Tag: Obama, Barack

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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U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid

WASHINGTON — The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said. In interviews over the past three months, the officials […]

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Richard Holbrooke and a Certain Idea of America

On July 6, 1939, a couple of months before the outbreak of World War II, a young Polish Jewish immigrant named Abraham Dan Golbraich went before a judge and changed his name to Dan A. Holbrooke. He was to be the father of Richard Holbrooke, a diplomat whose fierce talent ended a European war and […]

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Take the Iowa Caucuses. Please.

Last weekend, a drove of Democratic presidential hopefuls descended on Iowa for two days of voter contact. The lure was Sunday night’s Hall of Fame dinner in Cedar Rapids, where each of the 19 candidates was given five minutes to perform a monologue before Iowa’s Democratic Party elite. With an estimated 200 journalists and 1,500 […]

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Inspectors Say Iran Is Increasing Production of Nuclear Fuel

WASHINGTON — International inspectors said on Monday that Iran was ramping up its production of nuclear fuel, following through on a threat to begin walking away from restrictions agreed to in a 2015 nuclear accord that President Trump has abandoned. The announcement of Iran’s actions came from Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International […]

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Kehinde Wiley (and His Infinity Pool) Are Ready to Spoil Artists

DAKAR, Senegal — The art star Kehinde Wiley is standing in the middle of his spacious bedroom with mint green walls looking like a little kid who can’t wait to blurt out the surprise he’s been keeping secret. Everything in his new Black Rock studio and artists’ residence in Dakar is fabulous, of course. The […]

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A Chance for ‘Dreamers’

In 2017, Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA — the Obama administration program that granted a reprieve from deportation to many Dreamers, immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children. At the time, the president issued a challenge on Twitter: “Congress, get ready to do your job.” […]

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Biden Issues Climate Plan That Aims Well Beyond Obama’s Goal

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has faced criticism from Democratic presidential rivals about his commitment to combating climate change, on Tuesday unveiled a plan centered on reinstating the climate policies of the Obama administration — but he included some unexpected proposals that would push significantly beyond what the previous White […]

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Congress Weighs Whether to Allow Guantánamo Prisoners to Travel to the U.S. for Medical Care

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — With the military putting a new focus on the health care needs of aging detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison, Congress is considering again whether to allow the Pentagon to move wartime prisoners temporarily to the United States for emergency […]

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‘You Don’t Have to Be in Des Moines.’ Democrats Expand Primary Map, Spurred by Social Media.

SAN FRANCISCO — Sunday marks exactly eight months until the Iowa caucuses, but only a single, long-shot Democratic candidate in the party’s sprawling field, Representative Tim Ryan, spent the weekend campaigning there. Instead, 14 White House hopefuls eschewed Iowa’s cozy church basements and V.F.W. posts to gather at a hangar-size convention center in this liberal […]

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