Updated 12:48 pm PST, Saturday, December 1, 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, attend talks at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) less Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, attend talks at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin ... more Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev, AP Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev, AP Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, attend talks at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Mikhail Klimentyev, … [Read more...] about The Latest: US backs G20 statement, except on climate change
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BEIRUT -- The disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist raises a dark question for anyone who dares criticize governments or speak out against those in power: Will the world have their back? Dictators and autocrats have always sought to silence dissenters, even ones that flee abroad to escape their grasp. But they seem to only get bolder in turning to their playbook of detention, threats and killings. That may in part be because, despite decades of talk of human rights in international circles, violations get only muted reproaches. In the United States, the Trump administration avoids strenuous criticism of human rights abuses by allies, like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and the Philippines, or leaders it seeks to cultivate ties with, like Russia, China and North Korea. Trump calls U.S.-Saudi relations "excellent," despite missing journalist President Donald Trump's denunciations of "globalism" and tough stance against the International Criminal Court also have signaled that … [Read more...] about Does the Jamal Khashoggi case show tyrants are enjoying an “age of impunity”?
The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. This week in Washington, a #MeToo scandal blew up President Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination, throwing D.C. into turmoil and setting up the possibility of a high-stakes hearing on the Hill next week. Amid the crisis, POTUS found time to threaten a shutdown, hug a hurricane victim, and make Jeff Sessions feel even worse, if that’s even possible. This week in Washington Greetings from Washington, which is totally consumed with the explosive sexual assault allegations levied against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by a California college professor named Christine Blasey Ford, who came forward to say that a 17-year old Kavanaugh drunkenly accosted her at a suburban D.C. party in the 1980s. Ford’s allegations have totally derailed Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the … [Read more...] about D.C. Memo: Supreme thwart
Flies should choose their walls carefully. That’s my main takeaway from reading 20 Bob Woodward books in the past four weeks. No one can beat Woodward at getting the story of the White House from the inside, from the perspective of the decision makers as they saw themselves. People tell Woodward things they shouldn’t, from the alarming (Trump aides swiping memos from his desk) to the mundane (Nixon trying to gnaw open a childproof cap on a pill bottle with his teeth). He may be the sole practitioner of a form that occupies a space between journalism and history, one that tries to balance immediacy with detail. When he’s onto a good story—the resignation of a president, Iran-Contra, America’s post-9/11 wars—there’s no one better, or at least no one better who’s faster. I began reading and ranking every freaking Woodward book—all of 20 of them; that’s almost 10,000 pages—when Fear, the new book about President Donald … [Read more...] about I Read Every Bob Woodward Book. Here’s How They Stack Up.
Sofia Ortega, Associated Press Updated 12:59 pm CDT, Wednesday, August 29, 2018 In this June. 6, 2018, photo, provided by Netflix, Hanna Jaff, a 30-year-old, San Diego-born Mexican philanthropist, speaker and human rights activist, told The Associated Press that she and the other cast members of the “Made in Mexico” reality show, are representative of Mexico as family people with different backgrounds and professions and "our own problems within our circumstances." A new Netflix reality series following the lavish lives of nine wealthy, light-skinned socialites in Mexico City has provoked a backlash from critics who say it's tone-deaf in a country where most have darker skin and about half the population lives in poverty. (Netflix Publicity via AP) less In this June. 6, 2018, photo, provided by Netflix, Hanna Jaff, a 30-year-old, San Diego-born Mexican philanthropist, speaker and human rights activist, told The Associated Press that she and the other cast ... … [Read more...] about Reality show about the wealthy triggers backlash in Mexico