Tag: Clinton, Hillary Rodham

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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Joe Biden Won Last Night’s Democratic Debate

Marianne Williamson won last night’s debate if you judge exclusively in terms of charisma, rhetoric and the effective use of television. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren won last night’s debate — Sanders slightly more so, in my view — if you judge based on whether the two most important candidates onstage did what they needed […]

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Trump’s Attacks Are Good Politics — for Democrats

President Trump’s tweet attacks on members of Congress of color, from “The Squad” to Representative Elijah Cummings, have made it clear that fanning the flames of white racial resentment is central to his politics and re-election strategy. For decades, some left-leaning strategists stifled their candidates’ response to dog whistles for fear of alienating whites who […]

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‘They’re Doing It as We Sit Here’

If you were searching for a metaphor for the withering ideal of American public service — the one that puts country before party, truth before “narrative” or “brand” — it’d be hard to do better than the painful spectacle of Robert Mueller trying, in his halting voice, to sound the alarm on Wednesday about Russian […]

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Trump Tweets About ‘Witch Hunt’ Before Mueller Testimony

WASHINGTON — President Trump started shouting on Twitter before 7 a.m. on Wednesday, venting about what he called the “Greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. history” as Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, was headed to Capitol Hill to testify in the Russia inquiry. [Live updates: Robert Mueller’s Testimony Before Congress] By 8:10, the president […]

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Who Still Calls it a ‘Glass Ceiling?’ Not the 6 Women Running for President

Kamala Harris is prepared to “break things.” Elizabeth Warren said she would “persist.” Amy Klobuchar has challenged voters to discount women “at your own peril,” while Tulsi Gabbard insisted that a presidential race with six women is not an anomaly but “what an election should look like.” The women running for president are promising many […]

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2020 Won’t Repeat the Mistakes of 2016, Whatever They Were

WASHINGTON — Democrats still don’t agree on why they lost the White House in 2016. But they have absolutely no intention of repeating their mistakes. Whatever they were, exactly. Was it the loss of working-class white voters or urban black voters? Too much talk of Donald J. Trump or not enough? And what about those […]

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In Trump I Trust

I trust that it is really true that you need a photo ID to buy a box of cereal. ImageCreditTom Brenner/Reuters I trust that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency told Congress that the Russian government didn’t interfere in the election. But I also believe that President Barack Obama (who may […]

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It’s Nancy Pelosi’s Parade

SAN FRANCISCO — Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump have a lot in common. Neither one drinks, yet they have family vineyards. They both love big bowls of ice cream. Their last names are — depending on the shade of the state — curse words. Pelosi was once dubbed “Mussolini in a skirt,” while she has […]

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Democrats Grapple With a Sprawling Primary Field, and No One to Shape It

WASHINGTON — John Deeth is the sort of Iowa activist who keeps up with every new twist in the Democratic presidential primary, but there was no way he was going to devote two evenings to watching the first round of debates last week. Instead Mr. Deeth, a 55-year-old from Iowa City who has volunteered for […]

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Trump Consultant Is Trolling Democrats With Biden Site That Isn’t Biden’s

AUSTIN, Tex. — For much of the last three months, the most popular Joseph R. Biden Jr. website has been a slick little piece of disinformation that is designed to look like the former vice president’s official campaign page, yet is most definitely not pro-Biden. From top to bottom, the website, JoeBiden.info, breezily mocks the […]

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Republicans Revel in Biden’s Debate Troubles, but See a New Threat in Harris

WASHINGTON — He would relish a run against Senator Elizabeth Warren and has dismissed Senator Bernie Sanders as “crazy.” He has worried about Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s standing in the polls, at the same time telling advisers that the former vice president is a male version of Hillary Clinton and that a matchup in 2020 […]

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For Elizabeth Warren, Policy Is Personality

There are plenty of good arguments against running a presidential campaign the way Senator Elizabeth Warren is doing it, with a heavy emphasis on detailed policy proposals. It’s not just that most voters can’t absorb all the details, though we probably can’t, and may not even really care about them. It’s also hard work, and […]

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What We Learned From Trump’s Orlando Rally

ORLANDO, Fla. — President Trump kicked off his 2020 re-election campaign on Tuesday night in Orlando. Here are eight takeways. 1. It was just a rally. Despite weeks of hype from the president and his campaign, the official kickoff rally for a re-election campaign that he has been running since the day he took office […]

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Donald Trump Jr. Tells Senate Intelligence Panel He Stands by Previous Statements

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr. told Senate investigators on Wednesday that he did not inform his father at the time about a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer promising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton and that he was not kept abreast of negotiations over a proposed real estate project in Moscow, a person familiar with […]

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4 Disturbing Details You May Have Missed in the Mueller Report

After two years of silence, Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently made his first public remarks — to complain, it seemed, that no one had read his report. “We chose those words carefully,” Mr. Mueller said, “and the work speaks for itself.” But at a dense 440-plus pages, if the report speaks for itself, it takes […]

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Election Rules Are an Obstacle to Cybersecurity of Presidential Campaigns

One year out from the 2020 elections, presidential candidates face legal roadblocks to acquiring the tools and assistance necessary to defend against the cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns that plagued the 2016 presidential campaign. Federal laws prohibit corporations from offering free or discounted cybersecurity services to federal candidates. The same law also blocks political parties from […]

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Gun Issues, Long at the Fringe, Now Loom Large for Democratic Candidates

WASHINGTON — For the first time in two decades, Democratic presidential candidates are engaged in a politically fraught debate on gun-control policy as campaigns and advocacy groups assess the nation’s evolving views of an issue long considered a land mine for the left. In recent weeks, Senator Cory Booker called for a national gun license […]

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