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    The 60-Year Downfall of Nuclear Power in the U.S. Has Left a Huge Mess
    May28

    The 60-Year Downfall of Nuclear Power in the U.S. Has Left a Huge Mess

    It was just another day in the life of the defunct Hanford nuclear site, a remote part of Washington State that made most of the plutonium in America’s Cold War arsenal. On the morning of May 9, 2017, alarms sounded. Around 2,000 site workers were told to take cover indoors, and aircraft were banned from flying over the site for several...

    Is the U.S. Bringing Europe and Russia Closer Together?
    May25

    Is the U.S. Bringing Europe and Russia Closer Together?

    Nearly one year after hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin at Versailles, French President Emmanuel Macron went to St. Petersburg. The French leader, who is addressing the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Friday, held direct talks with his Russian counterpart Thursday, during which the two discussed the crisis in Ukraine, the war...

    Trump’s Reckoning Arrives
    May24

    Trump’s Reckoning Arrives

    “Gradually and then suddenly.” That was how one of Ernest Hemingway’s characters described the process of going bankrupt. The phrase applies vividly to the accumulating failures of President Trump’s foreign-policy initiatives.Donald Trump entered office with more scope for initiative in foreign policy than any of his recent...

    The U.S.-China Confrontation Takes On a New Dimension
    May24

    The U.S.-China Confrontation Takes On a New Dimension

    If China’s intentions in the South China Sea weren’t quite clear, this month should have removed doubt. News reports said China had installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on the disputed Spratly Islands—and had also built 400 buildings that can accommodate its military forces on a reef there. Then,...

    John McCain’s Greatest Fear
    May22

    John McCain’s Greatest Fear

    Let me stipulate at the outset that I am like many journalists in my fondness for Senator John McCain; let me also stipulate that this fondness derives in part from happy memories trailing McCain through Hungary and Germany and Ohio and the Middle East; and I will further note that this fondness also derives from a belief that McCain represents,...

    Trump’s Business Schemes Warrant Their Own Investigation
    May22

    Trump’s Business Schemes Warrant Their Own Investigation

    Roughly one year ago, special counsel Robert Mueller was charged with investigating any links or coordination “between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” as well as any “matters” or “federal crimes” that “may arise directly from the investigation.”That probe now divides the...

    How Iran Can Evade Sanctions This Time
    May22

    How Iran Can Evade Sanctions This Time

    On paper, the 16 companies registered to the 15th-floor office-tower suite of a building in Hong Kong appeared indistinguishable from the thousands of humdrum firms operating within the glass-and-steel high-rises of the city. But according to the U.S. Treasury Department, all these firms, with names like True Honour Holdings and Alpha Effort...

    In Europe, Standing Up to America Is Now Patriotic
    May18

    In Europe, Standing Up to America Is Now Patriotic

    The United States and Europe have had serious foreign-policy disputes before—notably during the Iraq war, when France and Germany split with the U.S. over the invasion. But since he took office in January 2017, President Trump’s decisions, including his withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and his imposition of steel and aluminum...

    The Lingering Mysteries of a Trump-Russia Conspiracy
    May16

    The Lingering Mysteries of a Trump-Russia Conspiracy

    The day after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to lead the investigation into Russia’s election interference, it seemed to some that President Trump’s “worst nightmare” had come true. A year and nearly 20 indictments later, there’s no sign it’s winding down.Dozens of dizzying developments and near-daily news...

    The Atlantic Daily: Until They Lose
    May15

    The Atlantic Daily: Until They Lose

    What We’re FollowingJerusalem and Gaza: Israeli and American officials celebrated the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, even as Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, killing dozens. Here are photos of the scene in Gaza. While President Trump has expressed hope that his decision to move the embassy from...

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