Tag: United States Politics and Government

When Brand Trump Met Brand Vuitton

On Thursday two of the most powerful brands in politics and high fashion collided in Johnson County, Texas, a rural area about a half-hour’s drive south of Fort Worth. They met in a blur of pomp, supple leather and mutual appreciation as President Trump joined Bernard Arnault, founder and chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis […]

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Tulsi Gabbard Lashes Back at Hillary Clinton After Claim of Russian Influence

Hillary Clinton waded into the Democratic primary on Friday by suggesting that Russia was “grooming” Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii as a third-party candidate for president. In response, Ms. Gabbard lashed out late in the afternoon with an extraordinary series of tweets in which she called Mrs. Clinton “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, […]

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Viral Photo Captures Power Dynamic Between Trump and Nancy Pelosi

WASHINGTON — When President Trump tweeted a photograph of Speaker Nancy Pelosi rising to storm out of a meeting with him this week in the Cabinet Room, he meant it as an insult, branding her “Nervous Nancy” and saying she had had an “unhinged meltdown.” But the photograph — which depicts Ms. Pelosi, 79, standing […]

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Mattis Mocks Trump’s Bone Spurs and Love of Fast Food

Jim Mattis, the former defense secretary, departed from his usual reticence about President Trump and mocked his former boss in a speech on Thursday night that made fun of his bone spur diagnosis during the Vietnam War and his love for fast food. The president had recently referred to Mr. Mattis, a retired four-star Marine […]

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The Impeachment Will Be Televised

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Earlier this week, my colleague Nicholas Kristof interviewed Representative Adam Schiff — the Democrat leading the impeachment inquiry — at a public event in New York. Toward the end, Nicholas asked about the inquiry’s apparent lack of […]

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The Week Diplomats Broke Their Silence

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Members of the American diplomatic corps testified about the state of U.S. foreign policy in private hearings on Capitol Hill this week. According to our national political correspondent, their testimonies revealed “a remarkably consistent story” about […]

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How Did Gordon Sondland Think This Was Going to End?

Ever since Donald Trump began his nightmarish political ascent, some psychologists have been warning us, with increasing urgency, about what it means to have a malignant narcissist in power. In many cases, they’ve been more accurate about the trajectory of the last three years than the Washington hands who assumed Donald Trump would be constrained […]

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How Pending Decision on Obamacare Could Upend 2020 Campaign

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in New Orleans is preparing a ruling on the Affordable Care Act that could put the law’s future front and center in the presidential race, overwhelming the current Democratic debate over Medicare for all and reigniting the health care-driven worries that helped Democrats win back the House last year. […]

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15 Times Trump and His Allies Claimed ‘No Quid Pro Quo’

WASHINGTON — It was not the message that the White House and its supporters have been trying to hammer home in recent weeks as the impeachment investigation has intensified on Capitol Hill: Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Thursday that President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in part to pressure […]

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Read Mulvaney’s Conflicting Statements on Quid Pro Quo

Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s acting chief of staff, answered questions on Thursday about Mr. Trump’s interactions with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that are at the center of an impeachment inquiry. Mr. Mulvaney said the United States withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate what the president has long insisted […]

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If It’s Trump vs. Warren, Then What?

This is a memo for the politically homeless. It’s a memo to those of us who could never support Donald Trump but think the Bernie-Squad-Warren Democratic Party is sprinting too far left. It’s a memo built around the following question: If the general election campaign turns out to be Trump vs. Warren, what the heck […]

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Cummings’s Death Leaves Void at Helm of Crucial Committee

WASHINGTON — The death of Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland on Thursday left a gaping void at the helm of a crucial investigative committee leading the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, setting off a quiet but consequential contest among Democrats to succeed him as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Democrats said […]

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Bank Regulators Present a Dire Warning of Financial Risks From Climate Change

WASHINGTON — Home values could fall significantly. Banks could stop lending to flood-prone communities. Towns could lose the tax money they need to build sea walls and other protections. These are a few of the warnings published on Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco regarding the financial risks of climate change. The […]

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Democrats, Avoid the Robot Rabbit Hole

One of the less discussed parts of Tuesday’s Democratic debate was the exchange that took place over automation and how to deal with it. But it’s worth focusing on that exchange, because it was interesting — by which I mean depressing. CNN’s Erin Burnett, one of the moderators, asked a bad question, and the debaters […]

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Mulvaney Says Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid Pending Investigation of Democrats

WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Thursday that the Trump administration withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate what the president has long insisted was Kiev’s assistance to Democrats during the 2016 election. The declaration by Mr. Mulvaney undercut Mr. Trump’s repeated denials of […]

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Perry Tells Trump He Will Resign as Energy Secretary

Rick Perry, the energy secretary who has drawn scrutiny for his role in the controversy surrounding President Trump’s efforts to push Ukraine officials to investigate the son of a political rival, on Thursday told the president he would resign from the cabinet. The Perry resignation had been anticipated for several weeks, even before the news […]

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Mulvaney: Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid Pending Investigation of Democrats

WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Thursday that the Trump administration withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate what the president has long insisted was Kiev’s assistance to Democrats during the 2016 election. The declaration by Mr. Mulvaney undercut Mr. Trump’s repeated denials of […]

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Senate Fails to Override Trump’s Veto, Keeping Border Emergency in Place

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday failed to overturn President Trump’s veto of a resolution that would have terminated the national emergency he declared at the southwestern border. The defeat allows Mr. Trump to continue to defy Congress and divert federal funds to the construction of a border wall, his signature campaign promise. The override […]

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Elijah Cummings, Powerful Democrat Who Investigated Trump, Dies at 68

WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings, a son of sharecroppers who rose to become one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress and a central figure in the impeachment investigation of President Trump, died on Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was 68. His death was confirmed by his wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, […]

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