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Monday, March 19, 2018
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Comey testifies on Trump investigation

Sources: Comey Sought To Expand Trump-Russia Probe To Former Campaign Officials

One possibility is that investigators will feel galvanized by President Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey and burrow ever deeper into a probe in which they see the reputation of the bureau at stake.

May 11, 2017

Russia-gate Began Like Watergate — With A Break-In That Few Noticed

If there were a starting point for the political turmoil around members of Donald Trump’s inner circle and their ties to Russia, it likely would be last June 15. On that day, news broke of a computer penetration. It seemed like a minor event, not unlike the famous political break-in 44 years earlier at the Watergate complex that became synonymous with political scandal.

March 4, 2017

Intelligence Community Worries About Trump’s Refusal To Hear Briefings

Former U.S. intelligence officers, already concerned about some of Trump’s remarks disparaging their work, warned that skipping the daily briefing could leave Trump slow to recognize developing crises.

December 13, 2016
Wayne LaPierre's letter to NRA

Wayne LaPierre’s Election Message To The NRA: America Is An Unlivable Hellscape

The leader of the NRA insisted he wasn’t “crazy,” “paranoid,” or “nuts” before ranting to NRA members in an “urgent” video message where he made claims at odds with reality, including claiming that his widely ridiculed prediction that President Obama would come for Americans’ guns “came true.”

October 25, 2016
Travelers stand in line to go through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) check-points at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The 9/11 Legacy: Airport Security Still Largely A Matter Of Faith

The tools deployed by the security agents — including full-body scanners — get ever more sophisticated while the most basic of questions go without a satisfying answer: Do all the security measures work? Are terrorists truly deterred? Are we safe? Experts agree on only one thing. Heightened airport security is here to stay.

September 9, 2016

New suggestions of Russian tie to hacks of US vote systems

The Russian internet nodes used to hack into voting systems in Illinois and Arizona were also used in recent penetrations of Turkey’s ruling party, the Ukrainian Parliament and a political party in Germany, a U.S. cybersecurity firm said Friday.

September 4, 2016
Mexico hands out free TVs to the poor in massive giveaway

Mexico Hands Out Free TVs To The Poor In Massive Giveaway

It’s so Mexico can switch to digital signals.

August 18, 2015

Castro, Obama Shake Hands In Panama, Set Meeting For Saturday In U.S.-Cuba Thaw

The thaw in the lengthy diplomatic freeze between the United States and Cuba quickened Friday, with President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro shaking hands at an evening reception ahead of a more substantive face-to-face meeting set for Saturday.

April 11, 2015

Many Cubans Optimistic — And Cautious — About New U.S. Ties

In Havana, many questions remain over the future of U.S.-Cuba relations.

December 22, 2014

U.S. Export: Central America’s Gang Problem Began In Los Angeles

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Foreign Staff SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Andy Romero remembers when a tattooed man showed up in his neighborhood with baggy pants, T-shirts with rock band logos and sneakers like none he’d seen before. “His clothes were totally different,” Romero recalled of that time, in the late 1980s. “He wore kerchiefs […]

August 5, 2014

Mexican Opposition Holds Energy Revamp Hostage To Political Changes

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Foreign Staff MEXICO CITY — Amid charges of political arm-twisting, an opposition party has held passage of legislation vital to an overhaul of Mexico’s energy sector hostage to its demands for a political revamping. The tactic by the opposition center-right National Action Party threatens to delay for weeks — or even […]

June 19, 2014
Immigrants, Donald Trump

Central America Turmoil, Not U.S. Policies, May Be Behind Surge Of Child Migrants

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Foreign Staff ARRIAGA, Mexico — Wilson Coxaj, looking braver than his 16 years might merit, left his village in Guatemala’s highlands earlier this month and is making his way to the United States. It is a perilous journey. If he’s successful, he’ll join what U.S. officials are calling “the surge” — […]

June 11, 2014

On Drug Lord’s Mexican Turf, Lines Blur Among Cops, Pols, Cartel

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Foreign Staff CULIACAN, Mexico — Walk into the command center of Culiacan’s municipal police department, and you see a huge bank of monitors showing closed-circuit images of street corners, captured by 190 or so all-seeing cameras that rotate and zoom. Yet in this city of a million or so inhabitants, home […]

February 28, 2014

Will Mexican Cartels Go The Way Of Colombia’s Crime Syndicates?

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Foreign Staff CULIACAN, Mexico — Almost as soon as Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, reputedly the head of one of the world’s largest crime syndicates, was captured after a 13-year manhunt, young drug dealers began campaigns to take his place — a sign that the group, responsible for 25 […]

February 24, 2014

Obama Arrives In Mexico For Summit That May Show NAFTA Strains

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Foreign Staff TOLUCA, Mexico — They were once dubbed the Three Amigos, but strains on their friendship cast a chill Wednesday as President Barack Obama flew to Mexico for a summit of the leaders of the world’s largest trading bloc. A bilateral spat between Mexico and Canada and anger in Ottawa […]

February 19, 2014