Iceland Mourns Loss of a Glacier by Posting a Warning About Climate Change

Image A plaque was unveiled on Sunday at the site of Okjokull, the first glacier lost to climate change in Iceland.CreditJeremie Richard/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images They arrived on Sunday in parkas and ski hats, hiking across the rocky terrain where Iceland’s Okjokull glacier once flourished. Today it is a watery grave, which scientists and […]

Mike Pompeo compared Trump to ‘authoritarian’ Obama in 2016

Felicia Sonmez National reporter on The Washington Post’s breaking political news team August 19 at 2:43 PM Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned in 2016 that Donald Trump was an “authoritarian” in the mold of then-President Barack Obama, according to a video newly resurfaced by the New Yorker magazine. The remark by Pompeo, who at […]

Trump calls on Fed to cut rates by 100 basis points amid recession fears

Felicia Sonmez National reporter on The Washington Post’s breaking political news team August 19 at 2:05 PM President Trump on Monday sought to play down the risk of a recession while also pinning the blame for a potential economic downturn on the Federal Reserve, chastising the central bank’s chairman, Jerome H. Powell, for a “horrendous […]

The risky game Mike Pompeo is playing with an ‘authoritarian president’

Aaron Blake Senior political reporter, writing for The Fix August 19 at 1:37 PM The New Yorker’s big new profile of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is getting buzz for two reasons: 1) the newly discovered video above, in which a 2016 Pompeo warns Trump would be “an authoritarian President who ignored our Constitution,” and […]

U.S. Prisons Chief Is Reassigned After Jeffrey Epstein’s Suicide in Jail

WASHINGTON — The acting director of the Bureau of Prisons was reassigned on Monday, Attorney General William P. Barr announced, the latest fallout over the suicide of the financier Jeffrey Epstein at a chronically understaffed federal jail. Mr. Barr has said he was “appalled” by Mr. Epstein’s death on Aug. 10 at the Metropolitan Correctional […]

Searching for Hints About 2020, All Eyes Turn to a Reshaped Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. — On a sweltering afternoon, Kirk Cox, the powerful Republican speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, was chatting to voters and handing out free hot dogs at a campaign event when he was approached by a woman. The two made small talk before the woman, Vanessa Wilkerson, 62, cautioned the conservative lawmaker […]

An Afghan wedding attack adds a tragic twist to peace talks

Adam Taylor Foreign reporter who writes about a variety of subjects August 19 at 12:59 AM Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday, along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions? Sign up for the Today’s WorldView newsletter. (Rafiq Maqbool/AP) On Saturday evening, a man detonated a bomb […]

Nearly a third of Americans were alive during Jim Crow

This confluence of factors meant that the response to the project’s release was probably predictable. The essays were framed by some critics as questionable, flawed or even unnecessary. Some critics, like former House speaker Newt Gingrich, determined that the project was about impeaching Trump. Others argued that it was an effort to diminish the United […]

Gillibrand on whether Franken should make a comeback: ‘It’s not my decision’

Felicia Sonmez National reporter on The Washington Post’s breaking political news team August 19 at 10:47 AM Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) declined to say Monday whether she opposes a comeback by former senator Al Franken, suggesting that the Minnesota Democrat should make that decision himself. Gillibrand, who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, […]