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  • The End of All Illusions
    Even Fox News was appalled at President Trump’s performance at his Helsinki press conference alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin. The network, usually only too happy to cheer on the president, responded somewhat differently this time to Trump’s insistence that “President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial” of Russian involvement in election interference. Neil Cavuto, a Fox Business Network host, called the press conference “disgusting.” Appearing on Fox, Mary Kissel of the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board said that “President Putin scored a great propaganda victory by standing up with President Trump on that stage.” Newt Gingrich ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-16
  • France’s World Cup Victory Is a Win for Emmanuel Macron
    PARIS—When the victorious World Cup–winning French national team arrived on the Champs-Élysées on Monday evening, welcomed home by massive crowds under massive security, it capped weeks during which France didn’t only cheer on its team, but also used the competition as a moment for soul-searching. The introspection was about race, about multiculturalism, about Paris’s banlieues, and about how much has and hasn’t changed in France since it last won the World Cup in 1998, months before Kylian Mbappé, the team’s fleet-footed 19-year-old striker, was born.The son of a father from Cameroon and a mother from Algeria, and a product of ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-16
  • Trump Blames Bad Relations With Russia on Everything but Russia
    During his press conference with Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday, Donald Trump was given a chance to walk back his tweet from earlier in the day blaming poor U.S.–Russia relations on past American presidents and Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in U.S. politics. The real culprit, according to Trump, was not Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election or illegal annexation of Crimea or support for Syria’s murderous dictator, but rather “many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!” (“We agree,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry tweeted in response to the American president.)“Do you hold ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-16
  • The Crisis Facing America
    We still do not know what hold Vladimir Putin has upon President Trump, but the whole world has now witnessed the power of its grip.Russia helped Donald Trump into the presidency, as Robert Mueller’s indictment vividly details. Putin, in his own voice, has confirmed that he wanted Trump elected. Standing alongside his benefactor, Trump denounced the special counsel investigating the Russian intervention in the U.S. election—and even repudiated his own intelligence appointees.This is an unprecedented situation, but not an uncontemplated one. At the 1787 convention in Philadelphia, the authors of the Constitution worried a great deal about foreign potentates corrupting ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-16
  • This Is the Moment of Truth for Republicans
    There are exactly two possible explanations for the shameful performance the world witnessed on Monday, from a serving American president.Either Donald Trump is flat-out an agent of Russian interests—maybe witting, maybe unwitting, from fear of blackmail, in hope of future deals, out of manly respect for Vladimir Putin, out of gratitude for Russia’s help during the election, out of pathetic inability to see beyond his 306 electoral votes. Whatever the exact mixture of motives might be, it doesn’t really matter.Or he is so profoundly ignorant, insecure, and narcissistic that he did not  realize that, at every step, he was advancing the ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-16
  • Trump Sides With the Kremlin, Against the U.S. Government
    In an astonishing news conference on Monday, President Trump, standing next to Vladimir Putin, rejected the overwhelming consensus among U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.  “They said, ‘I think it is Russia.’ I have President Putin. He just said it is not Russia,” Trump said in Helsinki after a two-hour private meeting with the Russian leader. “I will say this: I do not see any reason why it would be.”Trump’s apparent willingness to take Putin’s word on the alleged interference coincides with a decline in U.S. relations with its closest allies around the world. Trump has ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-16
  • Ukraine Is Ground Zero for the Crisis Between Russia and the West
    UKRAINE—To land in Kiev is to reach ground zero of today’s confrontation between Russia and the West. The start of the Ukraine conflict is, depending on one’s chronology, the defining moment of their crisis. It’s here that, in the spring of 2014, Moscow organized a referendum of dubious legitimacy to annex Crimea; that Russia used troops whose existence it denied to help rebels seize parts of Donbas, in the country’s east; and that those rebels, who said they were acting on behalf of a public with whom they didn’t check, proclaimed the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in that region. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-16
  • Trump Meets Putin While America Confronts Russia
    Donald Trump’s scolding of NATO allies, his digs at Britain’s prime minister, and his dismissal of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election as a “rigged witch hunt” even though he knew Russian intelligence officers were about to be indicted back home for messing with American democracy—all right before meeting with Vladimir Putin in Finland—have revived a long-running narrative: The president of the United States, wittingly or unwittingly, is doing Russia’s bidding. “I’m not ready to say that our president is a Russian agent, but I have an agent, and he doesn’t do as much for me as ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-16
  • They Don’t Make Helsinki Summits Like They Used To
    HELSINKI—There’s a strong sense of déjà vu as U.S. President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, prepare to sit down together in Helsinki on Monday. The Finnish capital hosted numerous Cold War-era negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union, and both presidents are eager to portray themselves as the leaders of two superpowers prepared to make their mark on history. But while the location and parties involved might be familiar, the similarities between the upcoming meeting in Finland and its Cold War antecedents stop there.Unlike past U.S. presidents that came to Helsinki as ambassadors for ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-15
  • The Danger of a Deal With Putin
    What happens when The Art of the Deal meets the Kremlin playbook? Given that, as one depressed NSC staffer put it to me, “our job is to build a bridge between the real world and the president’s,” the real risk is not that Donald Trump actually gives away the farm to Vladimir Putin when they meet in Helsinki next week—it’s what happens in Washington if he tries.It’s rare for Trump to meet an autocrat he doesn’t like, from China’s Xi (with whom, Trump tweeted, he “will always be friends”) to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un (who he has called “a ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-15
  • Why American Spies Worry When Trump Meets Putin
    It was going to be Donald Trump’s “easiest” meeting, at least according to Trump himself. After a week of tense exchanges with allies in Brussels and then the U.K., the U.S president would head to Helsinki for his first formal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Then on Friday, right as the president was settling down to tea with the Queen, the indictments came; the Justice Department accused 12 officers of Russian intelligence with specific crimes related to meddling in the 2016 election—the one U.S. intelligence says the Russians wanted to throw to Trump.If Trump is worried this will cast ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-14
  • Trump’s Jabs at Theresa May Could Actually Help Her
    When Donald Trump and Theresa May walked into a joint press conference together on Friday at the British prime minister’s country home in Chequers, they did so hand in hand. They sported a matching vibrant red (a tie for him, a blazer for her). And when they spoke, they praised the durability of their countries’ long-standing—and special—relationship.“I give our relationship, in terms of grade, the highest level of special,” Trump told reporters during the press conference. “I would give our relationship with the U.K., and now especially after these two days with your prime minister, I would say the highest ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-13
  • Donald Trump Meets the Press in Britain—and the Press Is Very Puzzled
    LONDON—“It was like watching a news conference by Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” John Rentoul, the chief political commentator for The Independent, told the BBC, standing on the broadcaster’s balcony while anti-Trump demonstrators streamed by below. He was talking about President Donald Trump’s press conference on Friday afternoon with Prime Minister Theresa May, in which Trump at turns read talking points about the importance of the transatlantic alliance, veered off script into strange tangents, and insulted members of the press.Trump has brought his unique nonscheduled style to Britain, and the British press doesn’t seem quite sure what to make of ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-13
  • Photos of the Week: Atomic Art, Moon Pool, Giant Iceberg
    Ilya Naymushin / Reuters The Royal Air Force celebrates its centennial in London, World Cup emotions run high in Russia and around the world, a chili pepper eating contest takes place in China, the Running of the Bulls begins in Spain, a leopard gets a check-up in the Netherlands, Tour de France riders pass through stage six, flamingos stride through a lake in Turkey, and much more. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-13
  • Radio Atlantic: The Future of Europe
    Subscribe to Radio Atlantic: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PlayAs President Trump meets with other western leaders in Europe, the spirit of democratic cooperation we’re used to in NATO summits is gone. But it’s not just Trump. Populist movements around Europe are agitating against the cooperation that has bound the continent since World War II. Where is the West headed? Is this a short-term fever brought on by unique stresses? Or does it herald a re-fracturing of the continent? Are the ‘member states’ of Europe becoming ‘nation states’ again?VoicesMatt Thompson, executive editorJeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chiefKathy Gilsinan, global editorYasmeen ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-13
  • Don’t Let Trump Go to War With Iran
    The decision of the United States to wage war against Iraq in 2003 was one of the worst mistakes our country has ever made. Was Saddam Hussein a brutal dictator? Yes, but he didn’t have weapons of mass destruction, and toppling his regime had profound consequences—bringing the deaths of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, promoting deep instability in the region, inflicting lasting damage on American credibility, and imposing enormous costs on American taxpayers.Joining the Senate in 2013 as a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, I vowed to learn something from that mistake. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-13
  • The Meaning of the Western Alliance
    Even before he left for Europe, Donald Trump had started with the demands and acrimony he brought with him to this week’s NATO summit. So right beforehand, Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, pushed back. He urged America to appreciate its allies, pointing out that America didn’t have that many. Trump’s tone at the summit indicated he was more interested in hectoring them about military spending. But Tusk’s own biography shows exactly why the alliance is about so much more than defense budgets.Tusk got his political start in the 1980s as an activist in Poland’s democratic dissident movement ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-12
  • The Shadow of Boris Johnson
    It’s not hard to discern the similarities between President Donald Trump, who is visiting the U.K. this week following the NATO summit, and Boris Johnson, who resigned as the U.K. foreign secretary on Monday. The two share an affinity for offensive language and alienating their colleagues, and a casual disregard for the facts, among other traits. They also appear to share a mutual affection—Johnson, who quit because of the apparent belief that Prime Minister Theresa May was not pursuing a hard enough version of Brexit, reportedly mused at a private dinner: “Imagine Trump doing Brexit. He’d go in bloody hard ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-12
  • What’s Missing From Kim Jong Un’s ‘Very Nice Note’ to Trump
    Donald Trump called it “a very nice note.” And it is super-nice! In the letter that the president published on Twitter on Thursday, Kim Jong Un refers to Trump as “Your Excellency” and writes glowingly of the “meaningful journey” he and the U.S. president have embarked on since last month’s summit in Singapore. He notes the “epochal progress” they’re pursuing in improving U.S.-North Korea relations, which he suggests could include a second meeting between the two leaders.But there’s one word conspicuously missing from the message, which Kim’s deputy delivered to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang last weekend: ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-12
  • Photos: Death Toll Reaches 200 in Devastating Japan Floods
    Kyodo / Reuters Over the weekend, sustained heavy rainfall hit parts of western and central Japan, causing flash flooding, setting off landslides, submerging floodplains, and forcing more than 2 million residents to evacuate. Today, Japan’s National Police Agency announced at least 200 people had died, and dozens were still missing, in the worst weather-related disaster to hit Japan in more than 30 years. More than 70,000 rescue workers are at work in hard-hit areas searching for survivors as the damage to villages, roads, and infrastructure is being assessed. Hundreds of thousands of homes remain without power or clean water. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-07-12