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In last few days, Putin has severed ties with NATO, said he won’t appear at G20 summit or Glasgow’s COP-26 and won’t release new gas supplies to ease Europe’s crunch. These signals are ominous.
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Trump’s family business, which is already under indictment in Manhattan, is facing a criminal investigation by another prosecutor’s office that has begun to examine financial dealings at a golf course the company owns. @WRashbaum @benprotess nytimes.com/2021/10/20/nyr…
Russia’s Navalny awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union’s top human rights award. @ainajkhan @AndrewKramerNYT nytimes.com/2021/10/20/wor…
Pressed by Miller, Trump team discussed sending 250,000 troops to the southwest border, more than were ever in Iraq or Afghanistan. After a confrontation in the Oval Office, Esper quashed consideration of the idea. @SangerNYT @shearm @EricSchmittNYT nytimes.com/2021/10/19/us/…
Playing the counter factual game: ⁦@DavidVonDrehle⁩ asks what would have happened if Colin Powell had run for president in 1996? washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/…
The new ⁦@Martin_Indyk⁩ book, "Master of the Game," is a "lucidly conceived and compellingly written" reexamination of Kissinger's approach to Middle East peacemaking, writes ⁦@wrmeadwsj.com/articles/maste…
Stay one step ahead of your editors. Always have a plan. Be fluid and flexible. Read. Focus on theme. Find the universal in the particular. Put in the work. Don't worry about what others are doing. twitter.com/ccrowley102102…
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FBI agents swarm the DC house of Oleg Deripaska, the sanctioned Russian oligarch who is close to Putin and once employed Paul Manafort. @Tom_Winter Michael Kosnar @strickdc nbcnews.com/politics/justi…
@andrenaleen @peterbakernyt One of its instruments also uses diamonds in its design. It is literally in the sky with diamonds!
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How a robot spacecraft named Lucy will take what looks like a Formula One course through space to catch up with seven asteroids in hopes of discovering clues to the origin of our solar system. ⁦@dwbwriternytimes.com/article/nasa-l…
Democrats identified 21 GOP state legislators who participated in the Trump rally or subsequent attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6. But rather than being shamed out of office, many on the list grew their political platform and online following. @rubycramer politico.com/news/magazine/…
"Property" or "properly"? A typo in a 1928 Supreme Court ruling has "spawned a legacy of misrepresentations" ever since. ⁦@adamliptaknytimes.com/2021/10/18/us/…
Powell was haunted by his role in the Iraq War. Appearing before the Iraq Study Group, he delivered a 20-minute monologue full of anger and emotion. After he left, Jim Baker lamented, “He’s the one guy who could have perhaps prevented this from happening." amazon.com/gp/product/110…
"He populated the arc of his light with people he was good to, because that’s how he made his own hard work fun.” Powell was a profoundly important figure, but @KoriSchake, who worked for him, recalls that he also had “great capacity for merriment." theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
“She never liked me talking to you, but here we are": ⁦@realBobWoodward⁩ recalls the last of some 50 interviews he had with Colin Powell over three decades, who always believed in talking with the media in a democracy even if his wife was wary. washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
In Virginia, McAuliffe’s campaign is using Google ads to promote articles from news outlets, but swapping the original headlines with ones written by the campaign itself. ⁦⁦@karina_elwoodwashingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/…
Many thanks to @CFR_org for honoring “THE MAN WHO RAN WASHINGTON: The Life and times of James A. Baker III” (w/@sbg1) with this year’s Arthur Ross Book Award Silver Medal. And congratulations to the other winners @zachdcarter @RobertDPutnam @shaylynromney cfr.org/arthur-ross-bo…
The Biden legislative debate is about affordability: Can a country already running huge deficits afford the big spending he wants? Or, conversely, can it afford to wait to address large social, environmental and economic problems? ⁦@jimtankersleynytimes.com/2021/10/17/us/…
A new Cold War with China? Biden's team eschews the term. But then how to define today's superpower standoff? ⁦@SangerNYT⁩ explores the question that may define US foreign policy for years. nytimes.com/2021/10/17/us/…
Russia to suspend its mission to NATO in retaliation for the alliance’s expulsion of eight Russian mission members it accused of secretly working as intelligence officers. themoscowtimes.com/2021/10/18/rus…
A couple great books on Powell: “Soldier” by @karendeyoung1 is the best full-scale biography “The Great Rift” by @byjamesmann explores his friendship and rivalry with Cheney politics-prose.com/book/978140007… politics-prose.com/book/978162779… amazon.com/gp/product/140… amazon.com/Great-Rift-Che…
Powell once analyzed himself this way: "Powell is a problem-solver. He was taught as a soldier to solve problems. So he has views but he’s not an ideologue. He has passion but he’s not a fanatic. He’s first and foremost a problem-solver.” @EricSchmittNYT nytimes.com/2021/10/18/us/…
"When the franchise for which you root so routinely steers the discussion elsewhere, the fun gets sucked out and the rewards become few," writes ⁦@barrysvrluga⁩. "That’s life as a Washington football fan for darn near a quarter-century." washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/10…
China’s economic growth slows amid power shortages and supply-chain problems, with its third-quarter GDP change reported at 4.9% compared with 7.9% the previous quarter. ⁦@JChengWSJwsj.com/articles/china…
Colin Powell, who broke barriers as national security adviser, Joint Chiefs chairman and Secretary of State and played key roles in two wars, dies of complications from covid. ⁦@EricSchmittNYTnytimes.com/2021/10/18/us/…
Ninety seconds at the Capitol: "a close-up view of how seemingly average citizens — duped by a political lie, goaded by their leaders and swept up in a frenzied throng — can unite in breathtaking acts of brutality.” @DanBarryNYT @alanfeuer @AllMattNYT nytimes.com/interactive/20…
The great ⁦@GlennKesslerWP⁩ performs a public service breaking down all the false and misleading election claims Trump keeps making and explaining how dishonest and distorted they are. "Four Pinocchios is not enough." washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/…
How an anthropology professor, a former Air Force gunner and an ex-Marine jumped in to help rescue an 8-year-old burn victim in Afghanistan. ⁦@helenecoopernytimes.com/2021/10/16/wor…
In Missouri, a reporter exposes a flaw in a state web site that revealed teachers' private data. The governor wants to prosecute. ⁦@NYTimesCramernytimes.com/2021/10/15/us/…
While he is running against a self-funding, and hazily defined, Republican, polls and interviews show that Virginia's McAuliffe is confronting an equally daunting obstacle: Democratic apathy, writes ⁦@jmartNYTnytimes.com/2021/10/15/us/…
In Virginia, Youngkin says it was "weird and wrong" for organizers of a rally thrown to back his gubernatorial campaign to have supporters pledge allegiance to a flag flown at Trump's Jan. 6 rally. ⁦@LVozzellawashingtonpost.com/local/virginia…
Many Republicans blame the loss of the two Georgia seats, and thus the Senate, on Trump depressing the vote with his false election claims. Now he's threatening to do the same in next year's midterms. ⁦@jdawsey1⁩ ⁦@michaelschererwashingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
Biden commission leans away from proposal to pack the Supreme Court but appears more open ending lifetime tenure and imposing 18-year term limits on justices. ⁦@adamliptaknytimes.com/2021/10/14/us/…
Bill Clinton hospitalized with “non-Covid-related infection,” according to his spokesman. “He is on the mend” and “in good spirits."
Trump says his administration “did things that no other administration even thought they could do.” Trump, of course, meant this as a bragging point, not an ironic commentary on all the norm-busting that occurred during his 4 years in office. ⁦@sbg1newyorker.com/news/letter-fr…
GOP lawmaker, banned from flying Alaska Airlines over mask mandate, tests positive for covid-19 wapo.st/3FEMYB0
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The coronavirus is again in retreat in the US, with new infections down more than 40% since August and hospitalizations and deaths falling too. ⁦But is this another lull before another surge or the beginning of real progress? @EmilyAnthesnytimes.com/2021/10/14/hea…
The racial gap in covid vaccines in the US has closed, with 70% of Black adults, 71% of white adults and 73% of Hispanic adults now having received at least one dose, per @KFF survey. @abscribe @amyswalk nytimes.com/2021/10/13/us/…
I know it's geeky but it's awfully hard not to be excited watching William Shatner launch into space more than a half-century after bringing the character of Captain Kirk to life and inspiring a generation of people to imagine a universe beyond our small world.
While booster shots are becoming available in some wealthier nations, a staggering 96% of people in low-income countries are still unvaccinated. @PatcohenNYT @arappeport nytimes.com/2021/10/12/bus…
After pause in the countdown, it looks like launch will be closer to 10:30 a.m.
These are the voyages … Watch William Shatner’s launch into space at 10 a.m. here: nytimes.com/live/2021/10/1…
Inflation hit 5.4% in September compared with the prior year, more than expected by economists and faster than its 5.3% increase through August. While housing prices firmed, food — particularly meat and eggs — cost consumers more. @jeannasmialek nytimes.com/2021/10/13/bus…
Virginia governor’s race tight heading into these final weeks, with McAuliffe holding a narrow 50-47 lead over Youngkin in the latest @CBSNews @YouGov poll. cbsnews.com/news/virginia-…
"There Is Nothing for You Here" by Fiona Hill is unlike any other Trump-era memoir -- it offers jaw-dropping details of life in that White House but also a deeper, thoughtful look at how the troubles of certain parts of the UK, US and Russia have shaped our current politics.
Hunter Biden’s activities "threaten to complicate the White House’s efforts to position Biden as a global anti-corruption crusader” plus its contention that 'we have the highest ethical standards of any administration in history,’” writes @SchreckReports politico.com/news/magazine/…
At Bezos's Blue Origin, a condescending, sometimes humiliating environment and stagnant top-down hierarchy that frustrated employees. ⁦@wapodavenport⁩ and ⁦@rachelerman⁩ do what reporters are supposed to do and look hard without fear or favor. washingtonpost.com/technology/202…
"My president is stronger than your president" -- how the amazing ⁦@ctambar⁩ pumps weights, flips tire and nourishes young minds at ⁦@oberlincollegewsj.com/articles/how-o…
Blue Origin’s toxic, dysfunctional ‘bro culture’ led to mistrust, low morale and delays at Jeff Bezos’s space venture, workers say washingtonpost.com/technology/202…
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