Tag: Bush, George W

Facing Intensifying Confrontation With Iran, Trump Has Few Appealing Options

President Trump’s last-minute decision to pull back from a retaliatory strike on Iran underscored the absence of appealing options available to him as Tehran races toward its next big challenge to the United States: building up and further enriching its stockpile of nuclear fuel. Two weeks of flare-ups over the attacks on oil tankers and […]

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Could Trump Use the Sept. 11 War Law to Attack Iran Without Going to Congress?

In public remarks and classified briefings, Trump administration officials keep emphasizing purported ties between Iran and Al Qaeda. Some lawmakers suspect that the executive branch is toying with claiming that it already has congressional authorization to attack Iran based on the nearly 18-year-old law approving a war over the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Pressed to […]

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Iran and the U.S. Are on a Collision Course

What can be said with certainty about the explosions that rocked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday is that attacks on civilian targets are reprehensible. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is a likely culprit, and a video taken by a United States Navy surveillance plane demands an explanation. It shows what […]

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As Trump Accuses Iran, He Has One Problem: His Own Credibility

WASHINGTON — To President Trump, the question of culpability in the explosions that crippled two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman is no question at all. “It’s probably got essentially Iran written all over it,” he declared on Friday. The question is whether the writing is clear to everyone else. For any president, accusing […]

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People Are Trying to Figure Out William Barr. He’s Busy Wielding Power.

WASHINGTON — Not long before Attorney General William P. Barr released the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, he strategized with Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, about one of his next moves: investigating the investigators. Over a dinner of steak, potatoes and carrots in a […]

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What Are Conservatives Actually Debating?

In March the religious journal First Things published a short manifesto, signed by a group of notable conservative writers and academics, titled “Against the Dead Consensus.” The consensus that the manifesto came to bury belonged to conservatism as it existed between the time of William F. Buckley Jr. and the rise of Donald Trump: An […]

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Why Two Ex-Surgeons General Support the ‘Juliana 21’ Climate Lawsuit

In 2015, 21 young people from around the country and various walks of life sued the federal government over its role in creating a “dangerous climate system” that violates their right to an environment “capable of sustaining human life.” The Trump administration has sought to have the case dismissed, and on Tuesday, a three-judge panel […]

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