Tag: Nixon, Richard Milhous

Should the Government Give Everyone $1,000 a Month?

ImageCreditIllustration by Nicholas Konrad; Photographs by Andrew Spear, Mike Belleme and Elizabeth Frantz for The New York Times This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. If Andrew Yang has anything to say about the Democratic presidential debate tonight, there’s a good chance it […]

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The New Threat to Endangered Species? The Trump Administration

Endangered species come on lists. But lists obscure relationships. What can it mean that a few mussels, some snails we’ve never heard of, obscure crayfish in marginal headwaters and some island-confined songbirds are vanishing? Some 1,650 species of animals and plants in the United States are listed under federal law as endangered or threatened. But […]

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Reagan Called Africans ‘Monkeys’ in Call With Nixon, Tape Reveals

Ronald Reagan was the governor of California in 1971 when he phoned the White House to vent his political frustration to President Richard M. Nixon and, according to a newly released audio recording, called African people “monkeys” in a slur that sparked laughter from the president of the United States. The previously undisclosed exchange took […]

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An Impeachment Inquiry Is Coming. It Might Have Already Begun.

Last Wednesday, after Robert Mueller’s terse and sometimes halting congressional testimony, conventional wisdom quickly congealed: Mueller’s performance had made Donald Trump’s impeachment far less likely. “Robert S. Mueller III’s disastrous testimony has taken the wind out of the sails of the Democratic impeachment drive,” wrote Marc Thiessen in The Washington Post. CNN’s Chris Cillizza declared […]

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What’s America’s Winning Hand if Russia Plays the China Card?

One of the striking warnings in a recent Pentagon white paper on the growing strategic threat from Russia is that its president, Vladimir Putin, could pull a “reverse Nixon” and play his own version of the “China card” with the United States, a reference to the former president’s strategy of playing those two adversaries against […]

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The Vietnam War Was Already Lost, but I Had to Go Anyway

In the summer of 1969, the first American troops were withdrawn from Vietnam. Their war was over, but mine was just beginning. The previous November, Richard M. Nixon had been elected president with a “secret plan” to end the war. Surely peace was near. That same month I received my draft notice. About 24,000 of […]

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What Will It Take for Democrats to Unite Behind Impeaching Trump?

Many Democrats are arguing harshly that the House is wasting an opportunity to open an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Their point of support: Watergate-era House Democrats. In their telling, House Democrats were always united in support of impeaching President Richard Nixon. But that isn’t true. I was there, and in fact initially they were […]

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Trump’s Abuse of Executive Privilege Is More Than a Present Danger

President Trump has been on an executive privilege extravaganza. In the past month, he’s asserted it to block Congress from obtaining documents about the census citizenship question, invoked it to try to bar the full Mueller report from being given to Congress, and used it to bar his former White House counsel, Don McGahn, from […]

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New York Can Tell Congress Lots About Trump’s Taxes

Congress will soon have access to a treasure trove of information about President Trump’s taxes. It just needs to ask New York. A new state law, which sailed through the New York Legislature and now awaits the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would allow the heads of Congress’s tax-writing committees to request a public official’s […]

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