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A collection of photo illustrations made for Yahoo News breaking news and original stories.

Kathy Griffin: ‘We have a president without an earpiece’

If you’re looking for Kathy Griffin to apologize, stop reading right now. She did apologize once, after the image of her posing with what looked like the bloodied head of President Trump went viral in the worst way possible two years ago (the head was a rubber mask, the blood was ketchup). She won’t say sorry again, calling her tearful mea culpa “a horrible mistake” in a recent conversation. Read more »

The secret Soviet organization that explains what Russia is doing today

In November 1921, Felix Dzerzhinsky, the head of the Soviet Union’s secret police known as the Cheka, had a plan. Four years earlier, the Bolsheviks had expelled the Romanov dynasty and established the world’s first Communist government. Western European intelligence agencies, fearful of communism, sought to infiltrate the Soviet Union, while the powerful White Russians had fled to European capitals like Paris and Berlin, from where they hoped to plot the czar’s return. Read More » 

What to expect — or fear — when Trump meets Kim again

As the date approaches for a second summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, America’s top intelligence official is warning the country not to set expectations too high. In testimony this week before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats went so far as to question whether the central U.S. goal of the talks — North Korea’s complete and verifiable denuclearization — was realistically achievable. Read more »

John Kelly’s vigilante White House

Bob Woodward is the most famous newspaperman alive — or not, for that matter. And so Woodward gets away with things in a work of nonfiction for which other journalists would be rightfully pilloried. He relies heavily on unnamed sources and reconstructs private scenes with total omniscience, which are tactics I’d advise any young reporter to avoid. And yet, all that said, is there anyone who seriously thinks the quotes in Woodward’s soon-to-be-released book on the Trump administration don’t ring true? Is it at all surprising that the president’s own chief of staff, John Kelly, would refer to him (at least once) as an “idiot” who had gone “off the rails” and was living in Crazytown? Read more »

Trump has given us the ultimate Chinese import: American princelings

In China, princelings are privileged relatives of high-level government officials. Princelings benefit from nepotism and cronyism, using their family ties to conduct business and accumulate wealth. They also serve as conduits for currying favor with their official relations. Now President Trump has given us the ultimate Chinese import: American princelings. They are his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Read more »

Ecstasy-assisted psychotherapy is bringing peace to people with PTSD

Ed Thompson’s first experience with MDMA — better known by its street name, Ecstasy — was in an old house that had been converted into a peaceful therapist’s office with skylights. A far cry from the Dionysian abandon of a rave, the environment mimicked a comfortable living room, but for the cameras and microphones recording his session for a study that holds the promise of a treatment for the often-intractable condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more »

In Turkish election, democracy itself is at stake

It’s a week before an election, and the firebrand candidate takes the podium to speak to a small, private crowd of loyal supporters. He calls on them to keep an eye open for “the others” and to “do some special work on them” to help secure a win. “You know who is who,” he says suggestively. This candidate is adored by supporters and loathed by dissenters. He bristles at criticism, rails constantly against “fake news” and the “deep state,” and commands a disgruntled army of Twitter trolls. But this dog-whistling speech wasn’t given in a basketball arena in the Midwest, and it wasn’t given by President Trump — it was made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Read more »

Run, Howard, run

I was a little taken aback this week by the level of outrage and vitriol spewed at Howard Schultz, the 65-year-old billionaire who built Starbucks into a global brand, after he said he was considering a self-funded, independent campaign for president. The way the left reacted, you’d have thought he was getting rid of almond-milk lattes. Read more »

Limbaugh and Hannity are ‘party leaders’ just as much as McConnell, new book argues

To many Republican voters, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is an establishment hack who can’t be trusted, while Fox News’ Sean Hannity is a straight talker who keeps the GOP honest. Read more »

‘I did not collude’: Kushner releases 3,700-word statement detailing 4 Russia contacts

In a lengthy statement to the congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Trump’s son-in-law and top White House adviser Jared Kushner says that he was largely overwhelmed by “a fast-paced campaign” in which he took thousands of meetings and received thousands of emails, but that he has “nothing to hide.” Read more »

The sad last act of Rudy Giuliani

Long ago, in his prime, Rudy Giuliani was an important and visionary politician who probably had more influence on modern American cities than anyone else, for better and for worse. I know, you see him on TV now, appearing as the president’s lawyer, and you think, “Hey, when did Montgomery Burns become a real person, and why is he having an entire conversation with himself like he’s hearing voices?” I get it.  Read more »

Collusion or conspiracy? Understanding the charges against Manafort and Gates

Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled the first charges in the Russia probe against members of President Trump’s inner circle — and more are likely coming.There were 12 counts in the indictments handed up by a federal grand jury against Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Rick Gates, Manafort’s former business partner, including conspiracy to launder money and failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. But perhaps the most sinister-sounding is count one: conspiracy against the United States.  Read more »

Silent Republicans have their reasons. They don’t have an excuse.

Whatever his impact may be on the country or the world, Donald Trump’s presidency imperils the future of his party, and there isn’t a serious-minded Republican in Washington who would tell you otherwise, privately. Read more »

Trump, like Gorbachev, has lost faith in what his country stands for

I thought a lot about John McCain this week. About how McCain, his grave still fresh, would have reacted to the revelation that President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to keep the notes of his conversations with Vladimir Putin shielded from history, or even his own aides. Read more »

Trump abruptly attacks ‘chain migration,’ a term that worries immigration advocates

President Trump echoed anti-immigration groups Friday morning when he suddenly condemned any new immigration policy that would allow “chain migration.” Read more »

How Harvey Weinstein got away with it for so long

How did he get away with it for so long? It is the vexing question at the heart of the Harvey Weinstein story. The answer is simple and depressing: Nearly half a century after the start of rape law reforms pushed by second wave feminists and 31 years after the Supreme Court ruled that sexual harassment was a form of workplace discrimination prohibited by the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the legal system continues to struggle to provide justice for women who have been raped or otherwise sexually assaulted, except in the most extreme circumstances. Read more »

Does Kelly signal a new path for Trump?

You could hear the collective exhaling in Washington as President Trump’s new chief of staff assumed his command Monday, after another awesome week in which Trump first seemed set on handing over his White House to a bombastic financier exactly like himself, then stood by as his mini-me publicly eviscerated the president’s loyal chief of staff, and then kicked them both to the curb in quick succession. Read more »

The not-so-radical Trump presidency

In the end, President Trump didn’t “tear up” that deal with Iran that he’s called so disastrous for the country, the one his predecessor negotiated in hopes of containing its nuclear program long enough to see a regime change. Trump huffed and puffed and complained bitterly about the unfairness of it all, but this week he deferred to the saner voices in his inner circle, agreeing to stay the course for the time being. Read more »

Post-shutdown, some Republicans see door ‘slightly ajar’ to challenging Trump

Former Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., sat alone at the Don Pepi pizza shop inside New York’s Penn Station on Tuesday afternoon, eating a piece of deep-dish, and mused about the possibility that a candidate could beat President Trump in the upcoming Republican primary races. Read more »

Kasich’s choice: Fight for the party, or leave it behind?

If there’s one thing we learned from Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, it’s that Americans are so disgusted by the predictable artifice of politics that you can say almost anything and still win a lot of votes, as long as you don’t sound like you’re reading from the same old meaningless talking points. Read more »