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America First? Does anyone care?

President Donald Trump invited the question, and now the world must answer: If America insists on putting itself first, will anyone else follow? Trump scolded and badgered in his United Nations debut. He declared parts...

Horror with no reasonable explanation

The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound...

Trump’s ever-changing Afghan plans

Never tip your hand to the enemy. No timelines for military operations. No free pass for a neighbor who tolerates extremists or enables U.S. foes. In President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy, elements of a...

Another strategy flub by Trump

Just when President Donald Trump’s strategy for North Korea was finally starting to show dividends, he threw it a curve. At long last, his administration seemed to be speaking with one voice on a key...

Trump vs Tillerson on Qatar

President Donald Trump is ramping up pressure on Qatar to stop what he calls a "high level" of financial support of terrorism, even as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tries to calm the worst...

Haley: Another side of Trump?

Nikki Haley crouched low in the trailer of an 18-wheeler taping up a box of lentils and wheat for besieged Syrians, her hands-on diplomacy a world apart from the gleaming new NATO headquarters where...

Tillerson gives Russia a choice

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued an ultimatum to Russia on Tuesday: Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad. As...

Tillerson trip tests Russia ties

With Russia-tinged investigations swirling around his administration, President Donald Trump has yet to fulfill a campaign pledge of closer cooperation with Moscow. A planned trip by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Russia could...

President Obama’s last full day in office

Eight tumultuous years at the helm of American power have come and gone, and for President Barack Obama, this is finally the end. The president is spending his last full day at the White House...

Obama’s final bow as President

Now an elder statesman, Barack Obama is returning to Chicago where he launched his unlikely political career to tell Americans not to lose faith in their future, no matter what they think about their...