Tag: Obama, Barack

We Must Vote in November. This Is How to Ensure That We Can.

Voters should not have to choose between casting a ballot and risking their health. They should not have to endure confusion over the location of polling places or the availability of vote-by-mail. Yet voters might face exactly those problems in November if we do not act now to protect the election from Covid-19. To safeguard […]

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Obamacare Turns 10 Today. Here’s a Look at What Works and Doesn’t.

A pandemic. A Supreme Court challenge (again). A presidential election campaign — this time with attacks from the left as well as the right. Ever since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law 10 years ago Monday, it has faced legislative, legal and political attacks. The landmark health law, nicknamed Obamacare, has […]

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This Is the Stimulus We Need Right Now. It’s Not $1,000 for Every American.

All happy times are the same; all crises are different. Except one lesson is always the same: There always are two crises. In all governmental responses to crises, leaders have to focus both on ending the immediate crisis and also on adopting ethical, practical methods of addressing the effects. This is the crisis for leaders. […]

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How the Promise of American Jobs Became Entangled in a Faraway War

Episode 30: ‘Open Arms’ Producer/Director Alyse Shorland U.S. defense contractors used the promise of new jobs to persuade the government to approve billions of dollars’ worth of arms sales to foreign allies with little regard for how the American-made bombs, jets and other weapons are used. The Trump administration has repeatedly cleared the way for […]

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Coronavirus Outbreak: A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded

WASHINGTON — The outbreak of the respiratory virus began in China and was quickly spread around the world by air travelers, who ran high fevers. In the United States, it was first detected in Chicago, and 47 days later the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. By then it was too late: 110 million Americans […]

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Which Areas in America Are Worse Off Since 2016?

Although economists now expect that the coronavirus will lead to a major recession, the American economy improved steadily for nearly a decade, under both President Obama and President Trump. Gains have been widespread since 2016, when Mr. Trump was elected, with the lowest-wage industries and workers seeing the biggest wage gains. And yet not all […]

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Trump Says He’s ‘Strongly Considering’ Pardoning Flynn

WASHINGTON — As the country reeled from growing health and economic crises brought on by the spread of the coronavirus, President Trump announced on Sundaythat he was “strongly considering” a pardon for his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. Mr. Trump, who appeared to spend the day stewing at the White House, also lashed […]

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For Biden and Sanders, the Fight’s Not Personal

In October 2015, Senator Bernie Sanders was whisked into Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s residence at the Naval Observatory for a breakfast of yogurt parfaits and caffeinated campaign advice from a vice president who had just announced his (temporary) retirement from presidential politics. The meeting, according to aides, lasted longer than expected, nearly two hours, with […]

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The Government Has Failed on Coronavirus, but There Is Still Time

In times of national crisis, the American people look to our president for leadership and direction. Until recently, President Trump had confronted few, if any, significant national security challenges that were not substantially of his own making. Then came the Covid-19 pandemic, and suddenly the health of all Americans depends on the competence of the […]

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What if We Just Counted Up All the Votes for President and Saw Who Won?

If you were designing a system to elect the political leader of a major constitutional republic in 2020, how would you do it? The answer is easy, or at least it should be: by a national popular vote — a system in which all votes count the same and the winner is the candidate who […]

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Trump, His Eye on the Border, Overlooked the Coronavirus Threat

On Jan. 20, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found for the first time that the Covid-19 coronavirus had infected an American, a man from Snohomish County, Wash., who had returned from China five days earlier. “We have it totally under control,” President Trump said the next day. “It’s one person coming in […]

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Don’t Let Trump Pay Back Evangelicals Like This

Many Americans know by now that when Christian nationalists talk about “religious freedom” they are really asking for the privilege to impose their religion on other people. What Americans may not yet understand is that they are also demanding money from taxpayers to do so. Long before Donald Trump hitched his political fortunes to the […]

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Elizabeth Warren Was the Wrong Kind of Radical

Remember when Elizabeth Warren was going to save the Democratic Party? Back in 2016, it looked as if she had been engineered in a lab to broker a truce between the Democratic establishment and a resurgent left. Instead, she has spent the last year caught in the crossfire between the two camps. It’s a bloody […]

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Joe Biden’s Success Shows We Gave Obama a Free Pass

This piece has been updated to reflect news developments. Joe Biden had enormous success on Super Tuesday, winning Democratic presidential primaries across the South with strong support from black voters. Mr. Biden has pledged to rebuild the middle class but, in reality, he has campaigned on his proximity to Barack Obama as his main selling […]

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On Afghanistan, Trump Gets Taken

Sometimes, foreign policy consists of trying to make lemonade out of lemons. In the case of the recently signed U.S.-Taliban agreement on Afghanistan, President Trump provided the lemons, and the lead U.S. negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, and his team did the squeezing. Mr. Trump made clear that he intended to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan — […]

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A Trump Plan Breaks a Great Deal for Ranchers and Park Lovers

The Trump administration has struck another blow to common-sense management of public lands in the West. Virtually all the spectacular country neighboring the Escalante River in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah will be reopened to cattle grazing, thanks to a new plan for managing the monument released by the Interior Department last month. […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Obamacare Appeal

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a third major case on the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s health care law, granting petitions from Democratic state officials and the House of Representatives in a case with the potential to wipe out the entire law. The court did not say when it […]

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A War Without Winners Winds Down

The deal the Trump administration signed with the Taliban on Saturday is a ticket out of Afghanistan for American troops who’ve been there far too long. It is a quiet end to a conflict that began with vibrant clarity, if not strategic vision, and descended into bloody ambiguity. The Afghan government was not involved in […]

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After 18 Years, Is This Afghan Peace, or Just a Way Out?

President Trump has left no doubt that his first priority in Afghanistan is a peace treaty that would enable him to claim that he is fulfilling his vow to withdraw American troops. But a parade of his former national security aides say he is far less interested in an actual Afghan peace. And that creates […]

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Democratic Rivals Are Fighting Over Obama. He Has Some Opinions.

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama has not set foot in South Carolina recently, but he has become a flash point among the Democratic presidential candidates as they compete for black voters in Saturday’s primary there and in the bigger, diverse Super Tuesday contests next week. In statements and a campaign ad over the past few days, […]

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Trump Has a Problem as the Coronavirus Threatens the U.S.: His Credibility

WASHINGTON — When Hurricane Dorian crashed into the Atlantic Coast in September, President Trump assumed a take-charge role in response. But he undermined his own effectiveness after it became apparent that before displaying a map in front of the television cameras in the Oval Office, he had altered it with a Sharpie pen to match […]

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No, President Trump: You’ve Weakened America’s Soft Power

President Trump claims he “made America great again.” The facts show just the opposite. The United States has lost credibility since 2017. The president’s looseness with the truth has debased the currency of trust that is needed in a crisis, and his continual disdain for our allies means we have fewer friends. There is clear […]

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