Smitha Rajan is an Alfred Friendly fellow and an assistant editor at DNA, a daily English-language publication in Ahmedebad, India, where she oversees a staff of 12 and writes under the byline Smitha R. 

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Fact-checking Donald Trump's statement withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement

President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris accord on climate change. All but two countries signed the agreement. But Trump said the deal puts the United States at a disadvantage.

Fact-checking Montana politician Greg Gianforte's account of clash with Guardian reporter

A Montana Republican vying for an open House seat now faces assault charges for allegedly body-slamming a reporter a day before a Montana special election.

Did Donald Trump shut down Michelle Obama’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ program?

Michelle Obama championed a USAID project to promote the education of young women in low-income countries. News reports raised questions about the effort's future. We explored.

How similar are the Saturday Night Massacre and the Comey firing?

For many political observers, President Donald Trump’s sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey immediately called to mind President Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. That night back in 1973, Nixon fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, even as his top two Justice Department officials resigned in protest rather than carry out Nixon’s order.