Tag: United States Politics and Government

Representative Mia Love, Once a Republican Star, Loses Re-Election in Utah

Ben McAdams, the Democratic mayor of Salt Lake County, unseated Representative Mia Love, the first and only black Republican woman in Congress, whose bid for re-election in deep red Utah failed by a narrow margin on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. After two drawn-out weeks of vote counting, Mr. […]

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Trump Wanted to Order Justice Dept. to Prosecute Comey and Clinton

WASHINGTON — President Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two of his political adversaries: his 2016 challenger, Hillary Clinton, and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to two people familiar with the conversation. The lawyer, […]

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Trump Answers Mueller’s Questions on Russian Interference

WASHINGTON — President Trump laid out for the special counsel his defense in the investigation into possible ties between his associates and Russia’s election interference, the president’s lawyers said in a statement on Tuesday. The details of Mr. Trump’s responses were not immediately clear, but his lawyers said that now […]

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McConnell Feels the Heat From the Right to Bring Criminal Justice Bill to a Vote

WASHINGTON — In the past three years, Senator Charles E. Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, blocked a Democratic Supreme Court nominee for more than a year, pushed through an army of conservative judges and helped cement a conservative Supreme Court by securing confirmation of the most controversial high court […]

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What to Root for in the Pelosi Saga

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. Is Nancy Pelosi in trouble or not? From reading the news coverage, it’s hard to know, because reporters themselves aren’t sure how much danger she is in of losing her […]

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The Conversation: For a Second There, We Stopped Talking About Trump

Gail Collins: Whole new world, Bret. Got a new Congress coming in, and a new … Well, there are some new governors. Same old president. And I do want to ask you about the dreaded wall, among other Trumpisms. But first, any particular election takeaways? Bret Stephens: The good news, […]

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Ivanka Trump’s Emails Could Provide New Democratic House With Fodder

Ivanka Trump repeatedly used a personal email account to conduct government business in 2017, a White House review found, a fact that raises the stakes on congressional oversight hearings that the new Democratic House majority will hold. Ms. Trump’s email use, much of which first came to light last year, […]

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Trump’s Criticism of Architect of Bin Laden Raid Draws Fire

WASHINGTON — He was the man who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. As a member of the Navy SEALs, he became renowned as one of the iconic military officers of the post-9/11 era. And after retiring four years ago, Adm. William H. McRaven took on […]

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‘Message of Change’: 16 Rebel Democrats Vow to Oppose Pelosi

WASHINGTON — A rebellious group of 16 Democrats went public on Monday with their opposition to electing Representative Nancy Pelosi speaker when the new Congress convenes in January, taking the first formal step in a bid to force a leadership shake-up that could change the face of their party. It […]

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Trump’s Foes by Any Other Name….

A new week, a new opportunity to dissect President Trump’s forays into the art of the personal insult. By now, most people are familiar with the president’s habit of slagging the physical, mental and moral fitness of his detractors. From “Crooked Hillary” Clinton to “Psycho Joe” Scarborough to “low energy” […]

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Democratic Senators Challenge Whitaker Appointment in Court

WASHINGTON — Three Democratic senators asked a Federal District Court judge on Monday to issue an injunction barring Matthew G. Whitaker from exercising the powers of head of the Justice Department, arguing that President Trump’s installation of Mr. Whitaker as acting attorney general violated the Constitution. The senators — Richard […]

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News Analysis: Why Trump Is Sticking With the Saudi Crown Prince

WASHINGTON — As evidence piles up pointing to the Saudi crown prince’s responsibility in the brutal killing of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump has only hardened his refusal to concede any possibility that the prince had a hand in the crime. Mr. Trump, who had once condemned the […]

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Looking Forward to Reconstruction

Make no mistake: The 2020 presidential race has already begun. It began before the ballots were fully counted from the midterms, and for some presidential hopefuls, it started even earlier. People are already making the obligatory pilgrimages to Iowa and New Hampshire. In fact, NBC10 Boston and New England Cable […]

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Eliminating All Student Debt Isn’t Progressive

Democrats won’t be able to do much policymaking over the next two years, because of President Trump and the Republican Senate. But they can still use their House majority to do more than investigate Trump. Democrats can hold hearings and pass bills that make clear their party’s vision for 2020 […]

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If Not Pelosi, Whom? The Question Hovers Over a Simmering Rebellion

WASHINGTON — What if House Democrats tried to stage a coup and nobody showed up? That is the predicament facing Democrats as a quiet rebellion simmers in their ranks to block Representative Nancy Pelosi of California from being speaker. Inside the Capitol and at nearby watering holes and restaurants, there […]

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Trump Says He’s Unlikely to Sit for Interview in Russia Investigation

President Trump said in an interview aired Sunday that he most likely would not sit for an interview with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, asserting that “we’ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is, probably, we’re finished.” The president also claimed that he had […]

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Facebook Fallout Ruptures Democrats’ Longtime Alliance With Silicon Valley

The alliance between Democrats and Silicon Valley has buckled and bent this year amid revelations that platforms like Facebook and Twitter allowed hateful speech, Russian propaganda and conservative-leaning “fake news” to flourish. But those tensions burst into open warfare this past week after revelations that Facebook executives had withheld evidence […]

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‘We Were Told That He Did Not Play a Role’ in Khashoggi Killing, Trump Says of Saudi Crown Prince

President Trump demurred on Saturday about whether he would publicly hold the Saudi crown prince responsible for the killing of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, claiming he had not yet been shown the C.I.A. intelligence that concludes the prince ordered the assassination. “As of this moment, we were told that […]

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Trump Proposes a New Way Around Birth Control Mandate: Religious Exemptions and Title X

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is making it easier for employers to exclude birth control from health insurance benefits provided under the Affordable Care Act, and it has come up with a new justification, saying that female employees can obtain contraceptives at family planning clinics for low-income people. That, in […]

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