Tag: Pelosi, Nancy

What Pelosi Versus the Squad Really Means

What’s at stake in the struggle between Nancy Pelosi and the four progressive House members known as the squad? Partly it’s just the perpetual conflict between younger members who want change fast and older members who say you have to deal with political reality. But deep down it’s a conflict of worldviews. No matter how […]

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Get It Together, Democrats

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The Democratic Party is having a rough summer so far: Congressional Democrats have a weak, confusing message about Robert Mueller’s findings. Congressional Republicans outfoxed Democrats on a border funding bill. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, […]

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Please, Pelosi, Fight Trump, Not the Squad

For the last couple of weeks, the House Democratic leadership has been locked in an escalating battle with four left-wing freshmen congresswomen known as “the squad”: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. It started with a dispute over funding for detention facilities at the border, with the squad voting against any new […]

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Trump’s America Is a ‘White Man’s Country’

If Donald Trump has a theory of anything, it is a theory of American citizenship. It’s simple. If you are white, then regardless of origin, you have a legitimate claim to American citizenship and everything that comes with it. If you are not, then you don’t. Trump never quite put this theory in writing. But […]

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Trump’s Tweets Prove That He Is a Raging Racist

Donald Trump keeps trying to convince any disbelieving holdouts that he is a raging racist. At least, that’s how I imagine his motives. In truth, it is more likely that his truest nature is simply being revealed, again and again, and he is using his own racism to appeal to the racism in the people […]

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Trump Tells Freshman Congresswomen to ‘Go Back’ to the Countries They Came From

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday weighed in on the friction between a group of four freshman Democratic congresswomen and Speaker Nancy Pelosi: He suggested that the congresswomen — none of whom are white — should “go back and help fix” the countries they came from. His message was immediately seized upon by Democrats, who […]

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Top Ocasio-Cortez Aide Becomes a Symbol of Democratic Division

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders, their patience clearly fraying, signaled this weekend to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s outspoken top aide that his seeming efforts to lead an insurrection against more moderate Democrats would no longer be tolerated — a message also aimed at the freshman congresswoman who employs him. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a liberal firebrand from the […]

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Scaling Wokeback Mountain

WASHINGTON — I was feeling on edge. Writing a column that sparks an internecine fight among the highest-profile women in the Democratic Party is nerve wracking. So I went to the gym. Alex Toussaint, the digital Peloton instructor inside the little screen on my spinning bike, had some wisdom for me — the kind of […]

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Parties Face ‘Crackup’ as Outsiders Wield Social Media Against the Establishment

WASHINGTON — On the night that he conceded defeat in 1992 after the most successful independent presidential campaign of the last century, Ross Perot made it clear that he was not done shaking up the established order. “Believe me,” he declared, “the system needs some shocks.” So perhaps it was only fitting that on the […]

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For 30 Minutes on a Hot Friday Morning, Trump Lashes Out at a Range of Critics

WASHINGTON — Speaking for over 30 minutes in the hot sun on Friday morning, President Trump lashed out at his critics in no particular order, heaping vitriol on everyone from Democrats running for president to the former Republican House speaker, not to mention a foreign ambassador and the press. The president conducted his impromptu news […]

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Government Could Breach Debt Ceiling in September, Mnuchin Warns

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin informed congressional leaders on Friday that the government could run out of money in early September, pleading with lawmakers to reach a deal to raise the government’s borrowing limit before their August recess or risk a potentially catastrophic default. Mr. Mnuchin, in a letter to leadership, said that while […]

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Nancy Pelosi and the Young Progressives

To the Editor: Re “A Fiery Pelosi Calls for Democratic Unity” (news article, July 11): My politics — like those of the restless House Democrats — are liberal, but I can also do math. Currently, Democrats control only one-sixth of the federal government — that is, one-half of one of our government’s three branches. Notwithstanding […]

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What Is Nancy Pelosi Thinking?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is consumer activism an effective political strategy? Has corporate America become a force for social liberalism? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists talk “woke capitalism.” Ross Douthat thinks the burgeoning phenomenon reflects a […]

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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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Is There Anyone Who Can Unite the Democrats Besides Trump?

Are Democrats or Republicans more out of touch with the American people? In 1999, a CNN/Gallup survey asked that very question: Are Democrats or Republicans “in touch or out of touch with the American people?” Twenty years ago, a solid 57 percent majority of voters described the Democratic Party as in touch with the American […]

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Tensions Between Pelosi and Progressive Democrats of ‘the Squad’ Burst Into Flame

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they have no following in Congress. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York shot back that she and three of her fellow liberal freshmen, darlings of the left known collectively as “the squad,” are wielding the real power in the party. Six months into the new House Democratic majority, long-simmering […]

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It’s Nancy Pelosi’s Parade

SAN FRANCISCO — Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump have a lot in common. Neither one drinks, yet they have family vineyards. They both love big bowls of ice cream. Their last names are — depending on the shade of the state — curse words. Pelosi was once dubbed “Mussolini in a skirt,” while she has […]

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For All the Talk of a Tea Party of the Left, Moderates Emerge as a Democratic Power

WASHINGTON — For all the talk of a Tea Party of the left, the true power in the House revealed its face last week — the Mighty Moderates. The failure of House liberals to attach strict conditions to billions of dollars in emergency border aid requested by President Trump highlighted the outsize power of about […]

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There Are Really Two Distinct White Working Classes

At Nancy Pelosi’s news conference last week, a reporter asked her about Joe Biden’s comments on his congenial dealings in the senate of the 1970s with the Southern Democrats James O. Eastland and Herman Talmadge, who were both staunch opponents of Civil Rights legislation and racial integration: There’s been a back‑and‑forth between Vice President Biden […]

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Trump Says He’ll Delay Deportation Operation Aimed at Undocumented Families

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Saturday delayed plans for nationwide raids to deport undocumented families, but threatened to have Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents resume the raids in two weeks if Democrats do not submit to changes in asylum law they have long opposed. Immigration agents were planning to sweep into immigrant communities in 10 […]

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