11.21.2018 | The Editors
ESSENTIAL #1: “IN PARDONING SAUDI ARABIA, TRUMP GIVES GUIDANCE TO AUTOCRATS” MARK MAZZETTI AND BEN HUBBARD, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “President Trump has long viewed foreign policy as a series of business deals, stripped of values and idealism. But his 633-word statement on Tuesday about the brutal killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi showed the extent to which he believes that raw, mercantilist calculations should guide the United States’ decisions about the Middle East and the wider world.
Mr. Trump made clear that he sees alliances as transactional, based on which foreign partners buy the most weapons. American jobs outweigh American values. And all countries act abhorrently, so an American president should never hold friends to different standards than enemies.
Tuesday’s message could become something of a blueprint for foreign leaders — a guide to how they might increase their standing in the eyes of the American president as well as how far they can go in crushing domestic critics without raising American ire.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “YEMEN CRISIS: 85,000 CHILDREN ‘DEAD FROM MALNUTRITION’” BBC NEWS
From the article: “An estimated 85,000 children under the age of five may have died from acute malnutrition in three years of war in Yemen, a leading charity says.
The number is equivalent to the entire under-five population in the UK's second largest city of Birmingham, Save the Children adds.
The UN warned last month that up to 14m Yemenis are on the brink of famine.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “THE ONLY DEMOCRAT PUBLICLY CONSIDERING CHALLENGING NANCY PELOSI WILL NOT RUN FOR SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE” LISSANDRA VILLA, BUZZFEED NEWS
From the article: “Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, the only Democrat publicly considering challenging Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the house, announced Tuesday she will endorse Pelosi after the leader gave her a plum committee spot.
Fudge’s endorsement came immediately following an announcement from Pelosi that she intends to restore a subcommittee focused on elections and name Fudge as the chair in the new Congress, in an apparent attempt to stave off the potential challenge.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “EVANGELICALS, LOOKING TO 2020, FACE THE LIMITS OF THEIR BASE” ELIZABETH DIAS, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “After Democrats delivered a resounding counterpunch to President Trump at the polls, one of his most reliable voting blocs — social conservatives — now faces the repercussions of its uncompromising support for Mr. Trump’s agenda.
That result is mixed: Social conservatives are celebrating a slightly expanded Republican majority in the Senate, which advances their top priority, confirming conservative judges, as well as their anti-abortion rights agenda. But steep Republican losses in the House, particularly in suburban areas, have some strategists reflecting on how to proceed as they pivot their efforts to re-electing Mr. Trump in 2020.”