Ivanka’s intrusions aren’t funny

Ivanka’s intrusions aren’t funny

During President Trump’s recent visit to the G-20 summit in Japan, Ivanka Trump was everywhere, said Daniel Shapiro. The president’s daughter, who has zero foreign policy experience or credentials, “painfully, awkwardly” inserted herself into conversations among world leaders; in a video that went viral, International Monetary Fund Chairwoman Christine Lagarde Continue Reading

Taking in ISIS children makes us safe

Taking in ISIS children makes us safe

Who’s afraid of six little orphans? asked Cathy Galle. Belgians, that’s who. After the government agreed to repatriate six children of Belgian ISIS fighters from a refugee camp in Syria, rightwingers sounded the alarm, saying the kids might be radicals—or worse, their militant mothers might still be alive and would Continue Reading

Why we’re not worried about Merkel

Why we’re not worried about Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel has the shakes, said Nico Fried. Twice in recent days, she’s been caught on film trembling severely. Merkel’s struggle to control her body was clear to all, “as if yielding to weakness were incompatible with her understanding of the office.” Following the first episode, Merkel said she Continue Reading

Why Kushner’s peace plan is doomed

Why Kushner’s peace plan is doomed

The Trump administration’s much ballyhooed Middle East peace plan is dead on arrival, said Chemi Shalev in Haaretz ( Israel). At a gathering in Bahrain last week, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, unveiled a $50 billion scheme to spur economic development in the Palestinian territories. The financial incentives Continue Reading

Chernobyl’s warning for America

Chernobyl’s warning for America

HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl “made me think of Donald Trump,” said Bret Stephens. No, I’m not comparing his administration to “an openair nuclear reactor fire,” but there is one disturbing parallel: “the institutionalization of lies.” The 1986 catastrophe in what is now Ukraine revealed the Soviet Union’s relentless lying in the Continue Reading

Betting big on sports gambling

Betting big on sports gambling

Where is it legal? Sixteen states have passed legislation permitting sports betting over the past year, and six have already set up betting operations. Last May, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law limiting sports gambling to Nevada, ruling that the law unconstitutionally intruded into state decisions. New Continue Reading