Clare Foran

lare Foran Clare Foran is an associate editor at The Atlantic. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic Cities, Philadelphia City Paper and NPR's science and technology blog, All Tech Considered. Clare is originally from Buffalo, N.Y., and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History.
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The White House Dismisses Reports of Possible Russian Collusion

March 24, 2017 White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday dismissed a recent CNN report claiming the FBI has information to suggest Trump associates may have worked with Russian operatives in an attempt to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Spicer argued that the report was flimsy and, by its own admission, offered no...

The White House Is Still Standing by Trump’s Wiretap Accusation

March 20, 2017 White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated on Monday that President Trump is sticking with his allegations that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, even after FBI Director James Comey insisted earlier in the day that he himself has “no information” to support that claim. During a House Intelligence Committee...

What Is the Logan Act and What Does It Have to Do With Flynn?

February 15, 2017 The controversy over former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States has revived interest in an obscure 18th century federal law known as the Logan Act. On Monday evening, Flynn resigned after reports that he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with the...

Trump's Digital Presidential Takeover

January 20, 2017 Donald Trump is officially America’s new president—and the digital transfer of power has proceeded quickly. The official White House website now displays a photo of Trump and a quote from the 45th president himself that reads: “The Movement Continues—The Work Begins!” Bios for Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as...

U.S. Law Enforcement Fatalities Increased in 2016

December 30, 2016 Deadly shootings and ambush attacks contributed to a five-year high in law-enforcement fatalities in the United States in 2016, according to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. There were 135 officers killed on the job this year, and gun-related incidents...

Will Rick Perry Promote Science at the Department of Energy?

December 14, 2016 It became known as Rick Perry’s “oops” moment: Standing on stage at a Republican presidential debate in 2011, the then-Texas governor couldn’t recallthe third government agency he wanted to eliminate. Perry named the Departments of Commerce and Education, but forgot the Department of Energy, which he clarified later in the...

The Trump Administration Starts to Take Shape

November 14, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump’s administration is starting to take shape. In a statement on Sunday, Trump announced that Reince Priebus, the chair of the Republican National Committee, will serve as White House chief of staff. Steve Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, a conservative website that has promoted white...

John Kerry Calls Bombing of Aleppo ‘Beyond the Pale’

September 29, 2016 The conflict in Syria has grown increasingly dire as diplomatic efforts to stem the tide of violence come up short. On Thursday, the Russian government rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s demand for an end to bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo, a key battleground in the fight...

CIA Director Calls 9/11 Legislation 'Badly Misguided'

September 29, 2016 CIA Director John Brennan warned against the national security risks of legislation that would allow families of victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. “I think the legislation is badly misguided and doesn’t take into account the negative impact on...

Federal Agency to God: Prove You're Real

September 1, 2016 The Federal Election Commission has a few questions for God, Satan, and the Ghost of Ronald Reagan, all of whom have filed paperwork to run for office this election cycle. This implausible scenario is part of a policy aimed at dealing with an influx of suspicious-sounding presidential candidate names. It’s...

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