Tag: United States Politics and Government

Mueller’s Findings Will Remain Confidential at Least Another Day

WASHINGTON — The findings of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, will remain confidential for at least another day, a senior Justice Department official said on Saturday, as Attorney General William P. Barr continued to pore over the report to determine what to make public. Mr. Mueller delivered his highly anticipated report to Mr. […]

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Editorial Observer: Stephen Moore Would Be a Loyalist, not an Expert, at the Fed

President Trump, who craves low interest rates, has tried to bend the Federal Reserve to his will by tweeting insults and offering unsolicited advice. He threatened to fire Chairman Jerome H. Powell. He invited Mr. Powell to dinner. None of it worked as well as he would like. In the president’s view, high interest rates […]

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Drug Prices on TV? They May Be Coming.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving ahead with its proposal to require drug companies to disclose the often sky-high prices of their products in television commercials, despite strenuous objections and the threat of legal challenges by drug makers and TV broadcasters. The White House is reviewing the text of a final rule to impose […]

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The Use of Private Email and Chats, This Time by Trump’s Family, Comes Under Fire

WASHINGTON — In the waning days of the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump turned his focus to the F.B.I. investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state, suggesting it was “bigger than Watergate.” “Her criminal action was willful, deliberate, intentional and purposeful,” he said at a […]

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Battle Looms Over Executive Privilege as Congress Seeks Access to Mueller Files

WASHINGTON — The makings of an epic constitutional battle over the executive branch’s power to keep information secret from Congress started to take shape on Friday, as Attorney General William P. Barr began to weigh how much to disclose about the findings of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. As Mr. Barr officially informed […]

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Don’t Keep the Mueller Report Secret

When President Trump fired James Comey, the director of the F.B.I., on May 9, 2017, many Americans were justifiably worried that investigators would never be permitted to get to the bottom of Russia’s attack on our 2016 election and any potential involvement of Mr. Trump’s associates. Despite continued attempts by the president to impede the […]

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We Need More Sister Souljah Moments

In 1992, recording artist Lisa Williamson, better known as Sister Souljah, opined, “If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?” She also said, “If there are any good white people, I haven’t met them.” Sensing a political opportunity, Bill Clinton went before Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition […]

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News Analysis: For Trump and the System, a Turning Point and a Test

After nearly three years of investigation, after hundreds of interviews and thousands upon thousands of pages of documents, after scores of indictments and court hearings and guilty pleas, after endless hours of cable-television and dinner-table speculation, the moment of reckoning has arrived. It will be a reckoning for President Trump, to be sure, but also […]

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Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General

WASHINGTON — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr, according to the Justice Department, bringing to a close an investigation that has consumed the nation and cast a shadow over President Trump for nearly two […]

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Mueller Delivers Report on Russia Investigation to Attorney General

WASHINGTON — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr, according to the Justice Department, bringing to a close an investigation that has consumed the nation and cast a shadow over President Trump for nearly two […]

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White House Says ISIS’s Last Bastion Fell. So Why Is There Still Fighting?

WASHINGTON — Clashes are continuing with Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria, United States military officials said on Friday after the White House claimed that American-backed forces had retaken the extremist group’s final sliver of territory. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters aboard Air Force One that the Islamic State’s caliphate […]

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Where’s the Mueller Report? Washington Can Barely Handle the Anticipation

WASHINGTON — The president’s lawyer has no idea when the report is coming, either. Seated alone amid tourists at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Friday, Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, scrolled through a tablet with one hand and held a cellphone in the other as he waited for the news that […]

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Trump Reverses Sanctions U.S. Imposed on North Korea Yesterday

WASHINGTON — President Trump undercut his own Treasury Department on Friday by announcing that he was rolling back North Korea sanctions that it imposed just a day ago. The move, announced on Twitter, was a remarkable display of dissension within the Trump administration and represented a striking case of a White House intervening to reverse […]

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Jimmy Carter Just Became the Longest-Living U.S. President

Former President Jimmy Carter became the longest-living president in United States history on Friday, etching his name next to another milestone as he continues a rich post-presidential life that has spanned nearly four decades. On Friday, Mr. Carter, the nation’s 39th president, reached the age of 94 years and 172 days, making him a day […]

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While You Wait for Mueller

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Yes, I know you’ve heard this before, but many observers think it’s finally true: The Mueller report seems to be coming soon. I want to step back this morning and review what Robert’s Mueller investigation (and others) […]

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news analysis: ‘Women Here Are Very, Very Worried’

It was once a prominent and bipartisan cause: the liberation of Afghan women from the tyranny of the Taliban. These women were championed by an array of strange bedfellows: feminists like Eleanor Smeal, celebrities like Lily Tomlin and stalwarts of a conservative administration like Laura Bush and Dick Cheney. In the early days of the […]

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Trump Supporter Sobs as He Describes Mailing Bombs to Obama, Clinton and Other Democrats

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Speaking in a halting, raspy voice, Cesar A. Sayoc Jr., sat in a Manhattan federal courtroom on Thursday and described how he painstakingly assembled homemade pipe bombs that he sent to prominent Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, former President Barack […]

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Don’t Make Health Care a Purity Test

We’re now in the silly season of the Democratic primary — a season that, I worry, may last all the way to the nomination. There are many honorable exceptions, but an awful lot of reporting seems to be third order — not about the candidates, let alone their policy proposals, but about pundits’ views about […]

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Trump to Sign Executive Order Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses

WASHINGTON — President Trump will sign an executive order on Thursday directing federal agencies to link grants and certain other funds for higher education to how colleges and universities enforce the right to “free inquiry” on their campuses, officials said. In a background briefing call with reporters on Thursday morning, a senior administration official said […]

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Getting Rid of the Electoral College Isn’t Just About Trump

At a CNN town hall in Jackson, Miss., on Monday night, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called for shutting down the Electoral College. “I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and to make sure that vote gets counted,” she said. Her suggestion brought a sharp […]

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Use Private Accounts for Official Business, Their Lawyer Says

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee revealed information on Thursday that he said showed that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner used private email accounts and a publicly available messaging service for official White House business in a way that possibly violated federal records laws. A lawyer for Ms. Trump, President […]

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