Tag: United States Politics and Government

Political Memo: On Kavanaugh, a Changed America Debates an Explosive Charge

Conservatives argued that liberals have long protested that young black men are too often consigned to prison for isolated crimes committed when they were teenagers. “At what point do we hold an individual duly responsible for his or her actions?” Ms. Hymowitz said. “We have a long history in this […]

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The Insurgency Roared. But Cuomo Struck Back.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was the epitome of the very establishment the Democratic left has been frothing against: He raised big checks from big corporate powers. He was a dynastic candidate seeking a third term. He talked about capping taxes and constraining spending. And he won a resounding victory on […]

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Leaked Google Video After Trump’s Win Adds to Pressure From Conservatives

SAN FRANCISCO — A video posted to the right-wing media site Breitbart on Wednesday showed Google executives bemoaning the election of President Trump at a company meeting in 2016. The release of the leaked video is the latest volley in an expanding campaign by Republicans and allies in the media […]

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North Korean Spy to Be Charged in Sony Pictures Hacking

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department plans to charge a North Korean spy in the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014, according to three government officials familiar with the indictment. The attack wiped out 70 percent of Sony Pictures’ computer capability and was done in retaliation for the company’s production […]

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Live Briefing: What to Watch: Brett Kavanaugh Hearings Day 2

In his opening remarks, Judge Kavanaugh vowed to uphold the attributes of an ideal judge and remain “a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy.” Will any Republicans ask tough questions? Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, critiqued President Trump during his opening statement, citing a Twitter […]

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Ayanna Pressley Stuns Capuano in Massachusetts House Race in Upset for Insurgents

BOSTON — Ayanna Pressley upended the Massachusetts political order on Tuesday, scoring a stunning upset of 10-term Representative Michael Capuano, who conceded to her in a Democratic primary that few said she could win. Ms. Pressley, 44, is now poised to become the first African-American in the state to be […]

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The Politicians Are Coming for Silicon Valley

On Wednesday morning, the Senate Intelligence Committee will grill two prominent Silicon Valley leaders and a piece of furniture. Specifically: A chair. Presumably, wooden. The pair of executives will be Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook chief operating officer, and Jack Dorsey, the founder and chief executive of Twitter. They will be […]

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An Advocate for Women or a Threat? As Hearings Begin, Differing Views of Kavanaugh Emerge

The hearings will play out for the next four days before the judiciary panel, with opening statements on Tuesday by senators and Judge Kavanaugh, followed by two days of questioning and a final day of testimony from outside witnesses. As Mr. Blumenthal, perhaps in a moment of understatement, predicted, “Sparks […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: Get Sick, Go Bankrupt and Die

Let’s be honest: Despite his reputation as a maverick, John McCain spent most of his last decade being a very orthodox Republican, toeing the party line no matter how irresponsible it became. Think of the way he abandoned his onetime advocacy of action to limit climate change. But he redeemed […]

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In California, Facts and Science Still Matter

Advertisement Jerry Brown’s California is moving toward carbon-free electricity as President Trump’s Washington beds down with the fossil fuel lobby. We stand with California. By The Editorial Board The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the […]

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Democrats, Eyeing a Majority, Prepare an Investigative Onslaught

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, increasingly optimistic they will win back control in November, are mining a mountain of stymied oversight requests in preparation for an onslaught of hearings, subpoenas and investigations into nearly every corner of the Trump administration. While they continue to distance themselves from the most extreme recourse […]

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How Trump Betrays ‘Forgotten’ Americans

With private-sector unions badly weakened by factory shutdowns and corporate resistance to unions, government employee unions have become the most powerful part of the labor movement. That’s one reason anti-union billionaires and foundations underwrote the Janus litigation: to hobble the strongest part of labor. The Koch brothers and other billionaires […]

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DealBook: Silicon Valley Doesn’t Like Trump. It Can Still Work With the Government.

Alex Karp grew up in a liberal household and considers himself a progressive. He voted for Hillary Clinton, and he lives and works in Silicon Valley. Yet Mr. Karp, the chief executive of Palantir, has found himself increasingly at odds with his peers in the technology industry as it publicly […]

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The Supreme Court Ought to Back Off

Of course, the court sometimes must act decisively to protect rights. By design, the unelected, largely unaccountable Supreme Court serves as a bulwark against tyrannical majorities. The First Amendment’s guarantee of free expression envisions the protection of repugnant views. And few legislators are apt to defend the rights of criminal […]

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Writing the Unions’ ‘Fight-or-Die Survival Chapter’

Advertisement The growing labor militancy making headlines has its roots in slow, grinding efforts by workers all over the country. By Sarah Jaffe Ms. Jaffe is the author of “Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt.” Sept. 2, 2018 ImageRiot police trying to prevent protesters from blocking an entrance to the mall […]

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Racist Robocalls Target Andrew Gillum, Democratic Nominee for Florida Governor

Racist robocalls targeting Andrew Gillum, the first black nominee for Florida governor from a major party, have been placed to residents from an out-of-state white supremacist entity. Mr. Gillum, 39, the Tallahassee mayor and a progressive candidate who won an upset victory in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, will face […]

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Planning His Funeral, McCain Got the Last Word Against Trump

“It was as if he was dealing with someone else but himself,” Mr. Davis recalled of the meetings, which included himself, Mr. Salter and Carla Eudy, the senator’s longest-serving aide. Cindy McCain, his wife, sometimes called in. When she didn’t, it fell to Mr. Davis to fill her in. In […]

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Trump’s Swamp Things

There’s a lot of subsurface hostility to this in Congress. The members, who get around $174,000 a year (plus benefits), frequently convince themselves they’re making a great financial sacrifice that will pay off later when they return to the private sector. Some can’t even wait that long, like Representative Duncan […]

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White House Counsel Donald McGahn Will Leave This Fall, Trump Announces on Twitter

WASHINGTON — The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, will be leaving the administration this fall, President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, leaving the president’s side just as the sprawling investigation into Russian election interference could come to a conclusion. In addition to stripping the White House of another top […]

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C.I.A. Officer-Turned-Candidate Says PAC Obtained Her Security Application

WASHINGTON — A former C.I.A. officer running for Congress accused a super PAC aligned with Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Tuesday of improperly obtaining her entire federal security clearance application — a highly sensitive document containing extensive personal information — and then using it for political purposes. Abigail Spanberger, the […]

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The End of Impunity

Democrats who are likely to head key committees say they aren’t planning revenge; it’s important to them to show that they can govern. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wants to make sure Democrats emphasize bread-and-butter issues like the rise in prescription […]

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