Tag: Clinton, Hillary Rodham

Supreme Court Rules States May Curb ‘Faithless Electors’ in Electoral College

WASHINGTON — States can require members of the Electoral College to cast their votes for the presidential candidates they had pledged to support, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday, curbing the independence of electors and limiting one potential source of uncertainty in the 2020 presidential election. Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia have […]

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States May Curb ‘Faithless Electors,’ Supreme Court Rules

WASHINGTON — States can require members of the Electoral College to cast their votes for the presidential candidates they had pledged to support, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday. In curbing the independence of electors, the court limited one potential source of uncertainty in the 2020 presidential election. Every four years, weeks after Election […]

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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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Hillary Clinton Backs Eliot Engel, in Her First House Primary Endorsement of 2020

Hillary Clinton delivered her first Democratic primary endorsement in a 2020 House race on Monday, throwing her support behind Representative Eliot L. Engel of New York, who is trying to fend off a serious challenge from his left after more than three decades in Congress. “I have worked with Eliot Engel as first lady, as […]

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Both Candidates Are Widely Disliked (Again). This Time, Biden Could Benefit.

Welcome to Poll Watch, our weekly look at polling data and survey research on the candidates, voters and issues that will shape the 2020 election. It’s a truism of politics: When you’ve got an incumbent on the ballot, the race will be a referendum on her or his leadership — probably more than it’ll be about what […]

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Trump and the Confederate Base Names

More from our inbox: ImagePresident Trump met with African-American advisers and supporters on Wednesday at the White House.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times To the Editor: Re “Trump Won’t Allow Pentagon to Erase Confederate Names From Bases” (news article, June 11): As your article points out, a number of United States military bases are named for […]

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Why a Biden Victory Hinges on Picking the Right Running Mate

Do vice-presidential picks matter? Conventional wisdom argues they have limited electoral impact. But a vice-presidential pick does matter in a particular way to elections. It suggests the strategy and tactics a campaign will pursue. The pick might complement the ticket, like Al Gore did for Bill Clinton in 1992, or the pick might balance the […]

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Pompeo Quietly Visits Conservative Donors and Political Figures on State Dept. Trips

He held the same kind of quiet meeting in December with Republican donors over a hotel dinner on a State Department trip to London. And last October, he huddled with Charles G. Koch, the Republican billionaire and a longtime supporter of his, while on an official visit to Kansas aboard a government aircraft. In each […]

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Obama Lives in Trump’s Head

No one irritates Donald Trump quite like Barack Obama. Trump’s run for president was in part triggered by his enmity for Obama, his desire to one-up him, and he has performed his presidency as a singularly focused attempt at Obama erasure, dismantling what he can of what Obama built and undoing policies Obama instituted. Obama […]

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Trump, Biden and the Myth of ‘But 2016’

WASHINGTON — At first glance, there seems little in common between red-hat-wearing admirers of President Trump and Democratic activists still nursing PTSD from Hillary Clinton’s loss. Yet these political opposites share an overriding conviction, one they are apt to invoke any time the president’s re-election prospects are questioned: But 2016! Mr. Trump’s surprise win in […]

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The Electoral College Is a Confusing Mess

The workings of the Electoral College — our hopelessly arcane and antidemocratic way of picking the president — have come before the Supreme Court only a handful of times since the founding. It happened again on Wednesday, as the justices considered whether states may punish or replace so-called faithless electors — members of the Electoral […]

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Reader, She Didn’t Marry Him. Curtis Sittenfeld’s ‘Rodham’ Reimagines Hillary.

Curtis Sittenfeld’s “Prep” (2005) is among the shrewdest coming-of-age novels written so far this century. I sometimes wish it had a different title and cover, in place of the image of a pink and green grosgrain ribbon belt. I give the book to young people and they look stricken, as if I’ve handed them a […]

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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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How Joe Biden Can Defeat Trump From His Basement

If Joe Biden plays his cards right, the death of the traditional presidential campaign will turn out to be a blessing in disguise. The 77-year-old Mr. Biden, whom the president derisively calls “Sleepy Joe,” can become the hottest bad boy and disrupter in the media game. It seems likely that social distancing will force the […]

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The Supreme Court, the Electoral College and the Real Vote Suppression Threat

Amid all the well-justified worry during this troubled election season about vote suppression, the most direct threat to having every vote count has been hiding in plain sight: “faithless electors” who might cast their Electoral College votes according to their own preferences rather than for the choice of their states’ voters. Eight such votes were […]

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Who’s Afraid of Justin Amash?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Who would a third-party candidate help in the 2020 presidential election? Would adding a Libertarian like Representative Justin Amash of Michigan to the race hand President Trump his re-election? Or could Amash appeal to […]

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Justin Amash, Third-Party Spoiler? Michigan Experts Are Skeptical

If a third-party presidential candidate were going to have a spoiler effect anywhere in 2020, it would seem to be in Michigan, after Representative Justin Amash, a five-term congressman from Grand Rapids, said this week he was preparing a bid for the Libertarian nomination in the November election. In 2016, after all, Donald J. Trump […]

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Is Justin Amash a Threat to Biden or to Trump?

When Representative Justin Amash, a Republican-turned-independent from Michigan, started a presidential exploratory committee on Tuesday, he caused immediate head-exploding from partisans on both sides. Mr. Amash, 40, intends to seek the Libertarian Party nomination. Forces opposed to Donald Trump on both the left and the right worry he will help the president win re-election by […]

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Hillary Clinton to Endorse Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and the person with the most experience competing and debating against President Trump, will throw her support behind Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday, the latest party leader to try to make the case for returning the White House to Democratic hands in November. Mrs. Clinton is expected […]

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Hello, What’s This? The Democrats Aren’t in Disarray

WASHINGTON — It may have taken a once-in-a-century pandemic, but the Democrats are not in disarray. After presidential primary races in 2008 and 2016 that stretched across all 50 states, the 2020 contest ended on an altogether tidy note on Monday as Senator Bernie Sanders appeared on a live stream with Joseph R. Biden Jr. […]

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Biden and Cuomo: Friends, Allies and Supporting Players No Longer

In late July of 2015, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. traversed the state of New York with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, ending the day in Queens, where they announced plans to rebuild La Guardia Airport. On a flight with Mr. Cuomo aboard Air Force Two, Mr. Biden broached a delicate subject: his own interest […]

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Trump Says He’s ‘Strongly Considering’ Pardoning Flynn

WASHINGTON — As the country reeled from growing health and economic crises brought on by the spread of the coronavirus, President Trump announced on Sundaythat he was “strongly considering” a pardon for his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. Mr. Trump, who appeared to spend the day stewing at the White House, also lashed […]

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For Biden and Sanders, the Fight’s Not Personal

In October 2015, Senator Bernie Sanders was whisked into Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s residence at the Naval Observatory for a breakfast of yogurt parfaits and caffeinated campaign advice from a vice president who had just announced his (temporary) retirement from presidential politics. The meeting, according to aides, lasted longer than expected, nearly two hours, with […]

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The Sanders Coalition Is Not Quite What We Thought It Was

Four years ago, in Grant County, Oklahoma, Bernie Sanders crushed Hillary Clinton, 57.1 percent to 31.9 percent. This year, Sanders didn’t just lose Grant County — 87.5 percent white, 76.9 percent without college degrees — to Joe Biden, his percentage of the vote fell by 41 points, to 16.1 percent. Grant County reflects what has […]

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Watching ‘Hillary’ in the Wake of Elizabeth Warren’s Exit

At the very end of “Hillary,” an intimate and revealing four-part Hulu documentary series that tracks Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, Mandy Grunwald, the campaign’s communications adviser, sums up Mrs. Clinton’s career: “As long as she has been in public life there have been these ups and downs. ‘Be our champion, go away.’ ‘Be our […]

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In ‘Hillary,’ a Political Warrior Weighed Down by Her Armor

During the 2016 election, the director Nanette Burstein got exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the campaign of the candidate everyone knew would be the first female president of the United States, Hillary Clinton. So it’s tempting to say that “Hillary,” the four-part documentary that arrives on Hulu Friday, is one more in the long list of […]

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Was It Always Going to Be the Last Men Standing?

WASHINGTON — In the end, the pink wave carried two white men ashore. Since Donald J. Trump won the presidency, women’s rage has fueled the Democratic Party. Women created new political organizations, led protests, ran for office and voted for Democrats more than they ever had before. A record number of female lawmakers now serve […]

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Elizabeth Warren Was the Wrong Kind of Radical

Remember when Elizabeth Warren was going to save the Democratic Party? Back in 2016, it looked as if she had been engineered in a lab to broker a truce between the Democratic establishment and a resurgent left. Instead, she has spent the last year caught in the crossfire between the two camps. It’s a bloody […]

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Wall Street, Encouraged by Biden’s Wins, Breaks Out Its Checkbooks

After weeks of worrying that Senator Bernie Sanders would trounce his rivals on Super Tuesday and set the tone for a rancorous Democratic nomination, Michael Novogratz, the longtime trader and merchant banker, was newly motivated on Wednesday morning. Joseph R. Biden Jr., the former vice president and a moderate candidate with solid support on Wall […]

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