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 Scorched Earth Strategy on Iran

The assassination of a top nuclear scientist isn’t about stopping a bomb — it’s about preventing diplomacy. Joe Biden doesn’t have to let it work.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #europe, #iran, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #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.

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In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative

They refuted conspiracy theories, certified results, dismissed lawsuits and repudiated a president of their own party.

#elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #georgia, #michigan, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #tina-barton, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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‘Dear Joe’: Advice for Biden

What is the greatest challenge facing President-elect Joe Biden? We asked readers that question, and what advice they would give him.

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Aides’ Ties to Firms Present Biden With Early Ethics Test

Some of the president-elect’s choices for top posts have done work for undisclosed corporate clients and aided a fund that invests in government contractors.

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Top Contenders for Biden’s Cabinet Draw Fire From All Sides

Lists of names of those the president-elect is said to be considering are flying across Washington, prompting lawmakers and interest groups to raise questions about some top contenders.

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How Democrats Suffered Crushing Down-Ballot Losses Across America

In statehouse races, suburban voters’ disgust with President Trump failed to translate into a rebuke of other Republicans, ensuring the party’s grip on partisan mapmaking.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-state-legislature, #global-warming, #house-of-representatives, #police-reform, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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For the World Economy, a Grim Slog Tempered by New Hopes

The emergence of vaccines has taken the edge off the worst fears, but a meaningful economic recovery probably remains distant.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #great-britain, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #italy, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #recession-and-depression, #shutdowns-institutional, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-bank

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E.P.A.’s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance

As President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency rushes to complete its regulatory rollbacks, agency staff, emboldened by the Biden victory, moves to stand in the way.

#air-pollution, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Empowered by an Odds-Defying Win, Susan Collins is Ready to Deal

The senator from Maine has emerged from the toughest re-election battle of her career more influential than ever, and ready to play a crucial deal-making role in a divided Senate.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #collins-susan-m, #elections-senate, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Gave W.H.O. a List of Demands. Hours Later, He Walked Away.

When President Trump quit the health organization, he left a list of seven demands on the table. Here they are.

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Why Did So Many Americans Vote for Trump?

To the dismay of Democrats, the president’s strategy of ignoring the pandemic mostly worked for Republicans.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump, Still Claiming Victory, Says He Will Leave if Electors Choose Biden

Taking questions from reporters for the first time since Election Day, the president also said he would travel to Georgia to support Republican candidates before two runoffs that will determine control of the Senate.

#elections-senate, #electoral-college, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Senate Democrats Face Power Struggle for Top Judiciary Job

Senators Richard J. Durbin and Sheldon Whitehouse are vying to be the top Democrat on the panel that controls judicial nominations, reflecting a broader debate among activists about how to wield power.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #durbin-richard-j, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whitehouse-sheldon

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Midnight Ruling Exposes Rifts at a Supreme Court Transformed by Trump

The justices issued six opinions, several of them unusually bitter, in upholding challenges from churches and synagogues to state pandemic restrictions on religious services.

#barrett-amy-coney, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #freedom-of-religion, #new-york-state, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Oh, Brother! Tears for Trump

No arguments — or turkey — this Thanksgiving. Just a cocktail.

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The Rotting of the Republican Mind

When one party becomes detached from reality.

#rauch-jonathan-1960, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Edward P. Lazear, Economist and Presidential Adviser, Dies at 72

He was a widely respected labor economist at Stanford who led President George W. Bush’s economic council during the financial crisis.

#bush-george-w, #california, #colleges-and-universities, #deaths-obituaries, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #labor-and-jobs, #lazear-edward-p, #productivity, #stanford-university, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-council-of-economic-advisers

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A Fight Over Agriculture Secretary Could Decide the Direction of Hunger Policy

The delicate proxy clash has pitted Democrats eager to emphasize issues like hunger and nutrition against traditionalists who believe the department should represent rural America.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #clyburn-james-e, #diet-and-nutrition, #endorsements, #food-insecurity, #fudge-marcia-l, #heitkamp-heidi, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

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Firing Squads and Electrocution? New Rule Would Allow More Execution Methods

The rule, which would permit methods including firing squads and electrocution, comes as the administration rushes to execute five more prisoners before President Trump’s term ends.

#capital-punishment, #justice-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New Rule Would Allow U.S. to Use More Methods for Executions

The rule, which would permit methods including firing squads and electrocution, comes as the administration rushes to execute five more prisoners before President Trump’s term ends.

#capital-punishment, #justice-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Urges Unity: ‘We’re at War With the Virus, Not With One Another’

In an emotional address, he pleaded with Americans to “hang on” and cited the death of his son to say that he understood the loss in the nation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Shutters Warehouse Where Migrants Were Kept in ‘Cages’

The chain-link pens that held thousands of children in overcrowded, dirty conditions are being removed as part of a facility upgrade.

#customs-and-border-protection-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #rio-grande-valley-tex, #united-states-politics-and-government

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White House Weighs Pardon Blitz Before Trump’s Exit

Political allies and associates are starting to press for clemency as the president also considers extending his criminal justice overhaul by commuting lengthy sentences for other offenders.

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Stock Trades by Senator Perdue Said to Have Prompted Justice Dept. Inquiry

Investigators focused on a sale of at least $1 million of stock in Cardlytics, a financial firm whose board the senator once sat on. They closed the case this summer without charges.

#cardlytics-inc, #elections-senate, #georgia, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #insider-trading, #justice-department, #perdue-david-a-jr, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Pardons Michael Flynn

The president’s former national security adviser twice pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #flynn-michael-t, #justice-department, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #powell-sidney-attorney, #presidential-election-of-2016, #prosecutorial-misconduct, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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C.I.A. Officer Is Killed in Somalia

The officer’s combat death came as President Trump considers pulling back on American operations in the region.

#central-intelligence-agency, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-africa, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Turkey on the Brain

When Capital Letters Ruled the Earth.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Economy Stumbles as the Coronavirus Spreads Widely

Claims for new unemployment benefits and other data suggest that the recent increase in infections is threatening the economic recovery.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shutdowns-institutional, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Permit Denied for Pebble Mine Project in Alaska

The Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine project, saying it was “contrary to the public interest.”

#army-corps-of-engineers, #environment, #pebble-mine-bristol-bay-alaska, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Congress Pays $850,000 to Muslim Aides Targeted in Inquiry Stoked by Trump

The House resolved wrongful termination claims by five Pakistani-American technology workers whose case was twisted into a right-wing conspiracy theory pushed by President Trump.

#awan-imran, #conspiracy-theories, #house-of-representatives, #schultz-debbie-wasserman, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Over 30 Trump Campaign Lawsuits Have Failed. Some Rulings Are Scathing.

As President Trump continues to litigate the 2020 election, some judges have lost all patience. Here are some excerpts of their rulings.

#brann-matthew-w, #decisions-and-verdicts, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Pandemic Is Still Weighing on C.E.O.s’ Minds

Harvard recently held a private meeting for executives to talk candidly about the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dicks-sporting-goods-inc, #gun-control, #harvard-school-of-public-health, #obama-barack, #stack-edward-w, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Will White Women in Georgia Put Family or Culture War First?

As the crucial swing voting bloc in the state’s two pivotal Senate runoffs, they have a clear choice.

#child-care, #elections-senate, #georgia, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #work-life-balance

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No, President Trump Did Not Pardon Himself

Speculation had swirled in recent days that the president might make incendiary news by pardoning humans, but Corn and Cob got the honors at the annual White House ceremony.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #turkeys, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Is Said to Plan Pardon of Flynn

Michael T. Flynn, the president’s former national security adviser, twice pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #flynn-michael-t, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden’s National Security Team Offers a Sharp Turn. But in Which Direction?

The picks are a repudiation of President Trump’s isolationism, but they will have to resolve tensions between an Obama-era approach and the “fresh thinking” the president-elect says he wants.

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Biden Transition Gets Underway as Team Fans Out Across Capital

Within hours of the Trump administration’s decision to stop blocking the process, representatives of the president-elect began coordinating the handover of power.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #general-services-administration, #murphy-emily-w-1974, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Happy Thanksgiving to All Those Who Told the Truth in This Election

Civil servants, elected officials and judges did their jobs and protected democracy.

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Ivanka and Jared Look for a New Beginning As Their D.C. Days Dwindle

The end of President Trump’s time in office leaves his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as well-to-do refugees — but they appear to have plans in New Jersey.

#kushner-jared, #park-avenue-manhattan-ny, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #trump-ivanka, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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Yellen Would Assume Vast Policy Portfolio as Treasury Secretary

From trade and sanctions to tax policy and financial regulation, the former Fed chair will be at the center of the new administration’s agenda.

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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Role in Opioid Crisis

The admission in federal court brought a formal end to a major investigation that resulted in a multibillion-dollar settlement between the drug maker and the government.

#bankruptcies, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #compensation-for-damages-law, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fines-penalties, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #practice-fusion-inc, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Stress-Tested the Election System, and the Cracks Showed

Even in the absence of a questionable outcome or any evidence of fraud, President Trump managed to freeze the passage of power for most of a month.

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Roiled by Election, Facebook Struggles to Balance Civility and Growth

Employees and executives are battling over how to reduce misinformation and hate speech without hurting the company’s bottom line.

#computers-and-the-internet, #engineering-and-engineers, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Guess Whose Votes Trump Doesn’t Want Counted

There’s a pattern here, and it began with “birtherism.”

#black-people, #conspiracy-theories, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Why Is Congress Still Discussing Hydroxychloroquine?

There is no evidence that hydroxychloroquine helps Covid-19 patients. So why is Congress still holding hearings on it?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #johnson-ron-1955, #rumors-and-misinformation, #senate-committee-on-homeland-security-and-governmental-affairs, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Janet Yellen Has Excelled at Big Jobs. This Will Be the Hardest One Yet.

The nominee for Treasury secretary will face the tricky politics of generating a strong recovery out of the pandemic.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-reserve-system, #treasury-department, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yellen-janet-l

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After Chaotic 4 Years, Wall St. Is Itching to Unfollow @realDonaldTrump

President Trump turned his Twitter feed into a singular source of market volatility. Now, investors are looking forward to markets free of presidential tweets.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-trade-and-world-market, #presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #stocks-and-bonds, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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After Trump, Biden Faces Pressure to Stand Up to China by Embracing Taiwan

In his final days in office, President Trump is trying to undermine Beijing by showing support for Taiwan. President-elect Biden will likely follow a similar path — without the pugnacity.

#defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us, #taiwan, #trump-donald-j, #tsai-ing-wen, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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