Tag: United States Politics and Government

Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Rule on Abortion Referrals

A federal judge on Thursday issued a nationwide injunction temporarily blocking a controversial Trump administration rule that would bar organizations that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning money. Judge Stanley A. Bastian of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington State said in his order that the rule would […]

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Trump Says Xi Jinping of China Will Visit Soon, Stirring Anticipation of a Completed Trade Deal

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Thursday that China’s president, Xi Jinping, would be coming soon to the White House, fueling anticipation that the world’s two largest economies may be close to finishing a trade deal. Mr. Trump, in remarks to White House staff, parents and children gathered on the lawn for Take Your Children […]

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North Korea Demanded $2 Million Before Releasing Comatose U.S. Student

WASHINGTON — North Korea billed the Trump administration $2 million for the medical care of Otto F. Warmbier, an imprisoned American student who had fallen into a coma, before agreeing to release him in 2017. A senior American diplomat negotiating for Mr. Warmbier’s freedom accepted the bill, and Mr. Warmbier was released. He died six […]

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Armpits, White Ghettos and Contempt

“If you live in the Midwest, where else do you want to live besides Chicago? You don’t want to live in Cincinnati or Cleveland or, you know, these armpits of America.” So declared Stephen Moore, the man Donald Trump wants to install on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, during a 2014 event held at […]

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Your Average American Joe

Joe Biden’s father led the high life as a young man: yachts, fast cars, polo. But his fortunes ran out, thanks to a few bad business deals. Eventually, he got a job managing a used car dealership. But at the office Christmas party, the owner decided to issue bonuses by taking a bucket of silver […]

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As Democrats Agonize, G.O.P. Is at Peace With Doing Nothing on Mueller’s Findings

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans see the special counsel’s report — with its stark evidence that President Trump repeatedly impeded the investigation into Russian election interference — as a summons for collective inaction. Republicans in the upper chamber, who would serve as Mr. Trump’s jury if House Democrats were to impeach him, reacted to the report’s […]

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Joe Biden Expresses Regret to Anita Hill, but She Says ‘I’m Sorry’ Is Not Enough

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. called Anita Hill earlier this month to express his regret over “what she endured” testifying against Justice Clarence Thomas at the 1991 Supreme Court hearings that put a spotlight on sexual harassment of women, according to a spokeswoman for Mr. Biden. But Ms. Hill, in an […]

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The Danger in Not Impeaching Trump

The decision facing the House Democrats over whether to proceed with an impeachment of President Trump is both more difficult and more consequential than the discussion of it suggests. The arguments offered by House leaders, in particular Speaker Nancy Pelosi, against it are understandable, including that impeachment could invite a wrenching partisan fight; render the […]

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Americans Are Among the Most Stressed People in the World, Poll Finds

Americans are among the most stressed people in the world, according to a new survey. And that’s just the start of it. Last year, Americans reported feeling stress, anger and worry at the highest levels in a decade, according to the survey, part of an annual Gallup poll of more than 150,000 people around the […]

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Biden on the Issues: Where He Stands and How He’s Changed

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who opened his third run for the presidency on Thursday, has a longer record in politics than any other Democrat in the sprawling 2020 field — long enough to leave a paper trail on pretty much every topic of national consequence. That record has not always been helpful […]

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Joe Biden Is Running for President, After Months of Hesitation

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced Thursday that he would seek the Democratic nomination to challenge President Trump in 2020, marshaling his experience and global stature in a bid to lead a party increasingly defined by a younger generation that might be skeptical of his age and ideological moderation. Mr. Biden, 76, is […]

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On Washington: Trump’s Stonewalling Takes Clash Between Branches to a New Level

WASHINGTON — President Trump is definitely building a wall — but it is between the White House and the House of Representatives. In the aftermath of Robert S. Mueller III’s report, the White House has quickly assumed a defiant, hard-line stance that it will not respect subpoenas and demands for information from various House committees […]

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Party Is in Transition. Does Biden’s Brand Still Pack a Punch?

ImageJoe Biden has been the clear and consistent leader in an average of polls this year. CreditErin Schaff/The New York Times When Joe Biden first ran for Senate in 1972, 40 percent of Democrats believed that whites had a right to segregate neighborhoods. Today, he plans to seek the presidential nomination of a very different […]

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The Argument: Is It Time to Impeach Trump?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher This week on “The Argument,” what should Democrats do after the release of Robert Mueller’s (redacted) report? David Leonhardt thinks the report reveals a man unfit to serve as president, even if impeaching him […]

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Trump Vows Stonewall of ‘All’ House Subpoenas

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration escalated its defiance of Congress on Wednesday, as the Justice Department refused to let an official testify on Capitol Hill and President Trump vowed to fight what he called a “ridiculous” subpoena ordering a former top aide to appear before lawmakers. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Mr. Trump told reporters […]

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Strong Support Here Helped Trump Win Pennsylvania in 2016. 2020 Could Be Different.

ALTOONA, Pa. — President Trump’s road to re-election runs through places like Altoona, with its deep working-class roots, conservative social values and nearly all-white population. But it is not a straight line. He won about 70 percent of the vote in Blair County, where Altoona is the largest city, in 2016, and that support was […]

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Biden Joins the Really Big Crowd

O.K., see how many Democratic presidential candidates you can name. Five? That’s pathetic. There are kids in grade school who can probably come up with eight. Kids in grade school in New Hampshire who have probably met eight. Joe Biden’s leap into the race will make, by The Times’s count, 20 people officially in the […]

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Trump Vows Stonewall of ‘All’ House Subpoenas, Setting Up Fight Over Powers

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration escalated its defiance of Congress on Wednesday, as the Justice Department refused to let an official testify on Capitol Hill and President Trump vowed to fight what he called a “ridiculous” subpoena ordering a former top aide to appear before lawmakers. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Mr. Trump told reporters […]

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News Analysis: Victor or Victim? Trump’s Changing Response to Mueller Report

WASHINGTON — The day after the special counsel delivered his report to the Justice Department, President Trump was ecstatic. He claimed vindication. When he walked into the dining room of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to someone there, guests rose to their feet to give him a standing ovation. A month later, the president’s […]

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Mueller Report Reveals Trump’s Fixation on Using Law Enforcement to Target a Rival

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a tenuous hold on his job when President Trump called him at home in the middle of 2017. The president had already blamed him for recusing himself from investigations related to the 2016 election, sought his resignation and belittled him in private and on Twitter. Now, Mr. Trump […]

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