Tag: Obama, Barack

The Use of Private Email and Chats, This Time by Trump’s Family, Comes Under Fire

WASHINGTON — In the waning days of the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump turned his focus to the F.B.I. investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state, suggesting it was “bigger than Watergate.” “Her criminal action was willful, deliberate, intentional and purposeful,” he said at a […]

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The Golan Heights Was Once an Arab Rallying Cry. Not Any More.

ERBIL, Iraq — In 2010, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria asked President Barack Obama in a private letter to sponsor new peace talks between Syria and Israel, a diplomatic chimera for a string of American presidents. The major sticking point was control of the Golan Heights, a rocky, strategic plateau at the flammable juncture between […]

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Democrats’ Immigration Confusion

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The Democratic Party no longer has a clear policy on immigration. It used to, not so long ago. The party’s leaders knew what they favored and felt comfortable saying so. Their platform generally included: 1) a path […]

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How Trump’s Brand of Grievance Politics Roiled a Pennsylvania Campaign

OLD FORGE, Pa. — The news came at 9:41 p.m. Tuesday: Frank Scavo III had lost. Again. Mr. Scavo, a perennial candidate running for the Pennsylvania Legislature on a platform of ending property taxes, was trounced by a Democratic newcomer, Bridget Malloy Kosierowski, the first woman to represent the Scranton-area district in decades. Initially, Mr. […]

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A Landscape Lewis and Clark Would Recognize Is Now Under Threat

The Northern Rockies are surely near the top of the list of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Its ranges contain one of the last great expanses of biodiversity left in the continental United States, including most of the species that were there when Lewis and Clark first passed through in […]

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Will There Be Smoking Guns in the Mueller Report?

Any week now, any day now — so the news reports go — the special counsel’s office will file the Mueller report. It will round out a trilogy. In 1974, to inform its impeachment proceedings, Congress received what became known as the “road map,” a terse document from the office […]

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What’s Left of the Center-Left?

Since at least the middle of the Obama era, all the energy and activity and creativity in the Democratic coalition has been with people pushing the party away from any kind of centrism — with the journals and zines that have resuscitated something they call socialism, with the activists trying […]

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Republicans’ Race to the Bottom

It’s hard to say what’s a bigger taboo in American politics: being a racist, or calling someone one. Sure, the Republican Party will occasionally try to distance itself from one of its more egregiously hateful members, like Representative Steve King of Iowa, who lost committee assignments after seeming to defend […]

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The Deepening ‘Racialiazation’ of American Politics

In 1992, before Bill Clinton became “our first black president,” before Newt Gingrich’s “Republican revolution,” before the advent of Barack Obama, I wrote a book about how race had come to dominate American politics. I argued that the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 set in motion a […]

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Build Central America, Not a Wall

As thousands of families fleeing violence, poverty and oppression in Central America arrive at the American border, the Trump administration has responded by separating children and parents and cracking down on asylum claims. A more humane, and effective, response would be to address the sources of the desperation that propelled […]

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Trump’s Idea of a Middle East Nuclear Deal

An interim report from the House Oversight Committee paints a familiar picture of Trump associates skirting the law to curry favor with people who can make them richer. This time, the dealing doesn’t involve Russians but Saudis, and it is not about a lavish tower in Moscow but the sale […]

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Russia Has a Case. So Does America. So Save the Nuclear Treaty.

In Greek mythology, Pandora had a box she had been warned to never open. With no understanding of the consequences, and despite the warning, she opened the box, irreversibly releasing the plagues that would affect all of humanity forever. The American threat to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, […]

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How Mitch McConnell Enables Trump

Among the casualties of President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his border wall is the reputation of the majority leader Mitch McConnell as a Senate institutionalist. The evidence of the last few days has confirmed, if there were still any doubt, that he is no such thing. […]

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Obama Quietly Gives Advice to 2020 Democrats, but No Endorsement

A secret meeting of former President Barack Obama’s financial backers convened in Washington early this month: Organized by David Jacobson and John Phillips, Mr. Obama’s former ambassadors to Canada and Italy, the group interviewed an array of 2020 presidential candidates and debated whether to throw their wealth behind one or […]

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Chinese and Iranian Hackers Renew Their Attacks on U.S. Companies

SAN FRANCISCO — Businesses and government agencies in the United States have been targeted in aggressive attacks by Iranian and Chinese hackers who security experts believe have been energized by President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last year and his trade conflicts with China. Recent Iranian attacks on […]

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No Winner in a New Arms Race

Before the fear of being blown up on a plane, or a train, or a sidewalk gave millions of people sleepless nights, before the threat of global climate disaster stirred dread, nuclear annihilation was the stuff of nightmares. By the mid-1980s, the United States and the Soviet Union had amassed […]

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Oversight, Not Overreach

For some weeks, President Trump has been in a swivet about “presidential harassment” — or, as the practice is more commonly known, congressional oversight of the executive branch. He was up before dawn on Thursday, tweeting that the House Intelligence Committee’s new inquiry into his financial dealings with foreign actors […]

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A Message of Unity From an Agent of Discord

For all of President Trump’s political eccentricity, the man delivers a fairly conventional State of the Union address. As he did last year, Mr. Trump showed up with a standard list of broad policy aims — many of them ambitious, some enjoying bipartisan support and few likely to go anywhere […]

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End the War in Afghanistan

On Sept. 14, 2001, Congress wrote what would prove to be one of the largest blank checks in the country’s history. The Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists gave President George W. Bush authority to attack the Taliban, the Sunni fundamentalist force then dominating Afghanistan that refused to […]

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Letter From an Australian Jail

Behrouz Boochani could not be in Melbourne to receive Australia’s most prestigious literary award on Thursday. He was on a small Pacific island 2,500 miles away, near the Equator, where he, along with hundreds of other refugees and asylum seekers, has been locked up by Australia for nearly six years […]

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The General and His Tweets

Twitter can be a soul-crushing place where people leave inhibition behind as they launch invective in 280-character volleys, usually aimed at someone they don’t know and assume they will never have to face. Then there’s the Twitter account of Martin Dempsey, the four-star Army general who was chairman of the […]

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