Tag: United States Politics and Government

Trump, Seeking Re-election Since His Inauguration, Will Now Make It Official

ORLANDO, Fla. — Almost four years to the day since he announced his first, improbable run for public office from the basement level of Trump Tower, President Trump will officially begin his campaign for re-election on Tuesday night at a special presentation of his signature “Make America Great Again” rallies. Giant television screens, food trucks, […]

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Wants You to Know She Was Not Impressed

Bret Stephens: Gail, I know you are as gutted as I am by the news that Sarah Huckabee Sanders will step down from her post as White House spokesman. How do you judge her contribution to our nation’s moral health and political well-being? Gail Collins: I was going to say she brought us back to […]

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Conservative Radio Host Has Doubts About Trump. His Audience Doesn’t Want to Hear It.

TIBURON, Calif. — In January 2011, four and a half years before Donald Trump glided down the escalator at Trump Tower and began a campaign for the White House that few conservatives were taking seriously, Michael Savage invited him on the radio and declared that he had found a president. It was their first interview. […]

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2020 Democrats Address Poverty and Systemic Racism at Presidential Forum

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday defended his approach to working with Republicans, suggesting that those who cannot conceive of compromising with the opposition might as well “start a real, physical revolution.” “Folks, look, if you start off with the notion there’s nothing you can do, well, might you all […]

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Landlords Oppose Trump Plan to Evict Undocumented Immigrants

WASHINGTON — Landlords and local officials across the country say a White House proposal to eject undocumented immigrants from subsidized housing would displace some of their most reliable tenants and add major financial strains to an already cash-strapped system. Officials with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, prodded by hard-liners like Stephen Miller, President […]

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Democrat in Competitive California District Joins Call for Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Representative Katie Porter, a law professor who narrowly flipped part of Republicans’ Southern California stronghold to the Democrats in last year’s midterm elections, said on Monday that she would support opening an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The announcement makes Ms. Porter one of the first to endorse impeachment of the 40 or […]

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Businesses Plead to Stop More China Tariffs. They Expect to Be Ignored.

WASHINGTON — Nervous business owners are spending seven days trying to persuade the Trump administration not to impose tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. Most are bracing for disappointment. After several previous hearings where company officials testified against tariffs only to see them go into effect, many business leaders are becoming […]

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Four Years Ago Trump Was Seen as a Sideshow. Now He Is the Show.

WASHINGTON — As he rode down that escalator in June 2015, it felt like a lark, a curiosity, just another staged television spectacle. At most, many assumed that Donald J. Trump’s candidacy would be a sideshow, sure to be entertaining but hardly decisive. Four years later, as President Trump kicks off his campaign for a […]

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Stop Sneering at Bill de Blasio

A common type of viral news story in our age of American decline involves school lunch debt. School employees have seized lunches from students whose parents fall behind on their bills and thrown them in the trash. Kids who owe lunch fees have been branded with stamps and markers and served inferior cold meals. Recently, […]

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The Trade War is Taking Money From Your Wallet, and Returning Some, Too

Since the start of the Trump administration’s trade war last year, economists and executives have repeatedly warned that consumers will ultimately end up footing the bill for tariffs through higher prices. That’s true. It just might not feel like it. A recent economic study estimated that the 10 percent tariffs imposed last year on $200 […]

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Why Bernie Sanders Isn’t Afraid of ‘Socialism’

After watching Bernie Sanders try, for at least the second time, to defend himself as a “democratic socialist” by defining “democratic socialism” as something that is not actually socialism, I’m struggling to understand the purpose of it all. What does he gain from this? What is he trying to do? Here’s how Sanders talked about […]

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Trump Might Not Want War With Iran. Without Diplomacy He Will Get One.

The United States was quick to blame Iran for last week’s attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran has denied involvement, and there is considerable skepticism around the world about American claims. We don’t yet know what really happened, and may not for some time. But what the attacks and subsequent fallout […]

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Drug Prices Are a Populist Campaign Issue. Here Are the Latest Proposals to Lower Costs.

It can be hard to find common ground in Washington these days, but furor over drug prices could be one exception. Many Americans continue to struggle to pay for the prescription medicines they need. And rising drug costs are a problem for insurers and taxpayers, too — treatments for some rare diseases are topping $2 […]

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Trump’s Abuse of Executive Privilege Is More Than a Present Danger

President Trump has been on an executive privilege extravaganza. In the past month, he’s asserted it to block Congress from obtaining documents about the census citizenship question, invoked it to try to bar the full Mueller report from being given to Congress, and used it to bar his former White House counsel, Don McGahn, from […]

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Biden’s Campaign Approach: Run Like It’s a Primary of One

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa — In a field of 23 Democratic candidates for president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. is campaigning as if he is running alone. Over the past eight days, Mr. Biden celebrated a granddaughter’s graduation with the family of Barack Obama while 19 of his opponents fought for breakout moments at a party gathering […]

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Huawei Chief Predicts Sales Will Flatline After Trump Crackdown

SHANGHAI — The chief executive of Huawei, the Chinese technology giant, said on Monday that he expected the company’s annual revenue to slip this year to about $100 billion as the Trump administration’s crackdown on the firm takes a bite out of its business. Huawei earned more than $105 billion in sales last year, helped […]

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The Youngest Child Separated From His Family at the Border Was 4 Months Old

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The text messages were coming in all day and night with only two data points: Gender and age. With each one that arrived, the on-call caseworker at Bethany Christian Services in Michigan had 15 minutes to find a foster home for another child who was en route from the border. On a […]

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Trump Wants to Neutralize Democrats on Health Care. Republicans Say Let It Go.

WASHINGTON — As President Trump prepares to kick off his bid for a second term this week, he is anxiously searching for a way to counter Democrats on health care, one of their central issues, even though many of his wary Republican allies would prefer he let it go for now. Since he announced his […]

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Trump Campaign to Purge Pollsters After Leak of Dismal Results

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s campaign has decided to purge some of its pollsters after a leak of dismal internal polls for the president that he denied existed. Just two days before the president is set to kick off his bid for re-election, a top adviser said on Sunday that the campaign was cutting ties with […]

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