Tag: Trump, Donald J

Putin and Trump, the Solo Soulless Saboteurs

WASHINGTON — In the internet age, it’s almost impossible to get away with anything. (See: Adam Levine.) And yet, some people still manage to pull off solo flights of destruction worthy of a megalomaniacal supervillain. Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, long entwined, continue on vile parallel paths: They would rather destroy their countries than admit […]

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Georgia Official Says County’s Voting Equipment Will Be Replaced

It was part of an effort by Trump allies in a number of swing states to gain access to and copy sensitive election software, with the help of friendly election administrators. In the latest batch of security videos, made public this week, members of the team can be seen inside an office handling the county’s […]

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Trump Lawyers Push to Limit Aides’ Testimony in Jan. 6 Inquiry

Lawyers for former President Donald J. Trump are engaged in a behind-the-scenes legal struggle to limit the scope of a federal grand jury investigation into the role he played in seeking to overturn the 2020 election, according to people familiar with the matter. The closed-door battle, unfolding in Federal District Court in Washington, has centered […]

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This Threat to Democracy Is Hiding in Plain Sight

In the weeks after the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump and his allies were unable to get far in their attempts to prove widespread voter fraud. There were two reasons for that. First, there wasn’t any, as numerous investigations by journalists, expert reports and court rulings showed. But second, Republican election officials in multiple states […]

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Amid G.O.P. Cash Crunch, One Very Flush Ally May Soon Share the Wealth

“We know all of these, battleground races, are going to be extremely tight,” said David Bergstein, communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “In the final months of the campaign, Democrats are going to make sure voters know everything they need to.” How Times reporters cover politics. We rely on our journalists to be independent […]

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Elton John, a Favorite of Trump, to Perform at the Biden White House

For starters, Mr. John’s music was a feature of the political rallies that fueled Mr. Trump’s rise. A former Trump campaign official said that Mr. John was so displeased with the use of his songs at Trump rallies that campaign officials received a cease-and-desist request asking them to stop. The former official said that the […]

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Trump Is Battling a N.Y. Law Used to Take on Corporate Giants

For decades, the New York attorney general’s office has relied on a little known but powerful law to take on what it sees as the most egregious corporate malefactors, including oil producers, big banks, tobacco companies and Martin Shkreli. Now this dubious club has a new member: Donald J. Trump. The attorney general, Letitia James, […]

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There Is a Way to Solve the Problem of Hyperpartisan Judges

The Fifth Circuit disagreed. Writing for the panel, Judge Andrew Oldham, a Trump appointee, upheld the law. For Oldham, “moderation” is little more than censorship. Of course, the First Amendment “protects every person’s right to ‘the freedom of speech,’ ” Oldham writes. “But the platforms argue that buried somewhere in the person’s enumerated right to […]

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Pandemic Unemployment Fraud Estimate Rises to $45.6 Billion

A federal watchdog investigating the distribution of pandemic relief funds has tripled its estimate of the amount of money paid out in unemployment insurance that can be attributed to certain forms of fraud. The watchdog, the office of the inspector general of the Labor Department, previously attributed about $16 billion to duplicate payments or payments […]

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Trump Claims He Declassified Documents, but His Lawyers Don’t

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald J. Trump claimed on Wednesday that when he was in the White House, his powers were so broad he could declassify virtually any document by simply “thinking about it.” That argument — which came as he defended his decision to retain government documents in his Florida home in an interview […]

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Pandemic Unemployment Fraud Estimate Is Raised to $45.6 Billion

A federal watchdog investigating the distribution of pandemic relief funds has tripled its estimate of the amount of money paid out in unemployment insurance that can be attributed to certain forms of fraud. The watchdog, the office of the inspector general of the Labor Department, previously attributed about $16 billion to duplicate payments or payments […]

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Trump Support Remains Unmoved by Investigations, Poll Finds

The American public’s views of former President Donald J. Trump have remained remarkably stable across a number of different measures in recent months, even as he faces multiple investigations and as he remains a central figure in the midterm elections, according to the most recent New York Times/Siena College poll. Voters held nearly identical views […]

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The Inside Joke That Became Trump’s Big Lie

The 2020 election lie is not bigger than birtherism. History should not remember the effort to delegitimize Obama’s presidency as just another rung on the ladder toward the big lie. The lies are akin even in their power of persuasion. Leibovich recalls how in 2016, 72 percent of Republicans said they believed Trump’s lies about […]

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Appeals Court Restores Justice Dept.’s Access to Sensitive Files Seized From Trump

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday restored the Justice Department’s access to documents with classified markings that had been seized last month from former President Donald J. Trump’s Florida residence, handing a victory to federal investigators in their efforts to examine Mr. Trump’s hoarding of sensitive government records. In a strongly worded 29-page […]

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House Passes Overhaul of Electoral Count, Moving to Avert Another Jan. 6 Crisis

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday took the first major step to respond to the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol, voting mostly along party lines to overhaul the 135-year-old Electoral Count Act, the law that former President Donald J. Trump tried to exploit that day to overturn his defeat. The bill was the […]

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Senate Ratifies Kigali Amendment, the Global Pact to Curb Hydrofluorocarbons

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Wednesday to approve an international climate treaty for the first time in 30 years, agreeing in a rare bipartisan deal to phase out of the use of planet-warming industrial chemicals commonly found in refrigerators and air-conditioners. By a vote of 69 to 27 the United States joined the 2016 […]

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The Political Backdrop of Letitia James’s Lawsuit Against Trump

Democrats have spent six years waiting for someone to hold former President Donald J. Trump accountable for what they see as a lifetime of evading consequences for his actions. On Wednesday, Letitia James, the New York attorney general, filed a lawsuit accusing the former president, his family business and three of his children of inflating the […]

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Can Republicans Tax the Rich?

And a self-limiting tendency, while understandable, points to a plausible future in which national conservatism allows itself to be effectively reabsorbed into the G.O.P. mainstream without having achieved its revolution. As Park MacDougald observed recently for UnHerd, just in the several years they’ve held conferences, there’s already been a taming of the “natcons.” The first […]

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Inside the Completely Legal G.O.P. Plot to Destroy American Democracy

For the past two years, Americans have been overwhelmed by a deluge of headlines suggesting democracy in the United States is under threat: Voter suppression. A shortage of drop boxes. Election deniers seeking key state offices. It can be difficult to gauge what stories suggest a truly terrifying threat to democracy, and which are simply […]

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E. Jean Carroll, Who Says Trump Raped Her, Plans to Use New Law to Prove It

In May, New York passed a law giving adult sexual assault victims a one-time opportunity to file civil lawsuits, even if the statutes of limitations have long expired. Now, a writer who says former President Donald J. Trump raped her in a department store dressing room in the 1990s plans to use the law to […]

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Trump’s Lawyers Skirt Question of Declassification in Documents Case

On Monday evening, lawyers for former President Donald J. Trump insisted that he should not have to formally declare in court whether, as he has claimed publicly, he had used his power before leaving office to declassify sensitive documents seized from his Florida home last month. But on Tuesday, in a separate court filing, Mr. […]

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Glenn Youngkin Is Playing a Dangerous Game

Their arrival marked the beginning of a tectonic shift in American political life. “The difference in laws between the North and the South created a political coming-of-age for Black migrants,” the political scientist Keneshia N. Grant writes in “The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the […]

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Videos Show Trump Allies Handling Georgia Voting Equipment

Newly released videos show allies of former President Donald J. Trump and contractors who were working on his behalf handling sensitive voting equipment in a rural Georgia county weeks after the 2020 election. The footage, which was made public as part of long-running litigation over Georgia’s voting system, raises new questions about efforts by Trump […]

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Trump Was Warned Late Last Year of Potential Legal Peril Over Documents

A onetime White House lawyer under President Donald J. Trump warned him late last year that Mr. Trump could face legal liability if he did not return government materials he had taken with him when he left office, three people familiar with the matter said. The lawyer, Eric Herschmann, sought to impress upon Mr. Trump […]

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Burnout, Productivity and Other Tales of the Office

To the Editor: Re “‘Quiet Quitting’ Is Not the Solution to Burnout,” by Laura Vanderkam (Sunday Opinion, Sept. 18): Ms. Vanderkam misses another key alternative to “quiet quitting”: returning to the office. We’ve always had burnout, and returning to the office won’t solve that for everyone. But part of the burnout we’re feeling is a […]

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You Cannot Be Too Cynical About Trump (or His Imitators)

Bret Stephens: Hi, Gail. Any plans to hop a flight to Martha’s Vineyard? Gail Collins: Gee, Bret, I think the Vineyard folks have had enough unexpected guests for a while. But I really was impressed by how gracious they were to the immigrant families that Gov. Ron DeSantis shipped there. Bret: It’s a shame for […]

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Where 6 Investigations Into Donald Trump Stand

But his aides ignored him and now he finds himself without the power of the presidency, staring at a host of prosecutors and lawyers who have him and his associates in their sights. Some of the issues at hand go back years, but many of the seeds for his current legal jeopardy were planted in […]

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Biden Calls Trump ‘Irresponsible’ Over Mar-a-Lago Documents

WASHINGTON — President Biden said in an interview aired on Sunday evening that former President Donald J. Trump had been “totally irresponsible” for keeping top-secret documents at his residence and private club in Florida, but he said he had not asked for specifics about the documents in order to stay out of the Justice Department’s […]

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Trump Rally Plays Music Resembling QAnon Song, and Crowds React

Former President Donald J. Trump appeared to more fully embrace QAnon on Saturday, playing a song at a political rally in Ohio that prompted attendees to respond with a salute in reference to the cultlike conspiracy theory’s theme song. While speaking in Youngstown in support of J.D. Vance, whom he has endorsed as Ohio’s Republican […]

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