Tag: United States

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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The Golan Heights Was Once an Arab Rallying Cry. Not Any More.

ERBIL, Iraq — In 2010, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria asked President Barack Obama in a private letter to sponsor new peace talks between Syria and Israel, a diplomatic chimera for a string of American presidents. The major sticking point was control of the Golan Heights, a rocky, strategic plateau at the flammable juncture between […]

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Trump’s New Contribution to Mideast Chaos

On April 9, Israelis will go to the polls to choose their next government. The campaign has largely been a referendum on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should remain Israel’s leader in light of his expected indictment in three corruption cases for bribery and breach of trust. With those scandals front and center, policy disagreements […]

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New Clues on Tesla Sales Point to a Recent Drop

For weeks, analysts have speculated that Tesla has seen a marked drop in sales since the beginning of the year, and the electric-car maker’s recent gyrations on price cuts and cost-saving initiatives have only bolstered their suspicions. Recently compiled data on new-car registrations from a large portion of the United States seems to offer further […]

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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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The Case for Expunging Criminal Records

The consequences of a run-in with the law can persist for decades after the formal sentence has been served. People with records face major barriers to employment, housing and education, effectively condemning them to second-class citizenship. In recent years, criminal justice reform efforts have increasingly focused on finding policy tools that can lower these barriers. […]

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Trump Says Mueller Report Should Be Made Public: ‘Let People See It’

President Trump said Wednesday that he would support the public release of the special counsel report on possible Russian ties to his 2016 campaign, telling reporters that Attorney General William P. Barr should “let it come out.” Mr. Trump, who declined last month to commit to making the results of the investigation public, said “tens […]

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An Important Vote for the Climate

One of the great achievements of politics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was the spread of effective building codes that made our buildings safer and sturdier, and our cities less likely to burn down. For the last couple of decades we have been using those building codes for an additional purpose: saving […]

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Carbon Taxes Are the Original Green New Deal

Yes, of course, we need a Green New Deal to address the world’s most urgent crisis, global warming. Just, please, not the one that a flotilla of liberal politicians, including seven of the top Democratic presidential hopefuls currently in the Senate, are signing up for in droves, like children following the pied piper in the […]

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Michael Cohen’s Emails Were Sought by Special Counsel in July 2017, Documents Show

Federal authorities began investigating the email accounts of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, as early as July 2017, only months after Mr. Trump took office, according to documents unsealed on Tuesday. The emails, dating back to January 2016, were sought by the office of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel conducting the […]

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Special Counsel Sought Michael Cohen’s Emails in 2017, Documents Show

Federal authorities began investigating the email accounts of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, as early as July 2017, only months after Mr. Trump took office, according to documents unsealed on Tuesday. The emails, dating back to January 2016, were sought by the office of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel conducting the […]

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Will Mexico Save Its Vanishing Vaquita?

In recent decades, the sleek, wide-eyed vaquita porpoise has been pushed to the brink of extinction by poachers pursuing another critically endangered sea creature, the totoaba, a fish whose swim bladder sells on the Chinese black market for thousands of dollars. The porpoises end up caught in nets intended for the totoaba and killed as […]

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A Forgotten Italian Port Could Become a Chinese Gateway to Europe

TRIESTE, Italy — For centuries, this cosmopolitan port city at the northern tip of Italy’s Adriatic coast acted as a geographic pivot point between empires. Then, for nearly 70 years, Trieste’s geopolitical star dimmed and its old world mishmash of central European cultures grew stale, like an old strudel in one of its elegant cafes. […]

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It Isn’t Complicated: Trump Encourages Violence

The president of the United States suggested last week that his political supporters might resort to violence if they didn’t get their way. The statement didn’t even get that much attention. I’m guessing you heard a lot more about the college-admissions scandal than about the president’s threat of extralegal violence. So let me tell you […]

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The Longer History of the Christchurch Attacks

On Friday, an Australian white supremacist committed a monstrous act of violence againstMuslim worshippers in New Zealand. The attack, which he livestreamed, wassteeped in the kind of global iconography and discourse that characterizesmodern white supremacy. The assailant played a song about convicted Serbian warcriminal Radovan Karadzic as he approached the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch,and […]

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New Zealand Massacre Highlights Global Reach of White Extremism

The massacre of 49 people in New Zealand on Friday highlights the contagious ways in which extreme right ideology and violence have spread in the 21st century — even to a country that had not experienced a mass shooting for more than two decades, and which is rarely associated with the extreme right. New Zealand […]

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New Zealand’s Gun Laws Draw Scrutiny After Mosque Shootings

The shootings that killed at least 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday have placed new scrutiny on New Zealand’s gun laws and sparked a fervent debate about whether they were a factor in the gunman’s decision to carry out his attack there. The police have described the gunman as a man […]

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Status Anxiety and the Scam Economy

Scammers and cheats are the paradigmatic figures of our age, and not just because a con man is president of the United States. Again and again in recent years, people who’ve scaled the cultural heights have been revealed as audacious frauds. The systems and institutions that confer status in our society keep being exposed as […]

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Tech Firm in Steele Dossier May Have Been Used by Russian Spies

WASHINGTON — Aleksej Gubarev is a Russian technology entrepreneur who runs companies in Europe and the United States that provide cut-rate internet service. But he is best known for his appearance in 2016 in a dossier that purported to detail Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election — and the Trump campaign’s complicity. Mr. Gubarev’s […]

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Editorial Observer: Birch Bayh and the Quest for a More Perfect Constitution

Changing the United States Constitution is like winning an extremely long, slow-motion lottery. Since 1788, when the nation’s charter was ratified, more than 11,000 amendments have been proposed. Twenty-seven have succeeded. The odds of any one person writing an amendment that clears all the required hurdles — a two-thirds vote in both houses of Congress […]

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The Boeing 737 Max and the Problems Autopilot Can’t Solve

If you’re an airline passenger, automation is your friend — setting aside the fears over its role in the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max planes in the past five months. The gradual spread of automation through the civil aircraft fleet is a primary reason the accident rate worldwide has fallen from about four accidents […]

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The 737 Max Is Grounded, No Thanks to the F.A.A.

A new-model airliner crashes, killing all 189 people aboard. Less than five months later, another airliner of the same new model crashes, killing all 157 aboard. Both seem to have occurred under similar circumstances. The world was understandably terrified, and until Wednesday, the United States Federal Aviation Administration stood alone as the only major aviation […]

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