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    When he was Ronald Reagan's secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA's disavowal of involvement in a mysterious recent bombing in Lebanon. Replied Shultz: "If the CIA denies something, it's denied."

      At the heart of Donald Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945. Practical…

        Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration’s travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy or even a moral issue becomes a legal one. The judicial challenge should have been given short shrift, since …

          The flurry of bold executive orders and of highly provocative Cabinet nominations (such as a secretary of education who actually believes in school choice) has been encouraging to conservative skeptics of Donald Trump. But it shouldn't erase the troubling memory of one major element of Trump…

            Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simp…

              The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and gone.

              The South Dakota Senate has sanctioned a member who was accused of harassing a legislative aide. Republican Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller is among a right-wing group of lawmakers who have challenged the GOP establishment. She allegedly harassed the aide because she had vaccinated her young child. But the decision to suspend Frye-Mueller has faced backlash from conservative activists. It underscores how Statehouse politics have become nationalized. In South Dakota, a contrarian brand of Republicans is pushing the Legislature to take hardline stances on social issues.

              A Chicago woman is accused of keeping her mother’s dead body in a freezer for nearly two years while living in a nearby apartment. Eva Bratcher appeared in court Thursday on charges of concealing her 96-year-old mother’s death and possessing a fraudulent identification card. Regina Michalski’s body was discovered this week in a freezer in the garage near the apartment she had shared with her daughter. Investigators believe Michalski died in 2021. The 69-year-old Bratcher has past convictions for forgery, and investigators are trying to determine if she was collecting her late mother’s Social Security benefits. Bratcher was being held on a $20,000 bond.

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