Tag: Presidents and Presidency (US)

John Lithgow: Trump Is a Bad President. He’s an Even Worse Entertainer.

Readers of this page have every reason to be suspicious of the political musings of an actor. I’m suspicious of them myself. But consider this: Our politics and our press are completely dominated by an entertainer president. In recent weeks we’ve even read about our ex-reality-show host president discussing foreign policy over the phone with […]

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The Clinton Legacy: Impeachment Hurts the President

Conventional wisdom holds that the Republican Party suffered a big political penalty for impeaching Bill Clinton in 1998. But that’s not quite right. Republicans paid a modest, short-term penalty, while the costs to the Democratic Party appear to have been larger and longer-lasting. This history has obvious relevance today. As in the 1990s, the economy […]

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How Will the House Respond to Trump’s Constitutional Escalation?

The defiant letter sent from the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the heads of three House committees adds another large brick to the wall of obstruction against efforts by the House to investigate President Trump. It is largely cloaked in procedural language and includes wide-ranging criticisms of the House’s approach […]

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‘We Absolutely Could Not Do That’: When Seeking Foreign Help Was Out of the Question

WASHINGTON — One day in October 1992, four Republican congressmen showed up in the Oval Office with an audacious recommendation. President George Bush was losing his re-election race, and they told him the only way to win was to hammer his challenger Bill Clinton’s patriotism for protesting the Vietnam War while in London and visiting […]

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Here Comes the Trump Slump

When he isn’t raving about how the deep state is conspiring against him, Donald Trump loves to boast about the economy, claiming to have achieved unprecedented things. As it happens, none of his claims are true. While both G.D.P. and employment have registered solid growth, the Trump economy simply seems to have continued a long […]

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Republicans, the Time Has Come

To the Republican members of the United States Senate: You have always told us that you believe in the distinctive greatness of the United States of America. “America is different,” as Senator Marco Rubio has said. Ben Sasse likes to say that “America is an idea” — a commitment to universal dignity over brute power. […]

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Theodore Olson, Conservative Stalwart, to Represent ‘Dreamers’ in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The young immigrants known as “Dreamers” have gained an unlikely ally in the Supreme Court. Theodore B. Olson, who argued for robust executive power in senior Justice Department posts under Republican presidents, will face off against lawyers from President Trump’s Justice Department in a case over Mr. Trump’s efforts to shut down a […]

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Does This Mean Congress Is Finally Waking Up?

Empires collapse when they overreach. The imperial presidency is no different. It has long been disdainful of Congress, but now, under the Trump administration, it is reaching a peak of contempt for it. Even so, President Trump’s recent aggrandizement of the executive branch may have the ironic and salutary effect of shrinking the power of […]

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An Impeachment Inquiry Begins

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Speaker Nancy Pelosi has begun a formal impeachment investigation of President Trump, saying he “must be held accountable.” We spoke to our colleague who was at the announcement and to one of the lawmakers who helped […]

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Beware of Impeaching Trump. It Could Hurt the Presidency.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will reportedly authorize the opening of an impeachment inquiry over accusations that President Trump abused his foreign-relations powers to target political rivals. Realizing the gravity of the affair, the president had announced that the White House would release an unclassified and unredacted transcript of a phone call at the center of […]

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The Impeachment Process, Explained

WASHINGTON — Talk among House Democrats of impeaching President Trump has sharply escalated amid the dispute over Mr. Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. While many House Democrats from safe seats have been calling to impeach Mr. Trump for months, House Speaker Nancy […]

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President Trump, Just the Facts

Sometimes it’s worth stepping back to look at the full picture. He has pressured a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 American presidential election. He urged a foreign country to intervene in the 2016 presidential election. He divulged classified information to foreign officials. He publicly undermined American intelligence agents while standing next to a […]

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Intelligence Whistle-Blower Law, Explained

WASHINGTON — Congress is in a sharply escalating standoff with the Trump administration over its refusal to share a whistle-blower complaint with lawmakers that is said to be at least in part about President Trump’s communications with Ukraine. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California, has accused the […]

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The Taliban at Camp David: Trump Says Why Not?

WASHINGTON — Since President Trump called Camp David “very rustic” — it was not a compliment — at the dawn of his presidency, the storied retreat in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland has gone from an overlooked weekend option to yet another stage he has tried to use for maximum presidential effect. For visiting foreign […]

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G.O.P. Plans to Drop Presidential Primaries in 4 States to Impede Trump Challengers

WASHINGTON — The Republican Parties in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina intend to cancel the 2020 presidential primaries in their states, according to three people familiar with their plans, a move aimed at depriving President Trump’s long-shot challengers of chances to build support. The state parties have yet to formalize their decisions, but Mr. […]

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Greenland Aside, Buying Foreign Land Used to Be Common

The last time the United States bought a foreign territory — through a monetary transaction and not just a signed treaty — was in 1917, when the Virgin Islands were acquired from Denmark. More than 100 years later, President Trump said he wanted to buy Greenland, the largest island in the world, from Denmark. Denmark […]

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Trump Suggests His Miami Resort as ‘Great Place’ for Next G7 Meeting

BIARRITZ, France — President Trump suggested on Monday that he plans to host next year’s Group of 7 summit meeting for world leaders at his Doral luxury golf resort near Miami, once again raising ethical issues about the mixing of his businesses and presidency. If he follows through, the spectacle of the annual gathering of […]

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The House v. Trump: Stymied Lawmakers Increasingly Battle in the Courts

WASHINGTON — Democrats took control of the House this year promising to use legislation and investigations to check President Trump. But facing substantial roadblocks to each, they are increasingly opposing him in a different way: Eight months into their majority, the House is going to court at a tempo never seen before. Fighting in courtrooms […]

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