Tag: Presidential Election of 2020

Will Christian America Withstand the Pull of QAnon?

Even if you believe that some interpretations of critical race theory have problematic, illiberal elements to them, it is hardly in danger of taking hold in the 47,000-plus congregations in the convention, which is more theologically and politically conservative than most denominations. What is ripping through many Southern Baptist churches these days — and it’s […]

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Biden’s First Task at HUD: Rebuilding Trump-Depleted Ranks

Nonetheless, three of the agency’s divisions were especially crippled under his watch. One was the unit responsible for overseeing disbursement of federal block grants to states hit by hurricanes and other natural disasters. Another was the homeless assistance operation. The third was the fair housing division, whose job is to enforce federal laws prohibiting discrimination […]

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Trump Pressed Official to Wield Justice Dept. to Back Election Claims

Mr. Rosen declined to comment. A spokesman for Mr. Trump could not immediately be reached for comment. The documents “show that President Trump tried to corrupt our nation’s chief law enforcement agency in a brazen attempt to overturn an election that he lost,” said Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, a New York Democrat who is the […]

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In Congress, Republicans Shrug at Warnings of Democracy in Peril

WASHINGTON — Senator Christopher S. Murphy concedes that political rhetoric in the nation’s capital can sometimes stray into hysteria, but when it comes to the precarious state of American democracy, he insisted he was not exaggerating the nation’s tilt toward authoritarianism. “Democrats are always at risk of being hyperbolic,” said Mr. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut. […]

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Contested Elections Are a Danger to Our Military

The first presidential election I witnessed as a member of the military was George W. Bush vs. Al Gore in 2000. I was in college, as a naval R.O.T.C. midshipman, and on Election Day I remember asking a Marine lieutenant colonel who was a visiting fellow at my university whether he’d made it to the […]

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How Joe Manchin Can Fix the Filibuster

It’s easy to sympathize with the liberal desire to bury the Senate filibuster forever. The 60-vote threshold for Senate legislation is a choke point in a political system defined by gridlock, sclerosis and futility. It provides an excuse for policy abdication, encouraging the legislative branch to cede authority to the presidency and the courts, and […]

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Voter Suppression Must Be the Central Issue

The right to vote is everything in a democracy. Without influence over power, you are completely vulnerable to that power. There is no way to access prosperity or ensure personal protection when you live in a society in which people who share your interests are inhibited in their political participation. So the current efforts by […]

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My Fellow Republicans, Stop Fearing This Dangerous and Diminished Man

Many Republican leaders seem to think any all-encompassing investigation will be bad for the party. I disagree. Some prominent Republicans want to uncover the truth, as are police officers who heroically protected members of Congress and their staff on Jan. 6. Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after engaging with the Trump-inspired mob, supported Mr. Trump. […]

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Republicans Are Turning America Into a ‘Democracy With Asterisks’

Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the New America think tank and one of the organizers of New America’s “Statement of Concern,” wrote by email: A longstanding finding in political science is that it is elites who preserve democracy, and elites who destroy democracy. Overwhelming majorities of voters support democracy in the abstract, but if […]

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Biden Aims to Bolster U.S. Alliances in Europe, but Challenges Loom

WASHINGTON — It should not be that hard to be an American leader visiting Europe for the first time after President Donald J. Trump. But President Biden will face his own challenges when he departs on Wednesday, especially as the United States confronts a disruptive Russia and a rising China while trying to reassemble and […]

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Are We Destined for a Crisis of Democracy in 2024?

Meanwhile, at the state level, the Republican-backed bills that purport to fight voter fraud are obviously partially sops to conservative paranoia — but as such, they’re designed to head off cries of fraud, claims of ballots shipped in from China or conjured up in Italy. That sort of heading-off strategy may fail, of course, but […]

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Rejecting Biden’s Win, Rising Republicans Attack Legitimacy of Elections

A Republican House candidate from Wisconsin says he is appalled by the violence he witnessed at the Jan. 6 rally that turned into the siege at the Capitol. But he did not disagree with G.O.P. lawmakers’ effort to overturn the presidential election results that night. In Michigan, a woman known as the “MAGA bride” after […]

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Arizona 2020 Election Review: Risks for Republicans and Democracy

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rob Goins is 57, a former Marine and a lifelong Republican in a right-leaning jigsaw of golf courses, strip malls and gated retirement communities pieced together in the Arizona desert. But ask about the Republican-backed recount of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s 2020 election victory here in Maricopa County, and Mr. Goins rejects […]

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Democratic Report Raises 2022 Alarms on Messaging and Voter Outreach

Democrats defeated President Donald J. Trump and captured the Senate last year with a racially diverse coalition that delivered victories by tiny margins in key states like Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin. In the next election, they cannot count on repeating that feat, a new report warns. A review of the 2020 election, conducted by several […]

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Three Paths to Containing Trump

Last fall and winter, the president of the United States attempted, with ineffectual strategy but violent consequences, to pressure Republicans to overturn an election that he quite clearly lost. Now he reportedly believes that swing-state “audits” will somehow reinstall him in the White House by the end of summer. Many of the courtiers who encouraged […]

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Biden White House Disavows Knowledge of Gag Order in Leak Case

It is not clear how prosecutors made that case, since the existence of the leak investigation and its subject matter — which appeared to focus on James B. Comey Jr., the former F.B.I. director, and a document Russian hackers had stolen — was already public knowledge; The Times had reported on it almost a year […]

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Meadows Pressed Justice Dept. to Investigate Election Fraud Claims

Mr. Meadows’s outreach to Mr. Rosen was audacious in part because it violated longstanding guidelines that essentially forbid almost all White House personnel, including the chief of staff, from contacting the Justice Department about investigations or other enforcement actions. “The Justice Department’s enforcement mechanisms should not be used for political purpose or for the personal […]

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At Once Diminished and Dominating, Trump Prepares for His Next Act

WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump, the former president of the United States, commutes to New York City from his New Jersey golf club to work out of his office in Trump Tower at least once a week, slipping in and out of Manhattan without attracting much attention. The place isn’t as he left it. Many […]

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In Delaware, Biden Indulges One of His Oldest Habits: Commuting

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — Everyone here has a Biden story. Joe Mack, who owns the Double Dippers ice cream parlor, says President Biden likes to recite old Irish sayings when he comes in to grab a quart of chocolate chip. Susan Kehoe, the owner of Browseabout Books, says Mr. Biden and his dog Champ draw […]

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State Election Officials Are Under Attack. We Will Defend Them.

Tucked into many of the election laws Republicans are pushing or enacting in states around the country are pernicious provisions threatening punishment of elections officials and workers for just doing their jobs. Laws like those already passed in Republican-controlled states like Georgia and Iowa, no matter their stated intent, will be used as a weapon […]

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Sinema and Manchin’s Nihilistic Bipartisanship

We are in the eye of the storm of American democratic collapse. There is, outwardly, a feeling of calm. The Biden administration is competent and placid. The coronavirus emergency is receding nationally, if not internationally. Donald Trump, once the most powerful man on earth and the emperor of the news cycle, is now a failed […]

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Giuliani and Prosecutors Agree on Former Judge to Review Seized Materials

Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Rudolph W. Giuliani have recommended that Barbara S. Jones, a former judge in Manhattan, be appointed to review materials seized by the F.B.I. during recent searches of Mr. Giuliani’s home and office, according to a government court filing late Thursday. The proposal, which still must be approved by a federal […]

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Barack Obama Isn’t Afraid of Being a Politician

[MUSIC PLAYING] ezra klein I’m Ezra Klein, and this is “The Ezra Klein Show.” [MUSIC PLAYING] So in preparation for this episode, I have spent the last few weeks very deep in the mind of Barack Obama. I read the first volume of his presidential memoirs, “A Promised Land.” But I’ve also been listening to […]

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Barack Obama Interview: Joe Biden Is ‘Finishing the Job’

[MUSIC PLAYING] ezra klein I’m Ezra Klein, and this is “The Ezra Klein Show.” [MUSIC PLAYING] So in preparation for this episode, I have spent the last few weeks very deep in the mind of Barack Obama. I read the first volume of his presidential memoirs, “A Promised Land.” But I’ve also been listening to […]

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Elise Stefanik and the Young Republicans Who Sold Out Their Generation

Of course, the road to political obsolescence is littered with the bones of political analysts like me who predicted that demographics would be destiny. But Mr. Trump didn’t just devastate the G.O.P.’s fledgling class of up-and-coming talent. He also rattled the already precarious loyalty of young Republican voters; from December 2015 to March 2017, nearly […]

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Death of QAnon Follower at Capitol Leaves a Wake of Pain

But her increasing absorption in the QAnon community was by that time pushing some of her closest friends away. “I care about you, but I think it would be best if we didn’t talk for a while,” one friend since childhood, Sydney Vinson, texted her on Oct. 3 after Ms. Boyland had sent her a […]

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Texas Voting Bill Nears Passage as Republicans Advance It

In a statement on Saturday, President Biden called the proposed law, along with similar measures in Georgia and Florida, “an assault on democracy” that disproportionately targeted “Black and Brown Americans.” He called on lawmakers to address the issue by passing Democratic voting bills that are pending in Congress. “It’s wrong and un-American,” Mr. Biden said. […]

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The D.N.C. Didn’t Get Hacked in 2020. Here’s Why.

“After that, few would even pick up a flier, let alone a hose to help in 2017,” Mr. Cornale said. “Bob showed up with five fire trucks while putting on his suspenders, and ran in to the house.” Let Us Help You Protect Your Digital Life Mr. Lord told his staff on Friday that he […]

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Fox News Intensifies Its Pro-Trump Politics as Dissenters Depart

A pro-Trump drift at Fox News is not new: George Will, a traditional conservative who opposed Mr. Trump’s candidacy, lost his contributor contract in 2017. Shepard Smith, a news anchor who was tough on Mr. Trump, left in 2019. Some Fox News journalists, though, say privately they are increasingly concerned with the network’s direction. Kristin […]

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Prosecutors Investigating Whether Ukrainians Meddled in 2020 Election

Mr. Telizhenko and Mr. Artemenko joined Mr. Giuliani in Washington in late November 2019 at the Washington studios of the conservative cable network One America News to record a series that the network claimed exposed corruption by the Biden family, and attacked “the impeachment hoax” as well as Mr. Mueller’s investigation. Ahead of the December […]

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The State of California’s ‘State of Jefferson’

Good morning. Roughly 1.7 million of California’s 22.1 million registered voters signed the petition to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. Many of those who signed it technically live in California but symbolically live in another state entirely. California’s rural far north, sometimes styling itself as the “State of Jefferson,” has long viewed itself as a land […]

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