Republicans Flip-Flop on Support for Afghanistan Withdrawal

Eager to denounce President Biden, some Republicans have flip-flopped on bringing U.S. troops home — making it difficult to discern what they actually believe.

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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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Trump’s Deal With the Taliban Draws Fire From His Former Allies

The former president and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, are attacking President Biden over Afghanistan even as their own policy faces harsh criticism.

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$5,800 Whiskey Bottle, a Gift From Japan to Pompeo, Is Missing, U.S. Says

The State Department is investigating what happened to it.

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Iran Atomic Agency Says It Thwarted Attack on a Facility

The attack was said to have been carried out by a small drone against a manufacturing center used in the production of centrifuges.

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14 Excerpts from Commencement Speeches Without the Word C*vid

(And only Dr. Fauci gets to say “p*ndemic,” because he’s Dr. Fauci.)

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Biden Orders Intelligence Inquiry Into Origins of the Coronavirus

The directive came as health officials and scientists have renewed calls for a more rigorous examination.

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For Biden, Ukraine Is a ‘Déjà Vu’ Problem That’s Hard to Fix

American officials have been delivering the same message to Kyiv for more than seven years, but little has changed — or is likely to, analysts say.

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Mike Pompeo Had State Department Employees Do Personal Tasks, Report Says

A State Department inspector general’s report found that Mr. Pompeo had deployed government employees to perform personal tasks.

#pompeo-mike, #state-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

How the G.O.P. Lost Its Clear Voice on Foreign Policy

After four years of Donald J. Trump’s America-first mantra, Republican views on foreign intervention, long a signature part of the party’s brand, have splintered.

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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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #obama-barack, #pompeo-mike, #power-samantha, #state-department, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

For These Republicans, 2024 Is Just Around the Corner

Mike Pence. Mike Pompeo. Rick Scott. They share big ambitions, but one name hovers above them all …

#pence-mike, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2024, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #scott-richard-l, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Reversing Trump, Biden Repeals Sanctions on Human Rights Prosecutor

The move revokes an executive order that put the United States at odds with many of its European allies.

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State Dept. Reverses Trump Policies on Reproductive and Religious Freedoms

Even as Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken similarly condemned abuses and oppression from China to Syria to Venezuela, he overturned aspects of the Trump administration’s human rights agenda.

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With an Eye on 2024, a Rarely Bashful Pompeo Grows More Combative

Criticized for partisan activity even when he was the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo is taking aim at the Biden administration and talking like a candidate.

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How Sanctions Hurt Iranian Women

The decimation of the economy since the U.S. left the nuclear deal is crippling the people who have been working for reform.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #iranian-rial-currency, #pompeo-mike, #united-states-international-relations, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Under Biden, Diplomacy Is an Attractive Career Again

Interest in becoming a diplomat has grown, and President Biden’s outreach to other nations is appealing to aspiring diplomats, many of whom felt alienated by Trump policies.

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Biden Defines His Underlying Challenge With China: ‘Prove Democracy Works’

At his news conference on Thursday, the president provided a revealing look into how he viewed the threat from Beijing.

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As Biden and Xi Begin a Careful Dance, a New American Policy Takes Shape

Top administration officials will meet with their Chinese counterparts for the first time on Thursday as the United States shifts to a more competitive posture with Beijing.

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Blinken Will Meet Chinese Officials After Asia Tour Next Week

In his first foreign trip, the secretary of state will visit Japan and South Korea before the first in-person diplomatic encounter between the United States and China in several months.

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Blinken Proposes a Foreign Policy Not ‘Disconnected From Our Daily Lives’

In his first major address, the secretary of state pledged to focus on how diplomacy has a direct effect on regular Americans. At the top of the list: dealing with China.

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Ambitious Republicans’ Dance: Embrace Trump, but Don’t Try to Be Him

As jockeying begins for 2024, rank-and-file Republicans say they are most drawn to leaders who both pledge fealty to the former president and appear to showcase a distinct political identity.

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At CPAC, a Golden Image, a Magic Wand and Reverence for Trump

The faithful who flocked to the annual conference of conservatives made it clear that their allegiance was to the former president far more than to the Republican Party.

#conservative-political-action-conference, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #haley-nikki-r, #noem-kristi, #pence-mike, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

A Day Before He Speaks, Conservative Gathering Is Mostly About Trump

At CPAC on Saturday, the focus was on praise for Mr. Trump in advance of his speech there on Sunday.

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Full CPAC 2021 Guide: Trump, Cruz, Pompeo and More

Even more than usual, the Conservative Political Action Conference this year will be a barometer for the Republican Party, newly out of power in Washington and trying to chart a way back.

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Tough Sanctions, Then a Mysterious Last-Minute Turnabout

The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on the Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler in 2017 for corruption in Africa. In Donald Trump’s final days in office, they were rolled back with no explanation.

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U.S. Prepares to Lift Terrorist Designation Against Yemeni Rebels, Despite New Attacks

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said the designation of the Houthi rebels would be formally revoked next week, in “recognition of the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #houthis, #humanitarian-aid, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

To ‘Re-engage the World,’ Biden Looks to Win Over U.S. Diplomats First

Some diplomats said the president’s speech was a much-needed antidote to distrust and dismissiveness at the State Department during the Trump administration.

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Trump’s Last-Minute Moves Against China Complicate Biden’s Agenda

The departing administration’s decision to push through a declaration that China is committing genocide was the latest in a series of actions that risk politicizing the issues.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Here’s What the U.S. Declaration That China Is Committing ‘Genocide’ Could Mean

In one of its last acts, the Trump administration said China was committing genocide against Uighurs and other mostly Muslim groups. Here is what the move could mean.

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U.S. Says China’s Repression of Uighurs Is ‘Genocide’

The finding by the Trump administration is the strongest denunciation by any government of China’s actions and follows a Biden campaign statement with the same declaration.

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Mike Pompeo Leaves State Department With a Dubious Legacy

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks to his political future, his turbulent tenure is characterized by investigations into his leadership and ethics.

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Secretary of State Pompeo Leaves No Bridges Unburned

On the way out the door, the Trump administration is trying its utmost to make things difficult for Joe Biden.

#politics-and-government, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

Pompeo Says Iran Is New Base for Al Qaeda, but Offers Little Proof

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statements were tempered by some U.S. officials, who said there was little new intelligence to suggest that Iran was an active headquarters for the terrorist group.

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Holding Fast to Trump, Pompeo Angers Diplomats, Foreign and Domestic

State Department personnel and allied officials expressed outrage that Mike Pompeo has failed to acknowledge, much less protest, President Trump’s role in inciting rioters who stormed the Capitol.

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U.S. Rush to Declare Houthis Terrorists Threatens to Halt Aid to Yemen

The Trump administration did not wait to put in place legal protections for aid workers, a lapse that officials said could halt shipments of food, medicine, gasoline and other assistance.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #houthis, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

Pompeo Returns Cuba to Terrorism Sponsor List, Constraining Biden’s Plans

In announcing the move, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited Cuba’s hosting of American fugitives and Colombian rebels and its support for Venezuela’s authoritarian leader.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cuba, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #obama-barack, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. to Declare Yemen’s Houthis a Terrorist Group, Raising Fears of Fueling a Famine

The State Department’s terrorist designation may be more symbolic than searing for the rebel movement, but it could aggravate Yemen’s human catastrophe.

#famine, #houthis, #humanitarian-aid, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #yemen

Strong Views and ‘Close to the Boss’: How U.S. Envoy Reshaped a Conflict

David Friedman, President Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer-turned-ambassador, leaves his post having radically overhauled policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #friedman-david-m-1958, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #pompeo-mike, #tillerson-rex-w, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

State Dept. Moves to Ease Restrictions on Meeting With Taiwan Officials

The decision by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meant to signal a warming of relations with Taipei and a tougher line with Beijing, but the Biden administration could easily reverse the move.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #politics-and-government, #pompeo-mike, #taiwan, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Trump Refuses to Demand Political Appointees Resign

The White House still has not told its political appointees to step down, a routine request in previous administrations, which complicates issues including foreign policy.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #obama-barack, #office-of-personnel-management, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-transition-us, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

Impeach and Convict. Right Now.

Trump is too dangerous to leave in office for even another minute.

#cruz-ted, #house-of-representatives, #impeachment, #pence-mike, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #sasse-benjamin-e, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pompeo Weighs Plan to Place Cuba on U.S. Terrorism Sponsor List

The move would complicate any effort by the incoming Biden administration to resume President Barack Obama’s thaw in relations with Havana.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cuba, #meeks-gregory-w, #obama-barack, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-transition-us, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Contradicts Pompeo Over Russia’s Role in Hack

Hours after the secretary of state acknowledged that Moscow was behind the vast cybersecurity breach, the president suggested it might have been China and downplayed the severity of the attack.

#computer-security, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #pompeo-mike, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

U.S. Will Close Last Two Consulates in Russia

The closure would leave the United States with one remaining diplomatic outpost in Russia amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #politics-and-government, #pompeo-mike, #russia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pompeo Says Russia Was Behind Cyberattack on U.S.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the first member of the Trump administration to publicly link the Kremlin to the hacking of dozens of government and private systems.

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More Hacking Attacks Found

The warning, from the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity arm, indicated that hackers had found another line of attack to enter systems used by the government and Fortune 500 companies.

#commerce-department, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-department, #fireeye-inc, #homeland-security-department, #microsoft-corp, #pompeo-mike, #russia, #trump-donald-j

Saudi Court Jails Saudi-American Doctor Despite U.S. Pressure

American officials have said privately that the charges against the doctor, Walid Fitaihi, were politically motivated.

#fitaihi-walid, #muslims-and-islam, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-politics-and-government

Israeli Reports Say Netanyahu Met Saudi Crown Prince, but Saudis Deny It

The reported visit on Sunday night, amid talk of warming relations, would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders.

#group-of-twenty, #international-relations, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia

Netanyahu Meets With Saudi Crown Prince

The reported visit on Sunday night would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders.

#group-of-twenty, #international-relations, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia