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Mike Pompeo

  1. vision 2020
    Pompeo’s Swing-State Appearances Look a Lot Like Campaigning for TrumpThe secretary of State has been touting the president’s agenda in key battlegrounds, violating norms and possibly the Hatch Act.
  2. tiktok
    What’s Going on With Trump’s TikTok Ban and the Microsoft Deal?As TikTok users continue to hold their looped breath, Microsoft is again trying to acquire the app after dealing with some Trump-prompted confusion.
  3. 2020 elections
    Biden’s Surge Could Flip the Senate — and Boost His PresidencyA rising tide from the top of the ticket may lift Democrats to control of the Senate, which would make a successful Biden administration more likely.
  4. inspector general purge
    Pompeo Says IG Should Have Been Fired ‘Some Time Ago’ But Won’t Say WhyThe secretary of state denies that he was retaliating against the inspector general, who was reportedly investigating him over multiple issues.
  5. politics
    Fired Inspector General Was Also Investigating Pompeo’s Saudi Arms SalePompeo claims he did not know inspector general Steve Linick was investigating him. Trump says he only needed to hear that Obama appointed him.
  6. coronavirus
    U.S. Foils G7 Consensus by Insisting on the Term ‘Wuhan Virus’: ReportThe Trump administration has again stymied the plans of the annual G7 — this time by teleconference.
  7. war
    50 U.S. Troops Diagnosed With Brain Injuries As a Result of Iran StrikesLast week, Trump dismissed the soldiers’ injuries as “headaches” that were “not very serious.”
  8. the national interest
    Pompeo Dares Veteran Foreign Correspondent to Find Ukraine on Map (She Does)Secretary of State has wild meltdown with Mary Louise Kelly.
  9. mike pompeo
    Mike Pompeo Isn’t Riding to the Rescue in KansasTrump’s other Kansas buddy, Kris Kobach, could well blow another statewide election for Republicans, one that could even lose them Senate control.
  10. iran
    Mike Pompeo: Expected Iranian Retaliation Is Just a ‘Little Noise’It’s already pretty noisy: Since Soleimani’s death, Iran withdrew from the nuclear deal, Iraq wants U.S. forces out, and the U.S. expects retaliation.
  11. world view
    Trump’s Israeli Settlement Reversal Is About What’s Good for Him, Not the LawThere’s scant evidence that the U.S. examined “all sides of the legal debate,” but altering the longstanding policy has domestic advantages for Trump.
  12. the national circus
    Frank Rich: Trump’s Wrecking-Ball Impeachment DefenseHis brand is chaos. What does that look like when our very constitutional order is at stake?
  13. politics
    Trump May Tap Pompeo to Pull Double Duty as National Security Adviser: ReportIf Pompeo replaces Bolton, it wouldn’t be the first time one man served as secretary of State and national security adviser simultaneously.
  14. kris kobach
    Kris Kobach Senate Run Could Be Good News for DemocratsOne of 2018’s big losers may be readying a comeback.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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…
  22. 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.
  23. north korea
    Pompeo Sets January 2021 Deadline for North Korea DenuclearizationGood luck with that.
  24. state department
    Mike Pompeo Has Launched a War on Misplaced CommasThe secretary of state is apparently a stickler for proper punctuation.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. Still No Clarity From White House on North Korea PlanBut at least we’re not at war yet.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. Pompeo Unveils Hyperaggressive Iran Strategy That Hints at Regime ChangeA set of demands the secretary of State knows will go unfulfilled.
  37. 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.
  38. foreign policy
    Pompeo Is Returning From North Korea With U.S. CaptivesKim Hak-song, Tony Kim, and Kim Dong-chul have been freed.
  39. 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.
  40. 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 […]
  41. 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.
  42. Senate Panel Poised to Reject Pompeo for Secretary of StateBut the CIA director is likely to get the promotion, anyway.
  43. It Turns Out Mike Pompeo Never Served in the Gulf WarIt seems like almost everyone was under the impression that he had.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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