Tag: Obama, Barack

Mike Pompeo: Secretary of Hypocrisy

It isn’t hard to guess what Mike Pompeo, the hawkish congressman from Kansas, would say about the Afghan exit deal that Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, is negotiating with the Taliban. The details of the negotiations, which are being conducted in Qatar by U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and could be finalized by the end […]

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Fact-Checking Trump’s Claim That He Didn’t Start Family Separations at Border

What President Trump Said “President Obama had separation. I’m the one that brought them together.” — in remarks to reporters on Wednesday False. Mr. Trump’s immigration policies were in the news again on Wednesday with the administration’s release of a regulation that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally. […]

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Trump Says Russia Should Be Readmitted to G7

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that Russia should be readmitted to the Group of 7 industrialized nations, a call for ending Moscow’s pariah status on the world stage that is likely to earn a cool reception when the group’s annual summit opens this weekend. Speaking a few days before his planned departure for […]

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The Species Act, Endangered: ‘Like a Plan From a Cartoon Villain’

In early May, a United Nations panel on biodiversity released a deeply troubling 1,500-page report warning that as many as one million plant and animal species were at risk of extinction worldwide. It strongly urged nations everywhere to accelerate efforts to save the marine and terrestrial life that remain — the mammals, the birds, the […]

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Trump Tower on Obama Avenue: 290,000 Say Yes, but It Won’t Happen

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] New Yorkers have been finding more and more ways to protest President Trump, from stripping his name off buildings he once built to holding demonstrations outside his Midtown Manhattan home/office. The latest effort: an online petition signed by more […]

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Ebola Could Be Eradicated — But Only if the World Works Together

The global health community got a few pieces of hopeful news this week. On Monday the World Health Organization announced that two newly developed intravenous drug therapies appear capable of curing Ebola. The medications could help end a continuing epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where nearly 2,800 people have been infected over the […]

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Obama and Biden’s Relationship Looks Rosy. It Wasn’t Always That Simple.

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama was riding his call for generational change to the Democratic presidential nomination in the spring of 2008 when he began musing about potential running mates with aides traveling with him on the trail. “I want somebody with gray in his hair,” Mr. Obama, then 46, told one of them. He was […]

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Obama Shares His Summer Reading List

ImageBarack Obama released his summer reading list on Wednesday, encouraging people to start with the writings of Toni Morrison, left, who died last week.CreditCarolyn Kaster/Associated Press Former President Barack Obama shared his summer reading list on social media on Wednesday, offering a mix of novels, short story collections and nonfiction for anyone, in his words, […]

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Harry Reid: The Filibuster Is Suffocating the Will of the American People

I am not an expert on all of government, but I do know something about the United States Senate. As the former majority leader, I know how tough it is to get anything through the chamber, which was designed to serve as the slower, more deliberative body of the United States Congress. But what is […]

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Inside the Government, Addressing Domestic Terrorism Has Been Fraught

WASHINGTON — Not long after Barack Obama took office in 2009, a Homeland Security Department analyst produced a report presciently predicting that the deep economic downturn, the rise of social media and the election of the first black president would combine to make race-driven extremism a growing and serious threat to national security. But when […]

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Does Trump Help Fuel Mass Shootings?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Just how much responsibility does President Trump bear for violence motivated by racism? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss the recent shootings in El Paso, Tex., and Dayton, Ohio. Michelle Goldberg sees […]

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Can the Democrats Do Better Than Trump on North Korea?

Over the two years and three meetings that President Trump has engaged with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader may have produced fissile material for as many as a dozen more nuclear weapons, according to expert estimates. That’s hardly the total denuclearization of North Korea that Mr. Trump promised. Would his Democratic challengers do a […]

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Shootings Spur Debate on Extremism and Guns, With Trump on Defense

The politics of American gun violence follow a predictable pattern in most cases: outraged calls for action from the left, somber gestures of sympathy from the right, a subdued presidential statement delivered from a prepared text — and then, in a matter of days or even hours, a national turning of the page to other […]

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Shootings Renew Debate Over How to Combat Domestic Terrorism

WASHINGTON — With President Trump pledging to give federal law enforcement authorities “whatever they need” to combat domestic terrorism, officials said containing threats from white supremacists and nationalists would require adopting the same type of broad and aggressive approach used to battle international extremism. Even before the shootings this weekend in El Paso and Dayton, […]

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Democratic Candidates Praise Labor — and the Obama Legacy, Too

LAS VEGAS — Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro insisted that on immigration matters, “there’s no comparison between Obama and Trump, O.K.?” In response to a reporter’s question, Senator Elizabeth Warren only briefly acknowledged past disagreements with the Obama administration before pivoting to praise former President Barack Obama’s achievements on health care and protecting consumers. And […]

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Conservatives Are Hiding Their ‘Loathing’ Behind Our Flag

The Republican Party under Donald Trump has devolved into a populist cult of personality. But Mr. Trump won’t be president forever. Can the cult persist without its personality? Does Trumpist nationalism contain a kernel of coherent ideology that can outlast the Trump presidency? At a recent conference in Washington, a group of conservatives did their […]

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Worst Democratic Strategy Yet: Attack Obama’s Legacy

With 66 weeks to go until the election, the Democrats tasked with saving a sinking ship of state have shown that they would rather drown in a sea of self-righteousness than steer the Donald Trump-rotted hulk to a fresh shore. You know the presidential debates this week were a disaster for Democrats because Republican attack […]

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Joe Biden Is Learning That Liberals Eat Their Own

As a conservative watching the Democratic debates, one of the most astonishing aspects of the multicandidate assault on Joe Biden was that the case against him seems to be based in large measure on his role in two generations of Democratic victories. His “crimes” consist partly in playing crucial roles in the political successes of […]

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Biden Defends Obama Legacy After It Was Bruised in Democratic Debate

There is a new wedge issue in the Democratic presidential primary: Whether or not it is fair game to question the legacy of President Barack Obama, who is perhaps the most respected and unifying figure in the party. That issue emerged in Wednesday’s debate when several candidates used elements of the Obama record to attack […]

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Why Rate Cuts Don’t Help Much Anymore

Now that it has finally happened, don’t expect the Federal Reserve’s long-awaited rate cut to make all that much of a difference for the economy. In the weeks leading up to Wednesday’s decision to cut the benchmark Fed funds rate by 0.25 points to 2.25 percent, the stock market seemed to leap whenever Jerome H. […]

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