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For the first time, the US Justice Department is charging Russian officials with cybercrimes. Two agents of the FSB — which succeeded the KGB — are among four foreigners accused of hacking Yahoo in 2014, stealing 500 million user accounts.
Shane Harris, senior national security correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, says the charges send a message to Russia that we know what it's doing.
The Netherlands is a small country, but it's central to Europe, and today's parliamentary election is both a reflection of the recent past and a possible key to the future. Right-wing candidate Geert Wilders is running on the slogan "Make the Netherlands Ours Again." That's music to the ears of Brits who voted for Brexit, French who are listening to Marine Le Pen and, of course, to American supporters of President Trump. Western democracies are showing variations and different degrees of nationalism and populism, as well as religious- and racial- discrimination. Is it partly the failure of liberal elites to address the economic and social consequences of free trade and immigration?
Henley on Wilders and the Dutch election
Henley on why Dutch voters are turning towards anti-politics-as-usual alternatives
Bonikowski on Trump and the surge in ethno-nationalism
Lind on the populist explosion in American, European politics
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The President picks a new battle over fuel economy standards.
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In this country, fuel economy standards are 25 miles per gallon. Before leaving office, President Obama set a new standard of 36 miles per gallon by 2025 to cut carbon emissions. Today, President Trump is making good on his promise to roll that back. Don Anair, deputy director for research at the Union of Concerned Scientists' clean-vehicles program, says the move provides great uncertainty for auto manufacturers, suppliers and the various states that adhere to California’s strict emission standards.
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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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