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Krishnadev Calamur is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees news coverage. He is a former editor and reporter at NPR and the author of Murder in Mumbai.
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Shooting Reported Near the White House

May 20, 2016 A shooting has been reported outside the White House, which has been placed on lockdown. The president was not in the compound at the time. Vice President Joe Biden was in the complex at the time of the incident, but is “secure,” his representative told ABC News. Both CNN and...

Can the U.S. and Russia Revive the Syrian Peace Talks?

May 17, 2016 The U.S. and Russia are among 17 countries meeting in Vienna that are looking to restart talks between the Syrian government and some rebel groups. The aim of the talks is to restore a cease-fire and deliver humanitarian aid to besieged towns. That, it is hoped, will persuade opposition group...

West Point Won't Punish Cadets Seen in Photograph With Their Fists Raised

May 11, 2016 The U.S. Military Academy at West Point will not punish 16 graduating African-American female cadets seen in a photograph with their fists raised—an action that prompted speculation they were celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement. But the officer who investigated the photograph after interviewing the women and others said he...

Obama to Make a Historic Visit to Hiroshima

May 10, 2016 Barack Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, the Japanese city whose targeting by the U.S. with an atomic bomb in 1945 precipitated Japan’s surrender in World War II. Here’s an excerpt from a White House statement issued Tuesday: [T]he President will make an historic visit...

The American Casualties in the Fight Against ISIS

May 4, 2016 More than 4,000 American troops died in the eight-plus years of the Iraq War that ended in 2011. But over the past year or so, the U.S. has introduced small numbers of special-operations forces and others to advise and support Iraqi troops in their fight against the Islamic State. Three...

Obama to Visit Flint Wednesday

May 4, 2016 President Obama will travel Wednesday to Flint, Michigan, a city whose lead-tainted drinking water has made it a symbol of crumbling infrastructure. It'll be Pres Obama's 18th visit to Michigan today but first to Flint, fo hear about the response to & impact of the lead-tainted water. — Mark Knoller...

An American Service Member Is Killed in Iraq

May 3, 2016 A U.S. service member has been killed near Irbil, Iraq, Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed on Tuesday. "It is a combat death, of course,” Carter said in Stuttgart, Germany, where is he for a NATO meeting. “And a very sad loss.” Separately, Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led mission in Iraq,...

North Korea Sentences an American to 10 Years in Prison

April 29, 2016 North Korea sentenced a Seoul-born U.S. citizen to 10 years of hard labor for alleged subversion and espionage activities, Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency, reported Friday. Xinhua, one of the few foreign news organizations with a bureau in Pyongyang, reported that Kim Dong-chul of Fairfax, Virginia, “was charged with plotting...

U.S. Forces Are Syria-Bound

April 25, 2016 Up to 250 U.S. troops, including Special Forces, will join the Special Forces already in Syria to train and assist local fighters combating ISIS, President Obama said Monday in Hannover, Germany. “Make no mistake, these terrorists will learn the lessons others before them have, which is: Your hatred is no...

The Growing Cost of North Carolina's HB2

April 22, 2016 Adam Silver, the league’s commissioner, made his comments with reporters on Thursday. Adam Silver says the NBA has been clear that if the status quo in North Carolina remains in place the All-Star Game would have to be moved. — Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) April 21, 2016 Among other things, HB2,...