The Sharp U.S. Pivot to Asia Is Throwing Europe Off Balance

The new U.S. alliance with Australia and Britain against China has put Europe closer to a question it has tried to avoid: Which side are you on?

#afghanistan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #von-der-leyen-ursula

Bully Pulpit No More: Jen Psaki’s Turn at the Lectern

President Biden’s press secretary has tamped down the vitriol that colored news briefings during the Trump administration. She still may not answer your question, though.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #freedom-of-the-press, #hicks-hope-c-1988, #mcenany-kayleigh, #news-and-news-media, #obama-barack, #psaki-jennifer-r, #television, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vogue

Get to Know Your Favorite Actors and Artists a Little Better

Watch for new memoirs from Gabrielle Union and Alan Cumming, Jamie Foxx’s reflections on parenthood, Patricia Highsmith’s diaries and more.

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The Downside of High Trust in the Military

The gap between trust in the military and trust in civilian institutions of government helps explain our 20 years in Afghanistan.

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Joe Biden’s Critics Lost Afghanistan

Our stumbling withdrawal was bad. The decades of waste and quagmire were much worse. 

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #kabul-afghanistan, #obama-barack, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

In Afghanistan, an Unceremonious End, and a Shrouded Beginning

The last American flight from Afghanistan left behind a host of unfulfilled promises and anxious questions about the country’s fate.

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The Real Winner of the Afghan War? It’s Not Who You Think.

Pakistan, nominally a U.S. partner in the war, was the Afghan Taliban’s main patron, and sees the Taliban’s victory as its own. But now what does it do with its prize?

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Israel’s Spy Agency Snubbed the U.S. Can Trust Be Restored?

Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, heads to Washington promising better relations and seeking support for covert attacks on Iran’s nuclear program.

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Naftali Bennett Backs Hard Line on Iran, Softer Tone With U.S.

In an interview before meeting with President Biden, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he opposed U.S. efforts to restore a nuclear deal with Iran and ruled out peace talks with the Palestinians.

#bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #east-jerusalem, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #international-relations, #iran, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #new-york-times, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

Did the War in Afghanistan Have to Happen?

In 2001, when the Taliban were weak and ready to surrender, the U.S. passed on a deal. Nearly 20 years later, the Taliban hold all the cards.

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Glen Ford, Black Journalist Who Lashed the Mainstream, Dies at 71

Fiercely progressive and independent, he was a persistent critic of the liberal establishment, especially Black leaders like Barack Obama.

#black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #ford-glen-1949-2021, #news-and-news-media, #obama-barack, #united-states-politics-and-government

Afghanistan’s Fall, Seen By a Veteran Who Fought There

Those of us who fought this war must now wonder: How could we have given the best parts of our lives to such a lie?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #obama-barack, #taliban, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

Behold Barack Antoinette

He hated politics. But he loves post-politics. 

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America Needs to Start Telling the Truth About Israel’s Nukes

This charade doesn’t leave anyone safer. It’s gone on long enough. 

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Obama Birthday Party: Who’s Still Invited?

The former president scaled back the guest list for his party on Martha’s Vineyard. Who’s in and who’s out?

#birthdays, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #marthas-vineyard-mass, #obama-barack, #parties-social, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Obama Significantly Scales Back 60th Birthday Party as Virus Cases Rebound

Hundreds of former Obama administration officials, celebrities and Democratic donors had been planning to attend the huge bash on Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday.

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E.P.A. Approved Toxic Chemicals for Fracking a Decade Ago, New Files Show

The compounds can form PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” which have been linked to cancer and birth defects. The E.P.A. approvals came despite the agency’s own concerns about toxicity.

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Voters Chose Boring Over Bombast. They Got Biden’s Penchant for Pontificating.

Even the president labeled a speech boring recently, an admission that highlights a tendency toward delivering minutiae-filled discourse over scaling oratorical heights.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-bill, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #speeches-and-statements, #united-states-politics-and-government

Can the Senate Be Saved? Ben Nelson, the Manchin of Yesteryear, Has Doubts

A former Democratic centrist senator says too many lawmakers come to Washington to obstruct rather than be constructive.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #nelson-ben, #obama-barack, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Appeals Court Blocks Ruling That Overturned California’s Assault Weapons Ban

The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit leaves the three-decade-old ban in place while litigation continues.

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As Wars Wind Down, Congress Revisits Presidential Powers

The House is expected to repeal the 2002 authorization for the invasion of Iraq, and the Senate will consider doing so as well in a rare debate over war powers.

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Kamala Harris’s Vice Presidency Is Coming Into Focus

In a role that seldom allows for error, Ms. Harris is trying to shape her vice presidency by tackling unwieldy policy issues.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Project Is Canceled

The embattled project to carry oil from Canada to Nebraska had been on life support since President Biden’s first day in office and stalled by legal battles for years before that.

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Biden, Congress and the Free Press

The Biden administration should break with Trump and Obama administration practices and stop targeting journalists.

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Biden White House Disavows Knowledge of Gag Order in Leak Case

The Justice Department also said it was changing its policy to bar seizing reporters’ phone and email records in hunts for their sources.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #new-york-times, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #psaki-jennifer-r, #united-states-politics-and-government

Barack Obama Isn’t Afraid of Being a Politician

But can the Biden administration save our at-risk democracy using the Obama-Biden model of politics?

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Bipartisanship Is Dead. Long Live Bipartisanship.

Biden has less than two years before congressional elections could change everything. Is now really the time for compromise?

#biden-joseph-r-iii, #democratic-party, #mcconnell-mitch, #obama-barack

White House Supports Ban on Phone Data Seizures of Reporters

But the Justice Department is not commenting on whether a seemingly off-the-cuff remark by President Biden is now a policy directive.

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Congress Now Supersedes Generals on Military Issues

The shift mirrors broader societal frustrations after two decades of wars, a pervasive problem of sexual assault and harassment of female troops and the exposure of political extremism in the ranks.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #defense-department, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #hagel-chuck, #kaine-timothy-m, #milley-mark-a, #nunn-sam, #obama-barack, #petraeus-david-h, #september-11-2001, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

How a Former Drug Dealer Charts a Path for New York’s Renewal

After receiving a 30-year prison sentence, John Gargano won clemency, then rebuilt his career twice. Like New York City, he’s back on his game.

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Damon Weaver, Child Reporter Who Interviewed Obama, Dies at 23

At 11 years old, Mr. Weaver gained national attention when he scored an interview with President Barack Obama, making him one of the youngest people to interview a sitting president.

#deaths-obituaries, #florida, #news-and-news-media, #obama-barack, #pahokee-fla, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weaver-damon-1998-2021

Beneath Joe Biden’s Folksy Demeanor, a Short Fuse and an Obsession With Details

As Mr. Biden settles into the office he has chased for more than three decades, aides say he demands hours of debate from scores of policy experts.

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The Obamas Are Freed in Their Blackness

They can finally be just as angry and unsettled as the rest of us.

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Bo, the Obamas’ Portuguese Water Dog, Dies

Former President Barack Obama said the family had lost “a true friend and loyal companion.”

#bo-dog, #dogs, #obama-barack, #obama-michelle, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #sunny-dog, #united-states-politics-and-government

Will the Supreme Court Write Guantánamo’s Final Chapter?

The justices may get a chance to redeem the court’s own failed promises.

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The Jimmy Carter and Joe Biden Show

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #carter-jimmy, #clinton-bill, #obama-barack, #plains-ga, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden, Calling for Big Government, Bets on a Nation Tested by Crisis

The president’s speech laying out trillions of dollars in new economic proposals plays to voters’ warm feelings toward federal aid in the coronavirus pandemic.

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Can the U.S. Win Back Its Climate Credibility?

At a summit he convened, the president discovered how difficult it will be to re-establish America as an environmental leader.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #obama-barack, #paris-france, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states, #united-states-economy

Close Guantánamo. Transfer Detainees to the U.S.

It is hugely expensive and a stain on the country.

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Why Biden Must Save Bears Ears National Monument

‘We are rooted to Mother Earth through her body like the plants are rooted to the soil.’

#bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #earth, #federal-lands, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #language-and-languages, #lee-michael-s-1971, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #obama-barack, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #utah, #women-and-girls

What’s the Secret of Biden’s Success?

The president’s party is finally comfortable in its own skin.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #labor-and-jobs, #obama-barack, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #united-states-economy

A Difficult Diplomatic Triangle

A nuclear deal with Iran is central to President Biden’s foreign policy. So why did one of the United States’ closest allies apparently just try to blow it up?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #iran, #israel, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

The Republican Retreat on World Affairs

What will G.O.P. foreign policy be post-Trump? Who knows!

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The Contradiction That Doomed America’s Mission in Afghanistan

How a series of fateful choices and lofty ambitions put Taliban defeat at odds with American victory.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bush-george-w, #obama-barack, #taliban

With Afghan Decision, Biden Seeks to Focus U.S. on New Challenges

The president’s choice to set a firm date for a full withdrawal reflected a belief that the priorities of 2021 require moving on from policies set in 2001.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #china, #defense-department, #graham-lindsey, #national-security-council, #obama-barack, #reed-jack, #senate-committee-on-armed-services, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Once a Backer of Military Force, Biden Nominee Now Embraces Soft Power

If confirmed to oversee the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power will confront adversaries by bolstering democracy and human rights. China is an early focus.

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Biden Creating Commission to Study Expanding the Supreme Court

The commission will also examine other potential changes such as term limits for justices. Progressives are pushing President Biden to add seats to balance the court’s conservative majority.

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Four Ways of Looking at the Radicalism of Joe Biden

It’s unexpected, but it’s not inexplicable.

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Biden Keeps Trump’s Policy Retaining Land Mines in U.S. Arsenal, for Now

On the campaign trail, Joseph R. Biden Jr. had pledged to reverse his predecessor’s land mine policy. A Pentagon spokesman said the matter was under review.

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The Iran Nuclear Talks Explained

Talks in Vienna starting Tuesday will try to bring both the United States and Iran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. It won’t be easy.

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