Tag: Republican Party

For Trump, Instinct After Florida Killings Is Simple: Protect Saudis

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — When a Saudi Air Force officer opened fire on his classmates at a naval base in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday, he killed three, wounded eight and exposed anew the strange dynamic between President Trump and the Saudi leadership: The president’s first instinct was to tamp down any suggestion that the Saudi […]

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Amid Rancor in House, It’s Quiet in the Halls of the Senate. Too Quiet.

WASHINGTON — The House is an impeachment hot zone, leaving the Senate to face a cold, hard truth: Things are looking down in the upper chamber. Temporarily relegated to the sidelines by the spectacle of impeachment dominating the House, and lulled into inactivity with legislative action at a near standstill, the Senate has become a […]

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Congressman Objects to Casino-Goers Being Subject to Local Law if They Assault Women

Yesterday, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Representative Deb Haaland’s Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act, which she introduced in July with a bipartisan group of co-sponsors including Republicans Paul Cook and Tom Cole, as well as fellow Democrats Ruben Gallego and Sharice Davids. The bill would allow the law […]

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House Passes Voting Rights Bill Despite Near Unanimous Republican Opposition

WASHINGTON — The House voted on Friday to reinstate federal oversight of state election law, moving to bolster protections against racial discrimination enshrined in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the landmark civil rights statute whose central provision was struck down by the Supreme Court. Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, who was beaten in 1965 […]

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Christian Doomsayers Have Lost It

We are facing an existential moral crisis. That at least is the view of many Christians who have given their full-throated support to President Trump. Some of them will privately admit that he is deeply corrupt, but the justification for their support of him goes something like this: Mr. Trump may be unethical, unscrupulous and […]

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Duncan Hunter Did Something Right

Congressman Duncan Hunter seemed in no hurry to get back inside to the Christmas party at a Capitol Hill Mexican restaurant thrown by a Norwegian weapons company, so we each lit up another cigarette, and he called me a bitch for smoking Marlboro Lights. Hunter preferred unfiltereds, but that night, the Republican firebrand wasn’t above […]

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Indictment Details How Emirates Sought Influence in 2016 Campaign

The donors referred to their campaign contributions as baked goods, usually “baklava.” They called Hillary Clinton “Our Sister” or “the Big Lady.” And they referred to their ultimate sponsor by the initials H.H., for His Highness, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, one of the Pentagon’s closest partners in the Middle […]

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The House Should Go Big in Framing Impeachment Articles Against Trump

For House Democrats, there is a powerful temptation to narrow the grounds for impeachment. By adhering to a simple narrative about President Trump’s criminal actions in relation to Ukraine, they hope it will be easier to mobilize public support than if they levied a more complex set of charges. In the impeachment of Richard Nixon, […]

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G.O.P. Senators, Defending Trump, Embrace Debunked Ukraine Theory

WASHINGTON — The first time that Senator John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, went on a Sunday television talk show and suggested that it might have been Ukraine, rather than Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election, he drew so much criticism that he quickly apologized. But the following week, Mr. Kennedy was back on the […]

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Duncan Hunter’s Guilty Plea: What You Need to Know

SAN DIEGO — Representative Duncan D. Hunter, Republican of California, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy to violate federal campaign finance laws. The guilty plea threatened to end what had once been seen as a promising career in conservative politics. Mr. Hunter, who had insisted for more than a year that the charges against him […]

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A Win for Gerrymandering

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. North Carolina suffers from some of the most extreme gerrymandering in the country. Last year, Republicans only narrowly won the statewide popular vote in congressional elections, 50 percent to 48 percent. Yet they ultimately held on to […]

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Gov. Kemp of Georgia Is Expected to Tap Kelly Loeffler for Senate Seat

ATLANTA — A politically untested businesswoman is expected to be appointed this week to a soon-to-be-vacated United States Senate seat in Georgia, a move that would pit the state’s governor against President Trump, who had lobbied for a different candidate. The choice of the business executive, Kelly Loeffler, to fill the seat set off alarm […]

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America’s Red State Death Trip

“E pluribus unum” — out of many, one — is one of America’s traditional mottos. And you might think it would be reflected in reality. We aren’t, after all, just united politically. We share a common language; the unrestricted movement of goods, services and people is guaranteed by the Constitution. Shouldn’t this lead to convergence […]

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Republican Impeachment Defense Claims Trump’s Ukraine Pressure Was Apolitical

WASHINGTON — House Republicans plan to argue that President Trump was acting on “genuine and reasonable” skepticism of Ukraine and “valid” concerns about possible corruption involving Americans, not political self-interest, when he pressed the country for investigations of his Democratic rivals, according to a draft of a report laying out their impeachment defense. In a […]

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Duncan Hunter Will Plead Guilty to Misuse of Campaign Funds

Representative Duncan Hunter of California is expected to plead guilty to allegations that he misused campaign funds, according to a federal court docket published on Monday and an interview he gave with a San Diego television station. Mr. Hunter is accused of spending more than $200,000 on personal expenses. The indictment, which was released last […]

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Gladiators of Impeachment: How 2 Lawyers Got the Case

WASHINGTON — On the day in June 2018 that President Trump declared he had the “absolute right” to pardon himself, Daniel S. Goldman met Representative Adam B. Schiff in a classic Washington way: They struck up a conversation in the green room at MSNBC. The men, both Democrats, had plenty to talk about. Both former […]

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Trump Is the Founders’ Worst Nightmare

Donald Trump’s Republican congressional allies are throwing up different defenses against impeachment and hoping that something may sell. They say that he didn’t seek a corrupt political bargain with Ukraine, but that if he did, he failed, and the mere attempt is not impeachable. Or that it is not clear that he did it, because […]

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Where’s Lindsey? After G.O.P. Outcry, Graham Emerges as a Trump Defender

WASHINGTON — Late last month, as damaging revelations about President Trump began piling up in the impeachment inquiry, conservative commentators and activists, including one of the president’s sons, trained their anger on an unlikely target: Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. Mr. Graham, normally one of the president’s most ardent defenders in the Senate, […]

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Would Republicans Follow Their Garland Rule for the Court in 2020?

WASHINGTON — When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital last weekend after another in a string of health scares, blue America breathed a sigh of relief. Only one more month, many whispered, until the start of a presidential election year when filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court would be off limits […]

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Donald Trump, Meet Your Precursor

Last week, in defense of her father, Ivanka Trump tweeted out a quotation she wrongly attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville: “A decline of public morals in the United States will probably be marked by the abuse of the power of impeachment as a means of crushing political adversaries or ejecting them from office.” The misquotation […]

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Why Trump Should Hate Thanksgiving

So the imaginary “war on Christmas” wasn’t enough. Donald Trump and Fox News are now accusing progressives of waging a war on Thanksgiving, too, based on, well, nothing. But do Trump and his band of bigots even understand what Thanksgiving is about? If they did, they would hate this most American of holidays. After all, […]

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At Florida ‘Homecoming’ Rally, Trump Rails Against Familiar Targets

SUNRISE, Fla. — President Trump on Tuesday raged against the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, lobbed attacks at his adversaries in the Washington establishment and angrily defended his health during an unfettered, raucous rally that marked his return to Florida as a formal resident. Hours after the House invited the administration to present its defense next week in […]

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