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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 » 

Leadership in the Oval Office, from FDR to Barack Obama

“CBS This Morning” co-anchor John Dickerson’s essay on presidential leadership is based on a series of Yahoo News interviews with historians. 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 »

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 »

Why Trump should fear the inevitable primary

A week ago, I wrote about the damning silence of Republicans in Washington when it came to the Trump presidency. In the days since, it’s gotten a bit noisier. Even as I was writing that column, John McCain—the good old plainspoken McCain we’ve known for most of his public life, not the evil twin who has occasionally tried to sidestep his conscience—issued a crisp rebuttal of Trump’s isolationist worldview and contempt for public servants. 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 »

64 hours in October: How one weekend blew up the rules of American politics

It began as a relatively quiet day in the presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were each holed up with their aides on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, preparing for the second presidential debate, scheduled for Sunday night. Hurricane Matthew, which was churning off the Florida coast, led the Friday-morning newscasts. The Chicago Cubs were beginning a quest for their first World Series title in more than a century. But by midafternoon three separate bombshells, all coming within the span of roughly 90 minutes, threatened to throw the race into chaos. 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 »

‘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 »

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 »