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Nicholas Burns testifies before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on possible Russian interference in European elections

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Nicholas Burns testifies before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Russian interference in European elections: President's denial of Russian interference "dismaying and objectionable"

| June 28, 2017

On June 28, Nicholas Burns testified before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Russian interference in European elections. He called President Trump's response to Russia's cyber attacks on the U.S. democratic system both "dismaying and objectionable." He says it's the "president's duty to be skeptical of Russia and that his refusal to take action is "a dereliction of his basic duty to defend the country."

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Gage Skidmore

Analysis & Opinions - Politico

Trump’s Not Ready for a Crisis

| June 20, 2017

Inside the 18-acre White House compound, the National Security Council process—making key decisions and overseeing their execution—is still in transition nearly five months after President Donald Trump took office. The sooner this transition concludes, the better for our security. In the long run, getting this transition right is far more important than any of the administration’s discrete decisions that have dominated the news since January 20.

Angel of Independence monument, lit up in green in Mexico City

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

Why Trump Pulled the U.S. Out of the Paris Accord

| June 05, 2017

"...Trump's decision to withdraw the nation from the Paris climate agreement was not based on science or sound economics, but on a confused, misguided, and simply dishonest desire to score some short-term political points with his voters. What he sacrifices in the long term will be immensely more difficult for the country to win back at the ballot box: authority, credibility, and influence."

Video - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Mike Rogers on Office Hours

| June 01, 2017

Former Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers (@RepMikeRogers), the U.S. Representative for the 8th district in Michigan from 2001 – 2015, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about tensions between the FBI and the White House, meeting Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and who’s his favorite spy.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speak to the media about President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget in the Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

Trump's Magic Budget

| May 29, 2017

"U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has now released its budget plans for fiscal year 2018. Among the details provided in the document, entitled America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, are projections for the expected path of gross federal debt as a percentage of GDP, which is shown to decline from its current level of about 106% to about 80% in 2027. Debt held by the public is expected to mirror this path, shrinking from 77% to 60% over this period....Unfortunately, neither projection is credible."

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

Interviewing Hillary at Harvard

| Summer 2017

On March 3, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Harvard University at the invitation of Professors Nicholas Burns (HKS), Robert Mnookin (HLS), and James Sebenius (HBS) in one of her first public engagements since last autumn.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney holds up a copy of President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget as he speaks to members of the media in the Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Larry Summers: Trump’s budget is simply ludicrous

| May 23, 2017

"Apparently, the budget forecasts that U.S. economic growth will rise to 3.0 percent because of the administration’s policies — largely its tax cuts and perhaps also its regulatory policies.  Fair enough if you believe in tooth fairies and ludicrous supply-side economics."

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III speaks at the Pima County Sheriff's Office Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 in Tucson, Ariz. Mueller was on hand to oversee the investigation of the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who was shot in the head a day earlier during a gathering at a local supermarket. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Mueller’s presence will be good for Trump, even if he doesn’t realize it

| May 18, 2017

"To effectively manage its relationship with the special counsel, the White House will need to wall off its dealings with any Russia-related investigations. And, above all else, the president should assign the responsibility of scandal management to a few disciplined lawyers and utility players who can keep their mouths shut. This administration knows all too well just how damaging leaks can be. Right now, everything from the White House needs to remain airtight. We should not see Sean Spicer at the daily press briefing reading out status updates of the investigation, propping up and legitimizing the media’s unfounded rumors, or speculating as to how things are going. He should only refer questions elsewhere."

Surrounded by family and loyal advisors: Trump in the White House

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Analysis & Opinions - International Politics and Society

The personal politics of Donald Trump

May 16, 2017

Cathryn Cluver examines President Trump's personnel picks over the first three months of the administration, coming to a worrying conclusion: What is emerging is an administration intent on strengthening and consolidating executive power, while continuing to at least demoralise if not dismantle the structures designed to inform or check that power.