Tag: Republican Party

The Trigger Presidency

Last month, Media Matters surfaced a litany of racist, misogynist, and creepy comments that Tucker Carlson made from 2006 to 2011 on shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show. Carlson’s attempts at dropping his Brooks Brothers floor manager persona to sound like a regular joe are pure cringe comedy. He passes off his now […]

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Feature: Meet the Other Resistance: The Republican One

William F. Weld is not likely to become our 46th president. But he was here in New Hampshire, no other Republicans were and that was something. “I think it’s important to at least call out the current incumbent of the White House on his simply amazing behavior, and for the pettiness, his vindictiveness and the […]

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The Conversation: The President in Plain Sight Is Bad Enough

Bret Stephens: Hi Gail. I know neither of us can wait to debate the best name for Meghan Markle’s and Prince Harry’s royal baby, but can we first discuss the small matter of the Mueller report? How do you see it playing out, politically speaking, for President Trump? Gail Collins: Bret, I am actually taking […]

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The Great Republican Abdication

So all the “fake news” was true. A hostile foreign power intervened in the presidential election, hoping to install Donald Trump in the White House. The Trump campaign was aware of this intervention and welcomed it. And once in power, Trump tried to block any inquiry into what happened. Never mind attempts to spin this […]

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There’s a Bigger Prize Than Impeachment

In the fall of 1998, Erskine Bowles, the White House chief of staff, traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with the speaker of the House. Mr. Bowles enjoyed a better relationship with Speaker Newt Gingrich than anyone in the Clinton White House, partly based on a shared Southern heritage and commitment to fiscal conservatism. At […]

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In Praise of Bill Weld, a Decent Republican

Last week’s release of the redacted Mueller report, which has jump-started talk of impeachment among congressional Democrats, represents the greatest peril the Trump presidency has faced thus far. But its publication obscured a much subtler threat that also made its debut last week: the primary challenge of Bill Weld. The former Massachusetts governor declared his […]

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Mueller Report Does Nothing to Narrow a Vast Partisan Divide

WASHINGTON — House Democrats vowed on Friday to pursue the revelations in the special counsel’s report on President Trump but drew little Republican support in a nation still deeply polarized over the investigation that has dogged the White House for two years. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena demanding that the […]

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How Barr and Trump Use a Russian Disinformation Tactic

On Nov. 9, 2016, according to the Mueller report, some redacted figure wrote to a Russian regime crony, “Putin has won.” Based on the assessment of the intelligence community and the findings of Robert Mueller, President Vladimir Putin of Russia did indeed succeed in his efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election on behalf of […]

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Mueller Did His Job. Now It’s the Democrats’ Turn.

In 2017, a brilliant visual effects expert created a video montage called “It’s Mueller Time! Trump Administration Season Ending.” Set to crooning of the 1963 song “From Russia With Love,” it shows F.B.I. agents rounding up the central figures who brought us Donald Trump’s presidency, culminating in Trump himself being led away with hands behind […]

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On Washington: Mueller Findings Kick Off a Political Tug of War That’s Only Just Beginning

WASHINGTON — Minutes after the Justice Department released the special counsel’s report on the inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, delivered his own verdict: Case closed. “It is time to move on,” Mr. McCarthy said in a rapid-fire […]

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What’s Really Going On in the Democratic Primary?

The early stages of the 2020 Democratic primary are rewriting the rules of how a candidate wins his or her party’s presidential nomination. Recent Democratic primary battles were all about the invisible primary, the yearlong period before the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary — when presidential candidates hired key staff members, seduced major […]

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I’m the Child of Immigrants. I’m Not Giving Up on the Republican Party.

I was drawn to the Republican Party because of my conservative principles — family-oriented, religious and socially conservative. But it has been difficult to reconcile my allegiance to the party with its devolving evermore into a mouthpiece for President Trump’s dangerous views and policies, especially with regard to immigration. This is deeply disturbing. It has […]

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Why Trump Won’t Stop Talking About Ilhan Omar

It’s still common to hear analysts speak of the “Trumpification” of the Republican Party — the extent to which it has adopted the attitude and ethos of the sitting president. But this phrasing assumes discontinuity between past and present, as if there weren’t antecedents to Donald Trump in the recent Republican past. The actual relationship […]

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What Republicans Can Learn From Bernie Sanders

Last week, Bernie Sanders released the latest version of his “Medicare for all” plan, which would establish a federally run single-payer system to finance care for everyone in the United States. The plan has changed little from its previous iterations, but there is one crucial difference: This version is backed by several of Mr. Sanders’s […]

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Republicans Are the Real Extremists

All of Donald Trump’s major policies have failed substantively, politically, or both. His one big legislative achievement, the 2017 tax cut, remains unpopular. His attacks on Obamacare have only enhanced public approval of the program. His fearmongering has cemented majority opposition to his proposed border wall. But while today’s G.O.P. can’t do policy, it commands […]

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Trump’s Attacks on Health Care Will Backfire

In Donald Trump’s two-plus years as president, his approach to policymaking has often been defined by an unsavory stew of indecision, inaction, flip-flops and outright lies. Nowhere has this been truer than with health care, where the administration has reversed direction multiple times. A short history: During his presidential campaign, Mr. Trump said he would […]

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Tucker Carlson, Unbowed

On weeknights at 8 p.m., Tucker Carlson is beamed into elderly white America’s living rooms like Walter Cronkite used to be, to tell the audience flatly how the world is: Mostly he’s dutifully intoned the long-standing Republican culture-war party line, traditional America under siege from out-of-control leftists and foreigners. Then, in a 15-minute monologue in […]

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Is America Hopelessly Polarized, or Just Allergic to Politics?

It seems that the only thing Americans can agree on is that we are living in an era of extreme political polarization. As we head into the 2020 presidential campaign, a striking 91 percent of people said in a recent PRRI survey that the country is divided over politics. This is higher than the percentage […]

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