Five Best: Books On 20th-Century America’s Darkest Hour

Five Best: Books On 20th-Century America’s Darkest Hour

1. If you need any convincing that the years 1917 to 1921 were a shameful nadir for American democracy, start with this moving and gracefully written book. Eugene V. Debs, who in 1912 won 6% of the popular vote as the Socialist candidate for U.S. president, was a gentle, devout Christian, committed to nonviolence and … Read more

China’s Xi Jinping Meets Saudi Crown Prince in Pivotal Visit

China’s Xi Jinping Meets Saudi Crown Prince in Pivotal Visit

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Chinese leader Xi Jinping met with Saudi leaders Thursday at the start of a multiday state visit, as the oil-rich desert kingdom strengthens ties with U.S. rivals amid doubts about Washington’s commitment to the Middle East. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who runs the kingdom’s daily affairs, greeted the Chinese leader with a … Read more

Argentine Court Sentences Vice President Cristina Kirchner to Six Years in Prison

Argentine Court Sentences Vice President Cristina Kirchner to Six Years in Prison

BUENOS AIRES—A federal court on Tuesday convicted Vice President Cristina Kirchner of fraud charges and sentenced her to six years in prison for embezzling money through public-construction contracts, a blow for a leftist government grappling with soaring inflation and one of the worst economic crises in two decades. A three-judge panel said Mrs. Kirchner, along … Read more

Restaurant Groups Push to Overturn California Fast-Food Wage Law

Restaurant Groups Push to Overturn California Fast-Food Wage Law

Restaurant and trade groups said they have submitted enough voter signatures for a ballot measure to try to halt the implementation of a new California law that would set minimum hourly wages for fast-food workers in the state starting next year. A coalition of restaurant owners and business groups called Save Local Restaurants said Monday … Read more

House Democrats Set to Pick Hakeem Jeffries to Lead Party

House Democrats Set to Pick Hakeem Jeffries to Lead Party

WASHINGTON—Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is expected to be chosen to lead House Democrats in the next Congress, making the New Yorker the first Black person to lead a major political party and marking a generational shift following the departure of three longtime chiefs. Democrats will vote on their new leadership Wednesday, ending two decades under Nancy … Read more

Most Power Is Restored in Kyiv as Russian Strikes Hit Southern Ukraine

Most Power Is Restored in Kyiv as Russian Strikes Hit Southern Ukraine

MYKOLAIV, Ukraine—Ukrainian officials said Sunday that they had managed to restore most of the electricity to the capital city of Kyiv, even as Russian strikes hit cities across southern Ukraine and intense fighting continued in the country’s eastern Donetsk region. Even though parts of Ukraine’s electricity grid have been hobbled by Russian strikes over the … Read more

Stop Pronouncing ‘Turkey’ Wrong, Country Begs the Rest of the World

Stop Pronouncing ‘Turkey’ Wrong, Country Begs the Rest of the World

Talking turkey is a pastime in the halls of government around the world. Yet what to call Turkey, the country, is something many can’t agree on. In April, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked the international community to recognize his nation by its traditional name, spelled “Türkiye” and pronounced Tour-key-yeh. A name flap His government … Read more

Chevron Gets New U.S. License to Pump Oil in Venezuela Again

Chevron Gets New U.S. License to Pump Oil in Venezuela Again

WASHINGTON—The U.S. said it would allow Chevron Corp. CVX -0.29% to resume pumping oil from its Venezuelan oil fields after President Nicolás Maduro’s government and an opposition coalition agreed to implement an estimated $3 billion humanitarian relief program and continue dialogue in Mexico City on efforts to hold free and fair elections. Following the Norwegian-brokered … Read more

Fed Minutes Show Most Officials Favored Slowing Rate Rises Soon

Fed Minutes Show Most Officials Favored Slowing Rate Rises Soon

WASHINGTON—Most Federal Reserve officials thought they should slow the pace of interest-rate increases after approving a 0.75-percentage-point rate rise at their meeting earlier this month to battle high inflation. Their discussion at the meeting, described in minutes of the gathering released Wednesday, suggests they could downshift to a rate rise of 0.5 percentage point, or … Read more

Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX Team Among Top Political Donors Before Bankruptcy

Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX Team Among Top Political Donors Before Bankruptcy

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried and members of his team rose from relative obscurity in Washington to be among the biggest donors in U.S. politics, contributing more than $70 million to election campaigns in less than 18 months. Mr. Bankman-Fried personally gave $40 million to politicians and political-action committees ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, mostly … Read more