Tag: State of the Union Message (US)

Trump Is Making ‘Socialism’ Sound Pretty Good

Only a handful of Democrats in Congress (and just one Democrat-adjacent presidential contender) identify as “socialist,” but they appear to be the chief targets of President Trump as he faces a confident Democratic opposition in the House of Representatives. “We are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our […]

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The Political Magic of Us Vs. Them

However often President Trump strays from his favored political strategy, he faithfully returns to it like a dog to a bone: first, polarize the American electorate along racial, cultural and economic lines, then exploit the schisms that have supplanted the class divisions that were once central to both American and […]

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News Analysis: Mission ‘Accomplished’? Trump Boasts of Being Boon for Military

WASHINGTON — Over the past two weeks, President Trump has repeatedly boasted of being a boon for the military. He has trumpeted the Pentagon’s $700 billion budget, taken credit for staving off a “major war” with North Korea and generally declared victory on all things related to the United States’ […]

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Republicans Got Us Into This Mess, and They Have to Get Us Out of It

At first glance, in the wake of the roars of approval President Trump received from Republican lawmakers during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, it may seem fanciful to think the president might be forced out of office by members of his own party. At second glance, […]

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Trump Versus the Socialist Menace

In 1961, America faced what conservatives considered a mortal threat: calls for a national health insurance program covering senior citizens. In an attempt to avert this awful fate, the American Medical Association launched what it called Operation Coffee Cup, a pioneering attempt at viral marketing. Here’s how it worked: Doctors’ […]

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White House Memo: Painting Socialists as Villains, Trump Refreshes a Blueprint

WASHINGTON — President Trump has proved himself adroit at creating villains to serve as his political foils. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he introduced a new one: socialists. Right after his calls to support the overthrow of Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, and condemning the “socialist policies” […]

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What Is Late-Term Abortion? Trump Got It Wrong

President Trump on Tuesday evening asked Congress to ban a type of abortion often referred to as “late-term abortion.” He said he wanted to protect “children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.” He scorned New York’s recently passed Reproductive Health Act, saying that lawmakers had “cheered with delight […]

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Trump Loves a Culture War

The State of the Union address on Tuesday night was, as expected, an interminable farrago of boasting, nativism, saccharine clichés and outright lies. Among the biggest of those lies were Donald Trump’s claims about third-trimester abortion. “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would […]

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The Stacey Abrams Revolution

In 2017, former Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky gave the Democrats’ response to President Trump’s first address to Congress. The visuals were striking. Beshear, an older white man, was seated in a diner in Lexington, Ky., among an almost entirely white group of patrons. He was dressed casually. Several of […]

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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’s Claim That Mexico Sent Migrants to the Border Is Partly True

MEXICO CITY — President Trump’s State of the Union speech hit hard on a topic that has dominated his term in office: defending the border with Mexico against what he described as migrants in “large organized caravans.” He also suggested that the Mexican authorities were encouraging the migrants to cross […]

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On the Runway: The Lessons of the Women in White at the State of the Union Address

For anyone who has ever thought that the use of clothing as a political tool was frivolous or overstated, or groaned at yet another piece insisting that a woman in a white pantsuit was making a statement, there was no better riposte than the State of the Union address on […]

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Stacey Abrams Delivers a Democratic Appeal for Ballot Fairness

WASHINGTON — Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost her race in November to be Georgia’s governor, delivered the Democrats’ official response to President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night by outlining the party’s vision for lower health care costs and a more inclusive immigration policy, and pressing her […]

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A Call for Bipartisanship With a Familiar Partisan Sting

WASHINGTON — Standing before a diverse new class of House Democrats, in the shadow of their new female speaker, President Trump showed on Tuesday how he plans to govern in a divided Washington. The answer, judging by his words, is no differently than he did before. Mr. Trump briefly acknowledged […]

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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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Trump’s State of the Union Address: Live Updates and Analysis

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Fact Checking the 2019 State of the Union Address

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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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The Real State of the Union, in Charts

My fellow Americans, the state of our union is far weaker than it should be. The economy’s growth isn’t benefiting most families very much. Life expectancy has been falling. The planet is warming. The rest of the world is less enamored of America than it has been in the past. […]

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