close Video Who is Gina Haspel, the first woman to lead the CIA? From Mike Pompeo to Gina Haspel, a look at the CIA's newest director who's breaking the glass ceiling. President Trump’s pick to head the CIA is a seasoned spymaster who has avoided the limelight during a 32-year career that has included stints running overseas “black sites” where dangerous terrorists were waterboarded. Gina Haspel, 61, was confirmed by the Senate on May 17, which means she can officially take command of the spy agency from Mike Pompeo, who Trump nominated as Secretary of State after firing Rex Tillerson. She has won praise from Washington insiders – including Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director Michael Hayden, but faced tough questions on the Hill about her connection to sites where waterboarding took place. The controversial practice, which simulates drowning, has been likened to torture but supporters say it has … [Read more...] about Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA’s first female director: 5 things to know about the career spymaster
Last season, Jaylen Brown walked out to his car after a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves to discover that his vehicle had been filled to the brim with popcorn. The prank would not have been out of place in another era or even another NBA city, but there was no room for it on Brad Stevens’s Boston Celtics. Stevens doesn’t allow rookie hazing. He wants the Celtics’ collection of young players to feel empowered, and the philosophy has paid off as Brown and Jayson Tatum power Boston ever deeper into the playoffs. “I want everybody here to feel like they have ownership, can put their finger on things, and have a voice,” Stevens said. “I think it’s really important to empower younger people, not break them down.” Tatum noted recently that he was glad the hazing restrictions exist, because he would “flip” if someone filled his car with kernels. Brown took the prank well, saying that he had planned on watching a movie that night … [Read more...] about 5 things that define a Brad Stevens-coached team
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Politics Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Philip Bump by Philip Bump Email the author May 17 at 12:04 PM Email the author Rudolph W. Giuliani, an attorney for President Trump, applauds during the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and Democracy at the Grand Hyatt on May 5 in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP) This is an odd case for former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani to have made in defense of President Trump and his 2016 campaign. GIULIANI on the Russia … [Read more...] about One thing, Rudy Giuliani: The Trump campaign *did* use it.
MEGHAN Markle's brother Thomas Jnr has reportedly given her his blessing - just weeks after writing a scathing letter claiming her relationship was a "fake fairy tale". The 51-year-old today said his sister would be the "perfect princess" - despite penning an astonishing letter to Prince Harry just weeks ago, warning that the nuptials would be the "biggest mistake in Royal Wedding history". The U-turn comes after 73-year-old Thomas Markle Sr blamed his ill-health on his son, saying that his heart attack had been caused by the scathing letter written by his son to his daughter. Thomas Jr, who has jetted into London ahead of the wedding despite not being invited, said he was "mortified" at reports his dad is blaming his letter for his heart attack - and has now heaped praise on Meghan, saying she was the "best thing to happen to the royals". What we know so far... Thomas Markle Sr, who lives in Mexico, believes he will not be able to attend the Royal Wedding to … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle’s brother Thomas Jnr says ‘she’s the best thing to happen to the royals’ just weeks after THAT scathing letter
President Trump prompted confusion when he tweeted Sunday about saving a Chinese telecommunications company, ZTE, and Chinese jobs — which seemed to go against his promise to be tough on China amid a huge trade deficit with the United States, and to save American jobs. However, his tweet and subsequent ones appear to be part of the second round of U.S.-China trade talks that will begin this week in Washington. The talks, which are scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday, are high-stakes and expected to involve some tough bargaining. Here are the top five things you need to know about the ZTE dispute: 1. First, what is ZTE? ZTE, which stands for Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment, is a Chinese multinational telecommunications company that provides wireless networks in China and makes smartphones, tablets, computers, and other products that are sold all over the world — not unlike Verizon in the U.S. ZTE is the fourth-largest seller of phones in the U.S. The company … [Read more...] about Top Five Things to Know About Chinese Company ZTE and Trump’s Tweets