Tag: Republican Party

How David Koch and His Brother Shaped American Politics

In 1980, David H. Koch, one of the two billionaire industrialist brothers at the center of a sprawling and powerful political network, served as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential nominee. The ticket earned 1.1 percent. But in the years since that failed run, Mr. Koch, who died on Friday, and his brother Charles, found far greater […]

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How David Koch Changed the World

When billionaire libertarian David Koch died this week following a decades-long battle with prostate cancer, the Arctic was rapidly melting. The Amazon rainforest was on fire. And the Earth had just experienced its hottest month in recorded human history. These planetary conditions mimicked closely what scientists had tried to warn the public about 30 years […]

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Mr. Trump, Stop Questioning the Loyalty of American Jews

In the bloody history of modern anti-Semitism, one of the most common justifications for violence is the inflammatory canard that the loyalty of Jewish citizens is suspect. President Trump has repeatedly employed that libel in recent days as part of a verbal assault on the Democratic Party. Such language is traditionally used to incite anger […]

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Trump’s Waffling on Gun Control Confuses Legislative Picture

WASHINGTON — After the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Senator Mitch McConnell had a message for his Kentucky constituents as his 2014 re-election fight loomed. “I want you to know that I will be doing everything in my power as Senate Republican leader, fighting tooth and nail, to protect your Second Amendment rights,” Mr. […]

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Donald Trump and the ‘Disloyal’ Jews

The major debate tearing apart the American Jewish community on this particular Wednesday is whether or not the 45th president of the United States just accused them — us — of disloyalty to Israel and the Jewish people or of disloyalty to the Republican Party and the man who has remade it in his image. […]

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Pompeo Fuels Further Talk of Senate Race

They were the types of meetings more typical for a political candidate than for the nation’s top diplomat. But on a trip on Tuesday to New York, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Ronald S. Lauder, the cosmetics heir and billionaire Republican donor, two people briefed on the meeting said, speaking on the condition […]

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Industrial Policy Isn’t Boring. It’s Big, and It Has United the Left and Right.

Just a few years ago, the phrase “industrial policy” was employed mainly as a term of abuse. Economists almost universally insisted that state interventions to improve competitiveness, prioritize investment in strategic sectors and structure market incentives around political goals were backward policies doomed to failure — whether applied in America, Asia or anywhere in between. […]

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How Much Damage Have Republicans Done in the States?

The 2018 election marked at least a temporary end to Republicans’ rise to power in many states. With full control of 26 states, Republicans had built a sustained opportunity to transform American subnational government. Liberals certainly feared the worst. Dark portraits of the Koch brothers’ network and the American Legislative Exchange Council (known as ALEC) […]

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What Happens in a Recession?

This column is not in the business of forecasting recessions, based on inverted yield curves or any other form of augury. But when enough credentialed auguries suddenly think one might be possible, it seems prudent to speculate about the consequences if they turn out to be correct. So let’s imagine what might follow if, sometime […]

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A Texas-Size Political Scandal Threatens Powerful House Speaker

AUSTIN, Tex. — In Texas, they are calling it the case of “The Speaker and the Creeper.” The political imbroglio started last month, when Michael Quinn Sullivan, a conservative pit bull who routinely antagonizes establishment politicians, accused the Republican House speaker, Dennis Bonnen, of offering his organization coveted House media credentials if it would work […]

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Israel Advocates Are Afraid of Losing Bipartisan Support in the U.S.

WASHINGTON — The decision by Israel to bar two Muslim members of Congress from an official visit to the Jewish state is raising deep concerns in both parties that the hard-line views of President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are endangering the longstanding ties between the United States and Israel. Mr. Trump has spent […]

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Citing Economy, Trump Says That ‘You Have No Choice but to Vote for Me’

MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Trump doubled down on his economic argument for re-election on Thursday night amid increasing concerns about a recession, declaring that even Americans who hate him “have no choice” but to vote for him because otherwise the stock market will collapse. With markets already wobbling over fears of a slowdown amid an […]

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Trump’s Hong Kong Caution Isolates Him From Congress, Allies and Advisers

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s cautious distance from Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement has left him politically isolated from both parties in Congress, the State Department, European allies and his most hawkish advisers at the White House. Despite ringing declarations of support for the protesters from leading Democrats and Republicans as well as European officials, Mr. Trump […]

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Is Josh Hawley the Future of the G.O.P.?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is Missouri Senator Josh Hawley the future of the Republican Party? This week on “The Argument,” Ross Douthat sits down with the first-term lawmaker to discuss the conservative case for cracking down on powerful […]

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Joe Walsh: Trump Needs a Primary Challenge

There’s a strong case for President Trump to face a Republican primary challenger. I know a thing or two about insurgencies. I entered Congress in 2011 as an insurgent Tea Party Republican. My goals were conservative and clear: restrain executive power and reduce the debt. Barack Obama was president then, and it was easy for […]

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No One Attacked Trump More in 2016 Than Republicans. It Didn’t Work.

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has called President Trump an “existential threat” to the nation. Senator Kamala Harris has warned on the campaign trail that the president is a racist. After the mass shooting in El Paso this month, in which a Texas man who confessed to killing 22 people echoed […]

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What Would Sartre Think About Trump-Era Republicans?

Rather like old films about wartime France — “Casablanca,” “Army of Shadows” — we tend to cast the words “collaboration” and “resistance” in black and white. The French obeyed a simple moral algorithm, we assume, one that assigned convictions, conduct and consequences to one of these two categories. This is especially true for the notion […]

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‘He’s Off the Rails’: Anthony Scaramucci, on Another Media Blitz, Criticizes Trump

WASHINGTON — Since his 11-day tenure as the White House communications director ended in 2017 after an infamously foul-mouthed interview, Anthony Scaramucci has spent the past two years carving out a reliable niche for himself: defending President Trump on television networks like CNN and MSNBC where he has few on-camera allies. But Mr. Trump’s trip […]

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