United States Politics and Government

Trying to Defend President Trump’s Derision, Diplomatically

“I’ve advised people to keep their heads down and focus on the job at hand,” he said, adding: “It’s not easy.” Historically, few jobs are better than those given to United States ambassadors. Meals come on white tablecloths, maids do the laundry and a car and driver are always waiting …

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Tillerson Says U.S. Troops to Stay in Syria Beyond Battle With ISIS

Photo Syrians walked through a neighborhood destroyed in the fight against the Islamic State in the northern city of Raqqa this month. Credit Delil Souleiman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — American troops will remain in Syria long after their fight against the Islamic State to ensure that neither Iran …

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How a Coal Baron’s Wish List Became President Trump’s To-Do List

“The power of the fossil fuel industry around here is so great I think the industry feels they can count on simply not complying with requests,” Mr. Whitehouse said. Continue reading the main story The Energy Department did not respond to a request to discuss the memos from Mr. Murray. …

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Trump’s Demand to Rewrite Iran Deal Tests a Weakened Diplomatic Corps

He also ordered targeted sanctions against the head of Iran’s judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, a powerful figure whom the administration holds culpable for the violent crackdown on the protests, as well as against an Iranian cyberwarfare unit that it accuses of internet censorship. The nuclear deal, Mr. Trump said, drove Iranians …

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A Parable From Down Under for U.S. Climate Scientists

In effect, this small country is keeping an eye on half the planet for the rest of us. Much of the necessary work is done by scientists on the payroll of the country’s principal research agency, known as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. It was within that agency …

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From Mexico to the U.S., a Nafta Tale of Two Truckers

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — Raúl García Miranda wants Carlos Flores’s job. Mr. Flores doesn’t think he deserves it. The two men haul goods that travel from Mexico into the United States. Both come from a Mexican border town infested with drug cartels. But Mr. Flores got out. He became a …

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Homeland Security Goes Abroad. Not Everyone Is Grateful.

A surveillance mission earlier this month with Homeland Security agents in drug transit zones near South America highlights the department’s efforts to push out the border. Just after takeoff from a Costa Rican airfield, a crew of agents aboard a Customs and Border Protection surveillance plane began tracking a low-flying …

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U.S. Tax Bill May Inspire Cuts Globally, While Fueling Trade Tensions

“It’s a huge incentive to governments around the world who want to see more investment to be part of that,” said Andrew Mackenzie, the chief executive of the mining giant BHP, which has its headquarters in Australia and major operations in North and South America. “They will have to follow …

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Defying Trump, U.N. General Assembly Condemns U.S. Decree on Jerusalem

Many Security Council resolutions since then, which have the force of international law, have warned that Jerusalem’s status is unresolved, that claims of sovereignty by Israel are invalid and that the issue must be settled in negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. The new resolution raised questions about whether Mr. …

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Readers in Michigan: We Need More Skills, Not More Jobs

“I was like, O.K., is he ever going to be leaving?” she quipped to the nearly 100 community members who turned out for the forum on Nov. 28. The focus was jobs and the manufacturing economy, and we were joined onstage by Mindy Bradish-Orta, president of the Jackson County Chamber …

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