

Its request for an order blocking the publication of the former official’s memoir is the latest in a series of acts by the department to shield the president’s friends or pursue his critics.

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Seizing the Presidency to Suit His Own Needs

In a new book, John R. Bolton portrays Donald Trump as a president who sees his office as an instrument to advance his own personal and political interests over those of the nation.

#bolton-john-r, #books-and-literature, #national-security-council, #presidential-election-of-2020, #the-room-where-it-happened-a-white-house-memoir-book, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Biggest Obstacle to China Policy: President Trump

Overseeing chaotic actions is a president whose goal with Beijing has been to secure a trade deal that would help him get re-elected.

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Bolton Unites Republicans and Democrats in Scorn Over Tell-All Book

Democrats slammed the former national security adviser for saving his damning revelations for a book instead of sharing them with impeachment investigators. Republicans hit him for speaking out.

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What John Bolton and His Book Say About Trump’s Washington

He is a creature of the administration, not a critic of it.

#bolton-john-r, #books-and-literature, #national-security-council, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j

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China Slams Trump Over Uighur Law Amid Bolton Accusations

A new law aimed at punishing Chinese officials involved in mass internments of Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang came as John Bolton accused President Trump of supporting Beijing’s crackdown.

#bolton-john-r, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections, #politics-and-government, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #xinjiang-china, #yang-jiechi

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Five Takeaways From John Bolton’s Memoir

“The Room Where It Happened” describes Mr. Bolton’s 17 turbulent months at President Trump’s side through a multitude of crises and foreign policy challenges.

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Late Night Reluctantly Joins the John Bolton Book Club

In his memoir, Bolton claims that Trump asked if Finland was part of Russia. Stephen Colbert said that “under President Trump, it feels like we’re kind of part of Russia.”

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Justice Dept. Escalates Legal Fight With Bolton Over Book

The Trump administration asked a judge to order the former national security adviser to stop publication of his memoir even as explosive details emerged.

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Book Review: John Bolton’s ‘The Room Where It Happened’

In his memoir, the former national security adviser writes about Donald Trump’s White House, including the president’s attempts to ingratiate himself with Turkish and Chinese leaders.

#bolton-john-r, #books-and-literature, #the-room-where-it-happened-a-white-house-memoir-book, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Bolton Says Trump Impeachment Inquiry Missed Other Troubling Actions

In his new book, John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, describes episodes where the president sought to halt criminal inquiries. He also says President Trump’s loyalists mocked him behind his back.

#bolton-john-r, #impeachment, #the-room-where-it-happened-a-white-house-memoir-book, #trump-donald-j

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John Bolton, Mary Trump and the Revenge of the Trump Tattletales

Keep your friends close and your enemies away from book publishers.

#bolton-john-r, #mattis-james-n, #the-room-where-it-happened-a-white-house-memoir-book, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Administration Asks Judge to Stop Publication of Bolton’s Book

The request comes a week before the highly anticipated memoir was set to be published.

#bolton-john-r, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Rethinking National Security for the Coronavirus Age

The Cuban Missile Crisis forced Kennedy to begin an era of arms control, and Sept. 11 forced Bush to reinvent counterterrorism. Will the coronavirus change the priorities of the Trump administration?

#bolton-john-r, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy, #veterans-affairs-department

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The White House Blessed a War in Libya, but Russia Won It

Russia wanted more leverage over an aspiring Libyan strongman. The White House provided it by assenting to a disastrous civil war.

#bolton-john-r, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #united-states-international-relations, #wagner-group

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Trump, His Eye on the Border, Overlooked the Coronavirus Threat

His insistence that the danger was overseas and could be kept out led officials to downplay the disease’s spread and the need for tests.

#bolton-john-r, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #food-and-drug-administration, #kirkland-wash, #klain-ronald-a, #national-security-council, #obama-barack, #travel-warnings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #world-health-organization

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