Tag: Lying

While You Wait for Mueller

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Yes, I know you’ve heard this before, but many observers think it’s finally true: The Mueller report seems to be coming soon. I want to step back this morning and review what Robert’s Mueller investigation (and others) […]

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Reality TV Stars Share What It’s Like to Watch a Liar Get Caught on Camera

Images via ABC and Bravo. Whether they are appearing on The Bachelor, Teen Mom, or Vanderpump Rules, reality TV stars often find themselves caught up in lies. Sometimes, they are the ones doing the lying, right to the camera, even though they must know they’ll eventually be caught, and called out. Sometimes, they are the […]

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Status Anxiety and the Scam Economy

Scammers and cheats are the paradigmatic figures of our age, and not just because a con man is president of the United States. Again and again in recent years, people who’ve scaled the cultural heights have been revealed as audacious frauds. The systems and institutions that confer status in our society keep being exposed as […]

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Critic’s Notebook: Michael Cohen Depicts a Life More Like ‘The Sopranos’ Than ‘The Apprentice’

For 14 seasons, on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” Donald J. Trump presented a gilded image of the Trump Organization, which the reality show depicted as a hard-charging, happy, successful business. On Wednesday, before the House oversight committee and a nationwide TV audience, Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer, told America that it had […]

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Been Lyin’: Documents Reveal Elizabeth Warren Identified as Native American as Far Back as 1986

Image: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. (Getty Images) Democratic Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren is going to need a bigger shovel. Seeming to directly contradict Warren’s long-held claim that she never used her dubious Native American ancestry to gain any professional advantage, The Washington Post reported that the Massachusetts Senator identified herself as “American Indian” […]

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The People vs. Donald J. Trump

The presidential oath of office contains 35 words and one core promise: to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Since virtually the moment Donald J. Trump took that oath two years ago, he has been violating it. He has repeatedly put his own interests above those of the country. He has […]

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Did Trump Just Lie About Being In The Oval Office on New Year’s Eve? Some Reporters Think So

Photo: Zach Gibson (Getty Images) President Alex P. Keaton has noted (and by “noted,” I mean drilled the shit into our collective frontal lobes) that he’s home alone at the White House diligently working (and by “working,” I mean tweeting) by his lonesome without anyone else because that’s how committed he is to not fixing […]

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside — A Trump Tune

I really can’t stay. No, John Kelly, don’t go just yet. I don’t mind if you called me an idiot. My next chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, was even more mean. He said I was a “terrible human being.” I’ve got to go away. Please, Kellyanne Conway, stick around one year more, even if your […]

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Passive Aggressive Behavior in Relationships (and How to Change It)

Not you, of course…maybe. Do you have a passive aggressive person in your life? Even more importantly, do you think that passive aggressive person might be you? Passive aggressive behavior can be seriously damaging to relationships, so if you’re acting this way, you should probably know about it. According to Merriam Webster, the definition of […]

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It Is So Much Worse Than I Thought

I will be going on book leave soon — today is my last column for a while because of the holiday schedule — to write what I believe to be the most important thing that I’ve ever written. No, it’s not about Donald Trump, just in case you were wondering. But since I have written […]

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Michael Flynn Asks Judge for Leniency for Lying to F.B.I.

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, asked a federal judge late on Tuesday to spare their client any prison time for pleading guilty to lying to investigators, citing his significant cooperation with the special counsel’s investigation. Mr. Flynn’s lawyers said his lengthy military service and willingness to assist […]

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Why Does Paul Manafort Lie?

Maybe Paul Manafort simply has more chutzpah than the rest of us. Here’s a man convicted of financial fraud, facing further criminal prosecution for the lies he’s accused of telling, who makes a deal to protect himself and proceeds, according to a memo sent to a federal judge on Friday, to lie to the prosecutors. […]

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News Analysis: Mueller Exposes the Culture of Lying That Surrounds Trump

WASHINGTON — When Michael D. Cohen admitted this past week to lying to Congress about a Russian business deal, he said he had testified falsely out of loyalty to President Trump. When he admitted this summer to lying on campaign finance records about payments to cover up a sex scandal during the campaign, he said […]

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Tangled Webs We Weave: Big Lies, Little Lies

If I were to ask you if you lie, what would you say? No? Sometimes? It depends on the situation? The truth is that everyone has lied. Anyone who claims never to have lied is, in fact, lying. There is a perceived difference, however, between telling little “white” lies and being an out-and-out liar. Lying […]

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A Party Defined by Its Lies

During my first year as an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, I wasn’t allowed to use the word “lie.” That first year coincided with the 2000 election, and George W. Bush was, in fact, being systematically dishonest about his economic proposals — saying false things about who would benefit from his tax cut […]

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This I Believe About Blasey v. Kavanaugh

I have absolutely no idea what, if anything, happened between Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford at a party in Maryland in the early 1980s. Unless you were at the party, I believe that you don’t, either. I believe that statements on the controversy that begin, “I believe Blasey,” or “I believe Kavanaugh” — because […]

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Boys Will Be Supreme Court Justices

Obviously, I believe Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who says that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school while his friend Mark Judge watched and, at moments, egged him on. I believe her when she says that Kavanaugh, who she says was drunk, held her down, covered her mouth when she tried to […]

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Sex, Lies and Presidents

Over the years I’ve periodically been reminded of the many ways in which Bill Clinton’s presidency debased our civic culture. This week the reminders have been especially pointed. First we had the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on NBC on Sunday, explaining to Chuck Todd that “truth isn’t truth” — an invitation, perhaps, to parse the […]

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