Trump’s defense in the impeachment trial just concluded. Here are 6 key moments. 

In arguments that intermittently advanced conspiracy theories, attacked the whistleblower and questioned House Democrats’ fact pattern, President Donald Trump’s defense counsel made a haphazard case against impeachment this week.

Over the course of three days, a panel of attorneys including, notably, Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz, argued that Democrats were attempting to invalidate the results of the 2016 election.

“They’ve basically said, ‘Let’s cancel an election over a meeting with Ukraine,’” White House counsel Pat Cipollone said.

Counsel also tried to thread the needle, suggesting that Trump didn’t commit the offenses he is charged with, and that even if he …

Trump’s Israel-Palestine peace plan: Read the full text of his so-called “deal of the century”

After much delay, President Trump has finally unveiled his Middle East peace plan — a plan he claims will lead to the “deal of the century.”

The problem? It’s likely dead on arrival.

The administration’s strategy, masterminded by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, aims to solve the intractable problems between Israelis and Palestinians that have stymied both Democratic and Republican administrations for decades.

But it essentially ignores all of the Palestinians’ desires, as the plan was drafted with no input from the Palestinian side. It’s pretty hard to make a historic deal when one side isn’t part of …

Why the media is so polarized — and how it polarizes us

The following is an excerpt from Ezra Klein’s new book, Why We’re Polarized, published by Simon & Schuster and available January 28.

We talk a lot about the left/right divide in political media. But we don’t talk enough about the more fundamental divide that precedes and, in some ways, causes it: the interested/uninterested divide.

In All the News That’s Fit to Sell, economist James Hamilton writes, “News emerges not from individuals seeking to improve the functioning of democracy but from readers seeking diversion, reporters forging careers, and owners searching for profits.” That’s a bit more cynical than I’d …

Photos: What China’s quarantine to stop the Wuhan coronavirus looks like

In the nearly four weeks since China reported an outbreak of the mysterious new coronavirus, the number of cases has skyrocketed from 41 to over 4,400, with more than 100 people have died.

China’s main method of responding to the outbreak of 2019-nCoV, as it’s known? A mandatory limit on the movement of people who may have been exposed to the virus, known as a quarantine.

Quarantines have been used to control the spread of disease since 1377. But never has anyone attempted a quarantine as large this one in China.

On January 23, authorities introduced travel …