Checking Trump: What do the midterms mean for the world?

Americans cast their votes in the country’s midterm elections on November 6.  As predicted, President Donald Trump’s Republican party held on to the Senate, but the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives. What does a split legislature mean for the administration’s foreign policy agenda? And what should the rest of the world take…

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Another U.S. neighbor is moving closer to legal weed after a ruling from Mexico’s Supreme Court last week that establishes a precedent for courts across the country, Axios’ Diego Rodriguez writes. Why it matters: Fernando Belaunzarán, a former Mexican congressman and drug legalization activist, told Axios that the court’s ruling that three plaintiffs must be…

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A tiny tropical nation hopes to set an example for the world on two crucial challenges: reversing authoritarianism and standing up to China. Why it matters: Democracy appears to be returning to the Maldives six years after the country’s first, short-lived democratic government was toppled. In an election last month that was widely expected to…

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Report after report implicates Saudi agents in the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and no credible alternative explanation has emerged. The question is becoming whether his disappearance fundamentally changes the U.S.-Saudi relationship and if not, why? Why it matters: The Trump administration, led by Jared Kushner, has placed a massive bet on Crown Prince…

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Two men with large international profiles and powerful enemies vanished. Two repressive regimes were reportedly responsible. Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and insider-turned-critic who wrote a Washington Post column from exile, vanished after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday. Two days later, Interpol President Meng Hongwei was reported missing while traveling in China.…

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Americans are narrowly in favor of President Trump’s renegotiation of NAFTA (50% approve, 45% oppose) but the balance swings the other way when it comes to moving ahead on a deal that excludes Canada, with 49% opposed and 46% in favor. The bigger picture: Approval of Trump’s approach to trade almost exactly matches his overall…

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