Can Trump Pre-emptively Pardon Allies or Himself? Clemency Power, Explained

The president has discussed potential pardons that could test the boundaries of his constitutional power to nullify criminal liability.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #constitution-us, #justice-department, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden’s Inauguration: Expect Smaller Crowds and More Social Distancing

Unlike President Trump, who was expected to shrug off health threats in favor of huge crowds, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has indicated that his inauguration will not be business as usual.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #inaugurations, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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Trump Looms Large Now, but Maybe Not Forever

One-term presidents generally don’t leave big footprints. And the last four years may be seen as a reaction to the game-changing presidency of Barack Obama.

#obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Cat Is Said to Be Joining the Bidens in the White House

The last cat to live in the White House, India, belonged to President George W. Bush.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cats, #champ-dog, #major-dog, #pets, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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What Donald Trump Liked About Being President

He preferred the parts of the job that combined pomp, splendor and a world amenable to his decisions. In other words, he always seemed to genuinely enjoy pardoning turkeys.

#politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #turkeys

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Presidential Memoirs Don’t Always Take This Long to Write

Barack Obama’s new book, “A Promised Land,” arrived nearly four years after he left the White House. A look at how he and other presidents approached their memoirs offers some clues about the timing.

#a-promised-land-book, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

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Republican Resistance Looms in the Senate for Biden’s Nominees

The polarization of the confirmation process, once a matter of giving the president the team he chooses, will present the new administration with a challenge in filling out its upper echelons.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #presidential-transition-us, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Readers Have Been Eagerly Waiting for Barack Obama’s New Memoir. Struggling Booksellers Have, Too.

“A Promised Land” is a potential lifeline for booksellers whose sales have plummeted during the pandemic.

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In ‘A Promised Land,’ Barack Obama Thinks — and Thinks Some More — Over His First Term

The former president recounts his political ascent and offers close-up views of the major issues he faced during his first years in the White House.

#a-promised-land-book, #books-and-literature, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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When the White House Was Full of Claws, Scales, Stripes and Tails

The long tradition of presidential pets is set to resume this January with two German shepherds belonging to President-elect Joe Biden. Their predecessors weren’t always cats and dogs.

#animals, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coolidge-calvin, #dogs, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #pets, #presidential-pets, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #roosevelt-theodore, #white-house-building-washington-dc, #white-house-historical-assn, #wilson-woodrow

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Why Polling on The 2020 Presidential Election Missed the Mark

As politics becomes a high-stakes spectator sport, pollsters are reviewing their latest failures. But is part of the problem the public’s overly high expectations of precision?

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‘The Reagans’ Review: Making America Great Again, Round 1

A four-part Showtime documentary takes a hard look at Ronald Reagan’s presidency and sees a wrong turn.

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Book Review: ‘A Promised Land,’ by Barack Obama

This first volume of the former president’s memoirs brims with warmth, humor and introspection.

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Joe Biden Will Face This Overlooked Crisis on Day 1

Members of the new administration may have to reassemble a broken government before they can begin to use it for good.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Was Reagan a Precursor to Trump? A New Documentary Says Yes

“The Reagans,” a new Showtime docu-series, presents Ronald Reagan as an early practitioner of dog-whistle politics. But some historians and journalists disagree with that position.

#content-type-personal-profile, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-nancy, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #showtime, #television, #the-reagans-tv-program, #trump-donald-j, #tyrnauer-matt, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What Is Trump Playing at?

The president’s refusal to concede that he lost the election is taking us into dangerous territory.

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How Biden Can Rule America in Spite of Everything

It won’t be easy, but coming after a self-styled “disrupter” opens up its own possibilities.

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When Is Joe Biden’s Inauguration Ceremony?

A bipartisan congressional committee is planning an “outside, full-scale” inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20.

#biden-joseph-r-iii, #inaugurations, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The End of ‘America First’: How Biden Says He Will Re-engage With the World

Those who have known President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. for decades say they expect him to move carefully, providing reassurance with a few big symbolic acts.

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Even With a New President, Sports at the White House Won’t Be the Same

The politicization of the ceremonial visit to the Rose Garden by champions is one sign the presidential connection to sports is fraught, maybe inalterably.

#basketball, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #clemson-university, #cleveland-cavaliers, #curry-stephen, #football, #golden-state-warriors, #james-lebron, #nba-championship, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #university-of-alabama, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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Biden’s Dogs to Return Presidential Pets to the White House

President Trump was the first president not to have a White House pet in more than 100 years. Mr. Biden will bring two German shepherds, one of which was adopted from a shelter.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #champ-dog, #dogs, #german-shepherds, #major-dog, #pets, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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How Joe Biden Won the Presidency

Joseph R. Biden Jr. campaigned as a sober and conventional presence, concerned about the “soul of the country.” He correctly judged the character of the country, and benefited from President Trump’s missteps.

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Does Joe Biden Really Want This Job?

His burden as president would be “gross.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2008, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Dishonesty Has Defined the Trump Presidency. The Consequences Could Be Lasting.

Whether President Trump wins or loses on Nov. 3, the very concept of public trust in an established set of facts necessary for the operation of a democratic society has been eroded.

#lying, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Lincoln Survived the Worst Election Ever

There are many parallels between 1860 and 2020. Let’s hope there aren’t too many.

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Neither Trump Nor Biden Drink Alcohol

Spirits may be low around the country, but don’t expect them to be raised in the White House after the election; neither President Trump nor Joseph R. Biden Jr. partakes in alcohol.

#alcohol-abuse, #alcoholic-beverages, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Don’t Fool Yourself. Trump Is Not an Aberration.

Many of the worst things the president has said and done were said and done by his predecessors.

#epidemics, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #slavery-historical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilson-woodrow

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How Trump Destroyed America’s Naïveté

America let some of the worst fears of the founders come true.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #whites

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Watergate Led to Reforms. Now, Would-Be Reformers Believe, So Will Trump.

Among the possibilities are proposals developed by a Justice Department official from the Bush administration and a White House counsel under President Barack Obama.

#nixon-richard-milhous, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #watergate-affair

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Biden’s Covid Response Plan Draws From F.D.R.’s New Deal

Mr. Biden has staked his campaign on a more muscular federal role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. But some of his big government proposals may be difficult to put into effect.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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Trump’s Virus Treatment Revives Questions About Unchecked Nuclear Authority

Even before the president was given mood-altering drugs, there was a movement to end the commander in chief’s sole authority to launch nuclear weapons.

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Donald Trump’s Alternate Constitutional Reality

The president — and Congress — should stop outsourcing the defense of the Constitution to judges.

#barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #madison-james-1751-1836, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr., Grandson of the 10th President, Dies at 95

He and his brother, grandsons of John Tyler, were the third of three generations that remarkably spanned almost the entire history of the American experience.

#deaths-obituaries, #lyon-gardiner-tyler-jr, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #tyler-john, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Our Leader’s Life Is at Risk. Cue the Conspiracy Theories.

Poisons, plots and psychic powers — why is the president’s health such fertile ground for the paranoid imagination?

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #conspiracy-theories, #lincoln-abraham, #poisoning-and-poisons, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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When the Patient Is Your Commander in Chief, the Answer Is Usually ‘Yes, Sir’

The system of military doctors has so hampered the public’s right to know that a commission should be established to re-evaluate the practice, critics say.

#conley-sean-patrick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reed-walter-national-military-medical-center, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The American People Need the Truth

The president is hospitalized. The public doesn’t need to know every detail, but they don’t deserve to be misled.

#conley-sean-patrick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reed-walter-national-military-medical-center, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Does the Electoral College Work and Why Does It Matter?

It’s the Electoral College, not the national popular vote, that determines who wins the presidency.

#clinton-hillary-rodham, #constitution-us, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #electoral-college, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What if Trump Can’t Run? Many Steps Are Clear, but Some Are Not

The Constitution says the vice president is next in line if the president dies or can no longer serve, but things get murkier from there.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #pelosi-nancy, #pence-mike, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #twenty-fifth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Test Positive for Covid-19

The president’s result came after he spent months playing down the severity of the outbreak that has killed more than 207,000 in the United States and hours after insisting that “the end of the pandemic is in sight.”

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #miller-katie-rose, #pelosi-nancy, #pence-mike, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #twenty-fifth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Brief History of the Taxpayer in Chief

From Lincoln to Trump, the president’s attitude toward his taxes has shaped the public’s attitude toward theirs.

#federal-taxes-us, #income-tax, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j

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Trump Tramples Decorum in Presidential Debate With Biden

Interrupting Joe Biden nearly every time he spoke, President Trump made little attempt to reassure swing voters about his leadership. Mr. Biden hit back: “This is so unpresidential.”

#debates-political, #democratic-party, #joseph-r-biden-jr, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j

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Lillian Brown, Makeup Artist to Nine Presidents, Dies at 106

She did more than powder noses; she advised on diction and apparel and helped commanders in chief put their best selves forward for television.

#brown-lillian-1914-2020, #cbs-news, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #deaths-obituaries, #news-and-news-media, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #television

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National Portrait Gallery Show to Bring First Ladies into Focus

A new exhibition, “Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States,” will gather portraits and other artistic representations of first ladies.

#art, #every-eye-is-upon-me-first-ladies-of-the-united-states-exhibit, #first-ladies-us, #museums, #national-portrait-gallery-washington-dc, #photography, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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The Special Hell of Trump’s Supreme Court Appointment

With a nonexistent mandate, he does extraordinary damage.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Down With Judicial Supremacy!

The Supreme Court was never meant to be the only arbiter of the meaning of the Constitution.

#adams-john-1735-1826, #constitution-us, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #jefferson-thomas, #lincoln-abraham, #marshall-john, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #scott-dred, #supreme-court-us, #taney-roger-b, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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This Is How Bad It’s Gotten at the Justice Department

When civil servants resign, skeptics often ask what difference one person really can make by leaving. The answer is: a lot.

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What Donald Trump Could Learn From Jimmy Carter

The one-termers club doesn’t have to be so bad, Mr. President.

#history-academic-subject, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Do We Fix the American Presidency?

Trump is only the latest president to stoke fears that the office has grown too powerful. What should be done about it?

#debatable, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j

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Trump Books Keep Coming, and Readers Can’t Stop Buying

White House memoirs, journalistic exposés, full-throated defenses of the president: Publishers are producing books for every partisan and wondering if the gravy train ends on Election Day.

#bolton-john-r, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #the-room-where-it-happened-a-white-house-memoir-book, #too-much-and-never-enough-how-my-family-created-the-worlds-most-dangerous-man-book, #trump-donald-j, #trump-mary-l, #united-states-politics-and-government, #woodward-bob

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Trump, Vicar of Fear and Violence

He continues the old practice of stoking white victimhood for votes.

#black-people, #crime-and-criminals, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #whites

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