Tag: Stefanik, Elise

CPAC Straw Poll Will Ask About Trump’s Ideal Running Mate

Well on his way to the Republican nomination and eager to cast himself as inevitable, Donald J. Trump has repeatedly invited speculation about his running mate. Now organizers for one of the most prominent gatherings of the conservative movement plan to follow suit. The 2024 Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, which starts on […]

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The Fight Over Academic Freedom

Academic freedom is a bedrock of the modern American university. And lately, it seems to be coming under fire from all directions. For many scholars, the biggest danger is at public universities in Republican-controlled states like Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis has led the passage of laws that restrict what can be taught and spearheaded […]

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Trump Should Have a Man as a Running Mate

Whoever Donald Trump chooses as his running mate, please let it not be a woman. Perhaps you think it’s beside the point to worry over this. But before writing off the vice presidency as a distraction, remember, three years ago, his vice president stood between democracy and autocracy, after he noticed at the very last […]

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Nikki Haley Isn’t Going Anywhere

What is Nikki Haley doing? What are her real intentions? Those questions have dominated every aspect of her candidacy. So much of what’s been said about Ms. Haley the last few months has been about what she’ll do after she loses — even that the original premise of the campaign must have contained hidden ambitions […]

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After Carroll Verdict, Haley Says ‘America Can Do Better’ Than Trump or Biden

Nikki Haley criticized Donald J. Trump on Friday, saying, “America can do better than Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” after a Manhattan jury had ordered the former president to pay $83.3 million for defaming the writer E. Jean Carroll. It was the latest iteration of Ms. Haley’s new attack line against Mr. Trump, portraying another […]

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Nikki Haley and the W-Word

Back in 2012, long before Nikki Haley hit the presidential campaign trail — and years before Hillary Clinton faced off against Donald Trump — Ms. Haley, then the governor of South Carolina, told this newspaper, “The reason I actually ran for office is because of Hillary Clinton.” “Everybody was telling me why I shouldn’t run,” […]

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Republican-Appointed Judge Denounces Republican Distortions of Jan. 6

A Republican-appointed judge on Thursday denounced as “shameless” the attempts by prominent Republican politicians to recast the Jan. 6 riot in a positive light, including by portraying the Trump supporters who sacked Congress as having done nothing wrong and by calling those convicted of crimes political prisoners or hostages. “In my 37 years on the […]

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The Trump Train Is Getting Very Crowded

Gail Collins: Bret, I have a feeling this is the last time I’m going to ask you about the Republican presidential primaries. Things seem to be winding up fast. Ron DeSantis is out — don’t think we’re gonna miss him. Bret Stephens: Nope. Gail: If DeSantis weren’t such an awful candidate, this toppling of his […]

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Trump Tries to Turn the G.O.P. Race Into a Vice-Presidential Casting Call

Donald J. Trump has won just a single nominating contest, but his potential running mates already outnumber his presidential rivals on the campaign trail. As he pursues a victory over Nikki Haley in New Hampshire that would send him on a glide path to the nomination, Mr. Trump seems to be holding casting calls for […]

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Is Trump Steaming Toward a Candidacy-Sinking Iceberg? Three Writers Look at Iowa and Beyond.

Frank Bruni, a contributing Opinion writer, hosted a written online conversation with Mike Murphy, a co-director of the Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California, a former Republican strategist for John McCain and others and a host of the podcast “Hacks on Tap” and Kristen Soltis Anderson, a Republican pollster and […]

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Stefanik? Noem? Haley?! The Trump V.P. Chatter Has Begun.

With presidential primaries, it ain’t over till it’s over. Still, given the Republicans’ enduring devotion to their MAGA king, it’s best to mentally prepare oneself for the likelihood that the guy who has long been the prohibitive front-runner will, in fact, win the nomination. And a particularly juicy part of that preparation is obsessing over […]

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Harvard President’s Resignation: The Word That Undid Claudine Gay

In retrospect, Claudine Gay’s fate was sealed by a single word. (She resigned the presidency of Harvard on Tuesday, just six months into her tenure.) It wasn’t “plagiarism” or “genocide” — the fearsome fighting words most publicly associated with her case — but rather a careful, neutral piece of language that struck some listeners as […]

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Conservatives See Harvard President Claudine Gay’s Resignation as a Victory

The resignation of Harvard’s president, Claudine Gay, on Tuesday followed a lengthening catalog of plagiarism allegations that appeared to steadily sap her support among the university’s faculty, students and alumni. But for many of Dr. Gay’s critics, her departure was also a proxy victory in the escalating ideological battle over American higher education. Taking down […]

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Claudine Gay Resigns as Harvard President After Plagiarism Charges

Harvard’s president, Claudine Gay, announced her resignation on Tuesday, after her presidency had become engulfed in crisis over accusations of plagiarism and what some called her insufficient response to antisemitism on campus after the Hamas-led attacks on Israel on Oct. 7. In announcing she would step down immediately, Dr. Gay, Harvard’s first Black president and […]

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Elise Stefanik Claims Credit for Claudine Gay’s Resignation From Harvard

Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, whose questions during a congressional hearing last month put Dr. Claudine Gay and two other prominent university administrators on the spot about antisemitism on their campuses, took a victory lap Tuesday afternoon after Dr. Gay announced her resignation as president of Harvard University. “TWO DOWN,” Ms. Stefanik crowed on […]

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Even in Washington, Weasel Words Will Only Get You So Far

Gail Collins: Hey Bret, would you hate it if I asked for a couple of predictions for 2024? Bret Stephens: Gail, it would be better if you asked me for my prediction for the year 2112. That way, hardly anybody will remember how wrong I was and I won’t be around for them to remind […]

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As Harvard President Faces Pressure to Resign, Some Faculty Show Support

The president of Harvard University, Claudine Gay, faced escalating pressure on Sunday to resign as prominent alumni, donors and politicians called for her ouster. But a group of faculty members rallied to support her, arguing that she was being railroaded for a moment of poorly worded remarks about antisemitism. The body that could ultimately decide […]

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What to Know About Elizabeth Magill, the Penn President Who Resigned

The president of the University of Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Magill, resigned on Saturday, four days after she came under fire for her responses at a congressional hearing on Tuesday in which she was pressed, along with the presidents of Harvard and M.I.T., on whether students calling for the genocide of Jews should be disciplined. Ms. Magill […]

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The Ivy League Flunks Out

I was still kvelling about earning my Ivy League degree when the glow of that parchment dimmed. On Tuesday, the presidents of Harvard, M.I.T. and the University of Pennsylvania put on a pathetic display on Capitol Hill when they were asked if calling for genocide against Jews counted as harassment. It depends, they all said. […]

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Universities Face Congressional Inquiry and Angry Donors Over Handling of Antisemitism

Harvard, M.I.T. and the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday faced threats from donors, demands that their presidents resign and a congressional investigation as repercussions mounted over the universities’ responses to antisemitism on campus. At Penn, university trustees discussed the future of Elizabeth Magill, its president, whose congressional testimony on Tuesday set off a furor when […]

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Questioning University Presidents on Antisemitism, Stefanik Goes Viral

Ms. Stefanik at the time called her removal “a rite of passage and badge of honor.” Bill Kristol, the prominent anti-Trump Republican whom Ms. Stefanik once worked with, said he was on multiple text chains with fellow Harvard alumni who shared a similar reaction watching clips from the hearing. The overall sentiment, he said, was, […]

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At a Hearing on Israel, University Presidents Walked Into a Trap

Gay responded that such language was “abhorrent.” Stefanik then badgered her to admit that students chanting about intifada were calling for genocide, and asked angrily whether that was against Harvard’s code of conduct. “Will admissions offers be rescinded or any disciplinary action be taken against students or applicants who say, ‘From the river to the […]

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There Is No Clear Replacement Candidate for McCarthy

If not Speaker Kevin McCarthy, then who? That was the question hanging over the Capitol on Tuesday, as it became clear that Democrats were not going to help Mr. McCarthy survive the vote to oust him. That there isn’t an obvious answer to the question was part of Mr. McCarthy’s ability to win the bruising […]

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Trump Privately Encouraged Republican Lawmakers to Impeach Biden

On a sweeping patio overlooking the golf course at his private club in Bedminster, N.J., former President Donald J. Trump dined Sunday night with a close political ally, Marjorie Taylor Greene. It was a chance for the former president to catch up with the hard-right Georgia congresswoman. But over halibut and Diet Cokes, Ms. Greene […]

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