Tag: Clinton, Bill

In Commuting Stone’s Sentence, Trump Goes Where Nixon Was Not Willing

WASHINGTON — President Trump has said he learned lessons from President Richard M. Nixon’s fall from grace, but in using the power of his office to keep his friend and adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. out of prison he has now crossed a line that even Mr. Nixon in the depths of Watergate dared not […]

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In the Supreme Court’s Trump Tax Ruling, Voters Lose

In two major cases on Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected President Trump’s attempt to avoid all legal scrutiny of his financial records and reaffirmed the principle that undergirds any democratic society: No one, not even the president, is above the law. That’s the good news. It’s also the bare minimum Americans should expect. The bad […]

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How the Trump Campaign Is Drawing Obama Out of Retirement

Just after Donald J. Trump was elected president, Barack Obama slumped in his chair in the Oval Office and addressed an aide standing near a conspicuously placed bowl of apples, emblem of a healthy-snacking policy soon to be swept aside, along with so much else. “I am so done with all of this,” Mr. Obama […]

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Past Presidents Faced Police Brutality and Protests. They Handled It Differently.

It is a bleak reality of American history that each of the past four presidents faced the same crisis President Trump is facing now: The police just killed or seriously injured a black man, and the city where it happened is reeling with grief and rage. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Mr. Trump […]

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Bill Clinton and James Patterson Are Writing a Second Book Together

Two years after writing their first novel together, the author James Patterson and former President Bill Clinton will work on a second one, their publishers announced on Thursday. “The President’s Daughter,” set for release in June 2021, will follow a former U.S. president living in rural New Hampshire whose daughter is kidnapped. Terms of the […]

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The Conference Call Court

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court debated the nature of presidential power in two sets of cases regarding demands for President Trump’s personal records: one about his taxes, the other about claims that during his campaign he paid to silence women with whom he previously had affairs. This is what a constitutional clash on a conference […]

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‘Rodham’ Asks: What If Hillary Clinton Never Married Bill?

Curtis Sittenfeld likes to imagine the sex lives of presidents. She did it in “American Wife,” a best seller whose protagonist, Alice Blackwell, stands in for Laura Bush and falls hard for the character modeled on George W. in part because of his exertions between the sheets. She does it again in “Rodham,” her new […]

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I Believe Tara Reade. I’m Voting for Joe Biden Anyway.

Let’s be clear: I believe Tara Reade. I believed Anita Hill, too. Remember the buttons? I wore one. What’s the constant here? Joe Biden, then the bumbling head of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Long before Ms. Reade, before the reports of the rubbing […]

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George W. Bush Calls for End to Pandemic Partisanship

WASHINGTON — Former President George W. Bush called on Americans on Saturday to put aside partisan differences, heed the guidance of medical professionals and show empathy for those stricken by the coronavirus and the resulting economic devastation. In a three-minute video message, Mr. Bush, who rarely speaks out on current events, struck a tone of […]

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Amid a Rising Death Toll, Trump Leaves the Grieving to Others

WASHINGTON — One morning this week, President Trump called food sector executives. That afternoon, he met with corporate leaders at the White House. The day before, he paraded small-business owners in the East Room, and the day before that, he showcased executives from retail giants like Walgreens and Walmart in the Rose Garden. As he […]

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Trump’s Contempt for the Ex-Presidents Is Costing Us Right Now

About a year ago, in an interview in the Oval Office, I asked President Trump if his years behind the storied Resolute desk had made him empathize with his predecessors. In the very room where most of them had called on one another in times of crisis for years —  and well before the novel […]

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Trump Turns Shared American Experiences Into Us vs. Them

WASHINGTON — Last weekend, an anniversary of the kind that would have once united the country in reflection — the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, 25 years ago — passed without much in the way of comment. As the days inside pile up, our usual approach to a national […]

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Madeleine Albright: The Best Response to the Coronavirus Is Resilience

My first memories are of an apartment in London on Kensington Park Road, with a tiny kitchen and two small rooms in the wartime 1940s. The building served as a temporary home for refugees from all corners of Nazi-occupied Europe. The British capital was under siege. Our daily experience was shaped by food rations, curfews, […]

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Linda Tripp, Key Figure in Clinton Impeachment, Dies

Linda Tripp, the former White House and Pentagon employee whose secret audiotapes of Monica Lewinsky led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998, died on Wednesday. She was 70. Joseph Murtha, a former lawyer for Ms. Tripp, confirmed the death. No other details were given. When Ms. Lewinsky completed her testimony about the […]

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The Safety Net Got a Quick Patch. What Happens After the Coronavirus?

WASHINGTON — President Trump and congressional Republicans spent the last three years fighting to cut anti-poverty programs and expand work rules, so their support for emergency relief — especially in the form of directly sending people checks, usually a nonstarter in American politics — is a significant reversal of their effort to shrink the safety […]

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The Safety Net Is Stronger. What Happens After the Coronavirus?

WASHINGTON — President Trump and congressional Republicans spent the last three years fighting to cut anti-poverty programs and expand work rules, so their support for emergency relief — especially in the form of directly sending people checks, usually a nonstarter in American politics — is a significant reversal of their effort to shrink the safety […]

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Sanders Is Betting It All on New York. Big Mistake.

After a second consecutive week of convincing defeats, Bernie Sanders is facing intense pressure to drop out of the Democratic presidential race. At noon Wednesday, his campaign suspended its Facebook advertising. The candidate has made no announcement yet, but according to a Politico article Tuesday, his aides were girding for the campaign to continue at […]

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Bill Clinton Explains Monica Lewinsky Affair as ‘Managing My Anxieties’

Former President Bill Clinton, recalling the sex scandal that led to his impeachment in 1998, says in a new documentary series that his extramarital affair with Monica S. Lewinsky was a way of “managing my anxieties.” The four-part documentary series, “Hillary,” which was released on Friday on Hulu, focuses on Hillary Clinton’s life, her marriage […]

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How Bernie Sanders Can Beat Trump

The last four presidents — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump — are four very different politicians. But they have one crucial similarity: They all tried to appeal to voters who weren’t obvious supporters. Clinton promised a “third way,” distinct from traditional Democratic or Republican policies. Bush ran on compassionate conservatism. […]

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In Trump’s Pentagon, Bringing Back Banned Weapons and Alienating Allies

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration, which came into office pledging to end “endless wars,” has now embraced weapons prohibited by more than 160 countries, and is readying them for future use. Cluster bombs and antipersonnel land mines, deadly explosives known for maiming and killing civilians long after the fighting ended, have become integral to the […]

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A Democratic President Cannot Undo All of Trump’s Damage in 100 Days

Democrats running for president have been arguing about what they intend to do if elected, but just as significant, about how they would get it done. Achieving policy goals involves either building cross-partisan coalitions in a post-Trump political environment or exercising power more aggressively, shoving aside procedural norms along the way. Moderate candidates and their […]

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Three Ex-Presidents Faced Impeachment. We Visited Their Historic Sites.

The first president to be impeached stood in the way of Reconstruction, fired a Cabinet member without the then-required Senate approval and brought “disgrace, ridicule, hatred, contempt and reproach” on Congress. The second who faced impeachment covered up the wiretapping and break-in at the opposing party’s headquarters. The third disgraced president had an affair with […]

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Once Skeptical, Senate Republicans Are All In on Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s control of Senate Republicans is nearly complete. In their almost unanimous vote on Friday to bar new impeachment trial witnesses, they once again raised one of the big questions in Washington over the past three years: Will Senate Republicans ever step in against the president and say enough? Although many Senate […]

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Framing the Impeachment Case: An Inside Look at Opposing Legal Teams

WASHINGTON — A former police chief, a prosecutor who won the conviction of an F.B.I. agent and one of Texas’ first Latina representatives. A constitutional law professor who once defended O.J. Simpson against a murder charge, a former special prosecutor who pursued the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and a litigator for the Christian right. […]

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Even From Half a World Away, Pelosi Keeps a Tight Grip on Impeachment

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s motorcade was winding through Jerusalem on Wednesday, en route to a state dinner hosted by the president of Israel, when she placed perhaps the most important call of her day — to Representative Adam B. Schiff, the man leading the charge to remove President Trump from office. On the other […]

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What if Trump Gave Alaska to Putin?

Let’s not dismiss the Senate impeachment trial as a “kangaroo court.” That’s an insult to kangaroos, who lately have been suffering enough. President Trump and Senate Republican leaders seem to be planning a rushed, sham trial with no witnesses and limited evidence. This reminds me of a trial I once monitored of a Chinese journalist […]

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Impeachment Trial Schedule Explained

WASHINGTON — With the adoption early Wednesday morning of the ground rules for President Trump’s impeachment trial, the Senate prepared to plunge forward over the next week with oral arguments, questions from senators and consequential votes on whether to admit new evidence. The trial could be over in two weeks, or it could stretch on […]

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Jimmy Kimmel Differentiates Between Trump’s and Clinton’s Offenses

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. In Trump’s Defense “It’s […]

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The Last Impeachment Trial

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher As President Trump’s impeachment trial begins in earnest this afternoon, we look back two decades to a time when Google was in its infancy, Y2K was stoking anxiety and partisanship in Congress was not quite so entrenched. […]

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