Grenell Pursued Talks Over Change of Power in Venezuela

A close ally of President Trump quietly met with an associate of President Nicolás Maduro, whom the United States does not recognize as the leader of Venezuela.

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Richard Grenell Pursued Talks of Maduro, Power Change in Venezuela

A close ally of President Trump quietly met with an associate of President Nicolás Maduro, whom the United States does not recognize as the leader of Venezuela.

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The Intelligence Director Who Is Undermining Trust and Truth

John Ratcliffe is breaking norms, which could weaken our defenses.

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On Trump, Merkel’s Face Does the Talking

The German leader looked bemused when asked about a claim at the Republican convention that President Trump had “charmed” her.

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Republican Convention: Best and Worst Moments From Mike Pence Night

Our columnists and contributors give their rankings.

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With Wisconsin Unrest as Backdrop, Republicans Intensify Law-and-Order Message

On the third day of the convention, Vice President Mike Pence and other Republicans portrayed Democrats as tolerant of violence and riots. And they continued to try to soften President Trump’s image.

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How Russia Findings Divided Trump and Intelligence Agencies

Officials told The New York Times Magazine that the draft of a classified document reporting that Russia favored President Trump in the 2020 election was changed to soften its assessment.

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Unwanted Truths: Inside Trump’s Battles With U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Last year, intelligence officials gathered to write a classified report on Russia’s interest in the 2020 election. An investigation from the magazine uncovered what happened next.

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Pushing for Serbia-Kosovo Peace Deal, U.S. Roils Allies

Upending American policy, the Trump Administration is sidelining the E.U., pressuring Kosovo and ignoring Serbia’s erosion of democracy.

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Trump Plans to Withdraw Some U.S. Troops From Germany, a Key NATO Ally

The plan is a further blow to America’s weakening European alliances and likely to be welcomed by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

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Senate Approves John Ratcliffe for Top Intelligence Job in Sharply Split Vote

The congressman from Texas was confirmed by a divided Senate to take over an office at the center of the Trump administration’s investigations of Obama administration officials.

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Intelligence Chief Declassifies List of Obama-Era Names in Unusual Step

Richard Grenell has given the list to the Justice Department as the president and his allies press to reshape perception of the Russian investigation.

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Trump Ally Sees Easier Path to Intelligence Post in Second Attempt

Representative John Ratcliffe, an outspoken defender of President Trump, still faces questions about his partisanship and qualifications to be director of national intelligence.

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The Cloud Forming Over America’s Spies

A retired C.I.A. officer sees danger ahead for the independence and political impartiality of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies if Trump’s choice for director of national intelligence is confirmed.

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Trump Officials Are Said to Press Spies to Link Virus and Wuhan Labs

Some analysts are worried that the pressure from senior officials could distort assessments about the coronavirus and be used as a weapon in an escalating battle with China.

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U.S. Spy Agencies Weigh Tying Intelligence Sharing to Ending Bans on Gays

The move is part of an effort by the acting director of national intelligence to prod countries that outlaw homosexuality to instead decriminalize it.

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Trump Considers Billionaire Investor for Intelligence Job

Stephen Feinberg, who backed the president’s campaign, is said to be in talks for a top post in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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