Steve Clemons

New America Foundation / The Atlantic

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Steve Clemons is a senior fellow in the international security program at the New America Foundation and Washington editor-at-large at the Atlantic.

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North Korea's latest missile firing gives 20 leaders of the most powerful nations on Earth still more to talk about as they meet this week in Germany.

'America First'…and the rest of the world

North Korea's latest missile firing gives 20 leaders of the most powerful nations on Earth still more to talk about as they meet this week in Germany.

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In deference to President Trump, NATO leaders agreed not to focus on Russia during this week's summit.

Trump declines to endorse NATO's Article 5

In deference to President Trump, NATO leaders agreed not to focus on Russia during this week's summit.

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Trump gets intelligence briefings, and Republicans get Obamacare cold feet.

Intelligence briefings & reforming Obamacare

Trump gets intelligence briefings, and Republicans get Obamacare cold feet.

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The Trump administration tried to bury a report showing that it's water use plans for California would decimate a unique species of salmon.

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From Richie Havens to Jimi Hendrix, photographer Henry Diltz recalls his favorite moments of the historic festival.

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NPR's live special coverage of Robert Mueller testifying before two House committees

Once again it’s the race for the White House as Reality TV, with  20 performers focused on making the next audition. Are “bold proposals” politically risky?

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Since March some 387 Boeing 737 Max jets have been grounded by regulators and airlines with no end in sight. Boeing profits have tanked. Last month the company recorded its biggest ever quarterly loss and deliveries are at their lowest since 2012. Boeing says it expects the plane to return to service by the end of this year, as it continues to focus on the plane’s software system, thought to be the cause of both plane crashes. Boeing’s crisis highlights a problem beyond flight safety. The aircraft manufacturer chose to prioritize big spending on CEO compensation and stock buybacks rather than reinvest profits on its employees, infrastructure and R and D. Last year alone, Boeing’s chief executive Dennis Muilenburg took home $30 in compensation and gains from options. Buybacks over investment; the financial strategy that’s great for shareholders but may well have cost Boeing the public’s trust.

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Author and University of Michigan professor Alexandra Minna Stern traces the origins of America's burgeoning white nationalist movement.

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And more fallout from Jeffrey Epstein’s death

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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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The 2020 presidential race has a crowded field of competitors, and many are making their way to Los Angeles for fundraisers, rallies, and other events. KCRW is tracking LA visits by…

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