Tag: Cheney, Dick

How Words Become Weapons, and Wimps

You could always slight the very rich by calling them moneybags, robber barons, fat cats or plutocrats. Billionaire was a neutral word, grounded in math: Such a person could spend $10 million a year, for 100 years, before the pile was gone. Then came Howard Schultz, a billionaire times two, insisting that people not use […]

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Your Grandchildren Are Already in Debt

Medicare for All. The Green New Deal. Free college tuition. With each new entrant into the Democratic presidential sweepstakes comes a fresh cascade of ambitious social programs to entice and excite would-be supporters. The list of “payfors,” to use a bit of Washington jargon, grows more slowly. They’ll pay for this how, again? Tax the […]

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Family Ties at the Supreme Court

Let Ginni be Ginni. That was my first thought upon seeing the headline in The Times this past weekend: “Trump Meets With Hard-Right Group Led by Ginni Thomas.” Ginni Thomas — or Virginia Lamp, as I knew her years ago when she was a smart lawyer-lobbyist working for the United States Chamber of Commerce against […]

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Anatomy of a Scene: How Christian Bale Uses Silence to Speak Volumes in ‘Vice’

The director Adam McKay narrates a sequence where Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) receives a phone call that changes the course of history.CreditCreditMatt Kennedy/Annapurna Pictures In “Anatomy of a Scene,” we ask directors to reveal the secrets that go into making key scenes in their movies. See new episodes in the series each Friday. You can […]

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Why Steve King’s Punishment Took So Long

At first glance, the decision by congressional Republican leaders on Monday to strip Representative Steve King of his committee assignments for remarks last week defending white supremacy last week appears to be an example of the party stepping in to police its own extremists. But it’s actually the opposite. The condemnations of Mr. King, now […]

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How Christian Bale Became Dick Cheney (and Other Tales of Transformation)

You’d be forgiven for not recognizing Christian Bale in “Vice,” a new film in which he stars as Dick Cheney. Long creases run from his nostrils to his jowls, which sink into a starched collar. His jaw takes on the shape of a baseball, and heavy forehead lines hover over a thick, furrowed brow. ImageBale […]

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‘A Mixture of Sad and Joyful’: The Old Bush Gang Gathers for a Final Send-Off

WASHINGTON — Jonathan Bush had just left a lunch and was about to head over to the Capitol to visit his brother’s coffin. By evening, he planned to stop by a reception for the extended Bush circle. Everywhere he went, he was reuniting with many of the old gang. More than a quarter-century after the […]

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For George Bush and His Eldest Son, a Relationship Unique Among American Presidents

WASHINGTON — Theirs was a relationship of Shakespearean dimensions, father and son occupants of the Oval Office. A son who grew up struggling to live up to the example of the great man. A father who watched his eldest boy eventually take his place in the seat of power, his love unquestioned but his advice […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: Who’s the Real American Psycho?

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is running wild — and running scared. He’s such a menace that it’s tempting to cheer any vituperative critic and grab any handy truncheon. But villainizing Trump should not entail sanitizing other malefactors. And we should acknowledge that the president is right on one point: For neocons, journalists, authors, political hacks […]

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Trump and the Hart-less Presidency

DENVER — As we fantasize about a parallel universe, where America is not a joke and our president cares about other human beings, the same questions keep swirling in our heads. What has happened to this country? Can he be stopped? When will it end? How the hell did we get here? At sunset in […]

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