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Carol J Williams

Carol J. Williams is a retired foreign correspondent with 30 years' reporting abroad for the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press. She has reported from more than 80 countries, with a focus on USSR/Russia and Eastern Europe.

Bipartisan Salutes to Impeachment Witnesses for Public Service. Really?

Two words pop into my head every time I hear House members – from both parties – thank the impeachment inquiry witnesses for their decorated military service: Bone spurs.

When The Berlin Wall Fell: Euphoria As The World Changed. And Yet…

Thirty years ago this week: Over three tumultuous days, 4 million East Germans – a quarter of the population -- flooded into West Berlin to a joyous reception. But expectations of a more peaceful and collaborative world have been dampened by new threats.

Breakdown: Why Corruption and Inequality Are Fueling a Global Wave of Anger

The International Monetary Fund last week lowered its global growth forecast for 2019, citing the spreading instability as a cause.

Ukrainegate – Trump to Corrupt Ukrainian Oligarchy: “I’m In”

As a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times covering the aftermath of the coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, I was in Kiev on August 24, 1991, when Ukraine declared independence. No one expected the transformation to be overnight. But neither did anyone envision the tortured path the nation has tread for almost three decades.

Dem Debate: A House Divided?

With so many threats to American security and democracy that every one of the 10 candidates was able to plant his or her flag on a vital issue.

Dem Debates: Down To The Big Three? Please, No!

Axios on Monday heralded “a steady and indisputable trend: The Democratic 2020 race is a three-way brawl between 70-somethings.” Not so fast.

Gut Trumps Bolton – Why John Bolton Had To Go

John Bolton's departure as National Security Advisor shows Trump trusts his gut more than any advisor's advice.

CNN’s Climate Crisis Marathon: So Many Good Plans, So Little Status Quo Sanity

It was uplifting to hear such passionate and detailed plans for averting the obliteration of Planet Earth from all 10 leading Democratic presidential candidates at the CNN climate forum Wednesday night.

The Inslee Distraction Behind Us, Candidates (At All Levels) Can Get On With It

Credit Inslee with early recognition that he is not the candidate to beat Trump. Now his supporters can redirect their energies...

This Debate Stopped At The Border: Nothing To Say About Our Place In The World?

Apparently, for all 20 Democrats jockeying for the U.S. presidency in 2020, the world begins with sunrise on the Eastern Seaboard and ends with dusk on the California Coast.

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An Anatomy of Boeing’s Problems. And Seattle’s.

As for the impact on Seattle if Boeing is really crippled, I wonder how well local planners are taking that into account.

Gordon Sondland – The Transactional Witness And His Northwest Power Moves

How does a businessman whose image at home has been relatively benign, if at times controversial, find himself in this sort of hot water, with the heat being turned up by both parties?

Trump Trashes Yet Another Strong Woman

Should any president now or in the future be allowed to get away with such behavior?

After Day One: Failure To Move The Needle

While everybody here is pretty much on the mark for the way they and people in the liberal bubble saw and reacted...