Tag: Republican Party

Trump Calls Impeachment Inquiry a ‘Lynching’

President Trump on Tuesday called the impeachment inquiry into him a “lynching,” using a racially coded word to describe a process set forth for Congress in the Constitution. In an early morning tweet, he added that the impeachment inquiry is “without due process or fairness or any legal rights,” and he encouraged Republicans to remember […]

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Democrats Slow Impeachment Timeline to Sharpen Their Public Case

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have resigned themselves to the likelihood that impeachment proceedings against President Trump will extend into the Christmas season, as they plan a series of public hearings intended to make the simplest and most devastating possible public case in favor of removing Mr. Trump. Democratic leaders had hoped to move as soon […]

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Trump Rages Over Republican Defections as Democrats Press on Impeachment

WASHINGTON — President Trump, increasingly embittered by an impeachment inquiry that Democrats are intensifying by the day, complained on Monday that Republicans were not united enough in defending him against what he called “vicious” adversaries bent on removing him. Mr. Trump lashed out at Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, the only member of his […]

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Why Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul Fight for Trump’s Favor

President Trump’s on-the-fly decision to pull United States troops out of Syria is the latest flash point in the Republican battle to shape and define a “conservative” foreign policy. Increasingly, that term means very different things to very different people, all bearing the Republican mantle. One of the best ways to view this battle of […]

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How Florida Republicans Are Talking About Impeachment

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A few weeks ago, I sat on a park bench, watching my 11-year-old twins pass a soccer ball and push their friends on a tire swing. I turned to the mother of my daughters’ classmate to talk about the second whistle-blower coming forward about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. “Oh, I don’t […]

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No, We Won’t Just ‘Get Over It’

For weeks Donald Trump and his defenders have insisted that his decision to hold up aid to Ukraine was not dependent on that nation investigating Trump’s political opponents in the United States. They all insisted that there was no quid pro quo. But, last week the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, lifted […]

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Pelosi Has History and the Constitution at Her Back

President Trump and Republicans have insisted that House Democrats take a vote to open a formal impeachment inquiry before engaging in thoroughgoing oversight of the administration’s activities related to Ukraine. This is a political calculation — relying on faulty analysis of the Clinton impeachment — that a formal inquiry will backfire on Democrats. The Constitution […]

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It’s Time for an Americans’ March

On Nov. 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump’s election, Obamacare looked to be doomed. Millions of Americans, it seemed, were going to lose their health insurance. Trump had campaigned on a promise to repeal the law, as had many other Republicans, and their party was about to control every branch of the federal government. […]

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Trump Campaign Floods Web With Ads, Raking In Cash as Democrats Struggle

On any given day, the Trump campaign is plastering ads all over Facebook, YouTube and the millions of sites served by Google, hitting the kind of incendiary themes — immigrant invaders, the corrupt media — that play best on platforms where algorithms favor outrage and political campaigns are free to disregard facts. Even seemingly ominous […]

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Francis Rooney, G.O.P. Lawmaker Who Won’t Rule Out Impeachment, Is to Retire

WASHINGTON — Representative Francis Rooney, Republican of Florida, who has refused to rule out voting to impeach President Trump, said on Saturday that he would not be seeking re-election. Mr. Rooney, who first won his district in southwest Florida in 2016, said on Fox News that he believed he had accomplished what he wanted to […]

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The Impeachment Will Be Televised

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Earlier this week, my colleague Nicholas Kristof interviewed Representative Adam Schiff — the Democrat leading the impeachment inquiry — at a public event in New York. Toward the end, Nicholas asked about the inquiry’s apparent lack of […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Will Be Very Tough to Beat. Why Are 11 People Trying?

It is hard to imagine a scenario where Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez loses her seat next year. She has raised more than $3.4 million, is better known than some presidential candidates and handily won a district that is among the bluest in the nation. But that hasn’t stopped people — lots of them — from trying to […]

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Can the Left Save Liberalism From Trump?

As the author of a recent book titled “What Was Liberalism?,” I have been chided by critics for joining a chorus of doomsayers. The stock of liberalism certainly looked low in 2016, when I began my research: Donald Trump was elected president and the British decided to leave the European Union. But Mr. Trump’s approval […]

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Adam Schiff Is the Congressman Trump Wants You to Hate

The paradox of Adam Schiff is this: He is depicted by some Republicans as a fanatical partisan, with President Trump suggesting that he is a “radical left” “lowlife” who should be arrested for treason, yet in real life Schiff is a cerebral and mild-mannered moderate. But perhaps there’s a logic to Trump’s venom: Schiff’s mild […]

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Trump Is Winning the Online War

For all his negative poll numbers and impeachment-related liabilities, President Trump has a decisive advantage on one key election battleground: the digital campaign. Under the management of Brad Parscale, the Trump re-election machine has devoted millions more than any individual Democrat to increasingly sophisticated microtargeting techniques. The accompanying chart, compiled by the Wesleyan Media Project, […]

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How to Beat Trump at His Own Game

“Democrat Savages,” President Trump recently tweeted, are driving the impeachment against him. When he then named in particular two Jewish congressmen and four congresswomen of color — Jerry Nadler of New York, Adam Schiff of California and the quartet that includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — the racist connotations of the “savage” slur buzzed. […]

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How to Prepare a Debate Zinger That Doesn’t Sound Prepared

The goal of breaking out in a way that alters the dynamics of the race is all the more urgent for most of the candidates in Tuesday’s debate, as they fight for oxygen in a campaign now overshadowed by the impeachment inquiry Mr. Trump faces in Washington. “You can see they’re grasping for this one […]

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Where the ‘Loony Libs’ Are Self-Destructing, Not Trump

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — To understand what many Iowans are thinking about President Trump and the impeachment investigation, first you have to know about Carson King. During a recent Iowa-Iowa State football game, Mr. King, 24, held a sign requesting donations so he could buy more beer (specifically, Busch Light). To his surprise, the donations piled […]

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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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Get to Know the Politics Reporters Covering the 2020 Election for The Times

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Over the past year, The Times’s Politics desk has been gearing up for the 2020 election — adding more reporters, chasing candidates around the country and covering the issues on voters’ minds. To introduce readers […]

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