Tag: Obama, Barack

Democrats Can’t Play It Safe. They Need Inspiring Candidates.

Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams, progressive African-American Democratic candidates, may not have won their races for governor in Florida and Georgia (both are still too close to call). But the strategy they followed is still the best strategy for Democrats to win: inspiring, mobilizing and turning out voters of color […]

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Books News: In Her New Book, Michelle Obama Denounces Trump’s Sexism and His Promotion of the ‘Birther’ Conspiracy

In her highly anticipated memoir, “Becoming,” former first lady Michelle Obama mostly sticks to her long-stated principle of staying positive in the face of political and personal attacks: “When they go low, we go high.” But she doesn’t hold back entirely. Mrs. Obama denounces President Trump for his sexism and […]

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Sessions, in Last-Minute Act, Sharply Limits Use of Consent Decrees to Curb Police Abuses

WASHINGTON — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has drastically limited the ability of federal law enforcement officials to use court-enforced agreements to overhaul local police departments accused of abuses and civil rights violations, the Justice Department announced late on Thursday. In a major last-minute act, Mr. Sessions signed a memorandum […]

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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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Trump Was Not Repudiated. He Was Rewarded.

If Donald Trump inaugurated a new era of conflict in American politics, Tuesday’s midterm elections were just another skirmish, not a turning point in the war. Republicans lost fewer seats in the House of Representatives than Democrats lost in 1994 or 2010, when Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were in […]

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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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Midterms Deliver an American Stalemate

For once, it all happened more or less as we foresaw — and by “we” I mean risk-averse political commentators who hugged the polling averages and projections tight while resisting both Betomania and the occasional flashbacks to 2016. A good night for Republicans in the Senate. An excellent night for […]

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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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In California, Facts and Science Still Matter

Advertisement Jerry Brown’s California is moving toward carbon-free electricity as President Trump’s Washington beds down with the fossil fuel lobby. We stand with California. By The Editorial Board The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the […]

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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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‘Birtherism Is Now Federal Policy’

Advertisement The Trump administration is denying basic rights to dark-skinned citizens. Aug. 31, 2018 ImageDonald J. Trump in Washington in 2011. A false claim about a dark-skinned American not really being an American has been central to Trumpism from the very beginning.CreditCreditJonathan Ernst/Reuters This article is part of the Opinion […]

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Planning His Funeral, McCain Got the Last Word Against Trump

“It was as if he was dealing with someone else but himself,” Mr. Davis recalled of the meetings, which included himself, Mr. Salter and Carla Eudy, the senator’s longest-serving aide. Cindy McCain, his wife, sometimes called in. When she didn’t, it fell to Mr. Davis to fill her in. In […]

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An Economic Upturn Begun Under Obama Is Now Trump’s to Tout

By nearly every standard measure, the American economy is doing well — and better than it was a year and a half ago, before Donald J. Trump was elected president. If only the debate over who deserves most of the credit were as easily judged. Americans’ perceptions of the economy’s prospects increasingly depend more on […]

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The Myth That a Cleaner Car Is Less Safe Than a Dirty One

The stronger, lighter materials, which save gas by reducing weight, do a better job protecting a vehicle’s occupants because they absorb up to twice as much energy as conventional steel, and aluminum can be engineered to fold on impact, reducing crash forces. “The standard is pushing automakers to use advanced materials and other technology to […]

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How Republican Hypocrisy Lifts Social Democrats

Nor do Republicans appear ready to reverse course. President Trump recently proposed a $12 billion bailout for farmers hurt by the trade war he started, and senior White House advisers have called for a second round of tax cuts that would make permanent the individual rate cuts in the first tax law, at a cost […]

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Trump’s Biggest Climate Move Yet is Bad for Everyone

Los Angeles — The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation moved Thursday to fulfill President Trump’s promise to undo landmark Obama-era rules requiring automakers to steadily reduce greenhouse gas pollution from cars and trucks and improve fuel efficiency through 2025. Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, with […]

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Obama Endorses Dozens of Democrats, Rewarding Diversity and Loyalty

Former President Barack Obama took a public step back into the electoral arena on Wednesday, issuing a slate of 81 endorsements for Democrats running in the 2018 elections and giving his stamp of approval to more than a dozen veterans of his administration and election campaigns who are seeking office in their own right. Among […]

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‘Short Term’ Health Insurance? Up to 3 Years Under New Trump Policy

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration issued a final rule on Wednesday that clears the way for the sale of many more health insurance policies that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act and do not have to cover prescription drugs, maternity care or people with pre-existing conditions. President Trump has said that he believes […]

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Trump Is ‘Looking Into’ 3-D Printed Plastic Guns

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that he is “looking into” his administration’s decision to allow a company to begin posting blueprints on the internet to make a 3-D printed plastic gun capable of evading metal detectors. In a morning tweet, Mr. Trump said that he “already spoke to the NRA, doesn’t seem to […]

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City vs. Country Is Not Our Deep Political Fault Line

In fact, only two regional cultures consistently exhibit urban-rural vote splitting, and together they account for just 15 percent of the population. Only in the Midlands has the split been a stark one. While urban Midlanders preferred Democrats by between six and 18 points in the three elections, their rural counterparts voted Republican by 15.2, […]

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