Daniel Benjamin

Dartmouth College

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Daniel Benjamin is Director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College and the co-author of The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam's War against America. He previously served as Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State Department during the first term of the Obama Administration.

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Last night, it was reported that  Trump aides were in constant contact  with senior Russian officials during last year's campaign.

FBI, spy agencies probe Trump campaign contacts with Russia

Last night, it was reported that Trump aides were in constant contact with senior Russian officials during last year's campaign.

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After less than a week in office, President Trump has been shaking up governmental institutions — as promised during his campaign.

Chaos and confusion as a new administration gets under way

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When a  lone gunman assassinated Russia's ambassador  to Turkey in a shocking public display at an Ankara photo exhibit yesterday, the international consequences were immediate.

Berlin, Ankara and the international political consequences

When a lone gunman assassinated Russia's ambassador to Turkey in a shocking public display at an Ankara photo exhibit yesterday, the international consequences were immediate.

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California’s relentless clean-air enforcer, Mary Nichols, has divided the automobile industry. After weeks of secret negotiations, the Chair of the State’s Air Resources Board has announced that Ford, Honda VW and BMW of America won’t go along with President Trump’s rollback of Barack Obama’s fuel-economy standards. Nichols claims it’s an “olive branch,” giving car makers the “flexibility” to clean up the air at the same time they continue to market vehicles that make the most money. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post calls it a “big deal,” even if Toyota, GM and 11 other companies revert to Trump’s new federal standards--at least for the moment. Alan Baum is a consultant for both the industry and environmental organizations. He says the four who made the deal with California have a slight lead on their competitors in developing the technology of the future, with China currently far ahead of them all. He says the western car makers are doing a poor job of educating consumers about the benefits of hybrids and electrics. Nichols’s history with the Air Resources Board goes back to the 1970’s. She was named Chair by Republican Governor Arnold Schwartenegger and reappointed by Democrats Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom. She made an international name for herself for years ago when she blew the whistle on Volkswagen for faking emissions tests on the diesel cars it sold for decades all over the world.

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