Tag: Bannon, Stephen K

Think Like a Libel Lawyer

My job, when I am doing it right, is to please no one. I’m a press lawyer. I’m paid by this newspaper to vet stories before publication. Think of me as a story’s first and worst reader: doubtful, questioning, blind to subtlety, skeptical of the facts, regularly prodding editors and […]

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White House Memo: What Do You Learn About Trump in an 85-Minute Interview?

WASHINGTON — President Trump regularly expresses pique over scathing kiss-and-tell books written by former aides and advisers. But he had no beef with “Let Me Finish” by Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor and his onetime transition director. “Well, honestly,” Mr. Trump said in an interview in the Oval […]

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Washington Memo: An Angry Trump Pushes Back Against His Own ‘Naive’ Intelligence Officials

WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out at the nation’s intelligence agencies on Wednesday, accusing them of being “passive and naive” about the dangers posed by Iran, and defending his handling of Afghanistan, North Korea and the Islamic State. A day after the agencies issued their annual assessment of global threats […]

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White House Memo: The Many Ways to Leave the White House

WASHINGTON — In an interview on Monday on “Good Morning America,” Cliff Sims, a former White House aide promoting a tell-all book about life inside the West Wing, wanted to make clear that he had left his job on his own terms. Anticipating pushback from the White House, he told […]

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Trump Thought Firing Flynn Would End ‘Russia Thing,’ Chris Christie Writes in Book

President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, believed that the “Russia thing” would end as a side effect from the firing of the national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, in the early days of the administration, according to an account in a new memoir by Chris Christie. […]

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Roger Stone Lied. What Was He Hiding?

In his indictment of the Trump torpedo Roger Stone, the special counsel Robert Mueller noted that on June 14, 2016, the Democratic National Committee announced “that it had been hacked by Russian government actors.” According to the indictment, unsealed Friday, Mr. Stone participated in and helped conceal an effort by […]

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Brexit and the U.S. Shutdown: Two Governments in Paralysis

ImageLeft, pro- and anti-Brexit demonstrators outside Parliament in London last month. Right, a view of the Capitol during the government shutdown in Washington.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times LONDON — In Parliament, lawmakers are mired in gridlock over Britain’s departure from the European Union, with no clear path forward. […]

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Trump Pulls Back From Declaring a National Emergency to Fund a Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump has stepped back from declaring a national emergency to pay for a border wall, under pressure from congressional Republicans, his own lawyers and advisers, who say using it as a way out of the government shutdown does not justify the precedent it would set and the […]

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Steve Bannon and a Fugitive Billionaire Target a Common Enemy: China

Just months after being pushed out of the White House, Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, met with a fugitive Chinese billionaire at a suite in the luxurious Hays-Adams Hotel in Washington. The billionaire, Guo Wengui, who is also known as Miles Kwok, was living in New York […]

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No News Is Bad News for Hungary

The world’s growing ranks of would-be autocrats should study Viktor Orban. Steadily, systematically, relentlessly, he has disabled any criticism or honest accounting of his imposition of right-wing, nativist, nationalist politics on all spheres of Hungarian life. His latest feat is breathtaking in its audacity. Acting as if on a signal, […]

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Maybe They’re Just Bad People

Seven years ago, a former aide to Ralph Reed — who also worked, briefly, for Paul Manafort — published a tawdry, shallow memoir that is also one of the more revealing political books I’ve ever read. Lisa Baron was a pro-choice, pro-gay rights, hard-partying Jew who nonetheless made a career […]

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It Isn’t an Easy Time to Be a British Muslim. Cricket Helps.

The threat of anti-Muslim bigotry in Britain has been growing, and some politicians from the governing Conservative Party have been encouraging it. In a newspaper column in August, Boris Johnson, the former Conservative foreign secretary — who is chummy with Steve Bannon and fancies himself an upper-class English version of […]

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Who Owns the Supreme Court?

The Trump administration’s treatment of the Supreme Court as a wholly owned subsidiary is one of the most compelling dramas now unfolding in Washington. Whether this drama plays out as comedy or tragedy is up to the court. “Comedy” may be an odd word in this context, but I have […]

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New Yorker Festival Pulls Steve Bannon as Headliner Following High-Profile Dropouts

Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, will no longer appear as a headliner at this year’s New Yorker Festival, David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, announced in an email to the magazine’s staff on Monday evening. The announcement followed several scathing rebukes and high-profile dropouts after […]

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Charles Koch Takes on Trump. Trump Takes on Charles Koch.

WASHINGTON — President Trump has given Republicans good reason to tolerate his unruly leadership style. His tax cuts, deregulation push and nomination of conservative judges amount to the most orthodox Republican agenda any president has pursued since Ronald Reagan. Few had better reason to appreciate Mr. Trump’s results than Charles G. Koch, a billionaire industrialist […]

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Citing Trump Attacks on Immigrants, Judge Allows Suit Over Census Question

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Thursday gave the green light to a lawsuit seeking to block the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, saying plaintiffs had made a plausible case that the move was a deliberate attempt by the White House to discriminate against immigrants. The ruling, by United States District […]

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New Emails Show Push by Trump Officials to Add Citizenship Question to Census

A Commerce Department spokesman, Kevin Manning, said in a statement that “nothing in the court-ordered supplemental production changes the sound rationale” for the question that Mr. Ross had outlined. “Executive branch officials discussing important issues prior to formulating policy is evidence of good government, and the secretary’s previous testimony before Congress is consistent with that […]

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Revealed: The People Behind an Anti-Breitbart Twitter Account

“Sleeping Giants’ political playbook is to attack opposing speech through harassment and false claims to try to drive it out of business,” Mr. Glicklich said. “They and others have failed at this every time it has been attempted. Democracy flourishes from more conversation, not less, which is why Matt Rivitz’s speech suppression through economic force […]

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Don’t Feed the Troll in the Oval Office

Among whites casting ballots for Trump, 11.2 percent said support for immigration reduction was racist, a number that fell to 5.5 percent among white Trump voters without college degrees. The gap between the most well-educated Clinton supporters and the least well-educated Trump supporters is stark — 91.3 percent to 5.5 percent. In other words, the […]

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Stephen Bannon Buys Into Bitcoin

WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon, 10 months removed from the job of chief strategist to President Trump and five months after his ouster from the arch-conservative news site Breitbart News, is betting that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can disrupt banking the way Mr. Trump disrupted American politics. Mr. Bannon won’t reveal very much about his […]

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