Tag: Mulvaney, Mick

Deal or No Deal, Mr. Trump?

What will President Trump do now? This is the $5.7 billion question confronting Congress as the latest government-funding deal grinds its way toward his desk. Desperate to avoid another shutdown debacle, negotiators on the House-Senate conference committee reached a bipartisan agreement in principle on Monday evening that, among many other […]

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Trump’s Payback for Payday Lenders

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau betrayed financially vulnerable Americans last week by proposing to gut rules conceived during the Obama era that shield borrowers from predatory loans carrying interest rates of 400 percent or more. The bureau’s proposal is based on a legally dubious rationale that will surely be […]

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No Wall, No Peace

President Trump lost a big one when he caved to Nancy Pelosi’s demand on the spending bill. Does that mean that “it’s all over for Trump,” as headlines have regularly blared? No. But it does mean that until he reasserts his authority, the locus of power is with the speaker […]

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Trump to Nominate David Malpass to Lead the World Bank

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to nominate David Malpass, the under secretary of the Treasury for international affairs, to head the World Bank, selecting an outspoken critic of the institution who has pushed to overhaul its longstanding practices, administration officials said on Monday. The officials, who insisted on anonymity to […]

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White House Memo: At the One-Issue White House, the Standoff Over a Border Wall Displaces Other Priorities

WASHINGTON — For the last month, President Trump’s public schedule has mostly been a sparse document. The one issued for Tuesday, for instance, listed only his daily intelligence briefing and lunch with the vice president. No new policy announcements. No new cabinet appointments. As the partial government shutdown enters its […]

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In a West Wing in Transition, Trump Tries to Stand Firm on the Shutdown

WASHINGTON — President Trump has insisted that he is not going to compromise with Democrats to end the government shutdown, and that he is comfortable in his unbendable position. But privately, it’s sometimes a different story. “We are getting crushed!” Mr. Trump told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, […]

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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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News Analysis: The Border Wall: How a Potent Symbol Is Now Boxing Trump In

WASHINGTON — Before it became the chief sticking point in a government shutdown drama that threatens to consume his presidency at a critical moment, President Trump’s promise to build a wall on the southwestern border was a memory trick for an undisciplined candidate. As Mr. Trump began exploring a presidential […]

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Will Trump in 2019 Be Untamed or Contained?

In this dark time of the year, usually a pretty slow period for politics, I like to write a column cataloging my errors of analysis and prognostication from the previous 365 days (or sometimes further back) of columnizing. This year, though, the pace of news makes that exercise feel a […]

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White House Budget Chief Says Shutdown May Extend Into January

Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, said on Sunday that it was “very possible” that the impasse over funding that has shuttered large parts of the federal government would continue into January, when the new Congress is seated. The government partially shut down Saturday morning, and hours later the […]

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Mulvaney Called Trump a ‘Terrible Human Being’ in 2016

Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s pick to be acting White House chief of staff, described Mr. Trump in 2016 as a “terrible human being” who had said “disgusting and indefensible” things about women on the infamous “Access Hollywood” recording. Mr. Mulvaney, a former Republican congressman, made the comments in a debate […]

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After Ayers Turns Down Chief of Staff Job, Trump Is Left Without a Plan B

WASHINGTON — President Trump has often bragged about having his pick of only the best people to serve in his administration. Being publicly rejected by his first choice for chief of staff — and embarking on a very public search for someone else — has made Mr. Trump’s claim harder […]

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Trump to Propose Government Reorganization, Targeting Safety Net Programs

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to propose a reorganization of the federal government as early as Thursday that includes a possible merger of the Education and Labor Departments, coupled with a reshuffling of other domestic agencies to make them easier to cut or revamp, according to administration officials briefed on the proposal. The plan, which […]

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White House Confirms That Mulvaney Deputy Is Pick to Lead Consumer Bureau

Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has picked a deputy at the budget office, Kathy Kraninger, to succeed him at the consumer watchdog agency, a White House spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday. Ms. Kraninger, who oversees the preparation of the budgets for cabinet departments, was selected […]

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