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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Message to the Democratic Party

After winning the Democratic primary in New York’s Fourteenth Congressional District, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now a national political figure. On Wednesday, she made a series of media appearances, including spots on CNN and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Later in the day, Stephen Colbert hailed her …

Middle-class

The return of John Bolton, a hawk on North Korea and Iran, sparks concerns around the world

BRUSSELS — President Trump’s decision to make John Bolton his new national security adviser ricocheted around the globe Friday, unsettling allies and raising alarm that a hawk who advocates military action against North Korea and Iran will have the president’s ear.<p>From Berlin and Jerusalem to Seoul …

North Korea

Whatever Trump is hiding is hurting all of us now

Up to now, Trump has been flouting the norms of the presidency. Now Trump's behaviour amounts to a refusal to carry out his oath of office - to …

Lessons from the Election of 1968

Protests, populism, and progressivism all clashed in a battle royal. But what really drives election results?<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Almost fifty years ago, on March 31, 1968, Lyndon Johnson stunned everyone by announcing that …

Civil Rights

Making China Great Again

As Donald Trump surrenders America’s global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>When the Chinese action movie “Wolf Warrior II” arrived in theatres, in July, it looked like a …

Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire backer of Bannon and Trump, chooses sides

The security guards were done up as Hell’s Angels. Kellyanne Conway was wearing a Superwoman suit. And as then-President-elect Donald Trump slipped out of an SUV onto the grounds of a Long Island estate in December 2016, a gaudy “Villains and Heroes”-themed costume party swirling around him, the …

A New Year’s resolution for the media: Do not let Republicans get away with saying ‘reforms’ when they mean ‘cuts’

I have a simple request to journalists, columnist, pundits, and others writing about forthcoming efforts of Republicans to cut Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the anti-poverty programs that make up our safety net. Call such efforts “cuts.” Do not call them “reforms,” “changes,” …

The top 15 Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, ranked

President Trump got his first big legislative accomplishment this week. He also got a slew of very bad polling data.<p>Polls from Gallup, CNN, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University all showed Trump's approval rating between 33 percent and 37 percent — among the lowest numbers of his entire …

The Most Frightening Aspect of Trump’s Tax Triumph

Donald Trump has scored a legislative victory with staggering costs. The price of the tax bill has to be measured not only in the loss American society will face in the increase in inequality, in the impact on public health, and the growth of the deficit, but also in the damage to political culture …

Donald Trump

The Final Version of the G.O.P. Tax Bill Is a Corrupt, Cruel, Budget-Busting Hairball

Grant the Republican Party leaders one thing: their tactics in passing their hugely unpopular tax bill have been consistent—consistently evasive. A few weeks ago, the Senate version of the bill was passed in the middle of the night. This weekend, the final iteration of the legislation was made …

Budget Deficit

The Next Step in the Radical Trump-G.O.P. Agenda: Gut the Welfare State

Much of journalism is dedicated to the proposition that the truth is often hidden. Sometimes, though, it is right there before our noses. Despite the chaos, the insinuations, and the scandals surrounding Donald Trump, he and his Republican allies on Capitol Hill are making progress toward enacting …

Republicans

Michael Flynn’s Guilty Plea Sends Donald Trump’s Lawyers Scrambling

The President insists that the investigations into Russian meddling amount to nothing more than fake news. But the truth is now emerging.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Last June, less than a month after President Donald Trump fired …

Donald Trump

How Rex Tillerson Wrecked the State Department

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson might not have his job for much longer, but his tenure may well be regarded as the most consequential in postwar American history: not for what he built but for what he destroyed.<p>In only ten months, Tillerson, the former C.E.O. of ExxonMobil, has presided over the …

Why Virginia Is a Warning for Republicans Nationwide

In 1994, the governor of California, Pete Wilson, a Republican, was facing a difficult reëlection campaign, until he embraced a statewide referendum that proposed banning undocumented immigrants from using many state services. The initiative passed by a large margin—eighteen points—and Wilson was …

Elections

The GOP's Roy Moore and Steve Bannon nightmare just came into focus

The Washington Post just published some downright shocking allegations about Alabama's Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. And if current polling and Moore’s recent electoral history are any indication, it could tip the race to the Democrats.<p>If it does, the GOP just saw its slim Senate majority …

Is Tom Cotton the Future of Trumpism?

The junior senator from Arkansas is a hybrid of insurgent and old guard.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>If you believed the national media, the week of the annual Republican Party fund-raising dinner, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in late …

Democratic Party

What Does Tulsi Gabbard Believe?

The making of a charismatic, unorthodox Democrat.<p>When Tulsi Gabbard arrived at Lihue Airport, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, she was greeted with a lei made of vibrant plumeria flowers, a small bottle of coconut water, a bagful of mangoes, and a profusion of alerts on her phone. It was Memorial …

Foreign Policy

If Trump gets his way, expect a 'perfect dollar storm' to rip through global markets

Companies leave the money abroad because the US corporate tax rate is the world's highest at 35 per cent. Their overseas subsidiaries pay (lower) …

Something is seriously off about this president

President Trump in three very different settings over the past few days reminded us how unsuited he is for the job. Increasingly, his presidency is defined by blatant lies, an empathy deficit and a frightful lack of ability to navigate through dire international crises. Each has been on display.<p>In …

Forceful Chief of Staff Grates on Trump, and the Feeling Is Mutual

WASHINGTON — President Trump was in an especially ornery mood after staff members gently suggested he refrain from injecting politics into day-to-day issues of governing after last month’s raucous rally in Arizona, and he responded by lashing out at the most senior aide in his presence.<p>It happened …

Donald Trump

Axelrod: Gary Cohn's hard choice

Editor's Note: (David Axelrod is a CNN commentator and host of the podcast "The Axe Files," now a regularly featured show on CNN. He was senior adviser to President Barack Obama and chief strategist for the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.)<p><b>(CNN) —</b> It …

Pardoning Joe Arpaio Would Be a Constitutional Crisis

President Trump seems enthralled by his possession of the pardon power, and now he has in mind Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County in …

President Trump is deteriorating before our very eyes

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>Were you deeply alarmed by President Trump’s performance in Arizona on Tuesday night? If so, that is understandable. Trump is getting worse. He rambled and ranted with abandon. He hinted that he will pardon Joe Arpaio. He escalated his attacks on the media, accusing them of …

Trump’s vicious attack on the media shows one thing clearly: He’s running scared

As with so much about President Trump, his Phoenix rally on Tuesday night was two contradictory things: both shocking and completely predictable.<p>Shocking because it was the most sustained attack any president has made on the news media. (“It’s time to expose the crooked-media deceptions and …

Donald Trump

McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency

The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series …

Republicans

Carl Icahn’s Failed Raid on Washington

Was President Trump’s richest adviser focussed on helping the country—or his own bottom line?<p>One day in August, 2016, the financier Carl Icahn made an urgent phone call to the Environmental Protection Agency. Icahn is one of the richest men on Wall Street, and he has thrived, in no small measure, …

Donald Trump

GOP doubts and anxieties about Trump burst into the open

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's racially fraught comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally have thrust into the open some Republicans' deeply …

Donald Trump

Bannon, basically: Trump’s campaign was a fraud

Stephen K. Bannon says he will be “covering” for President Trump on the outside, but the former White House chief strategist made a breathtakingly candid admission in the hours after his exit on Friday.<p>“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon told the Weekly Standard. “We …

Donald Trump

Firing Steve Bannon Won’t Change Donald Trump

Earlier this year, when Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, was at the peak of his influence, I visited him at the White House. “This is totally top secret,” he said, ushering me inside his office on a Saturday night in mid-March. “This is like a vault.” The small room, shouting distance …

Donald Trump

‘Wow’: Stunned TV Hosts Reacted in Real Time to Trump

“What I just saw gave me the wrong kind of chills,” a visibly stunned Chuck Todd said on MSNBC. “Honestly, I’m a bit shaken by what I just heard.”<p>Unable to disguise her disgust, the Fox News host Kat Timpf said: “I’m still in the phase where I’m wondering if it was actually real life. I have too …