Can Biden Be Our F.D.R.?

President Biden wants to change the trajectory of the country. He’s off to a good start.

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Four Ways of Looking at the Radicalism of Joe Biden

It’s unexpected, but it’s not inexplicable.

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40 Years After Reagan, a Bet Big Government Can Get Something Done

President Biden feels a burning sense of competition, his aides say, to prove that democratic capitalism can work.

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Timing Is Everything, Biden Says, and ‘Politics Is the Art of the Possible’

In his first formal news conference since taking office, President Biden offered an early glimpse of the man who inhabits the Oval Office and his approach to the presidency.

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The Many Faces of Post-Trump Stress Disorder

It seemed like everything was calming down, until it wasn’t.

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Beneath Her Decorous Demeanor, ‘Lady Bird Johnson’ Was a Political Force

The new biography, by Julia Sweig, shows the wife of Lyndon B. Johnson to have been ahead of her time (and possibly her husband) on women’s rights, racial disparities and other issues.

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In Lady Bird Johnson’s Secret Diaries, a Despairing President and a Crucial Spouse

A new book reveals how the former first lady not only provided a spouse’s emotional ballast but also served as an unrivaled counselor who helped persuade Lyndon B. Johnson to stay in office.

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The G.O.P. Isn’t Going to Split Apart Anytime Soon

But is the party in danger of fracturing over its wavering commitment to democracy?

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Suit Over Ex-Trump Aide’s Testimony Divides White House and House Democrats

President Biden has inherited litigation over a subpoena to Donald F. McGahn II, President Donald J. Trump’s former lawyer, about the Russia investigation.

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In Milwaukee, Biden Offers Reassurance, and Tries to Avoid Mention of ‘the Former Guy’

It was President Biden’s first extended encounter with voters since Inauguration Day and was a rare opportunity for him to practice his signature brand of personal politics.

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Biden Works to Leverage Senate Ties to Power His Agenda

The president has made clear in his first weeks in office that he plans to try to capitalize on his experience and relationships on Capitol Hill to get things done, though deep divisions remain.

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Presidents’ Day: 5 Ways to Make It Meaningful This Year

With kids off from school, here are suggestions for delving into our nation’s complex history with virtual museum visits, D.I.Y. tours and fun movies (Lincoln as a vampire slayer?).

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Biden to Revive Weekly Address That Faded Under Trump

A White House seeking to advance its agenda introduces a format that includes the president speaking with handpicked citizens.

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The Economy Does Much Better Under Democrats. Why?

G.D.P., jobs and other indicators have all risen more slowly under Republicans for nearly the past century.

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A Dog’s Place Is at the White House

A home feels different when a dog lives there. Now 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will be different, too.

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Biden’s Fast Start Echoes F.D.R.’s. Now Comes the Hard Part.

The most daunting challenge for Mr. Biden in the weeks ahead will be balancing his stated desire for bipartisanship with his sense of urgency.

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Are We Ready for a Monday Without Trump?

The White House, Congress and the media are all going to have to make some big adjustments.

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The Trump Presidency Is Now History. So How Will It Rank?

As scholars consider the legacy of Donald J. Trump, it appears that even the woefully inadequate James Buchanan has some serious competition.

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Why Biden Can Undo Much of Trump’s Legacy Via Executive Orders

President Donald Trump came to rely on executive action for many of his achievements. But his successor seems to understand that it is best used to repeal someone else’s legacy, not build his own.

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Is That a Rolex on Biden’s Wrist?

Recent presidents not named Trump have tended to wear Everyman timepieces such as Timex and Shinola.

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Joe Biden Is About to Find Out What’s Left of America

Have Trump and Trumpism made the United States ungovernable?

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Trump Is Not the First President to Snub an Inauguration

A few heads of state have refused to celebrate their successors. “It’s usually a sign that American society is in the midst of major political feud,” the presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said.

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Inauguration History and Facts: Who Was the First New President to … ?

The inauguration has evolved a bit from George Washington’s day.

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Sharpshooters, Protesters, a Secret Train Trip

The inaugural of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is not the first to take place at a tense moment in American history.

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Biden Will Be the Oldest President to Take the Oath. Who Were the Youngest and Oldest?

Until Joe Biden is sworn in on Wednesday, President Trump holds the record for the country’s oldest chief executive. At 42, Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest.

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Six Great Movies About Presidents

If you’re looking for some escapism, these films are a good reminder that democracy works.

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Biden Seeks Quick Start With Executive Actions and Aggressive Legislation

In an effort to mark a clean break from the Trump era, the president-elect plans to roll out dozens of executive orders in his first 10 days on top of a big stimulus plan and an expansive immigration bill.

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A Visual History of the Trump Administration

Four years of hard-core branding, soap opera chic and designer trolling are coming to an end. What have we learned? A look back in gilt.

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When is Inauguration Day 2021? What You Need to Know

Washington is preparing for unrest, and planners urge people not to attend during a pandemic, but virtual events are intended to keep up the spirit of celebration.

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Biden’s Inauguration Will Feature Tom Hanks and Others

Inaugurations have long mirrored the nation’s cultural life. Joe Biden’s will feature Tom Hanks, Justin Timberlake and Jon Bon Jovi — remotely, in an age of illness and threats.

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Who Else Has Declined a Presidential Honor?

Bill Belichick, who turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is not the first person to decline the award. Jacqueline Kennedy and Moe Berg, the baseball player, also said no.

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Beyond Impeachment, a Push for Ethics Laws That Do Not Depend on Shame

Congressional Democrats and a slew of groups are preparing to push for the kinds of ethics and governance changes not seen since the post-Watergate era.

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Pelosi Pressed Pentagon on Safeguards to Prevent Trump From Ordering Military Action

But short of the cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment or impeaching and convicting the president, it would be unconstitutional to defy legal orders from the commander in chief, experts note.

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The Misuse of the Presidential Pardon

Readers respond to an editorial urging changes to the current system.

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How to Reform the Presidency After the Wreckage of Trump

Our post-Watergate laws and practices for the presidency need revamping.

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Investigation of His Son Is Likely to Hang Over Biden as He Takes Office

Unless the Trump Justice Department clears Hunter Biden, the new president will confront the prospect of his own administration handling an inquiry that could expose his son to criminal prosecution.

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What Really Saved the Republic From Trump?

It wasn’t our constitutional system of checks and balances.

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Obama, the Best-Selling Author, on Reading, Writing and Radical Empathy

He invited authors and historians to the White House and had already published a best-selling memoir. That didn’t make writing his latest book, “A Promised Land,” any less of a grind.

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Barack and Michelle: Scenes From a Marriage

Their two blockbuster memoirs offer a primer on a famous union.

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

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

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Trump Hints at Another Act in Four Years, Just Like Grover Cleveland

The president is eying a comeback in 2024 aimed at making him the only person other than Cleveland to win another term after losing the White House.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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