Tag: Schumer, Charles E

Phony Wall, Phony Emergency

“I didn’t need to do this,” President Trump insisted at a Rose Garden appearance on Friday, as he declared a national emergency aimed at shaking loose a few billion dollars in financing for his beloved border wall. The president’s assertion was both ludicrous and self-defeating. If a declaration was unnecessary […]

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Democrats Aim to Limit Corporate Windfall From Trump Tax Cut

Top Democrats, eager to reverse a corporate windfall created by President Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut, are galvanizing around economic policies aimed at limiting the ability of companies to enrich shareholders. The efforts, led by a group of populist presidential candidates and a Senate leader who was long a darling […]

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Before Expected Call for Unity, Trump Laced Into Democrats at Lunch for TV Anchors

WASHINGTON — For public consumption, President Trump planned to use his State of the Union address on Tuesday night to appeal for bipartisan unity. But at a private lunch for television anchors earlier in the day he offered searing assessments of a host of Democrats. Mr. Trump dismissed former Vice […]

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Trump’s State of the Union Address Unlikely to Bring Harmony

WASHINGTON — President Trump is to deliver what aides called a message of bipartisan unity on Tuesday night in his first address to Congress in the new era of divided government, but any hope of harmony was dispelled long before he left the White House. The president and Democrats spent […]

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Georgia’s Stacey Abrams to Deliver State of the Union Response for Democrats

WASHINGTON — Stacey Abrams, a rising star from Georgia who narrowly lost a race for governor there last year, will deliver the Democrats’ official response to President Trump’s State of the Union address next week. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, said on Tuesday that he invited […]

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News Analysis: For the President Consumed With Winning, a Stinging Defeat

WASHINGTON — President Trump famously declared that in his administration the nation would become tired of all the winning. So on Friday he tried a little losing. After the longest government shutdown in history, Mr. Trump surrendered with nothing concrete (or steel) to show for the battle, taking essentially the […]

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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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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: Trump and Pompeo Embrace Autocrats and Disparage Opponents at Home

WASHINGTON — President Trump has long claimed that he puts “America first” overseas. But in two remarkable statements on Thursday, Mr. Trump and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, explicitly favored foreign autocrats over elected American leaders. Mr. Pompeo chose Cairo, the site of President Barack Obama’s 2009 address to […]

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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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Trump Threatens to Close Border if Congress Won’t Fund Wall

WASHINGTON — On the seventh day of a partial government shutdown, President Trump threatened on Friday to close the southern border and cut off aid to Central America if Congress refuses to fund a wall. “We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do […]

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Live Briefing: Updates on the Looming Government Shutdown: Deadline Dealmaking on Capitol Hill

• Hours before a midnight deadline, White House officials and senators scrambled to cut a deal to avert a partial government shutdown. • President Trump, unwilling to drop his demands for funding for a border wall, sought to blame Democrats for a crisis that he had previously said he would […]

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News Analysis: After Mattis’s Resignation, a President Unbound

WASHINGTON — For most of his tumultuous 23 months in office, President Trump has tried to shake off anyone who would restrain his insurgent style of leadership. With the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Mr. Trump is at last a president unbound. Even for some Republicans, this was a […]

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Senate Republicans Introduce Stopgap Bill to Avert Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Moving to end a looming government shutdown, the Senate is expected to pass a stopgap spending bill as soon as Wednesday that would keep the government funded through Feb. 8 — and would punt the impasse over a southern border wall to the new year and a divided […]

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Chaos? A Trump Specialty

’Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the House, not a creature was stirring — even though a chunk of the federal government will shut down at week’s end unless Congress and President Trump reconcile his demand for $5 billion in border-wall funding with Democratic lawmakers’ position that they’d […]

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The Chuck and Nancy and Donald Show

Talk about gripping political theater. President Trump’s televised sit-down with Democratic congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Tuesday was fast-paced, spicy and even occasionally edifying — though perhaps not in the way its participants intended. Topic A was Mr. Trump’s cherished border wall and, more specifically, whether he really […]

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Pelosi v. Trump: ‘Don’t Characterize the Strength That I Bring,’ She Says

WASHINGTON — It was Round One: Nancy Pelosi vs. President Trump. The likely new speaker arrived at the White House on Tuesday afternoon, ready to take on President Trump. The subject was a potential government shutdown, and funding Mr. Trump’s beloved wall, and what followed was a remarkable exchange between […]

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5 Takeaways From Trump’s Meeting With Pelosi and Schumer

In another time, the Washington photo opportunity was a steady ritual. Leaders smiled, usually sitting in well-stuffed chairs, at least feigning smiles for the cameras. Pleasantries were spoken. The main objective was to get the picture and say as little as possible. How quaint. Mr. Trump has turned many of […]

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Ahead of ‘Chuck and Nancy’ Meeting, Trump Softens Wall Stance

WASHINGTON — President Trump hinted on Tuesday that he may be willing to forego a Christmastime shutdown battle with Democrats over his demands for billions of dollars for his border wall, hours before a meeting with Democratic congressional leaders aimed at breaking a year-end spending impasse. In a series of […]

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The Two-Emperor Problem

Generally, Donald Trump’s Twitter beefs are an expense of spirit and a waste of breath. But a minority of them are genuinely edifying, and illustrations of his likely world-historical role — which is not to personally bring down our constitutional republic, but to reveal truths about our political situation, through […]

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