Tag: Appointments and Executive Changes

Trump Says He’ll Nominate Andrew Wheeler to Head the E.P.A.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday said he intends to nominate Andrew R. Wheeler to be the permanent administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The E.P.A. has been at the center of Mr. Trump’s deregulatory […]

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De Blasio Ousts Investigations Chief, Citing Abuse of Power

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday took the extraordinary step of pushing out his embattled investigations commissioner, Mark G. Peters, the culmination of a fierce rivalry between the two powerful men. Mr. Peters was called to a meeting Friday afternoon with the first deputy mayor, Dean Fuleihan, and asked to […]

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U.K. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab Quits

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain faced a new political crisis on Thursday after Dominic Raab, her chief negotiator on withdrawal from the European Union, quit, a decision that threatens to wreck not only her plans for exit, but also her leadership. The surprise resignation came Thursday morning […]

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Justice Dept. Defends Legality of Trump’s Appointment of Acting Attorney General

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday pushed back against accusations that President Trump’s appointment of Matthew G. Whitaker as acting attorney general was illegal, arguing that it complied with both federal statutes and the Constitution and that it fit within a long history of similar designations. In a 20-page […]

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‘Seriously, You Chose Her?’: U.S.A. Gymnastics’ Trouble at the Top

America’s best gymnasts have shaken their heads for years at the failure of their national federation to understand the blighted culture of their sport, one that allowed a team doctor to abuse them for decades while the sport’s leaders looked the other way. A turning point appeared to come last […]

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Whitaker May Be a Bad Choice, but He’s a Legal One

AUSTIN, Tex. — President Trump’s selection of Matthew Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general has provoked alarm across the political spectrum, and for good reason. But as troubling as Mr. Whitaker may turn out to be for the rule of law, Mr. Trump was acting within the scope of […]

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Mueller Has a Way Around Trump and His Minions

In a stunning move on the heels of the midterm election, President Trump has forced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed an outspoken critic of the Mueller investigation — Matthew Whitaker — as acting attorney general, shunting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to the sidelines. This raises […]

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Acting Attorney General Once Declared Courts ‘Inferior’ and Criticized Supreme Court’s Power

WASHINGTON — The acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, once espoused the view that the courts “are supposed to be the inferior branch” and criticized the Supreme Court’s power to review legislative and executive acts and declare them unconstitutional, the lifeblood of its existence as a coequal branch of government. […]

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Sessions Executed the Agenda of a President Who Could Not Look Past a Betrayal

WASHINGTON — The night before he was fired, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in high spirits. He was watching the midterm election results at the Justice Department with his wife and staff members, according to two people present, and enjoying a final, welcome evening of normalcy before President Trump abruptly […]

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Tesla Names New Chairwoman as It Seeks a More Stable Image

Tesla named Robyn Denholm, an independent board member since 2014 and a longtime technology and telecommunications executive, as its new chairwoman on Wednesday night, as the company tries to put behind it regulatory troubles and concerns about its stability under Elon Musk, its colorful but erratic co-founder. The electric-car company […]

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Trump, Under Scrutiny and Unleashed

Well, that was bittersweet. I’m not sure I would call Tuesday’s election results the blue wave many expected, but liberals absolutely made progress — and history — as Democrats assumed control of the House of Representatives, in part by electing a historic number of women to the body. Furthermore, the […]

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Jeff Sessions Is Forced Out as Attorney General as Trump Installs Loyalist

WASHINGTON — President Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday and replaced him with a loyalist who will now take charge of the special counsel investigation into Russia’s election interference, a defiant move just a day after a midterm election loss. Mr. Sessions delivered his resignation letter to […]

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Trump Forces Out Jeff Sessions as He Cleans House After the Midterms

WASHINGTON — President Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, ending a partnership that soured almost from the start of the administration and degenerated into one of the most acrimonious public standoffs between a commander in chief and a senior cabinet member in modern American history. Mr. Sessions’s […]

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House Democrats Can Constrain Trump. They Can Also Overreach.

After Donald Trump won the election in 2016, he was in a position of great power to cut taxes, repeal Obamacare and build border walls to his heart’s content — if congressional Republicans cooperated. Of course, they didn’t always cooperate, but Mr. Trump was also able to push forward his […]

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Would You Hire Kavanaugh?

Think of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination this way: A president who has faced at least a dozen allegations of sexual assault is attempting to appoint a second Supreme Court justice who has credibly been accused of sexual misconduct, and those two justices might well help form a new court majority […]

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Jeff Fager, ‘60 Minutes’ Producer, Is Ousted at CBS After Sexual Harassment Allegations

CBS announced on Wednesday that Jeff Fager, the longtime “60 Minutes” executive producer, was leaving for violating company policy, just days after Leslie Moonves stepped down as the company’s chief executive following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. In recent articles in The New Yorker and The Washington Post, Mr. Fager […]

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Post-‘Rahmbo’ Chicago and the Death of Triangulation

Advertisement The centrist mayor will no longer seek re-election, leaving a power vacuum in the city. By Kim Bellware Ms. Bellware is a Chicago-based news and culture reporter. Sept. 8, 2018 ImageChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday, he would not seek a third term in office.CreditCreditStacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune, via Associated […]

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An Advocate for Women or a Threat? As Hearings Begin, Differing Views of Kavanaugh Emerge

The hearings will play out for the next four days before the judiciary panel, with opening statements on Tuesday by senators and Judge Kavanaugh, followed by two days of questioning and a final day of testimony from outside witnesses. As Mr. Blumenthal, perhaps in a moment of understatement, predicted, “Sparks […]

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The Supreme Court Ought to Back Off

Of course, the court sometimes must act decisively to protect rights. By design, the unelected, largely unaccountable Supreme Court serves as a bulwark against tyrannical majorities. The First Amendment’s guarantee of free expression envisions the protection of repugnant views. And few legislators are apt to defend the rights of criminal […]

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White House Counsel Donald McGahn Will Leave This Fall, Trump Announces on Twitter

WASHINGTON — The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, will be leaving the administration this fall, President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, leaving the president’s side just as the sprawling investigation into Russian election interference could come to a conclusion. In addition to stripping the White House of another top […]

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