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‘The sleeper cells have awoken’: Trump and aides shaken by ‘resistance’ op-ed I Today's Top Headline I The Washington Post

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washingtonpost.com PhilipRuckerWP President Trump and his aides reacted with indignation Wednesday to an unsigned opinion column from a senior official blasting the president’s “amorality” and launched a frantic hunt for the author, who claims to be part of a secret “resistance” inside the government protecting the nation from its commander in chief. The extraordinary column, published anonymously in the New York Times , surfaced one day after the first excerpts emerged from Bob Woodward’s new book, in which Trump’s top advisers painted a devastating portrait of the president and described a “crazytown” atmosphere inside the White House. Taken together, they landed like a thunder clap, portraying Trump as a danger to the country that elected him and feeding the president’s paranoia about whom around him he can trust. Trump reacted to the column with “volcanic” anger and was “absolutely livid” over what he considered a

Trump gears up to strip more clearances from officials tied to Russia investigation I The Washington Post I Today's Top Headline

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washingtonpost.com President Trump has told advisers that he is eager to strip more security clearances as part of an escalating attack against people who have criticized him or played a role in the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, two White House officials said.  Over the past 19 months, Trump has fired or threatened to take action against nearly a dozen current and former officials associated with the inquiry, which he has labeled a “rigged witch hunt,” including former FBI director James B. Comey, former deputy attorney general Sally Yates and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. All three were dismissed. Trump  intensified his attacks this week by stripping former CIA director John Brennan of his security clearance and announcing that others are under review. Brennan and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., who is on Trump’s review list, wer

Turkey’s currency plunge fans fears of new global financial crisis I Today's Top Headline I The Washington Post

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washingtonpost.com by David J. Lynch and Kareem Fahim A vendor offers Turkish flags for sale at a market in Istanbul on Aug. 13, 2018, as Turkey's central bank announced a series of measures to free up cash for banks. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP) August 13 at 8:16 PM Email the author Turkey’s plight deepened on Monday as the lira fell to new lows and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s refusal to abandon his unorthodox economic policies left investors fearing a new global financial crisis. Turkey and other countries that borrowed freely when dollars were plentiful and cheap now face soaring debt payments they may no longer be able to make. Such worries mounted as the plunging lira dragged down currencies in developing countries such as South Africa, Argentina, Mexico and Indonesia. On Wall Street, trading screens glowed red as stock market losses that started in Asia spread across North America and E

Why the Vatican continues to struggle with sex abuse scandals I Europe I The Washington Post

washingtonpost.com August 12 at 6:53 PM Email the author VATICAN CITY — With revelation after revelation, a new wave of sexual abuse scandals is rocking the Roman Catholic Church and presenting Pope Francis with the greatest crisis of his papacy. In Chile, prosecutors have raided church offices, seized documents and accused leaders of a coverup. In Australia, top church figures are facing detention and trials. And in the United States, after the resignation of a cardinal, questions are swirling about a hierarchy that looked the other way and protected him for years. The church has had more than three decades — since notable abuse cases first became public — to safeguard victims, and itself, against such system failures. And, in the past five years, many Catholics have looked to Francis as a figure who could modernize the church and help it regain its credibility. But Francis’s track record in handling abuse is mixed, somethi