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Analysis: This story on Trump's Russia paranoia is terrifying

The Washington Post published a breathtaking piece this week detailing the depth and breadth of President Donald Trump's blind spot on Russia. The story is, in a word, terrifying.

Analysis: Joe Biden sure looks like he is running for president

The biggest tell to date of Joe Biden's 2020 plans came this week, when he apologized to Anita Hill.

Analysis: Trump literally cuts the red tape on regulations

President Donald Trump took time on Thursday to discuss the efforts his administration has taken to cut down on regulation. And he did so with the help of visual aids.

Analysis: One number that suggests a Democratic wave is coming

In the aftermath of Roy Moore's stunning Senate election loss in Alabama on Tuesday night, Republicans were quick to note that the circumstances in the state made drawing any conclusions impossible.

Jews and Judaism

Op-Ed Contributor: The Uncomfortable Truth About Swedish Anti-Semitism

Protesters call for an intifada and promise to “shoot the Jews.”

Analysis: 8 numbers that should terrify Republicans

The Alabama Senate race is over. Doug Jones -- improbably -- is coming to Washington as the next senator from the state. Roy Moore isn't.

Analysis: The Senate is now very much in play in 2018

Doug Jones' stunning victory in Alabama on Tuesday night sent a very clear signal heading into the 2018 election: No Republican Senate seat is safe.

Analysis: Trump's stinging defeat

President Donald Trump is waking to a self-inflicted political disaster Wednesday morning that even he could not chalk up to fake news, after Republican Roy Moore crashed to defeat in the Alabama Senate race.

Analysis: 5 takeaways from Doug Jones' victory

The Alabama Senate race is over. And Democrat Doug Jones has pulled off an absolutely massive upset, edging embattled Republican Roy Moore.

Analysis: How partisanship won the Alabama election

Regardless of who actually gets the Senate seat, there's already one clear victor in the Alabama Senate race: partisanship.

Analysis: The many layers of the Trump-Gillibrand feud

President Donald Trump's showdown with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand shows that the cultural moment triggered by allegations of sexual harassment is the most vibrant and emotional issue in politics.

Analysis: An insane exchange between Jake Tapper and a Moore spokesman

Lost amid the sexual harassment and misconduct charges against Roy Moore over the past month is the fact that even before any of those allegations came to light, Republicans in Washington were deathly afraid of what the prospect of Moore in the Senate could do to the overall party brand.

Analysis: Trump got 3 things wrong in 1 tweet this morning

On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted.


AIG launches new cyber threat analysis to gauge companies' risks

(Reuters) - American International Group Inc has ramped up its analysis for insuring against cyber attacks, using a system that scores a company's risk of having a breach along with safeguards it has in place, the insurer said on Tuesday.

Analysis: Can Doug Jones defy the most powerful trend shaping modern Senate elections?

In today's Alabama US Senate election, Democrat Doug Jones isn't running just against Republican Roy Moore. Jones is also running against the most powerful trend shaping modern elections for the US Senate.


BRIEF-CareerBuilder Names Anthony Dupree Its Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer


Ghani, Ashraf

News Analysis: Afghan President’s Critics Losing Patience Over Delayed Vote

Opponents of the increasingly isolated Ashraf Ghani are holding rallies, issuing ultimatums and calling for a tribal referendum on his performance in office.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: Yes, the Truth Still Matters

Donald Trump has turned “fake news” into a battle cry to attack reporting critical of him, spawning a difficult debate in newsrooms.

United States Economy

Treasury Defends Tax Plan in One-Page Analysis

A long-awaited document says the $1.5 trillion plan will pay for itself, assuming robust economic growth from a host of policies yet to be enacted.

Women and Girls

News Analysis: Birth Control Pills Protect Against Cancer, Too

A small increased risk of breast cancer among women using hormonal contraceptives may be offset by the pill’s protective effects.

Analysis: Trump's #MeToo moment is here

On Monday morning, a trio of women -- Rachel Crooks, Samantha Holvey and Jessica Leeds -- went on Megyn Kelly's NBC show to reiterate allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump that they first aired during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Analysis: Is Trump's base fraying?

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump famously described his core supporters as impervious to outside influence -- even when it when it came to his own troubling or divisive behavior.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

News Analysis: How Russia Cheats

Russia’s election meddling and its Olympic doping are at the heart of President Putin’s effort to recapture his country’s past.

Analysis: Rep. Trent Franks' absolutely bizarre resignation letter

Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona announced Thursday night that is is resigning from Congress after being informed that the House Ethics Committee had opened an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment from two female former staffers.

United States International Relations

News Analysis: Did Trump Kill Off a Two-State Solution? He Says No, Palestinians Say Yes

The chief Palestinian negotiator said Mr. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital means a radical P.L.O. shift — to a push for a single state, with equal civil rights.

Analysis: The #metoo movement comes to Washington

Looking back, historians may view this week as the week where the #metoo movement fully landed in political Washington.

Analysis: WH says the election ended debate on Trump's treatment of women. Not exactly.

On Thursday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about Al Franken's description of President Donald Trump as "a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault."

Analysis: A whole lot more people hate the GOP tax plan than love it

Midterm elections -- like the one coming up in 2018 -- are all about turning out base voters. Why? History tells us that only the most stalwart partisans turn out when the presidential race isn't on the ballot. So if your side wants to pick up House and Senate seats in a non-presidential election, you need to find ways to excite its most committed members.

Analysis: Senate landscape shifts again with his resignation

As the calendar nears 2018, the battle for control of the Senate is shifting in all sorts of unexpected ways -- changes driven primarily by bad behavior but also a national political environment heavily colored by President Donald Trump's widespread unpopularity.

Freedom of Speech and Expression

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: When the Truth Is Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court takes up regulated speech in doctors’ offices, an issue that cuts both ways in the context of abortion.

Analysis: Dems want to rebrand as the anti-harassment party

There's a decent chance that this time next week Roy Moore will be a senator-elect and Al Franken will be a former senator.

Analysis: What happened in the Senate is about a lot more than Franken

There is no old boys club that is older or clubbier than the United States Senate.

Analysis: Steve Bannon, troll-in-chief

Steve Bannon left the White House in late August, about seven months after President Donald Trump arrived. But even at a distance from power, his words remain a constant source of frustration and angst for Democrats and, perhaps more often, Republicans.

Analysis: For Palestinians, Trump's move ends the peace process

At the UN General Assembly in September, US President Donald Trump and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made a joint appearance before the world's media.

Analysis: Something very weird is going on with Trump's Twitter feed right now

President Donald Trump is -- almost -- nowhere on Twitter right now.

Analysis: The GOP civil war, summed up in 1 picture

On Tuesday, a group of senators traveled to the White House to have lunch with President Donald Trump. In a classic Trumpian power move, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who has been one of the most outspoken Republican critics of Trump, was seated directly next to the President.

Analysis: If Trump is in legal peril, it's the obstruction of justice charge that matters

How much legal peril is President Donald Trump actually in? That's the $1 million question as special counsel Robert Mueller continues to probe Russia's involvement in the 2016 campaign and potential collusion between the foreign power and Trump's presidential team. Trump lawyer John Dowd threw a grenade into that thicket of legal issues earlier this week when he asserted that the President simply cannot obstruct justice.

Analysis: What is Jeff Flake up to?

Sen. Jeff Flake tweeted a picture Tuesday afternoon that is the most visible sign yet that his break from the Trump-led Republican Party may not only be permanent but also could lead to a national bid for the Arizona Republican down the line:

Analysis: The GOP rationalization of Moore is now complete

Over the last 48 hours, the Republican Party has come to grips with a stark reality: Roy Moore may well win the Alabama special election next Tuesday.

Analysis: The simple reason Donald Trump endorsed Roy Moore

On Monday morning, President Donald Trump removed any doubt: He's 100% behind Roy Moore's Senate campaign.

Analysis: Very scary number for GOP in 2018

One of the best ways to gauge the relative health of a political party's brand is to see how willing people are to say they identify with the party. Which is why new Gallup poll numbers on party identification should worry Republicans heading into an election year.

United States Politics and Government

Republicans Sought to Undercut an Unfavorable Analysis of the Tax Plan

When the Joint Committee on Taxation found the Republican tax bill would balloon the budget deficit, Republicans tried to discredit it.

Analysis: GOP turnaround on Roy Moore was totally predictable

The path to the Republican Party's acceptance of Roy Moore was paved by one thing: Cold, hard political calculus. And math. So, two things.

Analysis: Above the law? Trump is the law, attorney says

The President is the law, according to Donald Trump's personal attorney, John Dowd.

Analysis: Trump's Monday morning encapsulates his presidency

President Donald Trump did two big things on Monday morning before jetting off to Utah to announce he is shrinking two national monuments.

Analysis: Why Trump keeps telling us he's not worried about Flynn

President Donald Trump wants you to know one thing about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea for lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russians during the 2016 campaign: He's not worried about it. Not at all. Zero percent. Nada. Zilch.

Trump, Donald J

News Analysis: Wrenched From Scandal to Success, Trump Looks Ahead, and Over His Shoulder

Even in a whirlwind presidency, it was a dizzying span of hours: One of the president’s closest former aides pleaded guilty, shortly before the Senate voted to cut taxes.


Tillerson says no truth to reports that he is being replaced

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday denied that he was leaving his post to be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.


Reporter’s Notebook: Pope Defends His Myanmar Diplomacy: ‘I Did Not Negotiate With the Truth’

Pope Francis, criticized for not using the word “Rohingya” while in Myanmar, said that using the term “would have been a door slammed in the face.”

Analysis: GOP just bet the 2018 election on an unpopular tax plan

While you were sleeping, Senate Republicans passed President Donald Trump's tax plan. And, in so doing, they gambled the entire 2018 election on it.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Republicans Near a Big Win — but Will It Lift Them Politically?

Senate passage of a trillion-dollar tax cut will be a much-needed Republican victory, but it remains to be seen whether it lifts them out of their political ditch.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Debt Concerns, Once a Core Republican Tenet, Take a Back Seat to Tax Cuts

The party, which criticized the growth of the federal debt under President Barack Obama, has rallied behind a tax cut that would send it to new heights.

Analysis: Flynn's guilty plea is a massive problem for Trump

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's decision to plead guilty to a single count of lying to the FBI over conversations he had with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 election is an absolutely massive moment in the ongoing special counsel probe being led by Robert Mueller -- and has potentially huge ramifications for President Donald Trump.

Analysis: Of course Trump will (basically) campaign for Roy Moore

Less than a week after making clear that he would not go to Alabama to campaign for embattled Senate nominee Roy Moore, President Donald Trump is doing the next best thing: He's going to Pensacola, Florida, to hold a campaign event next Friday -- just four days before the December 12 special election.

World Cup 2018 (Soccer)

World Cup 2018 Draw: Live Updates and Analysis

FIFA will place the 32 qualified teams for next summer’s World Cup into their first-round groups on Friday.

Analysis: A taxing dilemma for Senate Republicans

There are two indisputable facts about the tax cut bill Republicans are trying to finesse through the Senate.

News and News Media

News Analysis: When Our Trusted Storytellers Are Also the Abusers

As a national conversation about harassment moves forward, journalistic gatekeepers are under the glare, raising questions about how their behavior shaped the stories they told.

Treasury's tax analysis still missing ahead of key Senate vote

Analysis: Tax reform is why Republicans have not turned on Trump

Washington Republicans have spent long stretches of the past 10 months -- their first with unified control of the federal government in a decade -- alternately contending with and rationalizing President Donald Trump's erratic behavior.

Nonpartisan analysis suggests measure would spur economic growth but not enough to cover its cuts

You can't build the truth on a scaffold of lies

The hilariously inept attack on the Washington Post by an organization run by right-wing prankster James O'Keefe -- his latest in a catalog of failures, falsehoods and fraud -- is a "worst practices" list of things a true news organization should never, ever do.

Child Abuse and Neglect

News Analysis: She Didn’t Fight Back. She’s Posting Selfies. The (Misguided) Reasons People Doubt Sexual Misconduct Victims.

Some common reasons raised for doubt, like a long delay before speaking out or a hazy recall of timing, are exactly what experts say they would expect to see after a sexual assault.

United States International Relations

News Analysis: Washington Eyes a Cold War Strategy Against North Korea

A focus on nuclear deterrence would fall short of President Trump’s promises to finally “solve” the problem with North Korea.

North Korea

The Interpreter: Seven Critical Truths About North Korea

Truth No. 1: North Korea is a nuclear power now. Get used to it. But don’t fear the worst.

Analysis: Does Trump's last 48 hours show he's losing control?

In the space of last 48 hours, Donald Trump has:

Analysis:Trump takes the lowest of low roads on Lauer

Most past presidents probably wouldn't say anything publicly about the bombshell firing Wednesday morning of NBC's Matt Lauer for "inappropriate sexual behavior." And, if they did say something, it would be along the lines of "Even the highest profile among us are not and should not be immune from being punished for these sorts of unacceptable behaviors."

Analysis: The president's return to birtherism

President Donald Trump isn't convinced Barack Obama was born in the United States after all.

Analysis: This was a hurdle. Trump cleared it

Victories have been few and far between for President Trump in his first year in office -- the result of a series of self-inflicted errors, sinking poll numbers and a decidedly fractious Republican Party.


Spielberg's 'The Post' aimed at people 'starving for the truth'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Steven Spielberg's new movie "The Post" may be set in 1971 but its theme about press freedom is all about today.

Analysis: Trump's secret? There is no secret

The US government is set to shut down on December 8 unless Congress can pass a bill -- and President Donald Trump can sign it -- to fund the government beyond that date.


Scaramucci quits advisory post at Massachusetts school after lawsuit threat

BOSTON (Reuters) - Former White House spokesman Anthony Scaramucci resigned his advisory position at a Massachusetts university following a dust-up in which he threatened to sue the school's student newspaper, Tufts University officials said on Tuesday.

Analysis: What this conservative activist doesn't get about the media

As someone who spent a decade working in The Washington Post newsroom, I could have told James O'Keefe that his attempt to trick Post reporters into running a made-up story about Roy Moore forcing a woman to have an abortion -- and capture those same reporters saying bad things about the Alabama Republican Senate candidate (and Donald Trump) -- was never going to work.

Analysis: Scaramucci suggests Sanders' loyalty has to be to Trump, not the truth

Anthony Scaramucci -- he of the 10-day stint as White House communications director -- resurfaced Tuesday morning, sitting for an interview with "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo.

Scaramucci defends Trump's swipe at Warren

Short-lived White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci defended on Tuesday President Donald Trump's racially charged swipe at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, saying it was justified in the context of their antagonistic relationship.

Analysis: Undisciplined Trump can't keep eye on prize

President Donald Trump can't -- or won't -- keep his eye on the prize.

Great Britain

News Analysis: Prince Harry Casts Aside Ghosts of Royal Marriages Past

Harry, fifth in line to the throne, may never be king. But his mere choice of bride may give Britain a strong shove into the future.

Analysis: Nancy Pelosi's catastrophically bad answer on John Conyers

When Nancy Pelosi sat down for an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd on Sunday, she had to know that he was going to ask her about embattled Michigan Rep. John Conyers. After all, allegations from a number of former female staffers that the veteran Democrat had sexually harassed them were all over the news.

Stelter: This is how Trump shades the truth

CNN's Brian Stelter says much of what President Donald Trump says lies somewhere between fact and fiction and looks at how the president is able to blur that line to shade the truth.

Political Prisoners

News Analysis: In China, the Brutality of ‘House Arrest’

A new book provides first-person accounts of rights activists and political dissidents detained in secret prisons under China’s criminal code.

Analysis: Inside Trump's obsession with being Person of the Year

On Friday night, Donald Trump proclaimed that he would probably be Time's "Person of the Year" for 2017 -- except that he didn't really want the honor.


Britain has 10-day "absolute deadline" to deliver on key Brexit issues: Tusk

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain has only 10 days left to deliver on all three areas of its divorce terms with the European Union if London wants to start talks on a transition period after Brexit and a future relationship, the chairman of EU leaders Donald Tusk said.

Analysis: The 13 most bizarre lines in Trump's Thanksgiving speech

President Donald Trump stopped by a local Coast Guard station in Florida on Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving. While there, he gave a speech extolling the virtues of the Coast Guard "brand" and talking about how everything is now better thanks to, well, him.

Spacey, Kevin

News Analysis: The Artist Has Been Rebuked. Now What Do We Do With His Art?

Shows and films caught up in harassment scandals have become radioactive, and the culture is wrestling with where to draw the line.

Civilian Casualties

Editorial: Telling the Truth About the Cost of War

As civilian casualties appear to rise, the American military is not acknowledging the extent of the problem.


‘Junk’ Mines the Milken Era for Truths That Resonate Now

Ayad Akhtar’s play portrays the financial excesses of the 1980s — part of what he calls “a collapse of a collective vision” of America — in ways that evoke unsettling new thoughts.

Analysis: Roy Moore is using Trump's playbook -- and Trump is helping him

Roy Moore is threatening to sue his accusers. Roy Moore is threatening to sue the news outlets reporting on their allegations. Roy Moore says he doesn't care what the Republican establishment wants him to do.

Writing and Writers

By the Book: Anthony Bourdain: By the Book

The author of “Kitchen Confidential” says one of the benchmarks of great food writing is to be very knowledgeable, but never a snob.

Analysis: Trump's latest tweets crossed a line

Before 6 a.m. ET, Donald Trump had already sent two tweets about the self-proclaimed "big baller" LaVar Ball.

Analysis: 50 things Trump tweeted about instead of Moore

Mystery solved.

Siding with Roy Moore is another case of the President using his own version of the truth for his political needs

When reality boxes in President Donald Trump, he simply chooses his own alternative, convenient truth.

Analysis: Trump just did Moore a massive favor

President Donald Trump broke his silence Tuesday afternoon on allegations of sexual abuse facing Roy Moore, the Republican Party's Senate nominee in Alabama.

Analysis: LaVar Ball's 39 most amazing lines about Trump

On Monday night, CNN's Chris Cuomo took on a difficult task: Interviewing talker-in-chief LaVar Ball about his son's arrest in China and the role -- or lack thereof -- that President Trump played in the release of LiAngelo Ball as well as two other UCLA basketball players. LaVar Ball -- as is his reputation -- let fly some doozies about Trump and, well, almost everything else too.

Analysis: Trump's incredible shrinking presidency

In the past 7 days, President Trump has attacked the following people -- and institutions -- on Twitter:

Analysis: How the computer revolution is deepening our divide

Add the computer and communications revolution to the list of fundamental changes that are widening the political divide between red and blue America.

Analysis: Welcome to Steve Bannon's controversial candidates' club

In the grand narrative of American politics, there is a lofty -- and often lucrative -- place for the strategists and advisers who guide winning presidential campaigns.

Analysis: This President wants you to give thanks every day

President Donald Trump has shown an incessant craving for praise during his first 10 months in office.

Analysis: Donald Trump and Lavar Ball are perfect for each other

The celebrity beef between Donald Trump and Lavar Ball was the most predictable thing in the world.

Analysis: Trump is playing zero-dimensional chess (again)

On Sunday night, President Donald Trump attacked Jeff Flake on Twitter.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and the Truth About the American West

A new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder “refreshes and revitalizes” our understanding of westward expansion, pioneer life and the literature that mythologized it.


N.F.L. Scores 2017: Live Week 11 Updates and Analysis

The Vikings keep winning behind career-backup quarterback Case Keenum. Up next: The Patriots and Raiders meet in Mexico City.

Anthony Bourdain travels to Seattle

Anderson Cooper and Anthony Bourdain sat down at Chomp Chomp in New York City to talk about the next "Parts Unknown" episode in Seattle.

Jews and Judaism

News Analysis: When the Right Pushes Fake Jews

“Bernie Bernstein” makes a robocall in deep-red Alabama.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Opinion: Anthony Doerr: We Were Warned

25 years ago scientists raised the threat of climate change. Did I act immediately and decisively? Um, I did not.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

New Analysis: At Bonn Climate Talks, Stakes Get Higher in Gamble on Planet’s Future

This year’s United Nations climate talks have wrapped up, and there were few signs that countries are inclined to take urgent action.

Analysis: Why did Trump attack Franken? Simple.

When it comes to making sense of President Donald Trump's public statements, especially his tweets, the first rule is to not think too hard. Trump is not operating out of a secret genius playbook. There is no game theory reasoning in effect here.

Analysis: Can Al Franken survive?

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken's political future is decidedly dicey in the wake of reports that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman named Leeann Tweeden during a 2006 USO tour of the Middle East.

Analysis: There's a massive moral vacuum in the country

When an "Access Hollywood" tape featuring Donald Trump making comments about how money and power allowed him to grab women in their private parts without penalty -- and he still won the White House -- we knew there would be political and cultural repercussions.

Analysis: Al Franken's absolutely awful apology

Shortly after Leeann Tweeden went public with allegations that Al Franken had groped her during a USO tour through the Middle East in 2006, the Minnesota Democrat released a statement.

Law and Legislation

Live Briefing: As House Prepares to Vote on Tax Bill, Trump Visits Capitol Hill and an Analysis Shows Tax Increases for Low-Income Taxpayers

The House is expected to approve a $1.5 trillion tax cut, though several New Jersey and New York Republicans may join Democrats in opposing the bill.

Analysis: Donald Trump's dry-mouthed victory lap

Donald Trump got back from Asia on Tuesday night. By Wednesday afternoon, he was taking a victory lap.

Analysis: 4 reasons a Sessions write-in campaign might fail

The idea of Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigning his post to run a write-in campaign for his old Alabama Senate seat -- and thereby thwarting the chances of embattled GOP nominee Roy Moore -- is all the rage in Washington right now.

Analysis: Sessions tiptoes around questions of basic democratic norms

One day, President Trump calls the US justice system a "laughingstock." The next day he wants it used to investigate his 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton. He appears to hold unparalleled disregard for the independence of the US justice system.

Analysis: Run. Elect. Repeat. Really?

It's all the same. There's nothing (and no one) new. Politics. Sports. Entertainment. Once something works, it's expected to keep working in the same or a slightly different place. If people like something once, they'll like it again. The inertia of repetition.

Analysis: Trump is saying something that isn't true 5.5 times a day

Alternative facts. Lies. Distortions. Exaggerations. Misstatements. Half truths.

Analysis: Sessions sure looks like he is taking orders from Trump

On November 2, in a radio interview, President Donald Trump said this: "The saddest thing is that because I'm the President of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I am not supposed to be involved with the FBI."

Analysis: What his conversations with WikiLeaks prove

On Monday night, the Atlantic's Julia Ioffe reported that Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of the President and a senior adviser to his campaign, had exchanged direct messages on Twitter with WikiLeaks during the course of the 2016 race.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Trump Shatters Longstanding Norms by Pressing for Clinton Investigation

If Attorney General Jeff Sessions or his deputy authorizes a new investigation of Hillary Clinton, it would undermine standards that have been in place since Watergate.

Analysis: Roy Moore almost certainly isn't going to be a senator

If you thought Roy Moore's political future couldn't get any more bleak after four women went on the record with The Washington Post alleging that the Alabama Republican Senate nominee sought relationships with them when they were between 14 and 18, today showed things could get worse for Moore. Much, much worse.

Analysis: Will Trump tell Moore to drop out?

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went there in regard to the candidacy of embattled former Alabama state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Analysis: Trump's laugh at strongman's joke

Before their bilateral meeting in Manila on Monday, President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte posed for pictures. Reporters were late for what is known as the "pool spray" because, according to the pool report of the meeting, they were held up by security.

Analysis: This may be one of the most awkward moments in handshake history

There should be a rule in international diplomacy: No strange handshake rituals.


CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls to 10-day low as energy, financials weigh

TORONTO, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell to a 10-day low on Monday as heavyweight energy and financial shares lost ground, offsetting gains for the materials group as gold miners rallied.

Analysis: 29 most eye-popping lines from Trump's media briefing

Flying between Da Nang and Hanoi, Vietnam, on Saturday, President Donald Trump decided to talk to the press corps. And man did he talk.

United States International Relations

News Analysis: Trump to Asia: Unite on North Korea, but Go It Alone on Trade

Reconciling the contradictory messages to the region may determine the near-term fate of the United States as a Pacific power.

Analysis: Bannon's conspiracy about Moore makes no sense

On Thursday night in New Hampshire, former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon offered a simple explanation for the bombshell report in The Washington Post that Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore pursued sexual relationships with four teenagers when he was in his early 30s.

Analysis: Will national Dems get drawn into Alabama race?

Blue wave, meet crimson tide.

Analysis: This is what 44 seconds of GOP senators not responding to questions about Roy Moore sounds like

When Senate leaders planned an event Thursday afternoon with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House economic guru Gary Cohn to tout the rollout of their tax plan, the words "Roy Moore underage girl" were not likely on their minds.

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions

News Analysis: A Middle-Class Tax Cut? It Depends Who and Where You Are

With details evolving, uncertainty remains, but House and Senate Republican proposals are unfavorable to those in high-cost states that are Democratic bastions.

Analysis: If Democrats can win Alabama, the Senate is in play in 2018

One thing strategists in both parties were sure Democrats couldn't do in the 2018 midterm elections is take control of the Senate away from Republicans.

Analysis: What a Russian's offer of women for Trump may tell us

Earlier this week, longtime Donald Trump adviser Keith Schiller told Congressional investigators that he rejected a Russian's offer to send five women to Donald Trump's hotel room during Trump's 2013 visit to the country.

Analysis: Republicans already had a Moore problem, but it just got way, way worse

Talk privately to any Washington Republican about Roy Moore's Senate candidacy before today and they would tell you that the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court was going to be a major problem given his long record of saying incredibly controversial things.

Analysis: Dems are weaponizing the health care debate

Republicans in Washington have moved on -- for now -- from their doomed campaign to unravel Obamacare, but Democratic politicians, activists and voters have most assuredly not.

Analysis: How a transgender journalist beat Virginia's 'chief homophobe'

On Tuesday night in Virginia, former journalist Danica Roem, a Democrat, knocked off 13-term Republican state Del. Bob Marshall. Roem's win quickly became a huge national news story as she became the first openly transgender person elected to a a state legislature in the US. What's more, her victory came against Marshall, who has called himself the state's 'chief homophobe.' For more on Roem and the race she ran, I reached out to Fenit Nirappil, who covered the race for The Washington Post. Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below.

Analysis: Dems' blue wave could carry them into control of House

The blue wave that crashed Virginia's suburbs on Tuesday could also -- if it extends into the 2018 midterm elections -- carry Democrats into control of the House.

Analysis: The winners and losers from the 2017 election

Tuesday night was very big for Democrats as the party won the governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey and scored a series of other victories from Maine to Washington State that suggests the forces opposed to President Donald Trump turned up in large numbers to send a message that they weren't happy with how he is doing the job.

Analysis: This was a referendum on Trump

Ed Gillespie's resounding loss in Tuesday's Virginia governor's race will likely take what was bubbling concern among Republicans about their prospects in the 2018 midterms and transform it into a frothing cauldron of panic.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Trumpism Without Trump: A Losing Formula in Swing-State Virginia

Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, ran into the clear limits of trying to run as President Trump had in a swing state.

Analysis: Trump distances himself from the loss, but he owns it

The race for Virginia governor on Tuesday night wasn't very close. And Republicans have Donald Trump to blame for it.

Analysis: Donna Brazile seems to be contradicting herself about '16 election

On Tuesday morning, "CBS This Morning" anchor Norah O'Donnell asked former Democratic National Committee interim chair Donna Brazile whether the 2016 primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was a fair fight.

Analysis: The 5 counties to watch in the Virginia governor's race

The big-ticket race on the ballot Tuesday is in Virginia, where either Republican Ed Gillespie or Democrat Ralph Northam will be elected the next governor of the commonwealth.

Analysis: Trump just made the 'good guy with a gun' argument

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in late 2012, a new saying became popular among gun rights advocates: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." (The phrase is widely credited to National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre.)

Analysis: We've entered the post-ISIS phase in the Middle East

Out of the blue, from an undisclosed location in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, 47-year old Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation Saturday afternoon.

Analysis: Here are all the places Trump is losing support

A new CNN poll shows that just 36% of Americans approve of the job Donald Trump is doing, the lowest mark to date in his presidency. (That's in keeping with a number of other polls of late.)

Analysis: Are Democrats blowing it in Virginia?

For months, the assumption has been that Ralph Northam would be elected Virginia governor on Tuesday night. Now, with just hours remaining before polls open in the commonwealth, the race suddenly looks like a toss-up between Northam, the Democratic lieutenant governor, and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie.


Apple's iPhone X has higher margin than iPhone 8: analysis

(Reuters) - Apple Inc's new flagship iPhone X makes the company more money per phone than its iPhone 8 model, according to an analysis, which found the iPhone X's flashier parts cost Apple 25 percent more than the iPhone 8, but that it retailed 43 percent higher.

Anthony Weiner reports to prison

Anthony Weiner, the former politician and now convicted federal sex offender, reported Monday morning to Federal Medical Center Devens, a federal prison in Ayer, Massachusetts. He will begin serving his 21 months for sexting with a minor.

The truth about church shootings

Bomb threats at more than 100 Jewish Community Centers. Dozens of mosques vandalized and attacked. Shootings at churches across the country, including on Sunday -- when a gunman shot and killed 26 people at First Baptist Church in Sutherland, Texas, during the morning worship service.

Analysis: Trump's quote explains gridlocked politics of gun control

There is a tendency after mass casualty events like the Las Vegas shooting last month or the Texas church shooting on Sunday to ask if now, finally, things will change in the gridlocked politics of gun control.

Analysis: Paul Ryan's latest line in the sand on Trump? Firing Mueller

House Speaker Paul Ryan spent the past two years drawing lines in the sand regarding President Donald Trump -- and then erasing them when Trump, inevitably, overstepped.

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When Susan B. Anthony’s ‘Little Band of 9 Ladies’ Voted Illegally

The New York Times covered the moment on Nov. 5, 1872 — sort of. A one-paragraph news item the next day ran under the heading “Minor Topics.”

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

News Analysis: No One Knows What Britain Is Anymore

An island nation comes unmoored.

Fashion and Apparel

News Analysis: $1.3 Million for That?

Whatever Paul Manafort may or may not have done, he robbed us of a “lavish lifestyle” fantasy.

Global Warming

News Analysis: A Climate Science Report That Changes Minds? Don’t Bet on It

Opinions on climate change largely follow partisan lines and a dire new report is unlikely to reset the political debate.

Newly released batch of Kennedy files shows FBI analysis portrayed the civil rights leader negatively

Analysis: Why it should worry you that Trump's Twitter feed went down

On Thursday, the unthinkable happened: President Donald Trump's Twitter feed went down.

Analysis: The week Russia got very real for Trump

Up until this week, Donald Trump could say, with some veracity, that the special counsel investigation into Russia's attempted meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with his campaign hadn't produced a single tangible result.

Analysis: I thought Trump had 'one of the greatest memories'?

Just before jetting off on a 12-day trip to Asia Friday, reporters asked President Donald Trump what he remembered about a late March meeting in which, according to court documents, former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos broached the idea of a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin,

Analysis: Sessions sure does forget a lot of stuff about Russia and the 2016 election

Jeff Sessions' memory isn't exactly stellar. Particularly when it comes to what he knew about interactions between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.

Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions

News Analysis: A ‘Massive’ Middle-Class Tax Cut May Not Be in Store

The typical family would get a break from the Republican tax plan, but millions could experience tax increases.

Anthony Bourdain and Martha Stewart have this in common

Do you know the name Jeremiah Tower? Food critics and chefs from Anthony Bourdain to Martha Stewart are here to explain why you should. For more, watch the CNN Film "Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent" on Sunday, November 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


Actor accuses Kevin Spacey of harassment during London theater stint

LONDON (Reuters) - Roberto Cavazos, an actor who worked at a London theater where Kevin Spacey was artistic director between 2004 and 2015, said he had encounters with the Hollywood star at the time "that verged on what you could call harassment".


Actor accuses Spacey of harassment during stint at London theater

LONDON (Reuters) - Roberto Cavazos, an actor who worked at a London theater where Kevin Spacey was artistic director between 2004 and 2015 said he had encounters with the Hollywood star at the time "that verged on what you could call harassment".

Analysis: Trump's words on Las Vegas and NYC are strikingly different

On October 1, a man shot and killed 58 people at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas -- the largest mass murder in modern American history.

Analysis: Latest proof Trump is our first pundit president

Cable television is at the center of Donald Trump's life. It's stoked his interest in politics, informed him (sort of!) on policy and sharpened his natural instincts for attack and confrontation.

United States International Relations

News Analysis: China Blinks on South Korea, Making Nice After a Year of Hostilities

Seoul offered assurances to Beijing as the two papered over their differences on the deployment of an American missile defense system.

Analysis: The most amazing John Boehner quotes in one amazing story

John Boehner has stopped being polite -- and started getting real.

Analysis: 3 options for Republicans plotting a Trump counterattack

The political community's dominant reaction to high-level Republicans like Sen. Jeff Flake and former President George W. Bush denouncing President Donald Trump has been that the attacks only underscore their weakness and the strength of his hold on the party.

Analysis: Tactic of choice strikes near 9/11 site

Peter Bergen says that what was once a rarely used tactic -- car and truck attacks -- has become the tactic of choice for terrorists living in the West. Fifteen such attacks in the west, including Tuesday's in New York, have killed 140 people in the past three years

Analysis: He's a lot more like Trump than we thought

At first glance, President Donald Trump and his chief of staff, John Kelly, could not be more different. Kelly is a decorated military man who appears to prefer the background to the limelight. Trump is a son of privilege who received five deferments to avoid Vietnam and has spent his entire adult life finding way to get in front of the camera.

Analysis: Trump can't tweet his way out of this one

Donald Trump can't tweet his way out of this one.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

News Analysis: For Trump, Indictment of Former Top Lieutenant Raises the Stakes

While the White House was relieved the charges did not bear directly on the president, allies said he may consider ways to short-circuit the investigation.

Analysis: Watergate and White House interference at DOJ

A few years after President Richard Nixon resigned, Attorney General Griffin Bell gathered Justice Department lawyers in the department's elaborate Great Hall to address their independence in the post-Watergate world.       


Rosy White House tax cut forecast clashes with independent analysis

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The White House promoted President Donald Trump's tax cut plan on Friday with a forecast of faster U.S. economic expansion and wage growth, as independent analysts said the plan would swell the budget deficit and provide little spark to the economy.

Analysis: Trump wants subsidies for coal companies, not health insurers

Here are two headlines from recent weeks that don't share a specific link, but tell you a lot about what's going with the federal government right now.

Analysis:The GOP donor who tried to dig up dirt on Trump is still a mystery

The big news of a very busy week in Washington is that Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded the collection of dirt on Donald Trump via a firm called Fusion GPS.

Analysis: How a confusing week in politics is good for Trump

The news this week -- as is typical under President Donald Trump -- came fast and furious. It was also an extremely confusing week in politics.

Analysis: Conspiracy theorist in chief has the keys to the national archives

The modern master of the conspiracy theory meets the Kennedy assassination.

Analysis: Tuesday was actually a very good day for Donald Trump

Donald Trump has been president for 278 days. Very, very few can be described as -- all in all -- good days for him.

Analysis: Trump went to an Ivy League school and held an absolutely wild press conference

President Donald Trump wasn't scheduled to talk to the press on Wednesday. He spent the morning at the White House and was set to jet off to a fundraiser in Dallas this evening.


CORRECTED-INSIGHT-Damages for Grenfell fire victims may total just $5 mln - Reuters analysis

LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The bill for compensating families of those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire in London may be as low as 4 million pounds ($5 million), according to several lawyers and a Reuters analysis of how damages laws apply in England.


Bipartisan Obamacare fix would cut U.S. deficit: nonpartisan analysis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan Senate proposal to shore up Obamacare insurance marketplaces would cut the U.S. deficit by $3.8 billion over the next decade and would not substantially change the number of Americans with health insurance, a nonpartisan arm of Congress said on Wednesday.

Analysis: Trump gets lots of standing ovations. Believe me.

Not once, not twice but three times over the last 18 hours, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tout just how well received he was by Senate Republicans on Tuesday.

Analysis: This senator thinks it's not his job to say Trump is lying

This is a real exchange that happened on CNN on Tuesday night between Wolf Blitzer and Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch about President Donald Trump's casual relationship with the truth:

Analysis: Sen. Flake's retirement address was a call to governing wing of GOP to wake up from fever of Trumpism

Political retirement speeches are not usually all that memorable. A celebration of your many accomplishments, a nod to the great institution you serve, a hat tip to all the sacrifices your family made over the years to let you live the life you've lived.

Analysis: Jeff Flake just flew a kamikaze mission against Trump

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday that he won't run for a second term in the Senate. But he made the decision about his political career months ago -- when he decided to go public (in book form, no less!) with his indictment of both President Donald Trump and a GOP that had accepted such an interloper into its ranks.


Schumer cites 'untruths' by Trump, Republicans on tax plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans in the Senate were not being truthful about what their tax plan does and how it would affect Americans, referring to a charge by Republican Senator Bob Corker that Trump routinely told untruths.

Analysis: Republicans, desperate for distraction, open investigations

For months, Congressional Republicans have watched in a combination of wonderment and terror as President Donald Trump has swerved all over the political world -- picking fights, fueling controversies and, generally speaking, making a mess of things.

In an interview with CNN, the GOP senator said Trump's presidency will be remembered for his 'non-truth telling'

Hours before Donald Trump was set to huddle with Senate Republicans to rally support for his tax cut measure, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker delivered an absolute bludgeoning of the President. And even that may be an understatement.


Senator Corker assails Trump as untruthful, inept: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bob Corker eviscerated President Donald Trump on Tuesday after the two Republicans exchanged insults on Twitter, saying the president is consistently untruthful and has debased the United States and damaged its standing around the world.

Analysis: Trump has personally attacked 1 in 5 GOP senators

Just hours before President Donald Trump is set to head to Capitol Hill to meet with Republican senators over lunch, he took to Twitter to attack one.

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Editorial: Honor the Truth, John Kelly

Of all people, he should have known how to handle a controversy with a Gold Star family, without making matters worse.

Analysis: Comey confirms he's 'Reinhold Niebuhr'

President Donald Trump fired his FBI director, in part, for being a "showboat," which didn't ring true given James Comey's reputation as a standup G-Man and his commitment, even in the midst of his own political peril, for antagonizing both sides of the aisle.

Analysis: Trump's taxes are the big story no one is talking about

A week ago today was the last chance to file your 2016 federal income tax returns -- a time which, in the past, has occasioned the president to release a portion of his own taxes.

Analysis: McCain's ice-cold revenge

In an interview with C-SPAN about the Vietnam War that ran over the weekend, Sen. John McCain said this:

Analysis: Trump just hit a new low in this controversy

Calling the widow of an American soldier killed in action is, emotionally speaking, absolutely gut-wrenching. Knowing that nothing you will say can bring true comfort. Knowing a life -- and likely many lives -- have been altered forever. Facing down pure loss and pure grief.

Diet and Nutrition

The New Health Care: The Cookie Crumbles: A Retracted Study Points to a Larger Truth

Getting people to eat better is difficult. So is doing research about it, which is why skepticism is important.


RPT-CORRECTED-INSIGHT-Damages for Grenfell fire victims may total just $5 mln - Reuters analysis

LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The bill for compensating families of those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire in London may be as low as 4 million pounds ($5 million), according to several lawyers and a Reuters analysis of how damages laws apply in England.

Catalonia (Spain)

News Analysis: In Catalonia Crisis, Shared Blame for ‘a Difficult and Undesirable Situation’

Catalan separatists have flouted Spain’s Constitution, but Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has also allowed the conflict to spin dangerously out of control.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Political Guardrails Gone, a President’s Somber Duty Skids Into Spectacle

The weeklong feud between President Trump and a Democratic congresswoman after a soldier’s death might never have happened had either side followed convention.

Trump's trouble with the truth

People who have worked with President Donald Trump in the past talk with CNN's Gloria Borger about his relationship with the truth.