Tag: Republican Party

New Jersey Attorney General Seeks Records From Trump Inaugural

New Jersey’s attorney general has stepped into the investigation of President Trump’s $107 million presidential inaugural fund, issuing an administrative subpoena for the fund’s financial records, including any that document fund-raising in the state. The action, taken last week by the state’s consumer protection office, came on the heels of a subpoena issued this month […]

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The Useful Idealism of the Green New Deal

Amid the unceasing awfulness of the Trump administration, I’ve lately found comfort in the Yale political scientist Stephen Skowronek’s concept of “political time,” which has in turn informed my thinking about the almost utopian ambitions of the Green New Deal. Surveying the American presidency, Skowronek sees politics unfolding in cycles. Every so often, insurgent coalitions […]

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On Washington: In Wielding Emergency Powers, Trump Paves a Dangerous Path Forward

WASHINGTON — Outraged House Republicans sued President Barack Obama in 2014 for spending billions of federal dollars without congressional approval — and won. Now many House and Senate Republicans could side with President Trump for doing what they saw as a grave abuse of power by Mr. Obama — circumventing an unwilling Congress in a […]

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Why Border Wall Talks Suddenly Became a Showdown Over ‘ICE Beds’

After prompting the longest government shutdown in history, President Trump’s divisive proposal for a border wall has taken a back seat in recent days for negotiators in Congress who are seeking to avoid another crippling closure. The latest talks have focused on another immigration issue that has exploded in recent months: Record numbers of migrants […]

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The Political Magic of Us Vs. Them

However often President Trump strays from his favored political strategy, he faithfully returns to it like a dog to a bone: first, polarize the American electorate along racial, cultural and economic lines, then exploit the schisms that have supplanted the class divisions that were once central to both American and European partisan politics. On one […]

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Screenland: When Roger Stone Flashed Nixon’s ‘V-for-Victory’

History tends to repeat itself, but we aren’t always obligated to listen. Only rarely is the repetition meaningful, the echoing theme of a grand fugue. More often it is just compulsive, like a little brother antagonizing his sister or a tiny dog yapping at the wind. The best thing to do, in such cases, is […]

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Five Key Takeaways From the Tentative Deal on Border Security

WASHINGTON — The tentative deal reached late Monday by congressional negotiators to avert another government shutdown brought to the fore something President Trump has rarely seen in his time in office: reality-based programming. With Mr. Trump holding firm to his demand for a border wall with Mexico, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill adopted another […]

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The Myths of Voter ID

Usually when some sententious centrist talks about ending partisan polarization and just coming up with “solutions” based on “data” or “studies” or “expert consensus,” the appropriate response is to roll your eyes — the way people have been eye-rolling lately at Howard Schultz of Starbucks and his apparently substance-free vision for an independent presidential campaign. […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets

Last October, after a crude mail bomb was found in George Soros’s mailbox, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is now the House minority leader, tweeted, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” The tweet, since deleted, was referring to Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, both of them, like Soros, […]

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Democrats, Debt and Double Standards

Much of Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was devoted to describing the menaces he claims face America — mainly the menace of scary brown people, but also the menace of socialism. And there has been a lot of discussion in the news media of what he said on those topics. There has, however, […]

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No Winner in a New Arms Race

Before the fear of being blown up on a plane, or a train, or a sidewalk gave millions of people sleepless nights, before the threat of global climate disaster stirred dread, nuclear annihilation was the stuff of nightmares. By the mid-1980s, the United States and the Soviet Union had amassed 63,000 nuclear weapons, with the […]

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‘Dangerous Territory’ for Democrats as Republicans Seize Venezuela Moment in Miami

MIAMI — For 60 years, the lifeblood of Miami’s idiosyncratic politics has been Cuba, the communist government’s countless sins denounced in street protests, dissected on the spirited Spanish-language airwaves and condemned at campaign rallies under the unifying cry of “Viva Cuba Libre!” But the focus of this city’s freedom-loving fervor has recently moved further south. […]

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Republicans Got Us Into This Mess, and They Have to Get Us Out of It

At first glance, in the wake of the roars of approval President Trump received from Republican lawmakers during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, it may seem fanciful to think the president might be forced out of office by members of his own party. At second glance, too. Yet sometimes things that […]

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Trump Versus the Socialist Menace

In 1961, America faced what conservatives considered a mortal threat: calls for a national health insurance program covering senior citizens. In an attempt to avert this awful fate, the American Medical Association launched what it called Operation Coffee Cup, a pioneering attempt at viral marketing. Here’s how it worked: Doctors’ wives (hey, it was 1961) […]

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Trump Accuses Democrats of ‘Harassment’ Over Congressional Inquiries

WASHINGTON — President Trump accused Democrats on Thursday morning of “presidential harassment” over congressional investigations into his finances, and he mocked Virginia politicians whose jobs are in peril after revelations they appeared in blackface. Then, the president went to the annual National Prayer Breakfast, where he implored attendees to open up to faith in order […]

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Are Republicans the Party of No Ideas on Health Care?

Judging by exit polls, the single most effective midterm issue for Democrats was health care — in particular, the argument, made by Democratic candidates across the country, that Republicans were out to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s regulations governing pre-existing conditions. So when a Texas judge ruled in December that the entirety of the health […]

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The Argument: The Abortion Argument

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate abortion. Michelle Goldberg picks apart conservatives’ response to efforts in New York and Virginia to expand access and argues that even ostensibly limited restrictions are part […]

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White House Memo: Painting Socialists as Villains, Trump Refreshes a Blueprint

WASHINGTON — President Trump has proved himself adroit at creating villains to serve as his political foils. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he introduced a new one: socialists. Right after his calls to support the overthrow of Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, and condemning the “socialist policies” that have reduced the country […]

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The Stacey Abrams Revolution

In 2017, former Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky gave the Democrats’ response to President Trump’s first address to Congress. The visuals were striking. Beshear, an older white man, was seated in a diner in Lexington, Ky., among an almost entirely white group of patrons. He was dressed casually. Several of the men in the background […]

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A Call for Bipartisanship With a Familiar Partisan Sting

WASHINGTON — Standing before a diverse new class of House Democrats, in the shadow of their new female speaker, President Trump showed on Tuesday how he plans to govern in a divided Washington. The answer, judging by his words, is no differently than he did before. Mr. Trump briefly acknowledged Nancy Pelosi as “Madam Speaker,” […]

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