The 20-Somethings Who Help the 70-Somethings Run Washington

The story of Cassidy Hutchinson, who became the first Trump White House aide to testify publicly in the Jan. 6 inquiry, showed the outsize influence of youngsters in the nation’s capital.

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Donald Trump: A President Untethered

In the final, frenzied days of his administration, Donald J. Trump’s behavior turned increasingly volatile as he smashed dishware and lunged at his own Secret Service agent, according to testimony.

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Biden Irked by Democrats Who Won’t Take ‘Yes’ for an Answer on 2024

The White House is trying to tamp down speculation about plans to seek re-election, while aides say President Biden is bristling at the persistent questions.

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A Recession Would Hurt Democrats. Some Warn It’d Also Hurt Democracy.

By trying to tame inflation, some commentators say, the Federal Reserve could bring about a recession — just as an unrepentant Donald Trump appears to be eyeing another White House bid.

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Trump Is Depicted as a Would-Be Autocrat Seeking to Hang Onto Power at All Costs

As the Jan. 6 committee outlined during its prime-time hearing, Donald J. Trump executed a seven-part conspiracy to overturn a free and fair democratic election.

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Biden Has ‘Only Bad Options’ for Bringing Down Oil Prices

The president’s trip to Saudi Arabia is unlikely to reduce oil and gasoline prices, and it is not clear that anything else he might do would work, either.

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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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Biden Veers Off Script on Taiwan. It’s Not the First Time.

Offhand remarks that vary from the official talking points have become a feature of the Biden presidency, even as they leave his staff scrambling to spin them away afterward.

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Perils of Invisible Government

The American Rescue Plan is huge and yet little noticed.

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Defeat Has Not Defanged Trump — or Trumpism

The losing candidate in the 2020 election continues to exert tremendous power over his party. What does this portend for its future?

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Fearing a Trump Repeat, Jan. 6 Panel Considers Changes to Insurrection Act

The 1807 law allows a president to deploy American troops inside the country to put down a rebellion. Lawmakers fear it could be abused by a future president trying to stoke one.

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Trump and Ukraine: Former Advisers Revisit What Happened

Amid the current crisis, Fiona Hill and other former advisers are connecting President Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine to Jan. 6. And they’re ready to talk.

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She Took the White House Photos. Trump Moved to Take the Profit.

The former chief White House photographer made plans to publish a book of Trump photos. The former president had other plans.

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President Biden Never Saw War In Ukraine Coming

Presidents plan. History laughs.

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How the State of the Union Became One of the Weirdest Nights in American Politics

It has all the mystery and half the charm of a slapped-together awards show. 

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10 Consequential Days: How Biden Navigated War, Covid and the Supreme Court

The dizzying events of the past week have pushed to the sidelines the congressional squabbling over President Biden’s domestic agenda, and are already redefining the arc of his presidency.

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The Long Crusade of Clarence and Ginni Thomas

The Supreme Court justice and his wife battled for years for a more conservative America. New reporting shows how far she was willing to go after Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss.

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Biden’s Pandemic Fight: Inside the Setbacks of the First Year

The administration has gotten much right, but its response has been hampered by confusing messaging, a lack of focus on testing, fear of political blowback and the coronavirus’s unpredictability.

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Why Biden’s Agenda Brings Him Closer to L.B.J. Than F.D.R.

The president’s agenda — big progressive change — has placed Democratic priorities over the voters’ desire for practical help on the pandemic and inflation.

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Fighting Inflation Means Taking On Corporations

Easing spiking prices will take more than raising interest rates.

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Biden Is Being the President He Campaigned to Be. But It’s Not Enough.

Biden’s administration needs a pinch of cayenne.

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House Approves Post-Trump Curbs on Presidential Power

Republicans almost unanimously opposed the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which might be broken into separate components in the Senate.

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Why Joe Biden Needs More Than Accomplishments to Be a Success

A theory of political time explains how he has become a prisoner of great expectations.

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Philip B. Heymann, 89, Dies; Prosecuted Watergate and Abscam

He served four presidents over six decades, mostly in the Justice Department and often as a key part of major investigations.

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Court Urged to Let Jan. 6 Panel See Trump White House Files

In appellate briefs, lawyers for the House and the Justice Department argued against the former president’s claim of executive privilege.

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Trump Seeks Continued Block on Sending White House Files to Jan. 6 Panel

The ex-president’s brief to a federal appeals court argued that his residual secrecy powers could block a House subpoena for information about the Capitol riot.

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Swift Ruling in Jan. 6 Case Tests Trump’s Tactic of Delay

The former president has leveraged the slow judicial process in the past to thwart congressional oversight, but the Jan. 6 case may be different.

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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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Trump Missed the Part About No Do-Overs

And apparently no one from his party is going to explain it to him. 

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Biden Can End Debt-Ceiling Sabotage Once and for All

The 14th Amendment offers a way out.

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As I Was Saying: The Etiquette of Interruption

Interrupting a speaker: rudeness or cooperation? Also: Work and values; a presidential age limit; Trump’s response to a tell-all book; plastic waste.

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Democrats Begin Effort to Curb Post-Trump Presidential Powers

But to appeal to Republicans, a bill being introduced in the House to impose checks on executive authority may be broken into pieces in the Senate.

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How George Washington Tried to Heal the Political Divide

As president, he went on the road to pull the new nation together.

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Proponents of Post-Trump Curbs on Executive Power Prepare New Push

House Democrats are framing their efforts as a rebuke of Donald J. Trump’s record as would-be reformers seek Senate Republican support.

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Our Favorite Presidents You’ve Never Heard Of

Historical obscurity has its charms. 

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Voters Chose Boring Over Bombast. They Got Biden’s Penchant for Pontificating.

Even the president labeled a speech boring recently, an admission that highlights a tendency toward delivering minutiae-filled discourse over scaling oratorical heights.

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Pondering Presidents — Who Got ‘Polked’?

The worst presidents are waiting — we see you, Mr. Trump.

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Friends in High Places

Hanging with presidents: Sometimes First Friends are helping found a country; other times, they’re mixing martinis.

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Maybe Trump Wasn’t the Worst President Ever?

He hasn’t dislodged James Buchanan from the bottom ranking, but history is unlikely to be kind to him.

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Trump Aides Prepped Insurrection Act Order Amid Protests

President Donald Trump never invoked the act, but fresh details underscore the intensity of his interest last June in using active-duty military to curb unrest.

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Stephen Graubard, 96, Journal Editor and Provocative Historian, Dies

He edited the scholarly journal Daedalus for decades and wrote books on the presidency, sparing neither Kennedy nor Clinton nor the Bushes.

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As Wars Wind Down, Congress Revisits Presidential Powers

The House is expected to repeal the 2002 authorization for the invasion of Iraq, and the Senate will consider doing so as well in a rare debate over war powers.

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McGahn Likely to Testify on Trump’s Efforts to Obstruct Russia Inquiry

A delay is said to have stemmed from an initial threat by former President Donald J. Trump to intervene, but he apparently reversed course.

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McGahn Is Likely to Testify Next Week on Trump’s Efforts to Obstruct Russia Inquiry

A delay is said to have stemmed from an initial threat by former President Donald J. Trump to intervene, but he apparently reversed course.

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The Many Blunders of the Secret Service — and the Dangers They Pose to U.S. Presidents

Carol Leonnig’s “Zero Fail” is a thoroughly researched and devastating indictment of the United States Secret Service.

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Beneath Joe Biden’s Folksy Demeanor, a Short Fuse and an Obsession With Details

As Mr. Biden settles into the office he has chased for more than three decades, aides say he demands hours of debate from scores of policy experts.

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Bo, the Obamas’ Portuguese Water Dog, Dies

Former President Barack Obama said the family had lost “a true friend and loyal companion.”

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The Stock Market Loves Biden More Than Trump. So Far, at Least.

Stocks have soared under the new president, and the Dow has generally preferred Democrats since 1901. But don’t count on that for the future.

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Have Joe Biden’s First 100 Days Been That Transformational?

A politics driven by threats from angry voters, domestic uprisings and foreign states will not break the American impasse.

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Biden Has Elevated the Job of Science Adviser. Is That What Science Needs?

The Senate is considering Eric S. Lander’s nomination after months of delay. Some experts ask if an adviser can actually have an impact.

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