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Mike Pompeo

  1. palace intrigue
    John Bolton Is Trying to Run a One-Man State Department: ReportBoth Mike Pompeo and President Trump are reportedly frustrated with the national security adviser overstepping his bounds.
  2. foreign policy
    Trump Makes Needless Threat to ‘End’ IranIt seems to have been prompted by a Fox News segment on his administration’s ramped-up tensions with the country.
  3. world view
    With Mattis Gone, Trump Is Already Sowing More Global ChaosIn just a few weeks, we’ve seen a serious uptick in odd U.S. foreign policy moves and anonymous leaking, and that isn’t good for anyone except Putin.
  4. world view
    Trump Is Facing a Real Crisis — But It’s in Syria, Not at Our BorderBolton and Pompeo were supposed to clear up confusion over troop withdrawal from Syria. Instead, the U.S. appears to have two contradictory policies.
  5. the u.n.
    Heather Nauert Won’t Be in Trump’s Cabinet Because She Has No CloutThe new U.N. ambassador won’t be in the Cabinet because she doesn’t have the résumé. The practice predates Trump.
  6. politics
    Pat Robertson Cares More About a Saudi Weapons Deal Than a Journalist’s MurderIn comments on Jamal Khashoggi’s apparent murder, the Christian-right warhorse revealed he can no longer distinguish God’s will from Donald Trump’s.
  7. the white house
    My Private Oval Office Press Conference With Trump, Pence, Pompeo, and KellyThe president really wanted to convince me that he isn’t going to fire his chief of staff, John Kelly. He didn’t — but, wow…
  8. foreign policy
    Pompeo Prioritizes Arms Sales Over Civilian Lives in YemenAfter he was warned about jeopardizing weapons sales, the secretary of State overruled experts who said Saudi Arabia isn’t keeping civilians safe.
  9. north korea
    Pompeo Sets January 2021 Deadline for North Korea DenuclearizationGood luck with that.
  10. state department
    Mike Pompeo Has Launched a War on Misplaced CommasThe secretary of state is apparently a stickler for proper punctuation.
  11. immigration
    Last Year’s Refugee Cap Was the Lowest Ever. Trump Just Cut It By a Third.The U.S. let nearly eight times as many refugees come in during 1980 as it will in the next year.
  12. foreign policy
    Pompeo: Saudis Are Definitely Trying to Commit Fewer Mass Murders in YemenPompeo’s certification clears the way for the U.S. to continue abetting a Saudi-led intervention, which has already killed thousands of civilians.
  13. north korea
    Trump Just Admitted That North Korea Isn’t Actually DenuclearizingThe president called off Mike Pompeo’s trip to North Korea, citing a lack of progress on denuclearization.
  14. 5 Takeaways and One Surprise From Mike Pompeo’s Congressional TestimonyThe secretary of State appeared before Congress to answer questions for the first time since the NATO and Helsinki summits.
  15. foreign policy
    Trump Slowly Realizing It’s North Korea’s Reality Show, Not HisThe president is getting frustrated about North Korea’s continued obfuscation as his fake peace deal with Kim Jong-un falls apart.
  16. Kim Jong-un Blew Off Mike Pompeo to Visit a Potato FarmThe North Korean leader was too busy looking over spuds and counting tractors to meet with Pompeo last weekend.
  17. North Korea Calls U.S. Diplomatic Posture ‘Regrettable’It turns out that getting the country to discard its nukes probably won’t be so easy — shocking no one who has been paying attention.
  18. Mike Pompeo Will Give Kim Jong-un Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ on CDIn their first meeting, the North Korean dictator told Trump he hadn’t heard the song that inspired Trump’s nickname for Kim.
  19. Mike Pompeo Will Give Kim Jong-un Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ on CDIn their first meeting, the North Korean dictator told Trump he hadn’t heard the song that inspired Trump’s nickname for Kim.
  20. Still No Clarity From White House on North Korea PlanBut at least we’re not at war yet.
  21. foreign policy
    Pompeo Tries to Clean Up Trump’s Messy Claims About North Korea SummitWhile the president was hazy on timeframes, Pompeo offered a clearer (yet unrealistic) aim: “major disarmament” by the end of Trump’s first term.
  22. foreign policy
    Trump Pushes a New International Order Based on U.S. BullyingThe administration thinks military might, and threatening to use it, are key. Iran and North Korea developments show the plan is off to a shaky start.
  23. Pompeo Unveils Hyperaggressive Iran Strategy That Hints at Regime ChangeA set of demands the secretary of State knows will go unfulfilled.
  24. foreign policy
    Pompeo Says North Korea Will Get Americans Instead of AidThe Trump administration apparently thinks the communist nation will accept capitalism in exchange for its nukes.
  25. foreign policy
    Pompeo Is Returning From North Korea With U.S. CaptivesKim Hak-song, Tony Kim, and Kim Dong-chul have been freed.
  26. Pompeo Confirmed As Secretary of State, With Seven Democratic VotesOnce Trump and Pompeo brought Rand Paul around, the hawkish CIA director’s confirmation was inevitable.
  27. Samantha Bee Provides a Thorough Introduction to ‘Racist Warmongering […]Here’s a clip from last night’s Full Frontal, where Samantha Bee offers up a comprehensive introduction to CIA director and Trump’s nominee for […]
  28. Rand Paul Will Vote to Confirm Pompeo (and His Own Fraudulence)The senator has decided to pretend that Trump’s hawkish pick for secretary of State is a secret libertarian isolationist.
  29. Senate Panel Poised to Reject Pompeo for Secretary of StateBut the CIA director is likely to get the promotion, anyway.
  30. It Turns Out Mike Pompeo Never Served in the Gulf WarIt seems like almost everyone was under the impression that he had.
  31. foreign policy
    With Pompeo-Kim Jong-un Meeting, Trump Underscores State Department IrrelevanceThe CIA director’s deep involvement in talks with the North Korean leader shows Trump has little regard for Senate or diplomatic procedure.
  32. Gina Haspel Actually Did Not Supervise CIA’s Most Notorious Use of WaterboardingNew reporting shows Gina Haspel was not at a black site when Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times. But there are other issues with her record.
  33. foreign policy
    No, Mike Pompeo Isn’t Going to Save the State DepartmentEven if Pompeo is capable of restoring the State Department to its former glory, it doesn’t appear that’s what Trump wants him to do.
  34. Mike Pompeo, Trump’s Pick for Secretary of State, Has a Problem With IslamA known Islamophobe serving as the nation’s top diplomat seems like a bad idea.
  35. Tillerson’s Firing Brings America Closer to War With North KoreaThe secretary’s departure suggests Trump will kill the Iran deal in May – and sabotage the prospects of diplomacy with North Korea in the process.
  36. Trump’s Choice to Lead CIA Oversaw ‘Black Site’ Interrogation ProgramGina Haspel reportedly oversaw the waterboarding of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and the destruction of interrogation tapes.
  37. foreign policy
    The Mess Rex Tillerson Is Leaving BehindHe has been fired as secretary of State. His legacy is chaos at the institution he ran.
  38. President Trump Fires Secretary of State Rex TillersonMike Pompeo will take his job ahead of talks with North Korea.
  39. Trump: Secretary of State I Constantly Undermine Will Not Be FiredThe secretary of State can, at least temporarily, go back to eviscerating his department.
  40. Trump to Put ‘Quartet of Warriors’ in Charge of Foreign PolicyRex Tillerson’s dismissal will be no surprise. But the military-heavy character of the new team that will ascend to power in his absence is ominous.
  41. charlottesville
    White House Tries and Fails to Defend Trump’s Ambiguity About CharlottesvilleMany sides are to blame for the haphazard defense of the president’s response to Charlottesville, but none more so than Trump himself.
  42. U.S. to Ban Travel to North Korea As Hawaii Begins to Prepare for the WorstU.S. passports used to travel to North Korea will soon be invalidated by the government.
  43. early and awkward
    Mike Pompeo Is Anti-WikiLeaks, Now That He’s CIA DirectorWhile he once promoted hacked DNC emails, now he thinks WikiLeaks is “a non-state hostile intelligence service” abetted by the likes of Russia.
  44. In Kansas, Republicans Are Panicking and Democrats Are Voting Their ResistanceThe special congressional election was supposed to be a GOP cakewalk. But now it could produce a huge upset.
  45. Republicans Suddenly Getting Nervous About a Special Election in KansasThe House district represented by Mike Pompeo looked unassailable just days ago. No more.
  46. trump transition
    Mike Pompeo Confirmed, Sworn in As CIA DirectorDemocrats raised concerns about his embrace of mass surveillance and comments he made about Muslims.
  47. Trumps Taps Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Mike Pompeo for CIAThe first two black attorneys general will be succeeded by a man who once “joked” that his only problem with the KKK was that “they smoked pot.”
  48. how tweet it is
    The Political Tweet Hall of ShameThe tweets from politicians that were bad enough to be deleted, and what they can teach us.