Tag: Speeches and Statements

As Campaign Season Heats Up, Trump Has Turned the Official Into the Political

WASHINGTON — President Trump traveled on Air Force One to Florida one day last month to pitch an executive order aimed at improving private Medicare plans when he launched into a series of broadsides against some of his possible Democratic opponents. “Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren. You know, when I used to hit her, I thought she […]

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President Reagan Returns to Berlin, This Time in Bronze

BERLIN — When Germans mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Saturday, a figure of an American man who was intertwined with the events of that day will be looking on, figuratively at least. A towering sculpture of Ronald Reagan, clutching the cards inscribed with his 1987 speech challenging Mikhail […]

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China’s Xi Praises Free Trade. A U.S. Deal Goes Unmentioned.

SHANGHAI — Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, broadly endorsed free trade principles and promised to welcome foreign investment in a speech on Tuesday, but he stopped short of providing specifics or addressing his country’s long-running trade war with the United States. Speaking at the opening of the second annual China International Import Expo in Shanghai, […]

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We Need More Poetry in Politics

Camonghne Felix became the director of surrogates and strategic communications for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign in June. She is also the author of “Build Yourself a Boat,” a debut collection of poetry that was recently included on the long list for a National Book Award. Ms. Felix’s writings describe sexual assault, firsthand experience of […]

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Joe Biden Returns to Scranton to Outline Economic Policy

As President Trump heads to Pittsburgh to deliver a speech on Wednesday, Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be on the other side of the state seeking to draw sharp contrasts with the president on economic policy and biography, and to make overtures to the longtime Democrats who voted for Mr. Trump, helping him to win […]

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Why Philosophers Shouldn’t Sign Petitions

Recently I was asked to sign a petition opposing the deplatforming of philosophers on the basis of their views on sex and gender. Deplatforming is the academic branch of cancel culture — offense-based professional exclusion from forums like conferences, speaking engagements, journals and books. The petition argues that professional and social sanctions directed at the […]

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Trump Is a White Nationalist Who Inspires Terrorism

A decade ago, Daryl Johnson, then a senior terrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, wrote a report about the growing danger of right-wing extremism in America. Citing economic dislocation, the election of the first African-American president and fury about immigration, he concluded that “the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells […]

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Defenders of a Racist President Use Jews as Human Shields

Sebastian Gorka, a onetime adviser to Donald Trump, wore a medal from the Vitezi Rend, a Hungarian group historically aligned with Nazism, to one of Trump’s inaugural balls. Gorka was reportedly a member of the group, whose founder, the Hungarian autocrat Miklos Horthy, once said, “For all my life, I have been an anti-Semite.” Max […]

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Once Trump Talked About ‘American Carnage.’ Now He Says Critics Should Leave.

WASHINGTON — America stinks. At least that’s what Donald J. Trump seemed to be saying before becoming president. He did not believe in “American exceptionalism,” he said, because America was not exceptional. Instead, it was a “laughingstock” that was no better than Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia. By promising to make America great again, he made […]

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Sanders to Call for Rivals to Reject Money From Health Care Industry

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is expected on Wednesday to call for all Democratic presidential candidates to pledge to reject contributions from the health care industry, escalating the ideological battle over an issue that has become central to the 2020 Democratic primary. With the appeal — which is set to be delivered as part of […]

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Trump’s Misleading Claims About His Environmental Record

President Trump made the case Monday that he has protected the nation’s air and water in a speech filled with cherry-picked statistics and misleading claims. And he failed to mention that his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord was undercutting efforts to address a fundamental threat to the planet. […]

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What to Expect Ahead of Trump’s Fourth of July Celebration

President Trump is transforming Washington’s traditional Fourth of July celebration into a rally for America stamped with his personal brand, featuring displays of military might and a speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Here’s what to expect: Trump’s Speech White House officials say President Trump plans a nonpolitical speech that honors the American military […]

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U.K. Official Suspended for Forcing Out Climate Protester by the Neck

LONDON — A British official was suspended from the Foreign Office after he grabbed a Greenpeace U.K. protester by the neck and forcibly ejected her from a black-tie dinner in London’s financial district, the prime minister’s office said on Friday. Video of the encounter on Thursday night showed the official, Mark Field, a Conservative lawmaker, […]

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Trump’s Running Again. Still.

Hell of a busy time for concerned citizens. Donald Trump just kicked off his re-election campaign, leaving his supporters cheering while less enthusiastic citizens kept yelling “That’s just not true!” at the television. Meanwhile, we’re racing toward the big Democratic presidential debates. People, are you ready? Some of you may be concerned that you don’t […]

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Bernie Sanders to Deliver Defense of His Democratic Socialist Philosophy

For five decades, Bernie Sanders has embraced the label of democratic socialism, one that has defined his political ideology and won him millions of loyal supporters even as it has become a cudgel for opponents seeking to portray him as too radical. On Wednesday, two weeks before the first set of primary debates, he will […]

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Trump Sets Off Fireworks of a Different Sort With Fourth of July Speech Plan

WASHINGTON — Since early in his tenure, President Trump has sought to stage a military parade through the heart of Washington, only to be thwarted. So now he has settled on the next best thing: He will take over an existing patriotic display in the capital. The Trump administration has ordered major changes in the […]

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Robert Mueller: Warrior or Wimp

Robert Mueller certainly looks as if he could use a rest. Give the man credit. There’s nothing more exhausting than trying to analyze the inner workings of Donald Trump’s mind. The special counsel made a brief farewell address, after two years and a 448-page report. “If we had confidence that the president clearly did not […]

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