The president’s rhetoric on Wednesday in announcing the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan was steeped in exasperation and grief.
The president said the main objective of ensuring that Afghanistan would not be a launching pad for terrorism had been achieved and that it was time for American troops to come home.
In his first prime-time address from the White House, the president said that he would order states to make all adults eligible for the vaccine by May 1 and that a return to normalcy was possible by July 4.
In his first major address, the secretary of state pledged to focus on how diplomacy has a direct effect on regular Americans. At the top of the list: dealing with China.
At an annual gathering of conservatives, devotees of Donald J. Trump pledged their fealty to him and issued grave warnings about the political left.
Even more than usual, the Conservative Political Action Conference this year will be a barometer for the Republican Party, newly out of power in Washington and trying to chart a way back.
Some diplomats said the president’s speech was a much-needed antidote to distrust and dismissiveness at the State Department during the Trump administration.
When President Biden quoted Gene Scheer’s song in his inaugural address, it solidified its transformation from art song to Norah Jones tune on a Ken Burns soundtrack to patriotic hymn.
The president’s address conveyed a message of hope and unity, but making that vision come true will be difficult.
“America has been tested, and we’ve come out stronger for it.”
For Joe Biden, and for our country, it’s been a long road to this day. Here’s what you need to know about the political history and policy plans of America’s president-elect.
Before Jefferson Davis there was John C. Calhoun. What rougher beasts do Trump, Hawley and Cruz prefigure?
In the final moments of his presidency, Mr. Trump is confronting an unfamiliar fate: He is being held to account as never before for things he has said.
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.
Here is a closer look at what the president said at a rally of his supporters, which is a central focus of the impeachment case being prepared against him.
An address that would usually cover a sweeping range of topics instead focuses solely on the pandemic, which has upended both Angela Merkel’s last year in office and life in Germany as whole.
Joe Biden promised to be a president for all Americans. Here’s a way to start.
Jon Meacham, best known for writing about past presidents like Andrew Jackson and George Bush, has helped shape some of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s most significant speeches.
Clearly relishing the chance to strike back at his successor, the former president has been willing to throw punches on behalf of Joe Biden’s unity-focused campaign.
Joseph Biden continued to hammer President Trump over his denial of the coronavirus threat, while the president sought to exploit what he viewed as a new opening — Mr. Biden’s comments on oil.
His remarks suggest that he intends to end his presidential bid as he began it: by casting the election as a national emergency that will determine the trajectory of the country for years to come.
Keir Starmer made his first major address after taking the helm of a Labour Party that suffered a devastating election loss in December.
In a blistering speech, Joe Biden charged that crises “have kept multiplying” under President Trump’s watch. It was an effort to refocus the spotlight on the incumbent after a week of Republican attacks.
The Trump team’s approach to the task of pigeonholing the challenger looked less focused than those used in 2004 and 2012.
The president’s speech at the Republican National Convention was a model of pomp and circumstance.
A television critic and a fashion critic discuss what they saw, what they learned and what it could mean for the future.
The first lady’s words during her speech at the Republican National Convention said one thing, but her suit said another.
The G.O.P. convention featured an extreme anti-abortion activist. The Democrats mostly kept mum.
No sitting secretary of state has addressed a national political convention in at least 75 years.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s five-day tour is intended to discuss regional peace and security. He also planned to use Jerusalem as a backdrop for an address to the Republican National Convention.
Jon Meacham’s remarks at this week’s Democratic National Convention sprang from a long friendship with Joe Biden and a desire to add historical context to the present moment.
Joe Biden rallied the party around him, with help from Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders. But even as Democrats reach out to disaffected moderates, they’re also holding together a fractured coalition.
Capping off an odd, inventive TV convention, the nominee cast the election as a moral crusade and emotional journey.
A nation’s soldiers in a time of crisis.
Some of it is familiar, after almost 50 years in politics. Some of it, like delivering such a momentous address to a virtual crowd, will be new.
In her vice-presidential acceptance speech on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, Ms. Harris said “there is no vaccine for racism” as she offered her vision for a more inclusive country.
The party’s 2016 standard-bearer will return to the stage on Wednesday to promote Joseph R. Biden Jr. and confer her legacy on Kamala Harris, the vice-presidential nominee.
The former first lady’s speech for the Democratic National Convention was powerfully resonant. And had a supporting accessory.
Democrats have assembled a mash-up of 17 of the “next generation of party leaders,” instead of one featured speaker. But are they missing an opportunity to showcase the next Barack Obama?
Photographs of generations of Black suffragists offer invaluable documents about their thwarted and central roles in the history of women’s rights.
If he accepts his nomination at the Civil War battlefield, the president will be conducting partisan business on federal property.
In the last of four proposals laying out his vision for economic recovery, Joseph R. Biden Jr. pledged to lift up minority-owned businesses and to award them more federal contracts.
In a speech, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was important “for every American, and for every American diplomat,” to recognize how the founders understood “unalienable rights.”
I’m positive that Trump’s toxic.
What President Trump’s divisive speech at Mount Rushmore reveals about his re-election campaign.
His ominous remarks were a concession to his political standing: trailing in the polls, lacking a booming economy or a positive message to campaign on, and leaning on culture wars to buoy his loyalists.
The pharmaceutical company spent more than $100 million on lavish meals, fishing junkets, golf outings, sporting events and speaker fees to influence doctors to prescribe its drugs, federal prosecutors said.
Readers offer their post-rally analysis. One calls the speech a “hate-filled screed.” Another worries that left-wing gloating about low turnout “will only galvanize Mr. Trump’s base.”
His entire political career has been marked by personal loss. His allies say that makes him uniquely capable of leading a nation grappling with death.
With malice toward all; with charity for none.