Zalmay Khalilzad, Biden’s Envoy for Afghanistan, Steps Down
by Michael Crowley on October 18, 2021 at 9:03 pm
An Afghan American and a rare Trump appointee who survived into the Biden administration, Mr. Khalilzad played a central role in the U.S. exit from the country.
As Trump Thunders About Last Election, Republicans Worry About the Next One
by Jeremy W. Peters on October 18, 2021 at 8:49 pm
Donald Trump is the Republicans’ greatest asset in mobilizing voters. But some fret that his obsession with false claims about the 2020 election could cost the G.O.P. in 2022.
In Two Rulings, Supreme Court Bolsters Legal Shield for Police
by Adam Liptak on October 18, 2021 at 8:43 pm
The unsigned decisions, without noted dissents, indicated that the court continued to support the widely criticized doctrine of qualified immunity.
Colin Powell, Who Shaped U.S. National Security, Dies at 84
by Eric Schmitt on October 18, 2021 at 8:33 pm
A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, secretary of state and national security adviser, Mr. Powell died of complications of Covid-19, his family said.
Justice Department Asks Supreme Court to Block Texas Abortion Law
by Adam Liptak on October 18, 2021 at 7:43 pm
Saying the law is “plainly unconstitutional,” the department also asked the court to add the case to its docket in its current term.
Biden's Stimulus Is Stoking Inflation, Fed Analysis Suggests
by Jeanna Smialek on October 18, 2021 at 7:01 pm
The American Rescue Plan could be pushing inflation up slightly and temporarily, a Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco analysis said.
Powell Said That Backing Iraq War Was a 'Blot' on His Record
by Eric Schmitt on October 18, 2021 at 6:42 pm
As secretary of state, he reluctantly supported President George W. Bush’s push to invade Iraq after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Video Shows Louisiana Sheriff’s Deputy Slamming Black Woman to the Ground
by Alyssa Lukpat and Isabella Grullón Paz on October 18, 2021 at 6:16 pm
The A.C.L.U. said that the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office had opened an investigation into the violent encounter. The woman was treated at a hospital, and no charges were filed against her.
Lawmakers question whether Amazon executives, including Jeff Bezos, misled Congress.
by David McCabe on October 18, 2021 at 5:02 pm
A bipartisan group told the company that they were considering referring their concerns to the Justice Department for a potential criminal inquiry.
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
by Emily Dai on October 18, 2021 at 4:54 pm
Colin Powell, former secretary of state, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and national security adviser who paved the way for the Iraq War, died on Monday, says the New York Times. He was 84. […]
States move to shore up child care as Biden’s agenda looks uncertain
on October 18, 2021 at 4:04 pm
And tributes flow about Colin Powell, who died today from covid-19 complications.
Decoding Kyrsten Sinema’s Style
by Vanessa Friedman on October 18, 2021 at 3:04 pm
Sometimes a dress is just a dress. Sometimes it’s a strategy.
Concerns About Diversity as Black Staff Members Leave Congress
by Aishvarya Kavi on October 18, 2021 at 2:54 pm
Low pay, a high cost of living and an insulated culture make it hard for Black aides to build a career in Congress.
TechTank: What Life In Space Teaches Astronauts About Solving Challenges On Planet Earth
by Darrell West on October 18, 2021 at 2:29 pm
The future of space is here. NASA is preparing to return to the Moon and is planning to have missions to Mars. Private space companies are sending ordinary people into Earth’s orbit. Meanwhile, […]
Debate Weighs Price of Biden’s Big Plan vs. Not Acting
by Jim Tankersley on October 18, 2021 at 1:59 pm
Democrats are debating whether doing nothing will cost more than doing something to deal with climate change, education, child care, prescription drugs and more.
The days of U.S. tech companies fighting back against authoritarian regimes are long gone
by Gerrit De Vynck on October 18, 2021 at 1:05 pm
Companies like Apple must now reckon with how oppressive governments use their technologies to extend their power and control.
Medicare vision, hearing and dental benefits are No. 1 on progressives' list
by Rachel Roubein on October 18, 2021 at 12:04 pm
But they're up against moderates who want to expand Obamacare.
Taking Stock of the New U.S. Trade Policy on China
by Emily Kilcrease on October 18, 2021 at 12:01 pm
The Biden administration has unveiled its long-awaited strategy for U.S.-China trade policy in a major speech delivered on Oct. 4 by U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai. Though short on […]
Pete Buttigieg speaks out ... on climate
by Maxine Joselow on October 18, 2021 at 11:53 am
'Inevitably, every transportation decision is a climate decision, whether we acknowledge it or not.'
Cybersecurity legislation is waiting in the wings
by Aaron Schaffer on October 18, 2021 at 11:41 am
Growing cyberattacks are helping lawmakers make their case for more regulation and funding.
Manchinema become K Street darlings
by Theodoric Meyer, Jacqueline Alemany on October 18, 2021 at 10:11 am
And the Jan. 6 panel will meet tomorrow to vote on holding Steve Bannon in contempt.
The Lawfare Podcast: Liza Goitein and Bob Loeb on State Secrets
by Jen Patja Howell on October 18, 2021 at 9:01 am
It has been a decade since the Supreme Court decided on a case involving the state secrets privilege, a common law rule that allows the government to block the release of state secrets in civil […]
Supreme Court Typo From 1928 Has Been Cited in 14 Decisions
by Adam Liptak on October 18, 2021 at 9:00 am
A sweeping statement in a 1928 opinion about property rights was revised soon after it was issued. But the error lived on.
The Decision That Could Doom Democrats for a Decade
by Russell Berman on October 18, 2021 at 9:00 am
They predicted that nonpartisan redistricting commissions would make elections more fair, but Republicans might reap the benefits.
Explaining the Impact of Redistricting in Texas, Visually
by Sarah Bahr on October 18, 2021 at 8:03 am
When Texas Republicans revealed their new congressional map last month, our reporters and graphics editors used maps and data to examine the effects.
Washington Hears Echoes of the ’50s and Worries: Is This a Cold War With China?
by David E. Sanger on October 18, 2021 at 2:41 am
Incursions into Taiwan’s air zone, a space launch and what looked like a prisoner swap raise a question that is about more than just semantics. It could signal a dangerous new mind-set.
As Manchin Blocks Climate Plan, His State Can’t Hold Back Floods
by Christopher Flavelle and Erin Schaff on October 17, 2021 at 8:13 pm
As the senator thwarts Democrats’ major push to reduce warming, new data shows West Virginia is more exposed to worsening floods than anywhere else in the country.
Bill Clinton Is Released From Hospital
by Christopher Mele on October 17, 2021 at 4:54 pm
The former president was admitted to a California hospital on Tuesday for treatment of an infection that developed into sepsis, officials said.
Oct. 17 – Sec. of Transportation Pete Buttigieg & Gov. Asa Hutchinson
by MeetThePress@nbcuni.com (NBC News) on October 17, 2021 at 2:24 pm
Chuck talks with Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on the supply chain crisis and Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) on vaccine mandates. Kimberly Atkins Stohr, Garrett Haake, John Podhoretz […]
Why Right-Wing Extremists Love the Unabomber
by Kiernan Christ on October 17, 2021 at 2:01 pm
Editor’s Note: Ted Kacyznski, the Unabomber, is having a revival. Although Kacyznski was known for his opposition to modern technology, Georgetown’s Kiernan Christ finds that the far […]
Is Biden Doing Enough to Protect Democracy?
by Peter Nicholas on October 17, 2021 at 11:00 am
Even the president’s closest allies are alarmed that he’s not making voting rights a front-and-center issue.
Glenn Youngkin Talks About Virginia. His Base Talks About Donald Trump.
by Astead W. Herndon on October 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Republicans in Virginia are saying what their nominee for governor will not: The governor’s race is a proxy for Mr. Trump’s grievances.
How 3 Strangers a World Away Came to the Rescue of a Badly Burned Afghan Girl
by Helene Cooper on October 16, 2021 at 5:18 pm
The story of 8-year-old Asma, injured by a U.S. tear-gas canister, echoes the heartbreak and heroism of the 20-year American misadventure in Afghanistan.
Democrats Work to Sell an Unfinished Bill
by Emily Cochrane on October 16, 2021 at 5:11 pm
As President Biden and his allies in Congress work to whittle down the size of their ambitious domestic plans, Democrats must sell a bill without knowing precisely what will be in it.
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
by Emily Dai on October 15, 2021 at 5:16 pm
Suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan during Friday prayers, according to NBC News. The blasts killed at least 33 people and wounded 73 others. The explosion came only a […]
Former FBI Leader Andrew McCabe Wins Back Pension in Lawsuit Settlement
by Emily Dai on October 15, 2021 at 4:13 pm
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia released the settlement agreement between former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and various components of the U.S. government. The […]
Bugs in Our Pockets: The Risks of Client-Side Scanning
by Susan Landau on October 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm
For more than two decades, U.S. law enforcement has fought against the use of strong cryptography by the public in telecommunications. In 1992, the FBI argued that due to encryption, 60 percent of […]
The Lawfare Podcast: What's Up With the January 6 Investigation?
by Jen Patja Howell on October 15, 2021 at 9:01 am
The January 6 investigating committee in the House is busily issuing subpoenas, collecting documents and negotiating with witnesses for depositions. It is also being defied by certain witnesses, and […]
Is a Democratic Wipeout Inevitable?
by Ronald Brownstein on October 15, 2021 at 9:00 am
Even when the president’s party passes historic legislation, voters don’t seem to care.
The false GOP claim that the Justice Dept. is spying on parents at school board meetings
by Salvador Rizzo on October 15, 2021 at 7:00 am
In interviews, congressional hearings, campaign ads and social media, Republicans falsely claim that the Justice Department will be cracking down on parents expressing disagreement at their local […]
Meituan Fined in Latest Move to Rein in Chinese Tech Giants
by Brian Liu, Raquel Leslie on October 14, 2021 at 8:32 pm
Beijing’s onslaught against Chinese Big Tech continued on Oct. 8 with an announcement that the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has imposed a fine of RMB 3.4 billion ($534 […]
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
by Emily Dai on October 14, 2021 at 6:20 pm
Microsoft will shut down its version of LinkedIn in China, saying in a statement Thursday that having to comply with the Chinese government has become increasingly difficult, according to the Wall […]
Online Regulation of Terrorist and Harmful Content
by Jacob Berntsson, Maygane Janin on October 14, 2021 at 12:04 pm
Global efforts to regulate the internet have increased dramatically over the past four years as government concerns about terrorist content or various other “online harms”' continue to […]
The Lawfare Podcast: Finstas, Falsehoods and the First Amendment
by Jen Patja Howell on October 14, 2021 at 9:01 am
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s recent testimony before Congress has set in motion a renewed cycle of outrage over the company’s practices—and a renewed round of discussion […]
The Christians Who Mock Wokeness for a Living
by Emma Green on October 14, 2021 at 8:00 am
The Babylon Bee, an online satire publication, has become a popular destination for Christians disaffected with megachurch culture and right-wingers who crave clever commentary about the hypocritical […]
Youngkin, McAuliffe target each other with false attack ads
by Glenn Kessler on October 14, 2021 at 7:00 am
Both campaigns are targeting voters with ads that use partisan reports to make bogus claims.
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
by Emily Dai on October 13, 2021 at 4:36 pm
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced Tuesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will stop carrying out large-scale arrests of undocumented immigrants at workplaces, […]
Rational Security 2.0: The 'Choosy Spies Choose JIF' Edition
by Jen Patja Howell on October 13, 2021 at 4:01 pm
This week, Alan, Quinta and Scott were joined by Rational Security forefather and Washington Post reporter Shane Harris to discuss: “The Hunt for Bread October”: Which country did a U.S. […]
Space: Billionaires vs. Nation States
by MeetThePress@nbcuni.com (NBC News) on October 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm
As NASA focuses on the moon, a new crop of private businesses are transforming space.
Lawfare Live: Carissa Byrne Hessick On Jan. 6 Plea Deals
by Bryce Klehm on October 13, 2021 at 2:38 pm
This Friday, October 15, at 2 p.m. ET, Carissa Byrne Hessick, the Ransdell Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, will join Lawfare Managing Editor Jacob […]
The Cyberlaw Podcast: The Federal Government is Getting Creative in Regulating Technology
by Stewart Baker on October 13, 2021 at 1:25 pm
The theme of this episode is a surge of creativity in the Biden administration as it searches for ways to regulate cybersecurity and cryptocurrency without new legislative authority. Paul Rosenzweig […]
What Are the Limits on Congressional Surveillance?
by Aaron R. Cooper on October 13, 2021 at 12:01 pm
Congressional authority to request user data from communications service providers is in the spotlight once again thanks to recent requests made by the House’s select committee on the Jan. 6 […]
The Lawfare Podcast: What's Going on in Afghanistan?
by Jen Patja Howell on October 13, 2021 at 9:01 am
Bryce Klehm sat down with Vanda Felbab-Brown, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Lawfare senior editor Scott R. Anderson, to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan. They covered […]
The Southwest Airlines mess and rumors of a vaccine walkout
by Glenn Kessler on October 13, 2021 at 7:00 am
More than 2,500 flights were canceled but officials have adamantly denied reports that pilots staged a sickout over a looming coronavirus vaccine mandate.
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
by Emily Dai on October 12, 2021 at 6:45 pm
The House of Representatives will vote on a short-term lift of the debt limit on Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The $480 billion increase of the debt ceiling cleared the Senate last […]
A Senate Report Shows How Close American Democracy Came to Disaster
by Quinta Jurecic, Bryce Klehm, Natalie K. Orpett, Alan Z. Rozenshtein on October 12, 2021 at 3:10 pm
Almost a year after the 2020 election, and nine months after the attempted insurrection on Jan. 6, new information continues to emerge about former President Trump’s scheme to disrupt the […]
This Obscure Tax Law May Be Hampering Efforts to Understand Domestic Extremism
by Peter Neal on October 12, 2021 at 12:01 pm
In 1998, the 105th Congress passed the IRS Reform Act, which included within it a little-reported prohibition on the IRS’s practice of designating sovereign citizen nonfilers as “illegal […]
The Abortion Backup Plan No One Is Talking About
by Olga Khazan on October 12, 2021 at 11:00 am
Even in states with the strictest abortion laws, pregnant people have a safe, inexpensive option to terminate their pregnancies. But few know about it.
The Lawfare Podcast: Martijn Rasser on CIA and Emerging Technology
by Jen Patja Howell on October 12, 2021 at 9:01 am
Last week, CIA director William Burns issued a statement with a number of organizational changes and other initiatives regarding the CIA. Most media attention was drawn to the creation of a new China […]
Trump’s never-ending parade of election falsehoods
by Glenn Kessler on October 12, 2021 at 7:00 am
The president keeps telling audiences stories about the election that have been repeatedly debunked and discredited.
Are the Jan. 6 Plea Deals Too Lenient?
by Carissa Byrne Hessick on October 11, 2021 at 7:10 pm
On Sept. 28, Dawn Bancroft pleaded guilty to illegally parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol on Jan. 6. Bancroft was arrested after a concerned friend sent the FBI a selfie-style video […]
The Week That Will Be
by Emily Dai on October 11, 2021 at 6:10 pm
Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar) Monday, October 11, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.: The Wilson Center will host an event discussing “Making the Forever War,” a book covering […]
The House of Representatives Is Failing American Democracy
by Daniel Lipinski on October 11, 2021 at 11:00 am
By fleeing to the political extremes, a co-equal House of Congress is abdicating its lawmaking power.
Youngkin’s false claim that McAuliffe ‘opposes’ election audits
by Glenn Kessler on October 11, 2021 at 7:00 am
Scrambling to overcome his own mistake, the GOP candidate in the Virginia gubernatorial race invents a claim against his opponent.
Oct. 10 – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Stephanie Grisham & Nick Clegg
by MeetThePress@nbcuni.com (NBC News) on October 10, 2021 at 3:12 pm
Chuck talks with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham about the former president's final weeks in office. He also sits down with Nick Clegg, […]
Should Princeton Exist?
by Emma Green on October 10, 2021 at 11:00 am
Each year, top universities shower resources on a privileged few. Christopher Eisgruber, the president of Princeton, defends elite education.
What Slack Does for Women
by Olga Khazan on October 8, 2021 at 11:00 am
For years, women have had to control their voice, posture, and demeanor in the workplace. With Slack, we don’t have to worry about any of that.
The Democratic claim that bigger child tax credits would ‘save’ $8 for every $1 spent
by Salvador Rizzo on October 8, 2021 at 7:00 am
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) can point to a research study to back up her claim, but it doesn't tell the whole story.
What Democrats Need to Understand About the Changing Electorate
by Ronald Brownstein on October 7, 2021 at 9:00 am
How the president’s party can avoid a midterm blowout
Why a debt ceiling breach would not be the first U.S. default
by Glenn Kessler on October 7, 2021 at 7:00 am
The government has reneged on promises to investors four times in U.S. history.
How the West was lost: Climate change
by MeetThePress@nbcuni.com (NBC News) on October 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm
The Mountain West may soon be beyond our natural resources and may become uninhabitable.
Is There Another Reason Biden Likes Boosters?
by Olga Khazan on October 6, 2021 at 11:00 am
Scientists can’t agree on the benefits of boosters for young people. But economically, psychologically, and politically, boosters can do a lot.
Kamala Harris Might Have to Stop the Steal
by Russell Berman on October 6, 2021 at 9:00 am
Constitutional scholars are already worrying about another January 6 crisis, and they warn that the next election might be harder to save.
Jayapal’s claim that ‘the majority of the country’ supports federal funding of abortion
by Glenn Kessler on October 6, 2021 at 7:00 am
Most polls show consistent opposition to federal funding of abortions but a lot depends on the wording of the survey question.
What We Lost When Gannett Came to Town
by Elaine Godfrey on October 5, 2021 at 10:00 am
We don’t often talk about how a paper’s collapse makes people feel: less connected, more alone.
McAuliffe ad falsely claims Youngkin ‘took over’ predatory dental clinics
by Glenn Kessler on October 5, 2021 at 7:00 am
A campaign ad for Democrat Terry McAuliffe says “Wall Street executive” Youngkin was responsible for harming children. But his private equity firm did not acquire the troubled company.
Kevin McCarthy’s claim that Biden’s plan will raise taxes on families making over $50,000
by Glenn Kessler on October 4, 2021 at 7:00 am
The House minority leader charged that the president “lied” about his promise not to raise taxes on people making under $400,000, but he’s relying on some fishy metrics.
Oct. 3 — Sen. Bernie Sanders & Cedric Richmond
by MeetThePress@nbcuni.com (NBC News) on October 3, 2021 at 2:17 pm
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) talks about his compromise for Congress’s infrastructure reconciliation bill. Senior Adviser to the president Cedric Richmond talks about Biden's position on […]
The Social Security Trap
by Stephanie H. Murray on October 3, 2021 at 11:00 am
Social Security rewards long careers and high pay, all but guaranteeing that parents who focus on child-rearing receive the smallest payouts. My mom is one such parent.
The Conservatives Dreading—And Preparing for—Civil War
by Emma Green on October 1, 2021 at 12:17 pm
A faction of the right believes America has been riven into two countries. The Claremont Institute is building the intellectual architecture for whatever comes next.
Transforming America With a One-Vote Majority
by Russell Berman on October 1, 2021 at 2:51 am
Joe Biden’s economic plan is stalled in Congress because the warring wings of his party aren’t yet desperate enough to compromise. They could be soon.
Rubio: I’m Not Sure We’re Better Off Than We Were Under Trump
by Morgan Ome on September 30, 2021 at 11:53 pm
The Florida senator isn’t convinced that the current administration is doing better than the last.
Why Hillary Clinton Fears the GOP’s Next Moves
by Christian Paz on September 30, 2021 at 11:47 pm
The former secretary of state worries that the conspiracies of the ’90s have brought us to the brink.
The Democrats’ Last Best Shot to Kill the Filibuster
by Ronald Brownstein on September 30, 2021 at 9:00 am
An antiquated rule keeps standing in the way of Joe Biden’s agenda.
Fact-checking the second McAuliffe-Youngkin gubernatorial debate
by Glenn Kessler on September 30, 2021 at 7:00 am
Both candidates stretched the truth about each other’s positions and backgrounds. Here’s a roundup of key moments.
Ben Sasse Wants to Talk About Tocqueville, Not Marjorie Taylor Greene
by Christian Paz on September 29, 2021 at 9:50 pm
Why a senator from the GOP heartland thinks today’s Trump-obsessed politics won’t stick around
Why Biden Is Patient as Democrats Panic
by Peter Nicholas on September 29, 2021 at 2:29 pm
The president’s legacy—and the outcome of the next two elections—hangs in the balance.
The overblown claims of a ‘hurricane tax’ in Biden’s agenda
by Salvador Rizzo on September 29, 2021 at 7:00 am
President Biden's tax plans could increase insurance costs, a conservative think tank says. But that's not the whole story.
Video: Biden vs. the generals on 2,500 troops in Afghanistan
by Adriana Usero on September 28, 2021 at 10:21 pm
Testimony by top military leaders appeared to contradict what President Biden said in August. But his comments were open to interpretation.
Biden’s claim that his spending plan ‘costs zero dollars’
by Glenn Kessler on September 28, 2021 at 7:00 am
Biden promises to pass a deficit-neutral plan but he's already in the hole because of the infrastructure bill.
A Support Group for the Unwoke
by Olga Khazan on September 27, 2021 at 11:00 am
A group called Counterweight assists people who feel that their bosses and co-workers are forcing them to endorse social-justice beliefs.
Sept. 26 — Sen. Cory Booker, DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas
by MeetThePress@nbcuni.com (NBC News) on September 26, 2021 at 2:59 pm
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) talks about negotiations over President Biden's spending bill and the collapse of police reform talks. Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security, talks […]
The Progressives Have Already Won
by Russell Berman on September 26, 2021 at 9:00 am
They have President Joe Biden on their side. But will their ideological victory be empty?
How Tucker Carlson twisted a 2015 clip of Biden into a conspiracy theory
by Glenn Kessler on September 24, 2021 at 7:00 am
Through deceptive editing, Carlson sought to portray the president of a proponent of "replacement theory."
McCarthy’s misleading claim that 2019 debt-ceiling hike paid for all of Trump’s policies
by Salvador Rizzo on September 23, 2021 at 7:00 am
The Republican leader is wrong, as the U.S. government continues to borrow heavily to pay for Trump's tax cuts.
What the Rest of America Can Learn From Colorado
by Russell Berman on September 22, 2021 at 9:00 am
One year after widespread protests, state reforms have brought accountability to policing, if not an end to brutality.
Youngkin campaign targets McAuliffe’s parole record through dubious links
by Glenn Kessler on September 22, 2021 at 7:00 am
An emotional campaign ad features a victim complaining of McAuliffe's parole policies -- but her shooter has never been paroled.
Texas Is Alienating Abortion Moderates
by Olga Khazan on September 21, 2021 at 11:00 am
Even some Texans who wouldn’t themselves have an abortion think that the state’s new abortion law is too extreme.
Pompeo repeats ‘zombie’ claim that Obama gave Iran $150 billion
by Glenn Kessler on September 21, 2021 at 7:00 am
This is a falsehood that won't die -- and it's especially dismaying the former top U.S. diplomat repeats it on television.
A World Without Children
by Emma Green on September 20, 2021 at 12:45 pm
A generation facing an intractable problem debates whether to bring a new generation into the world.