Tag: United States Politics and Government

The Moderates’ Impeachment Moment

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher After nearly 12 hours of vicious debate, the Senate voted early Wednesday to adopt the rules that will govern the rest of the impeachment trial. But in a Republican-controlled chamber, why weren’t they the rules that Senator […]

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I’ll Never Be Ashamed of My Abortion

I am medium-brown-skinned — neither rich dark chocolate nor creamy cafe au lait. I am a B cup and have, for a black girl, a barely there butt. I have flat feet and oily skin. And like so many American women of reproductive age, I’ve had an abortion. I, and I alone, made the decision […]

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Why Trump Persists

The failure of the American electorate to rise up in opposition to President Trump — whose outrages are well-documented — suggests that voters are less tolerant, less empathetic and less insistent on integrity than many believe. The election of Trump and his first three years in office have revealed a nation deeply ambivalent about immigration, […]

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Why Did Alan Dershowitz Say Yes to Trump?

Forty years ago, when I was a student at Harvard Law School, I enrolled in Alan Dershowitz’s class on professional responsibility. “Everyone is entitled to a lawyer,” he told us. “But not everyone is entitled to me.” Any lawyer in private practice can generally say no when asked to take on a case. So why […]

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Republicans Block Subpoenas for New Evidence as Impeachment Trial Begins

WASHINGTON — A divided Senate began the impeachment trial of President Trump on Tuesday in utter acrimony, as Republicans blocked Democrats’ efforts to subpoena documents related to the pressure campaign on Ukraine and moderate Republicans forced last-minute changes to rules that had been tailored to the president’s wishes. In a series of party-line votes punctuated […]

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Trump Trial Day 1: Roped-Off Reporters and TV Cameras Run by the Senate

CBS blinked first. After less than three hours of live coverage on Tuesday, the network of Walter Cronkite cut away from the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, yielding to daytime fare like “Dr. Phil” and “Judge Judy.” NBC held out longer, but by 5 p.m., ABC was the last traditional broadcast network still in […]

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Mrs. Clinton, You Already Beat Bernie Sanders. Trump Is the Opponent Now.

Democrats may not agree on much these days, but on the matter of their greatest wish, there is resounding consensus: They want to beat Donald Trump this November. Full stop. So it’s of no help to the cause when Hillary Clinton, the party’s 2016 nominee, disparages other Democrats and shatters party unity based on her […]

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Why Trump’s Threadbare Legal Argument Will Probably Work

Let’s dispense with one thing off the bat: President Trump’s impeachment defense is — in addition to being riddled with false factual claims and misleading characterizations — legal claptrap. It’s also likely to work. The essence of the argument, which appears in a 110-page brief submitted on Monday by the president’s ragtag legal team in […]

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Trump Considering an Expansion of His 2017 Travel Ban

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to introduce an updated version of a long-disputed travel ban enacted shortly after President Trump’s inauguration in 2017, expanding the list to include countries the White House has suggested have fallen out of compliance with United States security measures. Mr. Trump told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday in […]

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Trump, Impeachment and Catching Frisbees

As the country embarks on only the third impeachment trial of a president in its history, there are many unique features about this moment, but one stands out for me: Never before have we had to confront a president who lies as he breathes and is backed by a political party and an entire cable […]

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Partisan Rules Debate Rages as Senate Opens Trump Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — A divided Senate began the impeachment trial of President Trump on Tuesday in utter acrimony, as Republicans refused to commit to hearing from witnesses Democrats demanded and moderate Republicans forced last-minute changes to rules that had been tailored to the president’s wishes. The debate, convened just after 1 p.m. in a Senate chamber […]

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Barr Once Contradicted Trump’s Claim That Abuse of Power Is Not Impeachable

WASHINGTON — Scholars have roundly rejected a central argument of President Trump’s lawyers that abuse of power is not by itself an impeachable offense. But it turns out that another important legal figure has contradicted that idea: Mr. Trump’s attorney general and close ally, William P. Barr. In summer 2018, when he was still in […]

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The Former Journalist Who Is Bernie Sanders’s Media Critic

When the first in-house newsletter of Bernie Sanders’s campaign landed in inboxes last August, its chief antagonist was neither President Trump nor a rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, but rather The Washington Post and, as the email said, “the Washington pundits who are paid by the corporations and billionaires who own the media.” Campaigning […]

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Debate Over the Rules for Trump’s Trial

To the Editor: Re “McConnell Plans for Senate Trial on a Speedy Pace” (front page, Jan. 21): In the Federalist Papers No. 65, Alexander Hamilton, talking about the reasoning behind giving the Senate the power to try impeachments, wrote: “Where else than in the Senate could have been found a tribunal sufficiently dignified, or sufficiently […]

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Impeachment Live Stream: Highlights and Takeaways

Here’s what you need to know: Video A debate is under way in the Senate over the ground rules the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, has proposed for President Trump’s trial.CreditCredit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times The Senate’s historic trial of President Trump begins in earnest with a bitter fight. The Senate convened shortly after 1 […]

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Trump and the Teenager: A Climate Showdown at Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland — Neither uttered the other’s name. But President Trump and the Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg took unmistakable aim at each other on Tuesday at this conference of business and government figures, reprising their roles as antagonists on the global stage. The 73-year-old president and 17-year-old activist dominated the first full day of […]

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Supreme Court Will Not Rule Quickly on Obamacare Appeal

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request from Democratic state officials and the House of Representatives to quickly consider an appeal of a decision with the potential to wipe out the entire Affordable Care Act. The move means the court will almost certainly not hear the case in its current term, which […]

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Hillary Clinton on Bernie Sanders: ‘Nobody Likes Him’

Hillary Clinton, who battled with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for months in a 2016 Democratic primary that sometimes turned contentious, ripped into her former campaign rival in a new docuseries and declined to say if she would endorse and campaign for Mr. Sanders if he were to win the presidential nomination this time around. […]

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The Last Impeachment Trial

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher As President Trump’s impeachment trial begins in earnest this afternoon, we look back two decades to a time when Google was in its infancy, Y2K was stoking anxiety and partisanship in Congress was not quite so entrenched. […]

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A Challenge for the Trial: 100 Senators Who Love to Talk, Sitting in Silence

WASHINGTON — In the Senate, there are few things of more value to a lawmaker than the sound of his or her own voice. Inside the gilded chamber, senators vocalize their votes — calling out “aye” or “nay” — make speeches on all manner of subjects — meaty policy addresses, weekly odes to exemplary constituents, […]

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What to Expect as the Trump Impeachment Trial Begins Today

WASHINGTON — After ceremonially opening its impeachment trial of President Trump last week, the Senate reconvenes on Tuesday to begin what is expected to be a bruising partisan fight over the charges that the president abused his office and unconstitutionally obstructed Congress. The seven Democratic House impeachment managers could begin making their case on the […]

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Trump to Focus on Economy at Davos, Seeking a Counter to Impeachment

DAVOS, Switzerland — Before the Senate impeachment trial begins in earnest on Tuesday, President Trump was more than 4,000 miles away from Washington, in this glitzy Alpine village, planning to drive a competing narrative — one that has nothing to do with pressure on Ukraine, abuse of power or obstruction of Congress. In his first […]

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