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What Corey Lewandowski told us about Donald Trump’s Rolls-Royce

11 hours 6 min ago

Corey Lewandowski walked into the St. Regis Hotel Wednesday morning clutching a big can of Monster energy drink. Lewandowski could not have been more engaging with the 36 reporters in the room. Lewandowski, who remains a Trump confidant despite his firing in June 2016, even gave us a funny anecdote about the president and his love of driving.

A champion of foster children in need of permanent families

August 19, 2018 - 5:00am

When John Thomas and his wife, Jane, were looking to adopt, they initially were searching for a child between the ages of 3 and 5. “We learned about the unfortunate statistics of what happens to children who age out in the system: Homelessness, addiction, incarceration and mental health issues,” says Mr. Thomas in an email interview. After conducting many online searches and attending an adoption event, Thomas and his wife adopted three siblings who had, at various times, been separated while in the foster care system.

Can surfing lift all boats in one impoverished Salvadoran community?

August 18, 2018 - 5:00am

Marcelo Castellanos was 15 years old when he first came up with an idea about how to help the impoverished communities on El Salvador’s Pacific coast, where he was spending all his free time surfing. El Salvador was already recognized for having some of the best “point breaks” in the world, to use a surfing term. The young Mr. Castellanos emailed an international surfing organization and asked if he could start a local chapter.

Readers write: Enriching poetry, insight into interpreters, following Mars news, straws and sea life, local impact of controversy

August 18, 2018 - 4:00am

Danny Heitman’s review in the July 9 & 16 issue of Ted Kooser’s new book of poetry, “Kindest Regards,” was uplifting to read. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test? How about a piece on the two interpreters who were in the room with President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when they met in June?

As Imran Khan takes office, military looms over plan for 'New Pakistan'

August 17, 2018 - 2:39pm

When Pakistan installs Imran Khan as its new prime minister Saturday, the cricket star-turned-populist politician will be wearing an old sherwani, or traditional coat-length garment. As part of his bid to demonstrate frugality and a new path for Pakistan’s leadership, Mr. Khan plans to forego the crisp new sherwani traditionally crafted for the ceremonial swearing-in by one of Islamabad’s go-to tailors to the political elite. The gesture seems to fit a politician who ran on a slogan of “New Pakistan,” and attracted the support of down-on-politics millennials and a besieged middle class by promising an end to the country’s rife corruption, nepotism, and political-party patronage.

Amid 'summer of the gun,' Canada sees US firearms debate creeping north

August 17, 2018 - 11:44am

This might sound like a familiar storyline in the United States. While streets in Canada are much less violent and its debate about guns much less virulent than in the US, many see an American “creep,” both in the prevalence of guns and the polarization around them. As the government weighs tighter restrictions, some are calling into question the comfort Canada has long taken in its relative peace compared with the US.

Russia takes a new look at an old enemy: Genghis Khan

August 17, 2018 - 8:45am

In the south of Buryatia, near the present-day border with Mongolia, there is a mountain-sized rock outcropping known locally as the Merkit Fortress, which looks out over the arid, rolling steppe that gradually fades into the Gobi Desert a few hundred miles away. Taking the name Genghis Khan, which means “universal ruler,” he flung his vast army of highly disciplined, horse-mounted shock troops to the south and west, conquering China, most of Central Asia and the Middle East, present-day Russia, and parts of Eastern Europe. At its peak the Mongol Empire was the largest contiguous land empire in history, and it left its imprint everywhere.

Can tourist meccas beat the heat?

August 17, 2018 - 7:36am

For Christopher Warren, global warming has gotten uncomfortably up close and personal. Dr. Warren and his wife run Crystal Creek Meadows, a rural get-away tourist resort a couple of hours outside Sydney, Australia. Weird weather in Europe this summer – temperatures topped 114 in Portugal and British beaches rivaled the Mediterranean Riviera – has made theoretical climate-change models a stifling reality for tourists from around the world.

Stark revelations: For Catholics, an excruciating new test of faith

August 16, 2018 - 3:17pm

It was an extraordinary opening for a grand jury report. The investigative commission in Pennsylvania, setting aside in many ways the sober-minded law enforcement tone of “just-the-facts,” could only express its own horror and sense of urgency at the catalog of abuses they presented, and the relentless and widespread culture of casual cover-ups within one of the globe’s most powerful religions. “There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church.

What's behind Saudi Arabia's summer of discontent?

August 16, 2018 - 2:16pm

For Saudi watchers, the headlines out of the kingdom this summer – women’s activists jailed, clerics silenced, a diplomatic row with Canada – have been perplexing, even jarring. After all, despite Saudi Arabia’s failing war in Yemen, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has an iron grip on power in the oil-rich kingdom and no serious internal rivals and remains in control over one of the wealthiest economies in the world. Within the Saudi government, the crown prince controls the economy, defense, military, and foreign policy portfolios.

Meanwhile in ... Victoria, Seychelles, stray dogs are being paired with prison inmates

August 16, 2018 - 4:00am

Mexico City, traffic is notoriously frustrating. With a series of choreographed dances (to music ranging from “Swan Lake” to Michael Jackson’s “Rock With Me”), performers leap into the street as the streetlight changes and dance for exactly 58 seconds (the duration of the red light). “We never thought this was going to have this kind of impact,” one of the dancers, Manuela Ospina Castro, told The Associated Press.

What price loyalty? How cast-aside aides retain Trump's ear

August 15, 2018 - 3:34pm

What's the difference between Omarosa Manigault Newman and Corey Lewandowski? Loyalty to the boss – Donald Trump – who hired and fired you.

In Brazil's poorest state, flood of Venezuelans tests limits of compassion

August 15, 2018 - 3:19pm

It’s an increasingly common sight in Roraima, Brazil’s poorest and smallest state, which is situated in the Amazon and shares a border with Venezuela. As humanitarian, economic, and political crises have intensified across their country, tens of thousands of Venezuelans have crossed into Brazil seeking medical attention, food, and opportunity. “Things in Venezuela have changed,” says Jesús Quispe, a former member of Venezuela’s armed forces, as he lines up for the bare-bones breakfast.

Monitor grapples with gender balance in sourcing

August 15, 2018 - 2:08pm

Journalism is built on sources. Reporters count on experts and ordinary citizens to bring nuance and humanity to news events. The sources that reporters select shape the tone and direction of a story.

How to be a philanthropist while you’re on the job

August 15, 2018 - 5:00am

This column is part of an occasional series about how you, too, can make a difference. It is written by the head of our partner organization UniversalGiving, which helps people give and volunteer in more than 100 countries.

What sanctions on Turkey say about Trump's brand of diplomacy

August 14, 2018 - 2:03pm

President Trump has proven to be a fan of economic sanctions and penalties. Recommended: Did Turkey end its state of emergency or make it permanent? Such use of economic punishment to try to influence the actions of a friend and ally is at least unusual, experts in international sanctions say, if not unprecedented.

An alignment for peace in Afghanistan

August 14, 2018 - 1:17pm

Over the past year, the long war in Afghanistan has seen no strategic breakthroughs. This includes strengthening the Afghan government and its security forces while eliminating any terrorism threat, especially from the Afghan branch of Islamic State (ISIS). It is working closely with President Ashraf Ghani, who has made courageous gestures toward the Taliban and a peace process.

Desperate for officers, a Georgia police chief hits the road

August 14, 2018 - 11:49am

Recently, a 911 call from the other side of the spectrum reached Chief Wallace’s dispatcher: a mom requesting an officer to talk to her 7-year-old, who refused to go to school. Decent pay, sometimes quirky but always critical work, and keys to a take-home cruiser are among the perks to being a Floyd County Police Department officer – 53 deputized men and women patrolling 500 square miles of Appalachian highlands. Like thousands of small-town and big-city police chiefs across the US, Wallace says his biggest challenge isn’t busting counterfeiters or conducting manhunts – at least not of the traditional sort.

In a rough part of the US capital, an endeavor to unlock children’s potential

August 14, 2018 - 5:00am

After earning her master’s degree, Robin Berkley spent more than a decade working on education policy and programming. Once a week after hours, she’d walk from her office across the National Mall to tutor Devin. “I just got really moved by working with children and getting to go from the 50,000-foot ether, where you’re basically trying to support, inform, and influence people at the state level, to seeing the end result,” Ms. Berkley says.

Got a story to tell (or sell)? Better back it up with a tape

August 13, 2018 - 3:16pm

Some years ago, I accidentally carried a tape recorder into an interview with a senior national-security official in a secure US government building. US presidents, of course, have been responsible for the most – and probably most consequential – secret recordings of unguarded political conversations.