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Trump Is Scaring Indian Americans Into Finding Their Political Voice

Especially with the recent violent attacks against a Sikh man in Washington, an Indian immigrant in South Carolina, and two Indian engineers in Kansas, Indian Americans have found themselves jolted out of this comfortable liminal space.

Read Here – The Atlantic

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Two Months Out Of Office, Barack Obama Is Having A Post-Presidency Like No Other

Not only are the Obamas still young and unusually popular for a post-White House couple, their decision to stay in Washington while their younger daughter finishes high school has combined with the compulsion of the new Trump administration to keep pulling them back into the spotlight.

Read Here – The Washington Post

Who Can Tell the Emperor When He Has No Clothes?

When Trump believes something, instinctually, there appear to be only three possibilities. He is already correct. He will be proven to have been correct at some point in the future. Or he may simply insist—as in the case of the Iraq War—that he had always subscribed to whatever view is later proven right.

Read Here – The Atlantic

Donald Trump Is Not Having Fun

Why is Trump so out of sorts? It could be that he’s simply found, in fire-and-brimstone Donald, his latest role. Yet it seems equally likely that Trump has stumbled into an Aesop’s fable of his own making. Having received what he so fervently wished for, he’s now found that leading the free world is a miserable chore.

Read Here – Slate

(U.S. Secretary Of State) Rex Tillerson Is Still Acting Like A C.E.O.

In the sort of diplomacy that Tillerson must conduct now, secret talks certainly have their place; for example, in forging breakthroughs like President Nixon’s opening to China or President Obama’s to Cuba. More routinely, however, diplomatic success requires using interviews, press conferences, social media, and speeches to address and shape public and legislative opinion simultaneously in multiple countries, including the United States.

Read Here – The New Yorker

Trump Won’t Allow You To Use iPads Or Laptops On Certain Airlines. Here’s Why.

It may not be about security. Three of the airlines that have been targeted for these measures — Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways — have long been accused by their U.S. competitors of receiving massive effective subsidies from their governments. These airlines have been quietly worried for months that President Trump was going to retaliate. This may be the retaliation.

Read Here – The Washington Post

The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard Of

Despite its lack of name recognition, the NGA’s (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) headquarters is the third-largest building in the Washington metropolitan area, bigger than the CIA headquarters and the U.S. Capitol. Completed in 2011 at a cost of $1.4 billion, the main building measures four football fields long and covers as much ground as two aircraft carriers.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Being Indian In Trump’s America

The incitement sixteen years ago was 9/11. Today it is Donald Trump. The President’s nationalistic rhetoric and scapegoating of racial others, not to mention his habitual reliance on unverified information, have sown panic among immigrants.

Read Here – The New Yorker

The Most Shocking Thing about Trump So Far: How Boring He’s Been

Rather than turn the world upside down, Donald Trump might do little more than sustain and stabilize the liberal order that emerged after World War II. That will shock those who expect the new president to shock the world. Their predictions range from hot wars to reckless acts of statecraft to utter isolationism. But presidential rhetoric aside, the early signs suggest Trump is pursuing a defense and foreign policy that looks tediously mainstream.

Read Here – The National Interest

U.S. Vice President Pence Is Quietly Becoming A Foreign Policy Power Player

The role and influence of the vice president, not enshrined in any law, is determined in any administration by three things: his direct relationship with the president, his building of a personal portfolio of issues, and the effectiveness of his team. When it comes to foreign policy, Vice President Pence is quietly succeeding on all three fronts.

Read Here – The Washington Post

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