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What will Trump do next with North Korea? Absolutely nothing.

What will Trump do next with North Korea? Absolutely nothing.

In a letter to Kim Jong Un that veered weirdly between petulantly threatening ("You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have
Trump's tribalist revival

Trump's tribalist revival

If politics is about policymaking, then Donald Trump's presidency thus far has been an exercise in weakness and ineptitude. But if politics is about something deeper than policy — about moving and
7 brutally funny cartoons about Trump's investigation of the Mueller probe

7 brutally funny cartoons about Trump's investigation of the Mueller probe

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Peace in Korea is still possible — just without America

Peace in Korea is still possible — just without America

President Trump has abruptly canceled his much-hyped June 12 summit with North Korea in a baffling letter to Kim Jong Un in which he cited the latter's supposed "tremendous anger and open hostility."
Trump's strategy to fight Mueller is crazy — but it's just crazy enough to work

Trump's strategy to fight Mueller is crazy — but it's just crazy enough to work

Here's what President Trump wants you to believe: At the direction of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the FBI planted spies inside the Trump campaign in order to gather (or plant) information they
Democrats are helping Republicans unleash Wall Street. What could go wrong?

Democrats are helping Republicans unleash Wall Street. What could go wrong?

A hefty package of bank deregulation passed the House of Representatives earlier this week, after being passed by the Senate back in March. It now goes to Trump to be signed into law. The majority of

Leave Silicon Valley alone

Why can't this White House figure out that Silicon Valley is one of America's greatest assets? On CNBC's Squawk Box earlier this week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered a cautious but
How Trump is putting the squeeze on American workers

How Trump is putting the squeeze on American workers

"The forgotten men and women of our country," Donald Trump promised on election night 2016, "will be forgotten no longer." It was a key part of his appeal as a political outsider, that the two
Trump's looting of America

Trump's looting of America

President Trump is mad at the FBI again, this time over the revelation that the agency used an informant (incidentally, a veteran of three previous Republican administrations) during the 2016 campaign
2016 is a flat circle

2016 is a flat circle

Of course this was going to happen. Sooner or later, the people who have spent the last year and a half telling us that Robert Mueller's pointless special counsel investigation of non-existent —
Trump's Iran craze

Trump's Iran craze

President Trump campaigned hard on the idea that recent U.S. wars for regime change in the Middle East actually made things worse — and at great cost in American blood and treasure. Here's the man who
Why Trump is right to demand answers on the FBI 'informant' fracas

Why Trump is right to demand answers on the FBI 'informant' fracas

Did Barack Obama's FBI spy on the Trump campaign by placing a long-trusted source in position to develop contacts with Donald Trump's political advisers? Or did the FBI get information from a
The global movement against globalism

The global movement against globalism

Nationalism has gone international. You can see it in the news that three months before the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, Jr., took a meeting with an emissary of two wealthy Arab princes
How China and Wall Street won Trump's trade war

How China and Wall Street won Trump's trade war

President Trump's trade war with China seems to be over before it even began. Three days of talks produced a vague "framework" under which the U.S. would back off tariff threats in exchange for China
The North Korea summit is shaping up to be one of Trump's biggest disasters

The North Korea summit is shaping up to be one of Trump's biggest disasters

Not too long ago, the Trump administration was obsessed with showing North Korea how tough we are. "The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is
This is the laziest Congress in history

This is the laziest Congress in history

Has anyone seen Congress lately? If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of the congressional GOP agenda, please contact the authorities immediately. Because with Speaker Paul Ryan headed
Trump's plan to lower drug prices

Trump's plan to lower drug prices

The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web: President Trump has "the power to sink pharmaceutical stocks" with a single tweet, said Katie Thomas at The
Henry Kissinger is a boring old fraud

Henry Kissinger is a boring old fraud

If you were on the fence about whether artificial intelligence was among the most pressing questions of our time or a fad that tells us much more about those who take an interest in it than about the
McCain's final message

McCain's final message

This is the editor's letter in the current issue of The Week magazine. John McCain still has something to say, even if a White House press aide doesn't think a dying man's thoughts matter. "I don't

Trump's 'animals'

Bob Kerrey, the former Nebraska senator who ran for president in 1992, once noted that Bill Clinton was "an unusually good liar." This was absolutely true. President Trump, on the other hand, is an