Tag: Foreign Aid

What’s in President Trump’s Fiscal 2021 Budget?

WASHINGTON — President Trump has proposed a record $4.8 trillion budget for the 2021 fiscal year, and while Congress decides what to fund, the document provides a window into the White House’s spending priorities. The president’s plan includes about $2 trillion in cuts to safety net programs and student loan initiatives. Those reductions encompass new […]

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How Mitch McConnell Delivered Acquittal for Trump

WASHINGTON — On a Tuesday afternoon a week into President Trump’s impeachment trial, Senator Mitch McConnell could see his carefully laid plan to deliver a swift acquittal veering off the rails. An explosive report detailing how John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, had confirmed a central allegation against Mr. Trump had roiled the […]

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Giuliani Sought Help for Client in Meeting With Ukrainian Official

KYIV, Ukraine — When Rudolph W. Giuliani met with a top aide to Ukraine’s president last summer, he discussed the prospect of a coveted White House meeting for the president while seeking Ukraine’s commitment to certain investigations that could benefit President Trump politically. Mr. Giuliani also threw in a request of his own: help the […]

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Pompeo Says U.S. Backs Ukraine Against Russian Aggression

KYIV, Ukraine — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday after a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that the Trump administration was committed to supporting Ukraine in its defense against aggression by Russia, which invaded and annexed part of the country and is supporting a separatist insurgency. “Today I’m here with a clear […]

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Trump Lawyer’s Impeachment Argument Stokes Fears of Unfettered Power

WASHINGTON — When a lawyer for President Trump suggested to senators this week that whatever a president does in pursuit of re-election is inherently in the public’s interest, the moment crystallized fears among some of Mr. Trump’s critics about creeping presidential autocracy. “If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected […]

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Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Exposes the Ugly Truth

On Tuesday, President Trump released his long-gestating plan for Middle East peace, the so-called “deal of the century.” It calls for a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza; for Jerusalem, including its Old City, to be the undivided capital of Israel; and for Israel to annex all settlements, as well as the Jordan […]

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Mr. Bolton’s Thunderbolt

It’s just possible that common sense and reality have a shot at prying open the doors to the Senate chamber after all. After claiming that it’s perfectly reasonable to put a United States president on trial without hearing from any witnesses, a few Republican senators are showing signs of recognizing that the truth matters. Or, […]

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What if It Were Obama on Trial?

What if it were President Barack Obama who was the subject of the Senate impeachment trial? How would we feel then? Cass Sunstein, a professor at Harvard Law School, suggests a question along those lines in his book “Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide.” It’s one of several thought experiments that I suggest in order to step […]

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Trump’s Defense Team Calls Impeachment Charges ‘Brazen’ as Democrats Make Legal Case

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s legal defense team strenuously denied on Saturday that he had committed impeachable acts, denouncing the charges against him as a “brazen and unlawful” attempt to cost him re-election as House Democrats laid out in meticulous detail their case that he should be removed from office. In the first legal filings for […]

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