Opinion | The Perils of Abstraction

“Show me what winning looks like.” This was how Senator Elizabeth Warren, in September’s Democratic presidential debate, described the appeal she has made “every time one of the generals come through” as she sought to understand by what measure our military intervention in Afghanistan could be considered a success. In place of an abstraction — “success” — she wanted something […]

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Opinion | Let’s Talk About Bloomberg While We Still Can

Gail Collins: Congratulations, Bret. Michael Bloomberg just stuck his toe in the presidential race. I’m sure he was inspired by our last conversation in which you pleaded for a Bloomberg candidacy. I loved your argument that he had “nothing to lose except 2 percent” of his net worth. Think it’s really going to happen? Bret Stephens: Who knew I had […]

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Nigerian 'unicorn' Interswitch sells stake to Visa

LAGOS (Reuters) – Visa Inc (V.N) plans to acquire a “significant minority” stake in payments platform Interswitch, the Nigeria-based company said on Tuesday. Interswitch did not provide financial details in its statement but a source confirmed media reports that Visa would buy a 20% stake for $200 million. That would value Interswitch at $1 billion, giving it “unicorn” status – […]

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Yael Eisenstat: 'As long as Facebook prioritises profit, it cannot avoid damaging democracies'

I joined Facebook in June 2018 as its ‘head of global elections integrity ops’ in the company’s business integrity organisation, focused specifically on political advertising. I had spent much of my career working to strengthen and defend democracy – including freedom of speech – as an intelligence officer, diplomat and White House adviser. Now I had the opportunity to help […]

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Opinion | Nikki Haley Ignores the Real Problem in the White House

Nikki Haley, the former ambassador to the United Nations, has been causing quite a stir with her new memoir, in which she recounts how, during her time in the Trump administration, other top officials lobbied her to help them undermine the president. In “With All Due Respect,” Ms. Haley writes that Rex Tillerson, then the secretary of state, and John […]

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Opinion | It’s College Application Time

More from our inbox: To the Editor: Re “After a College Applicant Hits ‘Send’” (Family, nytimes.com, Oct. 22): My son just submitted his last early action application. We almost didn’t survive. What’s the big deal? Write a few essays, complete the Common App online and pay the fee; it shouldn’t be that hard. But as many parents (and students) can […]

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Opinion | What It’s Really Like to Fight a War

While I was conducting research for a book on the United States 10th Mountain Division, which has fought in some of America’s most ferocious military campaigns over the last century, I came across a letter that stopped me cold. “Thanks to the failure of the press, and to the stupidity of Hollywood,” wrote Sgt. Denis Nunan, camped in a small […]

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Opinion | The Disorienting Defenses of Donald Trump

The case for weighing the impeachment of President Trump boils down to a few simple points: In an effort to win re-election in 2020, Mr. Trump apparently attempted to extort a foreign government into announcing an investigation of his top political rival. The president did so while also trying to revive a conspiracy theory that casts doubt over whether the […]

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