Tag: Republican Party

Tom Coburn, the ‘Dr. No’ of Congress, Is Dead at 72

Tom Coburn, an ultraconservative Oklahoma Republican and family physician who in 16 years in Congress crusaded for limited government, using a rule-book technicality to block so many bills that frustrated legislators called him “Dr. No,” died on Saturday. He was 72. His death was announced on Twitter by his former communications director, John Hart. He […]

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Thomas Massie, House’s ‘Mr. No,’ Tries to Force Vote on Coronavirus Aid Bill

WASHINGTON — When Representative Thomas Massie heard that House leaders wanted to pass a $2 trillion stimulus measure to respond to the coronavirus without so much as a recorded vote, he swung into outraged action. He got into his black Tesla on Wednesday and began the drive from his home in northeastern Kentucky to the […]

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The Most Powerful People in American Politics Are Over 65

LAS VEGAS — Joseph R. Biden Jr. wasn’t accustomed to overflow audiences. It was a Tuesday evening in February and Mr. Biden had limped into Las Vegas, bruised from his disappointing showings in the Iowa and New Hampshire nominating contests. But at Harbor Palace Seafood Restaurant, a dim sum spot here, a crowd of retirees […]

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As Coronavirus Spread, Largest Stimulus in History United a Polarized Senate

WASHINGTON — As Senator Chuck Schumer walked the two miles from his apartment to the Capitol early Sunday morning, getting his steps in since the Senate gym had been shut down to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, he knew he and his fellow Democrats had a momentous decision to make. After 48 hours […]

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The Dangerous Push to Get Americans Back to Work

Reports began emerging earlier this week that President Donald Trump has been getting restless about the severity of the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, worrying both that the crisis would both continue to occupy his attention well into the remainder of the year and that the economic impact of the efforts to contain the […]

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The Deranged Push to Get Americans Back to Work

Reports began emerging earlier this week that President Donald Trump has been getting restless about the severity of the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, worrying both that the crisis would both continue to occupy his attention well into the remainder of the year and that the economic impact of the efforts to contain the […]

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What’s The Best Fix For a Recession?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher The coronavirus pandemic has sent financial markets into a tailspin, strained gig economy workers and threatened the survival of businesses large and small. This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate what policymakers should […]

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We Must Vote in November. This Is How to Ensure That We Can.

Voters should not have to choose between casting a ballot and risking their health. They should not have to endure confusion over the location of polling places or the availability of vote-by-mail. Yet voters might face exactly those problems in November if we do not act now to protect the election from Covid-19. To safeguard […]

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In God We Divide

A steady religious realignment has reshaped the white American electorate, turning religious conviction — or its absence — into a clear signal of where voters stand in the culture wars. As mainstream Protestant denominations have declined over the past half century, there has been a hollowing out of the center among white Christians of all […]

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Congress and White House Strike Deal for $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

WASHINGTON — Senators and Trump administration officials reached an agreement early Wednesday on a sweeping, roughly $2 trillion stimulus measure to send direct payments and jobless benefits to individuals as well as money to states and businesses devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation, which is expected to be enacted within days, is the biggest […]

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The Republican Plot to Save the Rich

The first confirmed case of a coronavirus infection in the United States was announced on January 21. Two days later, with the World Health Organization recording 581 confirmed cases worldwide, the Chinese government locked down Wuhan and ordered a travel ban. On January 24, the WHO reported 846 cases and warned that the virus was […]

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Republicans Add Insult to Illness

If you want a quick summary of the state of play over fiscal stimulus legislation, here it is: Republicans insist that we should fight a plague with trickle-down economics and crony capitalism. Democrats, for some reason, don’t agree, and think we should focus on directly helping Americans in need. And if legislation is stalled, as […]

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Obamacare Turns 10 Today. Here’s a Look at What Works and Doesn’t.

A pandemic. A Supreme Court challenge (again). A presidential election campaign — this time with attacks from the left as well as the right. Ever since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law 10 years ago Monday, it has faced legislative, legal and political attacks. The landmark health law, nicknamed Obamacare, has […]

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Rand Paul Tests Positive for Covid-19, Fueling Anxiety in the Capitol

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans were struggling to salvage a more than $1 trillion economic rescue package to respond to the coronavirus crisis when they got the message on Sunday afternoon: One of their own had been walking around the Capitol with Covid-19 for days as they debated how best to confront the rapidly spreading pandemic. […]

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Push for Cash in Rescue Package Came From Unlikely Source: Conservatives

WASHINGTON — The idea to funnel cash directly to millions of Americans to help them weather the economic disaster ravaging the globe amid the coronavirus pandemic got its jump-start not from the liberal left, but from a more unlikely source: the most conservative reaches of the Republican Party. Recognizing a looming calamity for anxious people […]

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They. Sold. Their. Stock.

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. On Jan. 24, Richard Burr, a Republican senator from North Carolina, attended a private Senate briefing from senior government scientists about the seriousness of the coronavirus. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican senator from Georgia, received the same briefing. […]

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This Is the Stimulus We Need Right Now. It’s Not $1,000 for Every American.

All happy times are the same; all crises are different. Except one lesson is always the same: There always are two crises. In all governmental responses to crises, leaders have to focus both on ending the immediate crisis and also on adopting ethical, practical methods of addressing the effects. This is the crisis for leaders. […]

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These Conservatives Knew Trump Would Be a Disaster in a Crisis

In the blink of an eye, the essential nature of the American presidency seems to have changed. Only days ago most Republicans were cheering along to the president’s less than statesmanlike routine and happy to let him act as the chief culture warrior and judicial nominator in chief. But suddenly, the specter of Covid-19 has […]

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Mnuchin Proposes $1,000 Checks in $1 Trillion Coronavirus Plan

WASHINGTON — The White House and lawmakers scrambled on Thursday to flesh out details of a $1 trillion economic stabilization plan to help workers and businesses weather a potentially deep recession, negotiating over the size and scope of direct payments to millions of people and aid for companies facing devastation in the coronavirus pandemic. Senate […]

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Bill Weld, Trump’s Last G.O.P. Challenger, Exits Presidential Race

WASHINGTON — A day after President Trump officially racked up enough delegates to become the presumptive 2020 Republican nominee for president, former Gov. William F. Weld of Massachusetts, his last Republican challenger, ended his campaign. “The reason that people all over the world look to the United States for leadership, as they do, is our […]

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No Stimulus Without Election Protection

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Congress will almost certainly pass a very large stimulus bill soon — as it should, because the economy is in crisis. But there is another looming crisis, in addition to the recession and the public health crisis, […]

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Duncan Hunter Sentenced to 11 Months in Prison for Stealing Campaign Funds

Former Representative Duncan D. Hunter of California was sentenced to 11 months in federal prison on Tuesday for funneling more than $150,000 from his campaign coffers to pay for a lavish lifestyle that prosecutors said included vacations, private school tuition and even airline travel fees for pet rabbits. The punishment, handed down by Judge Thomas […]

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Step Aside for Powell and Pelosi

America’s catastrophically inadequate response to the coronavirus can be attributed largely to bad short-term decisions by one man. And I do mean short-term: At every stage, Donald Trump minimized the threat and blocked helpful action because he wanted to look good for the next news cycle or two, ignoring and intimidating anyone who tried to […]

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