Tag: Presidential Election of 2016

Giuliani Backpedals on Statement About Trump Aides and Collusion

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani backtracked on Thursday from a surprising assertion he made a night earlier that left open the possibility that Trump campaign aides might have coordinated with Russia’s election interference in 2016. “There was no collusion by President Trump in any way, shape […]

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Sanders Meets With Former Staff Members, Seeking to Quell Anxiety Over Sexism

WASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders met on Wednesday with former staff members who conveyed their dismay over the mistreatment of women during his 2016 campaign, in an effort to calm the unrest over sexism that is overshadowing his possible 2020 bid. Mr. Sanders met with roughly two dozen former workers […]

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Democrats Fall Short in Effort to Rebuke Administration on Russia Sanctions

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Wednesday narrowly staved off an effort by Democrats to deal the Trump administration’s Russia sanctions policy an embarrassing rebuke. Eleven Republicans joined Democrats in a vote to enforce sanctions against the corporate empire of an influential ally of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, but […]

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Trump and Putin Have Met Five Times. What Was Said Is a Mystery.

WASHINGTON — The first time they met was in Germany. President Trump took his interpreter’s notes afterward and ordered him not to disclose what he heard to anyone. Later that night, at a dinner, Mr. Trump pulled up a seat next to President Vladimir V. Putin to talk without any […]

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Republicans Break Ranks Over Move to Lift Sanctions on Russian Oligarch’s Firms

WASHINGTON — A group of 11 Republican senators broke ranks with their leadership and the administration on Tuesday to side with Democrats in a showdown over sanctions on Russia, underscoring the political sensitivity of the issue amid questions about President Trump’s relationship with Moscow. The Republicans voted with Democrats seeking […]

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At Trump’s Inauguration, $10,000 for Makeup and Lots of Room Service

WASHINGTON — Private donors put up $107 million to usher Donald J. Trump into office in style two years ago, and it is now clear just how enthusiastically his inaugural committee went to town with it. There was $10,000 for makeup for 20 aides at an evening inaugural event. There […]

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Bernie Sanders, Addressing Sexism Complaints, Will Meet With Former Staff Members

Senator Bernie Sanders, accelerating his efforts to contain the damage from reports of sexism during his 2016 presidential campaign, plans to meet on Wednesday with a group of former staff members seeking assurances of better practices if he runs again in 2020. As other potential presidential candidates prepare to roll […]

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Run, Joe, Run

In the summer of 2016, it was becoming clear that Hillary Clinton was a weaker presidential candidate than many Democrats had expected. Some problems were of her own making (the Wall Street speeches), and some were overhyped by the media (emails!). But the bottom line was that she didn’t look […]

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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar […]

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Will the Media Be Trump’s Accomplice Again in 2020?

“Pocahontas” won’t be lonely for long. As other Democrats join Elizabeth Warren in the contest for the party’s presidential nomination, President Trump will assign them their own nicknames, different from hers but just as derisive. There’s no doubt. But how much heed will we in the media pay to this […]

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Is the President Making Middle School Worse?

Immediately after Donald Trump’s election, alarming stories appeared of school bullies who seemed to be inspired by the new president. In York County, Pa., two students marched through their high school hallways holding a Trump sign while a third shouted, “White power!” A teacher in Kansas reported students taunting classmates […]

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Prosecutors Examining Ukrainians Who Flocked to Trump Inaugural

WASHINGTON — Hours after he was sworn in as America’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump and his wife, Melania, swayed together to a rendition of the Frank Sinatra classic “My Way,” as hundreds of their wealthiest and most influential supporters held aloft smartphones to capture the Trumps’ first dance following […]

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Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify to Congress

WASHINGTON — Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer who implicated him in a scheme to pay hush money to two women claiming to have had affairs with him, has agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee next month and give “a full and credible account” of his […]

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Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify to Congress About Work for Trump

WASHINGTON — Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer who implicated him in a scheme to pay hush money to two women claiming to have had affairs with him, has agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee next month and give “a full and credible account” of his […]

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Bernie Sanders Apologizes Again for Mistreatment of Women in 2016 Campaign

For a second time in eight days, Senator Bernie Sanders apologized to women on his 2016 presidential campaign, as he seeks to put behind him a series of damaging reports about the mistreatment of female staff members that threatens to undercut another likely White House bid. “It appears that as […]

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‘There’s a Real Tension.’ Democrats Puzzle Over Whether a Woman Will Beat Trump

Joyce Cusack would love to see a woman as president in her lifetime. But she is not sure it should happen in 2020. “Are we ready in 2020? I really don’t think we are,” said Ms. Cusack, 75, a former Democratic National Committee member from Florida. Too many Americans may […]

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Judge Extends Term for Grand Jury Hearing Evidence From Mueller

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington has extended the term of a grand jury hearing evidence uncovered by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, in his investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race and the Trump campaign. The jurors, impaneled in July 2017, will continue to […]

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For Bernie Sanders, Claims of Sexism in 2016 Campaign Hang Over 2020 Bid

In February 2016, Giulianna Di Lauro, a Latino outreach strategist for Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential operation, complained to her supervisor that she had been harassed by a campaign surrogate whom she drove to events ahead of the Democratic primary in Nevada. She said the surrogate told her she had “beautiful […]

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Feature: Harry Reid Has a Few Words for Washington

Early on the afternoon of Dec. 11, about an hour after an Oval Office meeting between President Trump, the Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and the incoming House speaker Nancy Pelosi devolved on live TV into a shouting match — a “tinkle contest with a skunk,” in Pelosi’s postgame grandiloquence […]

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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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