Biden sees exodus of Black staffers and some frustration among those who remain

At least 21 Black staffers have left the White House since late last year or are planning to leave soon. Some of those who remain say it’s no wonder why: They describe a work environment with little support from their superiors and fewer chances for promotion. The departures have been so pronounced that, according to…

The Putinologist: CIA chief’s long history with Putin gives him special insight

Half of Washington, D.C., is in the business of analyzing Vladimir Putin’s every word and move these days. But when CIA Director William Burns speaks of the Russian leader, an autocrat waging a brutal war on Ukraine, his words carry unusual weight. Putin is the epitome of a “peculiarly Russian combination of qualities”: “cocky, cranky,…

Strange Bedfellows: Farmers and Big Greens square off against Biden and the GOP

HARDIN COUNTY, Iowa — Kathy Stockdale is no climate activist. The corn and soybean grower and conservative Christian says God controls the weather — “not the carbon dioxide.” Until now, Stockdale and her husband Ray couldn’t imagine linking arms with the Sierra Club, a critic of the corn ethanol industry and an environmental ally of…

How FEMA helps white and rich Americans escape floods

WILSON, N.C. — City planner John Morck had an ambitious plan to fix a chronic flood problem — and a racial injustice. Decades ago, officials in this former tobacco-farming town built public housing next to a creek that overflowed, causing the barracks-style apartments to flood repeatedly. The city of Wilson condemned 52 buildings in 2017,…

Tucker Carlson Calls Him the Future of the GOP. First He Has to Get Elected.

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Blake Masters steps in front of the hundred-person crowd at a barbecue here, two-year-old son balanced in one hand and microphone in the other, awaiting what could be the most important phone call of his life. The event is billed as a “debate” with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, one of the…

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