Tag: Pelosi, Nancy

Frustrated House Democrats Pin Their Hopes on Mueller

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, frustrated by President Trump’s efforts to stonewall their investigations and eager to stoke public anger about the president’s behavior, are pinning their diminishing hopes on Robert S. Mueller III. They had a plan: dramatize the special counsel’s damning but dense report on national television in their committees, animating his prose with […]

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House Passes Legislation Aiming to Shore Up Health Law and Lower Drug Costs

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed a suite of health care bills that tied shoring up the Affordable Care Act to lowering drug prices, as Democrats tried to hold Republicans to their campaign promises to secure coverage for pre-existing medical conditions and rein in the cost of prescription medicine. But Democratic leaders appeared to […]

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Pelosi Raises Impeachment as a Way to Break Trump’s Information Stonewall

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday that House Democrats could always open an impeachment inquiry to pry free documents and testimony from stonewalling Trump administration officials — a sharp response to the White House’s blanket claim that House requests served no “legitimate” legislative purpose. “The courts would respect it if you said we need […]

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What Democrats Can Learn About Impeachment From the Civil War

Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Trump was becoming “self-impeachable” and she’s right: The president keeps breaking laws and rejecting constitutional limits on his power. There is the Mueller report, of course, which spells out his multiple attempts to obstruct justice. There are his repeated efforts to criminalize his political opponents — first […]

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Editorial Observer: Can Nancy Pelosi Keep the Democrats in Line?

“Own the center-left. Own the mainstream.” This is the advice — some might even call it a warning — that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been drilling into her caucus of late. If Democrats want to send President Trump packing in 2020, she told The Times recently, they must resist being pulled toward the hard, […]

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House Approves Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Aid Over Trump’s Opposition

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday again approved a massive emergency relief bill for farmers and communities hit by hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters, escalating a standoff with President Trump, who has resisted more aid to Puerto Rico and demanded additional money for immigration enforcement. Thirty-four House Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues in […]

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This 86-Year-Old Radical May Save (or Sink) the Democrats

On a recent afternoon, a crowd had gathered in the auditorium of the People’s Forum, a new event space in Midtown Manhattan. There was a picture of Lenin tacked on the wall, a shelf of books about Che Guevara and a cafe serving avocado toast. The young true believers and rickety old militants in attendance […]

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White House Memo: A Strategy Emerges to Counter House Democrats: Dare Them to Impeach

WASHINGTON — As the White House and Congress escalate their constitutional showdown, President Trump and his team are essentially trying to call what they see as the Democrats’ bluff. The message: Put up or shut up. Impeach or move on. Confident that there are not enough votes to remove him from office through an impeachment […]

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Constitutional Collision Course

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, on Thursday pronounced the United States to be in a “constitutional crisis,” saying that President Trump has crossed a line with his war on congressional oversight. “Every day they are advertising their obstruction of justice by ignoring subpoenas and by just declaring that people shouldn’t come speak to […]

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If This Is a Constitutional Crisis, Act Like It

In their best-selling 2018 book “How Democracies Die,” the Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt wrote about the concept of “constitutional hardball,” in which politicians “deploy their institutional powers as broadly as they can get away with.” One example they gave was the way that Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan president, responded when the opposition […]

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China Trade, India, Mueller: Your Friday Briefing

Good morning, We’re covering the uproar over U.S.-China trade tensions, Democrats’ concerns of a constitutional crisis and a typo on Australia’s $50 bill. Complications with U.S.-China trade deal multiply President Trump is expected to impose new tariffs on Chinese goods at (12:01 a.m. Eastern). That cast a definite shadow over two days of trade talks […]

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Pelosi Declares Nation Is in a ‘Constitutional Crisis’

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the United States was in a “constitutional crisis” and warned that House Democrats might move to hold more Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress if they continued their refusals to comply with committee subpoenas. Speaking to reporters in the Capitol, Ms. Pelosi said she agreed with […]

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Facing a Trump Stonewall, Democrats Struggle for Options to Compel Cooperation

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, infuriated by President Trump’s stonewalling, are struggling to mount a more aggressive campaign to compel him to cooperate with their investigations — a push that could include a threat to jail officials, garnish their wages and perhaps even impeach the president. With Mr. Trump throwing up roadblocks on practically a daily […]

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The Conversation: Is This the Audition for ‘Game of Thrones’?

Gail Collins: Bret, I guess we ought to start off with the attorney general’s performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But I think I’m suffering from Mueller fatigue. Seen any good movies lately? Bret: I haven’t, though I’ve very belatedly started watching “Game of Thrones” and binge-watched Season 2 last week. It feels very … […]

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Pelosi Warns Democrats: Stay in the Center or Trump May Contest Election Results

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not believe President Trump can be removed through impeachment — the only way to do it, she said this week, is to defeat him in 2020 by a margin so “big” he cannot challenge the legitimacy of a Democratic victory. That is something she worries about. “We have to […]

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Editorial Observer: Dying Is No Reason to Stop Fighting

Ady Barkan rolled into Washington this week in a motorized wheelchair, unable to talk or to chew food or to lift his arm to scratch an itch, but determined to deliver the message that health care is a human right. Just 35 years old, he is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as A.L.S. […]

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The Trouble With Joe and Bernie

It’s still very early, but Joe Biden has emerged as the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination. Bernie Sanders is in second place, although he appears to be fairly far behind, and one poll shows him in a statistical tie with Elizabeth Warren. So what should we think about the men currently leading the field? […]

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Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Predicts Biden Won’t Sell Many ‘MAMA’ Hats

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. Joe ‘MAMA’ A new […]

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It’s Infrastructure Week!

On Tuesday, a dozen Democratic lawmakers, including the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, headed to the White House for a frank talk with President Trump about the “I” word: infrastructure. This was Democratic leaders’ first huddle with Mr. Trump since December, a testament to both sides’ desire to address […]

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Trump and Democrats Agree to Pursue $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

WASHINGTON — Democratic congressional leaders emerged from a meeting at the White House on Tuesday and announced that President Trump had agreed to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure plan to upgrade the nation’s highways, railroads, bridges and broadband. Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said that there had been “good will” in the meeting and […]

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