As Democrats eye the Southern battleground, high turnout will be crucial for them, and that means persuading nonvoters to participate. But experts warn that changing electorates is hard and complicated.
Edward WongThis is an important story by @AsteadWesley that examines the complexities of electoral demographics and getting out the vote in 2020 and future years. Pair it with the @Nate_Cohn story today about the surprising poll stats in the Sun Belt.
There is no evidence that the former vice president was involved in or profited from a joint venture pursued by his son and brother.
Edward Wong"There is no evidence that the former vice president was involved in or profited from a joint venture pursued by his son and brother.” Fact-checking the China-related insinuations pushed by Trump & allies. By @EricLiptonNYT@kenvogel@maggieNYT.
America’s deeply polarized politics have marked foreign policy, too, undermining Washington’s authority and reputation for reliability.
Edward Wong"Even if civility can be restored, a fundamental trust has been broken, and many European diplomats and experts believe that U.S. foreign policy is no longer bipartisan, so is no longer reliable.” By @StevenErlanger.
Since 2016, the Falun Gong-backed newspaper has used aggressive Facebook tactics and right-wing misinformation to create an anti-China, pro-Trump media empire.
Edward Wong.@nytimes investigation: How Epoch Times, a Falun Gong-backed newspaper, has infected the info ecosystem. It peddles pro-Trump conspiracies to millions. Online audience is equal to that of Daily Caller or Breitbart. Facebook is key tool. By @kevinroose.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said officials continued to investigate the episodes, which began in 2016, but diplomats and C.I.A. officers have accused the administration of a cover-up.
Edward WongUS still has no answers on mystery illnesses of diplomats & spies in China, Cuba & elsewhere, @SecPompeo says. @nytimes & GQ found Trump admin mistreated victims & hid info — potential Russian role. w/ @jakesNYT. cc: @juliaioffe.
In 2016, diplomats at the United States Embassy in Havana were mysteriously stricken. Was it an attack? There is no official explanation, but the episode has played a big role in America’s current political disengagement with Cuba.
American officials in China, Cuba and Russia say U.S. agencies are concealing the true extent of the episodes, leaving colleagues vulnerable to hostile actions abroad.
Edward WongNEW: US diplomats & spies say Trump administration has concealed info on mystery attacks abroad in which Russia is a suspect. We found new episodes w/ CIA officers in Moscow & elsewhere — similar to Cuba & China crises. w/ @AnaSwanson@julianbarnes.
American officials said China had insisted that the Justice Department not proceed with cases against the arrested scholars, who are in the Chinese military and face charges of visa fraud.
Edward WongChinese officials have told Trump administration that China might detain Americans if Justice Dept. prosecutes Chinese scholars. The scholars were charged with failing to disclose their membership in Chinese military on visa forms. Confirms WSJ report.
So many parents have been locked up that officials struggle to cope with the left-behind children
Edward Wong"So many parents have been locked up that officials struggle to cope with the left-behind children.” The Economist cover story this week by @gadyepstein, on the internment camps holding Uighurs and other ethnic minority Muslims in Xinjiang, China.
While the Asia-Pacific region treads water until a coronavirus vaccine is found, the West's biggest economies are drowning as a second wave firmly establishes itself in Europe.
Edward WongUS and some Western European nations remain disaster zones, while countries in parts of Asia are moving on with “normal” life after successfully tamping down the new coronavirus. A self-defeating orientalist mindset is paralyzing Americans and Europeans. cnn.com/2020/10/12/eur…pic.twitter.com/ojLdw9Mbul
The president is hospitalized and reporters are fighting for basic facts. What should elderly leaders — many of America’s top politicians are over 80 — reveal about their health?
Edward WongThe new @npfandos story about Sen. Dianne Feinstein and questions over her work at age 87 is an example of a type of delicate but necessary reporting that DC journalists have often avoided doing, according to this @benyt piece from last week.
Edward WongIn time for Halloween: the subject of @HillaryClinton emails is back, thanks to Trump & @SecPompeo. Who wants to tell Pompeo that the State Dept. that he runs exonerated Clinton on the question of classified info after a 3-year inquiry? By @jakesNYT.
An old woman leaves a pot of food on a rock outside her daughter’s house. A century later, others roll trays of meals to people with Covid-19.
Edward Wong“In times to come, when we are all gone, people not yet born will walk in the sunshine of their own days because of what women and men did at this hour to feed the sick, to heal and to comfort.” The final column by Jim Dwyer, a brilliant writer now passed.
That study about dexamethasone has arrived with a big asterisk: While it appears to help severely ill patients, it harms others.
Edward WongThis earlier @nytimes story on dexamethasone — its uses and its dangers — points to the severity of covid-19 in those who end up taking the drug. Conley said today that doctors gave it to a Trump.
For the next debate, some Trump supporters want the president’s demeanor to undergo a wholesale makeover.
Edward WongFor the next debates, some Trump allies suddenly want Trump to transform into a person he has not been for at least the last 5 years. Have they watched any of his press conferences or rallies? It’s hard to imagine people were surprised by what they saw.
The outspoken conservative envoy, Pete Hoekstra, has been criticized for hosting a fund-raiser for a Dutch populist party at the U.S. Embassy.
Edward WongPete Hoekstra, US ambassador to the Netherlands and a former GOP Congressman from Michigan, co-hosted a fundraiser for a far-right Dutch political party. That violates diplomatic protocol and the Vienna Convention. By @StevenErlanger.