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President Donald Trump walks up the stairs of Air Force One


Analysis & Opinions - Prospect

Spies, Lies and Wiretaps

| Mar. 27, 2017

"Taken together, these points raise three fundamental issues about the Trump White House wiretapping claims: first, a US president is unable to order a wiretap, or otherwise intercept, US communications, as Trump’s tweets suggest. This can only be done through a US court. Second, for GCHQ to intercept communications of a US presidential candidate would require authorisation from a British foreign secretary and it is unthinkable that a foreign secretary would sign a warrant authorising such an intrusion into domestic US politics. Third, even if this did happen, Britain and America’s signals intelligence sharing agreements expressly prevent either country doing something that would be illegal under the laws of the other country. In other words, the conspiracy theory of GCHQ wiretapping Trump is necessarily based on the premise that it is illegal. If this is what the White House is alleging, then it should make this clear."

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

O Brotherhood, What Art Thou?

| Mar. 24, 2017

"There are, of course, valid critiques of the Brotherhood. Parts of the group call for the death penalty for apostasy, for example. Another equally important critique was the Egyptian Brotherhood’s failure to seek consensus during the country’s political transition. But the best way forward is to support the group’s more mainstream factions while censuring its more extreme subgroups. A ban would only hurt American interests, particularly when it comes to fighting terrorism and countering Russia and Iran’s influence in the Middle East. What the United States needs is critical engagement with the Brotherhood, through discussions and constructive critique—not an outright ban."

FBI Director James Comey on Capitol Hill


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The Key Players in Monday's Russia Hearing

| Mar. 20, 2017

On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first, much-anticipated public hearing on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. The hearing is significant because it will determine whether all the noise regarding Russia, Trump and the relationship between the two is grounds for further investigation.

Donald Trump in Roosevelt Room of White House


Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The Night That You Told Me Those Not-So-Little White Lies

| Mar. 18, 2017

"According to ex-President Obama's political director, David Simas, religious institutions, academia, and the media have traditionally set the limits of acceptable discourse. Now, through Facebook and Twitter, one can get around this restriction. This creates a whole new permission structure, a sense of social affirmation for what was once thought unthinkable."

TV screens show file images of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul


Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

South Koreans Checked the Retreat of Democracy. Now It's Time for the Americans.

| Mar. 17, 2017

"Four years of the Park presidency has inflicted serious damage on South Korean society.  The media has lost its capacity to check government power. The intelligence community has been degraded as a political tool for Ms. Park.  The artistic and intellectual communities have self-censored their words and deeds in fear of retaliation. Corruption abounds. If unchecked, the Trump presidency could cause comparable harm to American society. Thankfully, the United States retains a functioning media, intelligence agencies, courts, etc. that can provide checks and balances against the government."

Michael Anton before Trump news conference


Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

How Not to Fix the Liberal World Order

| Mar. 06, 2017

"Like the president he now serves, Anton doesn't understand how the global trading order actually works. Trade agreements are long and complicated today because they are no longer primarily concerned with reducing tariffs (which are already quite low). Instead, contemporary trade agreements are mostly about harmonizing labor, regulatory, environmental, and copyright standards across many different societies, precisely for the purpose of creating fairer competition between states. Agreements of this kind are very much in America's interest, because otherwise U.S. workers would have to compete with foreign industries where labor and environmental standards are much lower than they are in the United States."

In this Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 photo, Tayron Santos cleans the newly-installed wall mural of former President Richard Nixon in the lobby area of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif. The museum will reopen Friday, Oct. 14, following a $15 million makeover aimed at bringing the country’s 37th president closer to younger generations less familiar with his groundbreaking trip to China or the Watergate scandal. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

The Hill, the swamp, and precursors to Trump

| Mar. 06, 2017

As Trump’s administration digs itself into ever deeper holes over his campaign’s contacts with the Russians, he needs to remember the lessons of Watergate. Number one: Declaring war on the press is a high-risk strategy because they have the biggest possible incentive to get you. Number two: It’s the cover-up that kills you.