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Can Biden Reverse Trump’s Damage to the State Department?

Mike Pompeo echoed many of Donald Trump’s hard-line foreign-policy views, and was adept at surviving under a mercurial President.Photograph by Tom Brenner / NYT / ReduxLast year, in the early hours of October 27th, Philip Walton, an American citizen living and working as a farmer in southern Niger, was kidnapped in front of his family by armed mercenaries....

Joe Biden Just Had a Summit with Vladimir Putin and Nothing Crazy Happened

The circumstances surrounding his meeting with Vladimir Putin were such that Biden could come out of it with the world wondering why he’d bothered with it at all.Photograph by Mikhail Metzel / TASS / GettyDid Joe Biden finally exorcise the ghost of Helsinki? “I did what I came to do,” he declared on Wednesday, at the end of an afternoon summit with...

Iran Moves Toward a One-Party State

Friday’s vote may mark the end, for the foreseeable future, of a reform movement that had struggled to ease restrictions at home and open Iran to the world.Photograph by Fatemah Bahrani / Anadolu Agency / GettyTwo years after a popular uprising ended two millennia of dynastic rule in Iran, the revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini scolded...

The Trump Administration’s Extraordinary Leak Investigations

Following the announcement that the Trump Justice Department had sought the records of several reporters, media executives met with Attorney General Merrick Garland.Source photograph by Kevin Dietsch / GettyLast week, the Times reported that, during Donald Trump’s Presidency, the Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for the data of House Intelligence...

Everyone Wants to Sell the Last Barrel of Oil

Although the Keystone XL pipeline is dead, there are plenty of other places around the world that are still trying to increase their oil output.Photograph by Jason Franson / Bloomberg / GettyA final victory last week over the Keystone XL pipeline is a reminder that fighting particular fossil-fuel projects is a necessary strategy if the climate is to...

The Political, Legal, and Moral Minefield That Donald Trump Left for Merrick Garland

Legal experts say that Merrick Garland will have a tougher time restoring public faith in federal law enforcement than any Attorney General since Watergate.Photograph by Tom Brenner / GettySteps away from the Attorney General’s office, in the Justice Department headquarters, in Washington, there is a ceremonial anteroom. The stately chamber is octagonal,...

Does Tech Need a New Narrative?

For an ontologically—perhaps pathologically—future-facing industry, anything looks possible.Illustration by Allie SullbergIn 2009, Marc Andreessen—a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and angel investor best known for cofounding Netscape, in 1994, at the age of twenty-two—announced that he would be starting a venture-capital firm. “I’m crossing over into the...

The F.D.A.’s Extraordinary Approval of a Questionable Treatment for Alzheimer’s

The initial data on aducanumab’s ability to slow Alzheimer’s patients’ cognitive decline was so poor that, in 2019, Biogen halted its clinical trials.Photograph by Charles Krupa / AP / ShutterstockMy father died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. Since April, my mother has lived in the memory-care unit of a nursing home in Connecticut. She is lucid at...

The Defeat of Benjamin Netanyahu

“He can’t accept the fact that the Israeli public has turned him down,” a Netanyahu biographer has said of the departing Prime Minister.Photograph by Menahem Kahana / AFP / GettyIn 2002, three years after losing the Israeli premiership, Benjamin Netanyahu went on a popular television show and spoke of a political comeback. His interviewer was a telegenic...

The Big Stakes and Deep Weirdness of the Last Days of New York City’s Mayoral Race

Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, spoke to reporters outside his home in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, on Wednesday.Photograph by Erik Pendzich / ShutterstockOn Wednesday morning, Eric Adams, the front-runner in New York City’s mayoral race, stood facing reporters outside a row house he owns in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood...

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