Tag: Graham, Lindsey

White House Says 200 Troops Will Stay in Syria, Retreating From a Full Withdrawal

WASHINGTON — The White House said on Thursday that it plans to leave about 200 American troops in Syria, signaling a partial retreat from President Trump’s announcement in December that he would withdraw all 2,000 forces after what he described as a victory over the Islamic State. The move was […]

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Are Republicans the Party of No Ideas on Health Care?

Judging by exit polls, the single most effective midterm issue for Democrats was health care — in particular, the argument, made by Democratic candidates across the country, that Republicans were out to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s regulations governing pre-existing conditions. So when a Texas judge ruled in December that […]

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As Government Reopens, the New Congress Tries to Begin Again

WASHINGTON — With the government shutdown over for now, the 116th Congress will hit reset this week, showcasing a Democratic agenda in the House that was overshadowed by the struggle to reopen the government and furnishing both chambers with early opportunities to test whether divided government can produce results. The […]

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Trump Offers Deportation Protections in Exchange for Wall Funding

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Saturday that he would extend deportation protections for some undocumented immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall along the border with Mexico. In casting the proposal as a compromise, Mr. Trump sought to shift pressure to Democrats to end the […]

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Trump Expected to Offer Deportation Reprieves in Exchange for Wall Funding

WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to announce on Saturday his support for extending deportation reprieves in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border with Mexico, as Republican lawmakers and White House aides have pressured him to end the shutdown. Mr. Trump is expected […]

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In Turkey, Senator Calls for Slower, Smarter U.S. Withdrawal From Syria

ANKARA, Turkey — After lengthy meetings with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Senator Lindsey Graham called on Saturday for a slower, smarter withdrawal of American troops from Syria to avoid setting off a broader war and a nightmare for Turkey. Mr. Graham, Republican of South Carolina, has a long […]

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A Favorite Restaurant in Syria Led ISIS to Americans

BEIRUT — For American troops posted in the dusty flatlands of northern Syria, the Palace of the Princes restaurant in Manbij offered a pleasant place to stop for grilled chicken, French fries or its locally renowned shawarma sandwich. The Americans liked the food so much that they dropped in frequently, […]

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William Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish Inquiry and to Protect Justice Dept. Integrity

WASHINGTON — William P. Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, assured senators at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he will permit the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to complete the Russia investigation and said he was determined to resist any pressure from President Trump to use law […]

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Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish and to Protect Justice Dept. Integrity

WASHINGTON — William P. Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, assured senators at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he will permit the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to complete the Russia investigation and said he was determined to resist any pressure from President Trump to use law […]

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President Trump Rejects Proposal to Temporarily Reopen the Government

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Monday that he has rejected a proposal by Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to temporarily reopen the government in an effort to jump-start talks with Democratic lawmakers on funding a border wall. “I did reject it,” Mr. Trump said of the proposal, speaking […]

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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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At the Border and in Washington, White House Digs in on Wall

McALLEN, Tex. — President Trump traveled to the border on Thursday to escalate his demands for a wall with warnings of crime and chaos on the frontier, as the partial government shutdown neared a milestone Day 21 and Senate Republican efforts to break the impasse collapsed in Washington. On Friday, […]

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‘No Wall, No Deal,’ Pence Says as Shutdown Drags On

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence flatly declared on Thursday that there could be no agreement to reopen the government without funding for President Trump’s border wall, laying out terms that Democrats had already rejected even as he called on them to negotiate an end to a partial shutdown that […]

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Lindsey Graham Suggests Syrian Troop Drawdown Will Take Longer Than 30 Days

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a vocal Republican critic of President Trump’s plan for a 30-day troop withdrawal of American troops from Syria, suggested on Sunday that the pullout had been slowed and that he felt “a lot better” about it after a lunch with the president. “I think […]

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C.I.A. Director to Brief Senators on Khashoggi Killing

WASHINGTON — The director of the Central Intelligence Agency briefed leading senators on Tuesday about the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi — an attempt to mollify lawmakers who last week signaled they might not continue military support for the Saudi-backed war in Yemen without more information about the Saudi […]

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The Senate Steps Up on Saudi Arabia

The Senate delivered a sharp rebuke to President Trump and his see-no-evil support for the rulers of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday by advancing a measure that would cut American military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. But unless Congress enacts and enforces the bill, which is unlikely, it will […]

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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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Trump Is Crude. But He’s Right About Saudi Arabia.

ImagePortraits of Saudi King Salman (R) and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) are displayed in Riyadh last month.CreditFayez Nureldine/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images There’s not much Republicans and Democrats agree on nowadays, but President Trump’s expression of support for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in the wake of […]

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Trump Stands Up for Saudi Arabian Values

President Trump confirmed the harshest caricatures drawn by America’s most cynical critics on Tuesday when he portrayed its central objectives in the world as panting after money and narrow self-interest. Ignoring the findings of the C.I.A., Mr. Trump said in a muddled statement released by the White House that, in […]

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On Washington: They Battled Over the Supreme Court, but Stuck Together on Criminal Justice Reform

WASHINGTON — After a popular bill to improve prison education and training programs breezed through the House last May, criminal justice reformers in the Senate faced a crucial choice: run with it or hold out for more far-reaching changes to sentencing laws. The two main proponents of a sentencing overhaul […]

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15 Years of Covering the Detention of Terrorism Suspects

Advertisement Our national security law expert in Washington made his first of many reporting trips to Guantánamo Bay in 2003. Earlier this month, he toured ISIS fighter prisons in Syria. The author after deplaning at a landing site in northeastern Syria with a military-escorted congressional delegation touring prisons for accused ISIS fighters captured by the […]

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As ISIS Fighters Fill Prisons in Syria, Their Home Nations Look Away

AINISSA, Syria — The two-story building here still looks much like the school it once was. But the classrooms are closed off by reinforced black doors, padlocked from the outside. And the campus is surrounded by men with machine guns seeking refuge from the desert heat in the shade of towering concrete perimeter walls. The […]

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