There’s another well-known, fist-shaking, former outsider still contending with the transition to incumbency. In 2016, Donald Trump won a sizable majority of the 18 percent of US voters who told pollsters they disliked both Trump and Hillary Clinton. Even before he arrived in office, Republicans rode to tidal-wave victories in the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections in part by capturing 26- and 27-point margins respectively among voters unhappy with both parties.

Things have changed. An NBC/WSJ poll released this week found Democrats winning the “plague on both your houses” vote (13 percent of the total electorate) by 30 points. Of these voters, 68 percent disapprove of Trump’s job performance and 63 percent say they’re enthusiastic about November’s midterm elections.

The point is NOT that Trump is doomed. The Mueller investigation aside, it’s way too early for any reliable forecast of Trump’s re-election chances with more than two years to go. We have no idea whom Democrats will choose to take him on, and anyone who under-appreciates the deadly accuracy with which Trump can diminish/dismantle a rival, particularly a well-known political professional, has been asleep for the past two years.

But in a world of angry voters, it’s not easy for any outsider to remain popular once he/she has spent some time on the inside. Maybe Democrats will consider that lesson as they choose among more and less familiar faces for a presidential candidate.

The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace launched in 2018 with the commitment of signatories to stand up to cyber threats like election interference, attacks on critical infrastructure, and supply chain vulnerabilities. Last week, on the first anniversary of the call, the number of signatories has nearly tripled to more than 1,000 and now includes 74 nations; more than 350 international, civil society and public sector organizations; and more than 600 private sector entities. These commitments to the Paris Call from around the world demonstrate a widespread, global, multi-stakeholder consensus about acceptable behavior in cyberspace.

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In recent years, Republicans have come to dominate most of the state legislatures in the US. Ironically, it was during the Obama-era that the GOP made major headway in states that had long been considered safely blue. State legislatures are now redder than they've been in nearly a century, and in most parts of the country, one party holds all the levers of power. For the first time since 1914, there's only one split legislature in the entire country: Minnesota. To be sure, some state races are bucking the trend: Kentucky and Louisiana, both deep-red states, recently elected Democratic governors. Here's a look at how Democratic and Republican control of state legislatures has evolved over the past four decades.

Forty years ago, Islamic extremists angry at the Saudi government's experiments with social liberalization laid siege to the Grand Mosque of Mecca, the holiest site in Islam.

The attack came on the heels of the Iranian revolution across the Gulf, putting the House of Saud and its American backers in a precarious spot. Tehran had challenged Saudi Arabia's Islamic legitimacy from without, while jihadists were now doing the same from within. For a few days it seemed as though the world's most important oil producer – and the custodian of Islam's holiest places – might be in danger of collapse.

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Forty years ago today, dozens of bearded gunmen stormed the holiest site in Islam, the Grand Mosque at Mecca, in Saudi Arabia.

They held the complex for two weeks before a French-trained Saudi force rooted them out, but the fallout from the attack went on to shape the modern Middle East in ways that are still with us today: in the scourge of transnational jihadism and the deepening rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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What changes now that the U.S. softened its position on Israeli settlements?

Well, I mean, not a lot. I mean, keep in mind that this is also the administration that moved the embassy to Jerusalem, from Tel Aviv. Everyone said that was going to be a massive problem. Ultimately, not many people cared. Same thing with recognition of Golan Heights for Israel. This is just one more give from the Americans to the Israelis in the context of a region that doesn't care as much as they used to about Israel - Palestine.

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