Trump Issues Order Giving Him More Leeway to Hire and Fire Federal Workers

The move would give the president greater freedom to weed out what he sees as a “deep state” bureaucracy. The executive order, which could be rescinded if he is not re-elected, was condemned by civil service unions.

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A Regulatory Rush by Federal Agencies to Secure Trump’s Legacy

With the president’s re-election in doubt, cabinet departments are scrambling to finish dozens of new rules affecting millions of Americans.

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Trump’s Attack on Diversity Training Stifles Racial Reconciliation Efforts

A presidential executive order banning the “malign ideology” of racial sensitivity training has rippled through government into academia and corporate America.

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Trump’s Overhaul of Immigration Is Worse Than You Think

This administration has attacked every aspect of the immigration system — and it won’t be easy to undo.

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Justice Dept. Suspends All Diversity and Inclusion Training for Staff

The move was the latest effort by the Trump administration to eliminate any training that encourages workers to acknowledge that implicit racial and gender biases exist in the workplace.

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U.S. Appeals Injunction Against WeChat Ban

Trump administration officials claim the Chinese-owned app presents a security risk to American users.

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TikTok Wins Reprieve From U.S. Ban

A federal judge’s preliminary injunction means the app stores can continue offering the video app for downloads for now.

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How Trump Hasn’t Protected Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

The president’s promises on health care stand in stark contrast with his legislative, regulatory and legal record.

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TikTok Files for Injunction to Stop Ban of App

While President Trump has blessed a deal for TikTok, the video app filed to stop a ban of its service that is set to go into effect on Sunday.

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TikTok Deal Exposes a Security Gap, and a Missing China Strategy

Technological progress has outpaced the political debate again. What will happen when the next TikTok arrives in the United States?

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‘There’s No There There’: What the TikTok Deal Achieved

The agreement for the social media app falls short of President Trump’s promises.

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U.S. Judge Temporarily Halts Trump’s WeChat Ban

The order is a setback in the president’s efforts to block a Chinese social media app that he has labeled a national security threat. The ban had been set to go into effect on Sunday night.

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Trump Approves Deal Between Oracle and TikTok

The approval delays President Trump’s threat to block a popular Chinese-owned social media app from the United States until it receives investment from American partners.

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A Deal on Drug Prices Undone by White House Insistence on ‘Trump Cards’

The White House and the pharmaceutical industry were nearing a major deal to lower drug prices. Then the administration demanded that $100 cash cards be sent to millions of seniors before the election — and the industry balked.

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Trump Admin to Ban TikTok, WeChat From U.S. App Stores

The Trump administration issued new rules Friday morning that will cripple the operation of two popular Chinese-owned apps in the United States.

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TikTok Accepts Deal Revisions as Trump Prepares to Review Proposal

The video app is also looking for a new chief executive and has talked to candidates including a founder of Instagram.

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Backlash Grows to TikTok-Oracle Deal

Senate Republicans and others criticized the latest plan to allow TikTok to continue operating in the United States, citing national security concerns.

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TikTok’s Proposed Deal Seeks to Mollify U.S. and China

The Chinese-owned app designed a compromise to satisfy U.S. security concerns. The terms are now under review by the Trump administration.

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Trump Issues Expansive Order Aimed at Lowering Drug Prices

The order expands on a presidential promise by trying to reduce the prices Medicare pays for prescription drugs, but experts said it was unclear whether the White House could carry out the directive.

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Microsoft Says Its Bid for TikTok Was Rejected in U.S.-China Standoff

The move leaves Oracle as the sole known remaining bidder, as the clock ticks down on President Trump’s executive order to block the app.

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Why Does Trump Want an Inaccurate Census?

Congress must extend the deadline for the count.

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Trump’s Payroll Tax ‘Cut’ Fizzles

Big companies say the president’s directive to delay collection of the tax that funds Social Security is more trouble than it is worth. Federal employees are upset they are stuck with it.

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U.S. Orders Eviction Moratorium for Most Through Year’s End

The C.D.C. action cited the coronavirus risk if tenants are forced into shelters or other crowded quarters. It did not lift their rent obligation.

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TikTok Deal Is Complicated by New Rules From China Over Tech Exports

In an 11th-hour twist, Beijing raised a potential hurdle for a sale of TikTok, further roiling the race to buy the Chinese-owned app.

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White House Wants Companies to Foot Payroll Tax Bill for Workers

The Treasury Department has not been willing to issue guidance making it clear that companies will be on the hook for deferred taxes, further delaying crucial information for businesses.

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TikTok Chief Executive Kevin Mayer Resigns

Less than four months after joining the video app, Mr. Mayer said he was leaving. TikTok has been under pressure from the Trump administration.

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How TikTok’s Talks With Microsoft Turned Into a Soap Opera

Neither side wanted a big deal. But what began as talks about a small investment ballooned with interventions from President Trump.

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Trump Keeps Promoting a Drug Order That No One Has Seen

The president’s campaign has made his efforts to lower prescription drug prices a centerpiece of his re-election pitch, but the executive order remains unseen.

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TikTok Sues Trump Administration

The suit escalates a bitter back-and-forth between the popular video app and American officials.

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TikTok Plans to Challenge Trump Administration Over Executive Order

The popular video app, which is owned by a Chinese internet company, said it had been deprived of due process when President Trump moved to block it in the United States.

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How to Reverse Course on Trump’s Environmental Damage

The next president can undo some of the recent efforts to weaken environmental protections. But it’ll take work.

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Unemployment Claims Rise as Rollout of $300 Benefit Lags

With the labor market showing new fragility, most states have yet to seek funds under President Trump’s stopgap plan to supplement weekly jobless pay.

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Trump Officially Orders TikTok’s Chinese Owner to Divest

The president, who last week gave ByteDance 45 days to sell its stake or else face U.S. restrictions, added a 90-day deadline under a national security law.

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$400 Unemployment Supplement Is Really $300, and Won’t Arrive Soon

New state claims fell below one million for the first week since March. But jobless ranks remain vast, and a White House relief plan faces hurdles.

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Advisers Consider Whether Trump Can Cut Taxes Without Congress

Trump’s lawyers and economic advisers have studied how far they could stretch executive authority to set tax policy, though the legality of any cuts is dubious.

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Trump’s Payroll Tax Holiday Order Gives Employers a New Dilemma

Businesses are grappling with difficult legal and logistical questions about how to respond to the president’s payroll-tax holiday order.

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Will Trump’s Executive Directives Provide Relief?

Because Congress controls federal spending, at least some of the measures will almost certainly be challenged in court. Or they may become moot if Congress reaches a deal.

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Administration Officials Defend Executive Action on Pandemic Relief

Democrats criticized President Trump’s directives and called on top administration officials to resume talks over a broader agreement.

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Trump’s Go-It-Alone Stimulus Won’t Do Much to Lift the Recovery

A series of executive actions will provoke lawsuits but is unlikely to stoke faster growth in an economy that has cooled this summer.

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Trump Threatens to Bypass Congress as Stimulus Talks Fail Again

Democrats said the talks had been “disappointing,” and President Trump promised to use executive orders to provide relief if no agreement could be reached.

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Is TikTok More of a Parenting Problem Than a Security Threat?

Even as the White House moves against the Chinese social media app, the intelligence agencies do not see it as a major issue along the lines of Huawei.

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Trump Dismisses 2 T.V.A. Board Members After Outsourcing Dispute

The Tennessee Valley Authority, an electric utility, quickly said it would reconsider its move to shift some work to contractors outside the United States.

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What’s Going On With TikTok? Here’s What We Know

President Trump is talking about banning the app. TikTok may also sell its U.S. operations. Let’s sort through it all here.

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America Needs Refugees

The targeted destruction of the office of Refugee Resettlement is too important to ignore.

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