Tag: Politics and Government

Mexico’s López Obrador, Fond of Trump, Eyes Biden Administration Warily

MEXICO CITY — President Trump called Mexican migrants rapists, threatened his neighbor with a trade war, kicked tens of thousands of asylum seekers out of the country, built up the border wall and promised to make Mexico pay for it. Mexico’s president is a big fan. So profound is his appreciation that when President Andrés […]

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Amazon’s ‘Tandav’ Show Angers India’s Hindu Nationalists

NEW DELHI — Bollywood once again has fallen into the cross hairs of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party — and major Western streaming services like Amazon and Netflix increasingly find themselves caught in the middle. Two separate criminal complaints were filed with the police over the weekend against the makers of “Tandav,” a splashy new […]

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Europe Welcomes Biden, but Won’t Wait for Him

As a politician with his eye on the midterm congressional elections, “Biden will focus like a laser in his first year on the pandemic, on reopening the economy, on unemployment, on infrastructure, on health care, on an economic stimulus,” Mr. Kupchan said. “There will be much less time, energy and money for foreign policy.” Sophia […]

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In Minnesota, a G.O.P. Lawmaker’s Death Brings Home the Reality of Covid

As a lab technician for 3M, Ms. Relph tests industrial masks. “The fact that people deny the science behind masks makes me even angrier,” she said. She recalled that a Senate colleague of her father’s had stopped by her family’s house, without a mask, while her father was in the hospital. “Point blank, he said, […]

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Most Major Economies Are Shrinking. Not China’s.

SHANGHAI — As most nations around the world struggle with new lockdowns and layoffs in the face of the surging pandemic, just one major economy has bounced back after bringing the coronavirus mostly under control: China. The Chinese economy rose 2.3 percent last year, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics announced on Monday in Beijing. […]

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True-Crime Podcast Puts Spotlight on Irish Coach Accused of Abuse

Since then, numerous Irish pedophiles have faced successful prosecution on even older charges, based mainly on victim testimony. In the late 1990s, the Irish police investigated other child sex assault allegations against Mr. Gibney, but public prosecutors declined to press charges or seek his extradition, according to Justine McCarthy, a journalist for The Sunday Times […]

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Raphael Warnock and the Legacy of Racial Tyranny

Revels’s backers argued that he was in fact a lifelong citizen of the United States, because he was born to free Black parents. After more objections and heated debate, the efforts to block Revels’s admission were voted down by the antislavery Republicans who dominated the Senate. “When the Vice-President uttered the words, ‘The Senator elect […]

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Migrant Caravan, Now in Guatemala, Could Pose Early Test for Biden

Thousands of migrants from Honduras have entered Guatemala and plan to continue north to the United States, potentially posing an early test of the immigration policies of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has pledged to ease the Trump administration’s restrictions on asylum. After a few hundred people were able to push past the border […]

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Navalny Prepares to Fly to Moscow, Despite Threat of Arrest

But analysts said that despite the bureaucratic drumbeat, the final decision over Mr. Navalny’s fate would be made in the Kremlin. In years past, the authorities have avoided locking Mr. Navalny up for longer than a few weeks at a time, apparently to avoid allowing him to become a locus of opposition to President Vladimir […]

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Kamala Harris Will Make History. So Will Her ‘Big, Blended’ Family.

“It’s striking,” said Ralph Richard Banks, a law professor at Stanford who has written about race, gender and family patterns. “In some ways they are at the frontier of different aspects of American families and how they’re changing.” Some might say they are reflective of where Americans already are. Today, the number of couples who […]

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Shadows on the Silk Road

The Islamic Golden Age of science and art that predated the Italian Renaissance by 400 years was illuminated by Turkic and Persian thinkers from the eastern rim of the Abbasid Caliphate, in what is today Central Asia, western China and parts of Iran. Ms. Yuvakaeva ticked off some homegrown Einsteins. Muhammad al-Khwarizmi, a ninth-century genius […]

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Uganda’s Leader of 35 Years Is Re-elected After Bitter, Bloody Campaign

NAIROBI, Kenya — President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda has won a sixth term, the country’s electoral commission said on Saturday, after a campaign marred by a lethal crackdown on the opposition, an internet blackout and accusations of vote tampering and rigging. The result gives Mr. Museveni, who came to power in 1986 and is […]

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Angela Merkel’s Party Chooses a New Leader

BERLIN — Germany took its first step into a new era on Saturday, choosing the next leader of Chancellor’s Angela Merkel’s conservative party ahead of fall elections in which she will not be on the ballot. In normal times, Armin Laschet, the longstanding Merkel ally who was elected to lead the party, the Christian Democratic […]

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‘Hell, Yes,’ Republicans Are Headed for a Bitter Internal Showdown

As President Trump prepares to leave office with his party in disarray, Republican leaders including Senator Mitch McConnell are maneuvering to thwart his grip on the G.O.P. in future elections, while forces aligned with Mr. Trump are looking to punish Republican lawmakers and governors who have broken with him. The bitter infighting underscores the deep […]

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Hong Kong Protesters to Seek Asylum in U.S.

Last July, five young men boarded a recreational boat in a remote harbor in Hong Kong. They passed through waters patrolled by the Chinese authorities and headed east, across the South China Sea. When they neared Taiwan, they cut off their motor, hoping to be rescued by the Taiwanese Coast Guard. They were in luck. […]

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Atlanta Prosecutor Appears to Move Closer to Trump Inquiry

Mr. Worley said he would introduce the motion based on an outside complaint filed with the state election board by John F. Banzhaf III, a George Washington University law professor. Mr. Banzhaf and other legal experts say Mr. Trump’s calls may run afoul of at least three state criminal laws. One is criminal solicitation to […]

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Merkel’s Party, the Largest in Germany, to Choose New Leader

BERLIN — Germany’s largest political party will choose a new leader on Saturday, with the winner well positioned to succeed Angela Merkel as the next chancellor of Europe’s leading economy. Regardless of the result, it will signal a new chapter for Germany and Europe, where the staid but steady leadership of Ms. Merkel has been […]

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Dutch Government Resigns After Benefits Scandal

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, one of Europe’s longest-serving leaders, and his cabinet resigned on Friday over a report highlighting systemic failure by his government to protect thousands of families from overzealous tax inspectors. Mr. Rutte has handed in his resignation and that of his entire cabinet to King Willem-Alexander van Oranje, the […]

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Why Are There So Few Courageous Senators?

Not every Republican senator nearing retirement exhibited Mr. Romney or Mr. McCain’s bravery. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, an octogenarian former presidential candidate himself, voted not only against impeaching Mr. Trump last January, but against even subpoenaing witnesses. Courage cannot be explained by a single variable. Politicians whose communities have suffered disproportionately from government tyranny may […]

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TikTok Is Poised to Outlast Trump, and to Test Biden

TikTok is about to outlast President Trump. Now, the company could become an early test of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s stance toward Chinese tech companies. Mr. Trump demanded last year that TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, sell the viral video app. He said TikTok raised urgent national security concerns, on the grounds that the Chinese […]

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The 46th: Will A Second Impeachment Change Republican Minds?

Listen and subscribe to “The Argument” from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher | RSS Feed It’s impeachment season all over again on “The Argument,” and Michelle and Ross debate whether Republicans will, at long last, turn their backs to President Trump, or confirm that their party […]

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As Trump Clashes With Big Tech, China’s Censored Internet Takes His Side

After Twitter and Facebook kicked President Trump off their platforms, and his supporters began comparing his social media muzzling to Chinese censorship, the president won support from an unexpected source: China. “Legally he’s still the president. This is a coup,” said one comment, which included an expletive, that was liked 21,000 times on Weibo, the […]

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Mexico Clears Salvador Cienfuegos, Ex-Defense Minister, in Drug Case

MEXICO CITY — The authorities in Mexico say they will bring no charges against a former top military official who was arrested in the United States last year on drug-trafficking and corruption charges, only to be sent home at the request of the outraged Mexican government. The former defense minister, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, had […]

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Secretary of State Pompeo Leaves No Bridges Unburned

While his boss approaches an infamous exit, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been busily and noisily scorching the earth behind them. Apart from a brief, boilerplate condemnation of the violence on Capitol Hill last week, Mr. Pompeo has shown little remorse or distress over it, and certainly no recognition that President Trump had a […]

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Top Official at Indian Health Service Will Step Down

The director of the Indian Health Service has said that he will resign, giving President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. a chance to install new leadership at an agency that has drawn intense criticism for its failures to provide adequate care to tribal communities both before and during the pandemic. The director, Rear Adm. Michael Weahkee, […]

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Pastor Who Advised Two Presidents Is Sentenced to 6 Years for Cheating Investors

In fact, the bonds, which had been issued by the former Republic of China before Mao Zedong’s Chinese Communist Party came to power in 1949, were virtually worthless, prosecutors said. The current Chinese government does not recognize the bonds, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission considers them collectibles with no value outside the memorabilia […]

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Facebook and Twitter Face International Scrutiny After Trump Ban

LONDON — In Sri Lanka and Myanmar, Facebook kept up posts that it had been warned contributed to violence. In India, activists have urged the company to combat posts by political figures targeting Muslims. And in Ethiopia, groups pleaded for the social network to block hate speech after hundreds were killed in ethnic violence inflamed […]

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Why Are India’s Farmers Angry?

NEW DELHI — Despite rain and cold, tens of thousands of angry farmers have been camping on the borders of New Delhi for six weeks. In late September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government hurriedly passed a set of new farm laws in the Indian Parliament. Soon after, protests started in the northern Indian states of […]

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Uganda Election 2021: What’s at Stake?

Ugandans voted on Thursday in a hotly contested election that will decide whether President Yoweri Museveni wins a sixth term in office and continues his 35-year rule of the country or is unseated by one of 10 rivals, including a leading opposition candidate, Bobi Wine, a rapper-turned-lawmaker. The vote, which has been unexpectedly competitive despite […]

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China Bars Entry to 2 Members of W.H.O. Team Investigating Covid in Wuhan

More than a year after a new coronavirus first emerged in China, a team of experts from the World Health Organization finally arrived on Thursday in the central city of Wuhan to begin hunting for its source. But in a sign of Beijing’s continuing efforts to control the investigation, the team of scientists and W.H.O. […]

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Changing the Internet Law That Lets Twitter Ban Trump

Listen and subscribe to “The Argument” from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher | RSS Feed In this special bonus episode, Jane Coaston makes her hosting debut on “The Argument” to discuss one of her favorite subjects: Section 230. Often called the “26 words that created the […]

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