Tag: McConnell, Mitch

Elaine Chao, Mitch McConnell and Questions of Conflict

Self-dealing, nepotism, conflicts of interest: Donald Trump campaigned on ending that kind of corruption in Washington, then, once in office, threw open the doors of his administration to it. Beyond appointing his own family to high office, retaining and promoting his businesses and profiting from foreign officials and corporate leaders who developed a sudden zest […]

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What Hunter Biden Did Was Legal — And That’s the Problem

In 2016, JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay $264 million as part of a settlement with the federal government. The reason? An Asian subsidiary of the company had hired the children of Chinese government officials in the hopes of currying favor with their powerful parents — a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Had the […]

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For Once, Republicans Break With Trump, but Not on Impeachment

WASHINGTON — Senator Lindsey Graham, an unsparing critic of President Trump before he entered the White House, rarely if ever questions him anymore, even after the president urged foreign governments to investigate his political rivals. But on Monday, Mr. Graham found something to criticize, and he could not have been tougher on Mr. Trump. “I […]

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Does Donald Trump Know What His Syria Policy Is?

American diplomats thought they had negotiated a solution to a seemingly intractable problem. The United States needed Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria to face off against remnants of the Islamic State. But Turkey, a NATO ally, saw those same Kurds as terrorists, allied with separatists inside Turkey. To prevent a Turkish invasion, the three sides […]

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Trump Tanks, Republicans Dither

Down with Republican wimps. You know the ones. They’re trying to avoid taking on Donald Trump while looking sort of sad about the way our president wanted to trade military aid to another country for dirt on a political opponent. Or just evading. “I don’t know what law he’s violated yet,” said Senator Rick Scott […]

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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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How to Win Republican Support for Impeachment

House Democratic leaders, following frustrated efforts to hold President Trump to account, understandably want to strike quickly to impeach him on the grounds of one extremely serious issue: his pressuring the president of Ukraine to get the goods on his Democratic rival Joe Biden. But they’re risking making their target too narrow and moving too […]

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$250 Million to Keep Votes Safe? Experts Say Billions Are Needed

WASHINGTON — If the full Senate, as expected, approves a recent committee decision to spend $250 million more to protect the 2020 elections from outside interference, Congress will have devoted at least $630 million toward that goal since Russia sought to influence the last presidential election. It sounds like a lot, experts say, until the […]

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As ‘Moscow Mitch’ Rings in His Ears, McConnell Backs Election Security

We come to praise Mitch McConnell, not to bury him. On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a bipartisan spending package containing $250 million to help states safeguard voting systems. Among the co-sponsors was the majority leader, Mr. McConnell, who, in a floor speech before the committee’s vote, declared himself “proud” to support the […]

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For Trump, a Time of Indecision

WASHINGTON — Speaking to a Fox News reporter near the Mexican border on Wednesday, President Trump seemed taken aback when asked if the White House were preparing to roll out gun control proposals the next day, a timeline administration officials had suggested was likely. “No, we’re not moving on anything,” Mr. Trump said. “We’re going […]

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Biden Managed to Work With McConnell. Many Democrats Weren’t Pleased.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader and self-described “grim reaper” of liberal legislative dreams, settled into a routine of sorts during Barack Obama’s second term whenever he felt he was cornered by Democrats. Mr. McConnell would rise from his chair in the Capitol, walk to his scheduler’s desk, smile a tight smile, and ask: “Can […]

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To Balance the Scales of Justice, Don’t Be Afraid to Pack the Court

President Trump bragged on Twitter recently about his success filling up the federal judiciary. “I want to congratulate” Senate majority leader “Mitch McConnell and all Republicans,” Trump wrote: “Today I signed the 160th Federal Judge to the Bench. Within a short period of time we will be at over 200 Federal Judges, including many in […]

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Staring Down a 3-Week Deadline, Congress Braces for Another Brutal Funding Fight

WASHINGTON — Congress is bracing this month for another round of bitter spending battles over President Trump’s promised border wall and his immigration agenda, with only three weeks remaining before the government runs out of money. With the memory of the nation’s longest government shutdown still fresh in their minds, White House officials and congressional […]

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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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Military Base Loses Funding for New School to Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON — For almost two decades, families at Fort Campbell, the sprawling Army base along the Kentucky-Tennessee border, have borne the brunt of the country’s war efforts as a steady clip of troops with the 101st Airborne Division and from Special Operations units deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. This week, the families discovered that they […]

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Both Parties See Control of the Senate as Pivotal. Here Are the Key Races They’re Watching.

WASHINGTON — The battle for the White House may be the marquee political event of 2020, but it is the rapidly intensifying struggle for control of the Senate that will determine how power is truly wielded in Washington come 2021. As Republicans assess President Trump’s uncertain re-election chances, they see maintaining control of the Senate […]

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Lessons on Law and Ethics From McConnell?

More from our inbox: Image“America needs the Senate to be the Senate,” Senator Mitch McConnell, shown here in his office on Capitol Hill, writes.CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times To the Editor: Re “The Filibuster Plays a Crucial Role,” by Mitch McConnell (Op-Ed, Aug. 23): Do we really need lessons in constitutional law from the man […]

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Trump’s Waffling on Gun Control Confuses Legislative Picture

WASHINGTON — After the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Senator Mitch McConnell had a message for his Kentucky constituents as his 2014 re-election fight loomed. “I want you to know that I will be doing everything in my power as Senate Republican leader, fighting tooth and nail, to protect your Second Amendment rights,” Mr. […]

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Trump Says ‘Hong Kong Is Not Helping’ in Trade War With China

HONG KONG — In his most extensive comments on the months of unrest in Hong Kong, President Trump said on Wednesday that China should “humanely” settle the situation before a trade deal is reached. His comments, delivered on Twitter, for the first time tied the fate of pro-democracy protesters to a trade deal with China, […]

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Trump’s Pile of Rubble

WASHINGTON — One of the most totemic pictures of the Obama era was a White House photo showing the president bowing to let a 5-year-old black boy touch his hair. As Jackie Calmes reported in The Times, the boy, the son of a departing National Security Council staffer, had shyly told Barack Obama, “I want […]

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