Republican Drive to Tilt Courts Against Climate Action Reaches a Crucial Moment

A Supreme Court environmental case being decided this month is the product of a coordinated, multiyear strategy by Republican attorneys general and conservative allies.

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The Supreme Court May Rein In Efforts to Protect the Climate

The court’s conservative majority seems intent on pursuing an agenda that would limit the government’s ability to shield the planet.

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Secret Emergency Orders May Include Focus on Internet, New Files Show

Dating back to 1950s preparations for nuclear war and revised after the Sept. 11 attacks, the presidential directives are not shown to Congress.

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Abortion Questions for Justice Alito and His Supreme Court Allies

Isn’t having to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term the same as forced labor?

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Congress Is Paralyzed on Guns. Here’s Why Chris Murphy Is Still Hopeful.

The Democrat from Connecticut, who has spent his decade in the Senate trying and failing to enact gun safety bills, says his party should make the issue the core of its 2022 midterm message.

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Biden Administration Lifting Some Trump-Era Restrictions on Cuba

The changes include an expansion of flights to the country and the restarting of a family reunification program.

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How Trump Helped Transform Nebraska Into a Toxic Political Hellhole

The state has a long tradition of workaday populism and civil bipartisanship, but in just a few years, it has moved swiftly to the right.

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How Tucker Carlson Reshaped Fox News — and Became Trump’s Heir

As the host turned a civil war at Fox to his advantage, he found himself at the forefront of the nativist forces transforming conservative politics.

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How Tucker Carlson Stoked White Fear to Conquer Cable

A string of setbacks made the pundit flee television, the Republican establishment and even his home. He re-emerged with what may be the most racist, and successful, show in the history of cable news.

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America’s Road to the Ukraine War

For years, the United States sent mixed signals about its interests in the country. Then Vladimir V. Putin made his move.

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Obama Calls for More Oversight of Social Media in Speech at Stanford

Tech companies’ power has “turbocharged” political division and requires government scrutiny, the former president said in a speech at Stanford University.

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Barack Obama’s New Role: Fighting Disinformation

The former president has embarked on a campaign to warn that the scourge of online falsehoods has eroded the foundations of democracy.

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What Do We Do if Putin Uses Chemical Weapons?

We can’t afford to repeat our mistakes in Syria. 

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With a Few Jokes, Biden and Obama Revisit the ‘Good Old Days’

The visit to the White House by former President Barack Obama, one of the Democratic Party’s most popular figures, comes at a time when President Biden could use a boost.

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College Became the Default. Let’s Rethink That.

Imagine a world that gave high schoolers more options.

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Impunity for Syria War Crimes Casts Shadow Over Ukraine

Syria, with Russian support, used many of the brutal tactics now seen in Ukraine — and its dictator stayed in power. That conflict offers lessons for Russia’s leader, analysts say.

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Could Iowa and New Hampshire Lose First Spots in Primary Calendar?

After complaints about disenfranchisement and logistical snafus, the party is reconsidering Iowa and New Hampshire’s coveted spots in the presidential nominating process.

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At CPAC, Trump Misleads About Biden, a Russian Pipeline and Gas Prices

The former president made inaccurate claims about his border wall, the Biden administration and a Russian pipeline, among other topics.

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Barack Obama: What Trayvon Martin Taught Us, 10 Years Later

Not every killing connects with the culture and activates a mass movement. This one did.

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The Complex Truth About American Patriotism

Who gets to be called a patriot in America?

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Durham Distances Himself From Furor in Right-Wing Media Over Filing

The special counsel implicitly acknowledged that White House internet data he discussed, which conservative outlets have portrayed as proof of spying on the Trump White House, came from the Obama era.

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Mr. President, It’s Time for a Little Humility

The state of the union is stressed. To claim otherwise would seem off key.

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Don’t Assume Ilya Shapiro’s ‘Lesser Black Woman’ Tweet Was Racist

Georgetown shouldn’t have placed him on leave.

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Michael Flynn Is Still at War

The general tried to persuade Donald Trump to use the military to overturn the 2020 election. A year later, he and his followers are fighting the same battle by other means.

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Sidney Poitier and the Black Voice

He was a pioneer — in the transitional sense.

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Harry Reid’s Memorial Draws Tributes From Biden and Obama

Some of the country’s most prominent Democrats recounted tales showcasing the former Senate majority leader’s tenacity and modesty.

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How the Capitol Riot Led to a Broken America

The collapse of decency feeds the attacks on democracy.

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BlackBerry Ends Service on Its Once-Ubiquitous Mobile Devices

Android-powered devices carrying the BlackBerry name won’t be affected. For some, it’s a farewell to an era when BlackBerries dominated airport lounges and the West Wing.

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No, the Build Back Better Act Isn’t Dead Yet

The strategy Barack Obama used to resuscitate the A.C.A. offers clues that may help revive the Build Back Better Act, and President Biden’s precarious standing.

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Biden’s Stand on Ukraine Is a Wider Test of U.S. Credibility Abroad

President Barack Obama also warned of severe consequences if Russia took action against its neighbor. Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea anyway.

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How Hispanics Became Swing Voters

Republicans see an opportunity. Democrats have a lot of work to do.  

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What African Americans Thought of Barack Obama

Claude A. Clegg III’s “The Black President” looks at the often surprising reactions of African Americans to the Obama administration.

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Jeff Bezos Donates $100 Million to the Obama Foundation

The gift was the largest yet for the foundation and was among several splashy donations in recent months by Mr. Bezos, one of the world’s richest people.

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How the U.S. Lost Ground to China in the Contest for Clean Energy

Americans failed to safeguard decades of diplomatic and financial investments in Congo, where the world’s largest supply of cobalt is controlled by Chinese companies backed by Beijing.

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U.S. Tries to Convince Arab Allies It Isn’t Quitting Middle East

The defense secretary faced tough questions about how countries were supposed to deal with a U.S. national security policy that upends itself with each president.

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Global Rivalries Are Miring the Clean Energy Revolution

The quest for Congo’s cobalt, which is vital for electric vehicles and the worldwide push against climate change, is caught in a cycle of exploitation, greed and gamesmanship.

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Barack Obama Returns to COP26 With a Call for Activism

The American leader who helped seal the Paris climate accord arrived at COP26 in Glasgow to cheers from delegates and pushback from some activists.

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American Optimism, R.I.P.

Maybe it was always a myth. It’s at least a distant memory.

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Sunao Tsuboi, 96, Dies; Hiroshima Victim Who Lived to Tell His Story

After suffering through the agony of the attack and its aftermath, he devoted himself to spreading the message that nuclear weapons should be abolished.

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The Supreme Court Faces a Huge Test on Libel Law

Two of the justices want to revisit a landmark decision for free expression. They may soon get the chance.

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Colin Powell Was My Thurgood Marshall

He was Black and Republican, a soldier and a diplomat — and his life holds a particular message for a nation whose democracy is increasingly in peril.

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Democrats’ Divide: Should Obama-Era Economic Ideas Prevail in 2021?

A more traditional view is competing against a newer approach that has become mainstream among economists.

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Timuel Black, Strategist and Organizer for Black Chicago, Dies at 102

He assembled attendees of the March on Washington, mentored a young Barack Obama and wielded the solidarity of the South Side as a tool for political power.

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Obama Breaks Ground on Presidential Center in Chicago After Lengthy Discord

The project has been bogged down by legal challenges and a federal review. Barack Obama’s presidential papers won’t actually be housed there — they’ll be digitized, another point of contention.

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Rebuking Biden, Iran’s Chief Diplomat Demands More Sanctions Relief

The foreign minister for Iran’s new hard-line government said it would demand a higher price for limiting its nuclear program than it did in the 2015 deal.

#amirabdollahian-hossain, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #general-assembly-un, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #raisi-ebrahim, #trump-donald-j

What Sandra Day O’Connor Stood For on the Supreme Court

Forty years after her appointment as the court’s first female justice, it’s worth reflecting on the path she took.

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China’s Leaders Are Having Fun With Us. Who Can Blame Them?

We need a better strategy to counter China than submarines. Biden should get back into the TPP trade deal.

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The Sharp U.S. Pivot to Asia Is Throwing Europe Off Balance

The new U.S. alliance with Australia and Britain against China has put Europe closer to a question it has tried to avoid: Which side are you on?

#afghanistan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #von-der-leyen-ursula

Bully Pulpit No More: Jen Psaki’s Turn at the Lectern

President Biden’s press secretary has tamped down the vitriol that colored news briefings during the Trump administration. She still may not answer your question, though.

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Get to Know Your Favorite Actors and Artists a Little Better

Watch for new memoirs from Gabrielle Union and Alan Cumming, Jamie Foxx’s reflections on parenthood, Patricia Highsmith’s diaries and more.

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