British expat: What a predictable bloody mess

(CNN)So, that’s cleared that up. One Brexit option down, only four (by my conservative count) possible scenarios left. Tuesday’s historic defeat for Theresa May and her European Union withdrawal plan leaves the British people and their government with 72 days to come up with a Plan B before the March 29 deadline. Of course, America has its own political problems. It has its own trouble with populism. But Britain’s descent into polarized point-scoring has exposed a fractured politics that simply does not exist in the United States. It all feels a bit big voices, small Parliament. There’s no shortage of loud-mouthed Brexiteers content to heckle May from the backbenches, but none of them seems ready to dump her and steer …

Jamal Khashoggi is still being used as a political commodity

In the 100 days since Saudi officials brutally murdered Jamal Khashoggi in their Istanbul consulate, there has been a massive international outpouring of condemnation. Yet the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body remains unknown. The Saudis say they handed his body to “local accomplices” but refuse to name them, and Turkish investigators who have pieced together his final hours from closed-circuit TV footage have failed to fully investigate where the trail finally leads. TIME magazine names 2018 ‘Person of the Year’ But far from feeling like a leap forward in the public’s perception of what happened, it seems to throw even greater doubt over investigative efforts since the murder. Almost two weeks after Khashoggi was killed, Saudi authorities finally relented — but …

What will happen if Trump really starts to sweat

(CNN)Now it begins. With House Democrats gaining the power to investigate and issue subpoenas, 2019 offers one certainty: The chaos visited on us by Donald Trump is going to get much worse. The President was home alone, not hobnobbing with the likes of Fabio and Sylvester Stallone at Mar-a-Lago, because he wanted to make a point about staying in Washington during the government shutdown. Of course, it was a shutdown he caused, with a foot-stamping demand for money for a wall along the Mexico border. The same wall he repeatedly promised Mexico would pay for. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Mueller is such a frightening bogeyman for Donald Trump that in his evenings …