Day: June 21, 2018

Why soccer players take dives

It wouldn’t be a World Cup without a controversy over a player crumpling with a maudlin cry of agony, clutching his shin, and plaintively pleading for mercy (and a penalty for the other team). In the tournament’s first week, France’s Lucas Hernandez admitted to flopping in France’s 2-1 win against Australia in an attempt to […]

The Diplomacy 101 Lessons That Washington Forgot

While there isn’t a formal class at the State Department called Diplomacy 101, some training offered to new hires comes pretty close. Those basic tenets of statecraft, largely unchanged from Thucydides to Bismarck to Pompeo, are important to review in light of the widespread criticism of the Singapore Summit. So welcome, everyone, to class. On […]

Mexico Readies for Revolt Against Neoliberalism

Like a Dos Equis ad, Mexico is “keeping it interesante.” On July 1, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the veteran left-wing politician known as AMLO, will likely win Mexico’s presidential election, to the horror of policy analysts, U.S. government officials, and the Mexican business community. As head of the upstart National Regeneration Movement (MORENA, the Spanish acronym, […]

America Forfeits Its Influence at the U.N.

When Nikki Haley was tapped by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, most who were in the know scratched their heads. The governor of South Carolina seemed like a strange pick for this very important job—and not only because Haley had sparred with Trump during the 2016 Republican […]

Scott Pruitt’s “tactical pants” scandal, briefly explained

The latest and greatest in the never-ending scandals for Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt: “tactical pants.” The Intercept reported on Wednesday evening that, as part of Pruitt’s eye-popping $4.6 million in taxpayer dollars used for his security, the administrator’s office had spent nearly $3,000 on “tactical pants” and “tactical polos.” The EPA is spending […]