Tag: Trump, Donald J

The U.S. Withdrawal From Syria: Here’s the Latest

In the weeks since President Trump unexpectedly announced that American troops would withdraw from Syria — “and they’re coming back now” — rejecting the counsel of generals and advisers, some administration officials stepped down and others tried to chart a path forward. If anyone had any illusions about just how […]

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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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Pelosi Asks Trump to Reschedule State of the Union Amid Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi, citing security constraints from the ongoing government shutdown, has asked President Trump to reschedule his Jan. 29 State of the Union address or deliver it to Congress in writing unless the government reopens this week. “Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government reopens this […]

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The Chart That Shows the Financial Peril Facing Many Federal Workers

Last Friday, the United States government failed to pay more than 800,000 of its workers. How will they cope with a payless payday? For many Americans, the loss of a single paycheck can result in lasting damage and real hardship, and the same is true for government workers. We studied […]

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Escort Who Said She Had Tapes of Russian Meddling to Be Deported From Thailand

A Belarusian escort who has spent nearly a year behind bars in Thailand after claiming to have audio recordings linking Russia with President Trump’s election will be deported within days, officials said Wednesday. Anastasia Vashukevich and seven others arrested with her pleaded guilty to charges of solicitation and conspiracy on […]

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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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Shutdown’s Economic Damage Starts to Pile Up, Threatening an End to Growth

WASHINGTON — The partial government shutdown is inflicting far greater damage on the United States economy than previously estimated, the White House acknowledged on Tuesday, as President Trump’s economists doubled projections of how much economic growth is being lost each week the standoff with Democrats continues. The revised estimates from […]

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Trump Tries to Destroy, and Justice Roberts Tries to Save, What Makes America Great

For me, the most disturbing thing about the Trump presidency is the way each week, like a steady drip of acid, Donald Trump tries to erode the thing that truly makes us great as a country and the envy of so many around the world — the independence and nonpartisan […]

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Why Steve King’s Punishment Took So Long

At first glance, the decision by congressional Republican leaders on Monday to strip Representative Steve King of his committee assignments for remarks last week defending white supremacy last week appears to be an example of the party stepping in to police its own extremists. But it’s actually the opposite. The […]

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William Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish Inquiry and to Protect Justice Dept. Integrity

WASHINGTON — William P. Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, assured senators at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he will permit the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to complete the Russia investigation and said he was determined to resist any pressure from President Trump to use law […]

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Barr Vows to Let Mueller Finish and to Protect Justice Dept. Integrity

WASHINGTON — William P. Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, assured senators at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he will permit the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to complete the Russia investigation and said he was determined to resist any pressure from President Trump to use law […]

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‘The Shutdown Makes Me Nervous’: Young People Caught Up in Impasse

Stella Blaylock has not been sleeping well since before Christmas, when her father was furloughed in the partial government shutdown and unexpectedly extended his holiday vacation. Days later, her mother was laid off from her job as a federal contractor. A sixth grader at Williamsburg Middle School in Arlington, Va. […]

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Actually, the Numbers Show That We Need More Immigration, Not Less

President Trump has shut down the government to get money for a border wall that he says will stop illegal immigration. But the fact of the matter is that that’s not all he wants to stop. During the three-day shutdown last January, he demanded a 40 percent reduction in legal […]

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The Conversation: Is 2019 Over Yet?

Gail Collins: Well, gee, Bret, happy new year. How do you think 2019 has been going so far? I mean, except for the fact that the government is shut down. And Donald Trump is still president. What do you think’s going to happen next? Bret Stephens: And happy new year […]

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White House Welcomes College Football Champions With Fast-Food Buffet

As is tradition, President Trump hosted the champions of college football, the Clemson Tigers, for a celebration of their athletic achievement at the White House on Monday. The food he offered them was far less traditional. Piles of burgers and fish sandwiches from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, still in […]

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Pentagon Extends Troop Deployment at Mexican Border Through September

The deployment of active-duty United States troops at the border with Mexico will most likely be extended through September, the Pentagon said Monday. The Pentagon’s border mission had previously been scheduled to end on Dec. 15, and the Defense Department later extended the deployment into January. Then came Monday’s announcement. […]

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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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Donald Trump: The Russia File

If, beleaguered or bemused by the onrush of scandal and political antics, you’re searching for some index of just how truly not-normal American governance has become, you might consider this: Standing on the White House lawn on Monday morning, his own government shut down around him, the president of the […]

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Mediator: No Coincidence Here: Trump’s Bezos Attack Was a Valentine to The Enquirer

Even by the tweeting habits of the 45th president of the United States, it was a puzzler. Until you examined it. Then it started to make sense. A Twitter post on Sunday night showed Mr. Trump — in the middle of the longest federal government shutdown in American history — […]

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Our National Emergency Turns 2

An Ernest Hemingway character once said that he went bankrupt two ways: “Gradually and then suddenly.” That may also be how Donald Trump’s administration finally melts down. We are now two years into the Trump presidency. Think back to how unnerving it was, a little more than 100 weeks ago, […]

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Republicans Are in Lock Step With Trump on Shutdown. But for How Long?

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — On Day 20 of the partial government shutdown last week, a small band of federal workers, shivering in 25-degree weather, staged a rally to send what their organizer, Eric Engle, said was a message to Senator Shelley Moore Capito: “We need to end this shutdown. If it […]

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