Tag: Clinton, Bill

The Clinton Legacy: Impeachment Hurts the President

Conventional wisdom holds that the Republican Party suffered a big political penalty for impeaching Bill Clinton in 1998. But that’s not quite right. Republicans paid a modest, short-term penalty, while the costs to the Democratic Party appear to have been larger and longer-lasting. This history has obvious relevance today. As in the 1990s, the economy […]

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Trump’s Sweeping Case Against Impeachment: A Political Document Intended to Delegitimize the Process

WASHINGTON — Breathtaking in scope, defiant in tone, the White House’s refusal to cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry amounts to an unabashed challenge to America’s longstanding constitutional order. In effect, President Trump is making the sweeping assertion that he can ignore Congress as it weighs his fate because he considers the impeachment effort unfair […]

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What Joe Biden Learned at the Last Two Impeachments

President Richard M. Nixon was running low on bipartisan allies. Indictments were piling. Impeachment was coming. Mr. Nixon was not a crook, he insisted, though that 18-and-a-half-minute gap in the Watergate tapes did make the town wonder. But from the Senate floor in April 1974, Joseph R. Biden Jr., a 31-year-old freshman Democrat, addressed his […]

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Remember When Bill Clinton Was Accused of Trading White House Access for Political Favors?

“Heard from White House — Assuming President Z convinces trump he will investigate/‘get to the bottom of what happened’ in 2016, we will nail down date for visit to Washington.” So wrote Kurt Volker, until recently President Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine, to Andrey Yermak, an adviser to Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, on the morning […]

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‘We Absolutely Could Not Do That’: When Seeking Foreign Help Was Out of the Question

WASHINGTON — One day in October 1992, four Republican congressmen showed up in the Oval Office with an audacious recommendation. President George Bush was losing his re-election race, and they told him the only way to win was to hammer his challenger Bill Clinton’s patriotism for protesting the Vietnam War while in London and visiting […]

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Trump’s Future and the Clinton Precedent

I came of age as a conservative in an era when Republicans were keen on matters of private virtue and public probity. Then Bill Clinton became president, and his behavior exemplified neither. In 1998 he was impeached by a partisan G.O.P. House. But he survived the drama — and could have easily been re-elected to […]

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Impeachment Rules Say Senate Must Act, but Its Act Might Be a Swift Dismissal

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell’s comment this week that the Senate would be forced to “take up” articles of impeachment from the House had the capital in a swirl, bracing for a full-blown Senate trial of President Trump. But as things now stand, any trial would likely be swift, ending in dismissal of the accusations. […]

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For Trump, No Bottom and No Bounds

I was based in Washington and reported from Capitol Hill during Bill Clinton’s impeachment, which was the last time the country entered waters like these. It was ugly, and Democrats and Republicans traded vicious words. But Clinton never publicly accused his detractors of treason or floated the idea that one of them be arrested on […]

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The Impeachment Dilemma for Republicans

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Three past American presidents have confronted the possibility that members of their own party would support their impeachment. Only one, Richard M. Nixon, left office because of it, when Republicans eventually abandoned him. But what can […]

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Clinton’s White House Faced Impeachment With Discipline. Trump’s Approach Is Different.

WASHINGTON — The last time Congress tried to impeach a president, the White House chief of staff had one rule: No one who wasn’t working directly on impeachment, including the president himself, was ever allowed to talk about it. John D. Podesta, President Bill Clinton’s wiry, uber-disciplined chief of staff, delivered the message during a […]

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The Police Can’t Solve the Problem. They Are the Problem.

A quarter-century on, criminal justice advocates agree that the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, signed by Bill Clinton in September 1994, was a disaster for poor people and people of color, and a driver of mass incarceration. Elected officials, policy experts and academics have recently sought to undo this damage by reimagining public […]

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When Should a President Be Impeached?

ImageCreditIllustration by Nicholas Konrad; Photographs by Tom Brenner for The New York Times and Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. What just happened: Having resisted calls for Donald Trump’s impeachment on various charges since she became speaker […]

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How Congress Passed an Assault Weapons Ban in 1994

WASHINGTON — President Bill Clinton had just been ambushed by his own party. It was August 1994 and a coalition of House Democrats wary of any new gun restrictions joined Republicans to unexpectedly sink the administration’s big crime bill on a procedural vote that was usually a test of party loyalty. Afterward, Speaker Thomas S. […]

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Industrial Policy Isn’t Boring. It’s Big, and It Has United the Left and Right.

Just a few years ago, the phrase “industrial policy” was employed mainly as a term of abuse. Economists almost universally insisted that state interventions to improve competitiveness, prioritize investment in strategic sectors and structure market incentives around political goals were backward policies doomed to failure — whether applied in America, Asia or anywhere in between. […]

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Stephen Colbert Has Doubts About the Clinton-Epstein Conspiracy Theory

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. ‘Unstable, Tin-Foil-Hat Loons’ Officials […]

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In Epstein Tweets, Trump Revisits a Favored Conspiracy Genre: Murder

President Trump has long used his fame and platform to amplify conspiracy theories and undermine his political enemies by muddying the waters when it comes to facts. For years, he has helped to erode voter faith in institutions by invoking the idea of a sinister force — such as the “deep state” or a rigged […]

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The Day Jeffrey Epstein Told Me He Had Dirt on Powerful People

Almost exactly a year ago, on Aug. 16, 2018, I visited Jeffrey Epstein at his cavernous Manhattan mansion. The overriding impression I took away from our roughly 90-minute conversation was that Mr. Epstein knew an astonishing number of rich, famous and powerful people, and had photos to prove it. He also claimed to know a […]

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Before Jail Suicide, Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored

Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who hanged himself in a federal jail in Manhattan, was supposed to have been checked by guards every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not being followed the night before he was found, a law-enforcement official with knowledge of his detention said. In addition, the jail had transferred his cellmate and […]

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Your Baby Boomer Report Card

If there’s one thing young adults can agree on, it is that baby boomers have ruined the world. This seems a tad harsh. So maybe it’s time for a resentment-free assessment of the boomers, conducted by a trained pop sociologist with no ax to grind. What follows is a report card of a generation. And […]

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