Tali Calderon

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Robert Mueller has Trump in his sights

But Washington wonders: Is he a “subject” or the “target” of the criminal probe?<p>This week’s news that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III informed Trump’s lawyers a month ago that he is continuing to investigate the president but does not consider him a criminal target at this point is a puzzler. …

Has the U.S. Become a ‘Trumpocracy’?

Has America become a “Trumpocracy,” and is what we’re watching a tragedy or a farce? Ross Douthat, a Times Op-Ed columnist, and David Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic and the author of “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,” debated these questions in an online discussion.<p><b>ROSS</b> …

It’s time to rethink how we cover Trump

<b>Please pick us,</b> please pick us, please pick us.<p>It says so much about our current media moment that the president would announce plans to shame news …

Trump Got Wolffed

The president should have known better. Michael Wolff does not mess around.<p>President Donald Trump could have saved himself a lot of grief if he—or one of his people—had read Michael Wolff’s 2008 book, <i>The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch</i>, before permitting the writer …

Donald Trump

"You Can’t Make This S--- Up": My Year Inside Trump's Insane White House

Author and columnist Michael Wolff was given extraordinary access to the Trump administration and now details the feuds, the fights and the alarming …

The 10 Challenges Republicans Now Face

With efforts to repeal Obamacare collapsing, the GOP faces a difficult landscape as it looks ahead to 2018.<p>Here’s an after-action report, as Congress prepares to recess:<p>The signature Republican domestic-policy demand of the past seven years is dead again. Deader than ever. Brought down by …

Republicans

Trump Is Woody Allen Without the Humor

Half his tweets show utter weakness. They are plaintive, shrill little cries, usually just after dawn.<p>The president’s primary problem as a leader is not that he is impetuous, brash or naive. It’s not that he is inexperienced, crude, an outsider. It is that he is weak and sniveling. It is that he …

Woody Allen

A Definitive Guide to the G.O.P. Insiders Enabling Donald Trump

From Paul Ryan to John McCain, Sarah Ellison takes a look at the men—and the motives—that are propping up a Donald Trump presidency.<p>Blame for the ongoing destruction wrought by the Trump administration will always attach to Donald Trump. But Trump cannot help himself. He is a pathogen, doing what …

Republicans: Stop Making Excuses

The Republican mantra used to be personal responsibility. As Windsor Mann reminded me, Newt Gingrich wrote this in his 1995 book, To Renew America: …

Trump Needs to Come Clean. Democrats Need to Be Careful.

The Donald Jr.-Russia revelations are a tipping point but not treason.<p>It's fashionable among President Donald Trump's defenders to dismiss the reports of his eldest son meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton as yet another "nothing burger."<p>You've heard …

How Donald Trump and Roy Cohn’s Ruthless Symbiosis Changed America

In 1973, a brash young would-be developer from Queens met one of New York’s premier power brokers: Roy Cohn, whose name is still synonymous with the rise of McCarthyism and its dark political arts. With the ruthless attorney as a guide, Trump propelled himself into the city’s power circles and …

The Latest Names

In my Impromptus today, I have an item about our president and his habit of name-calling.<p>In the past, President Trump has referred to Senator Schumer …

America’s Mayor

The 45th president is trying to run the White House like it’s city hall.<p><b>Gathering a flock of House Republicans in the</b> Rose Garden on May 4 to salute them for voting to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump took a moment to shift from the topic to his favorite subject: President Donald Trump.<p>“How …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Credibility Problem

The high price of Donald Trump’s low character<p>‘People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.” So said …

Britain: The End of a Fantasy

To understand the sensational outcome of the British election, one must ask a basic question. What happens when phony populism collides with the real …

I'm a neoliberal and I'm proud

Invited to deliver a lecture last month at Chicago’s<p>DePaul Universityon the rather straightforward topic “Dictatorships and Radical Islam: Enemies of LGBT Rights,” I was met with protest by a left-wing student group denouncing me as a “White, Zionist, neoliberal.” Guilty as charged.<p>What is …

Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting “The Origins of Totalitarianism”

THE ASTONISHING STATEMENT Donald Trump made at a January 2016 campaign rally in Iowa seems like the essential moment in his unexpected rise to power: …

A Cult without a Legacy

Conservatives who have yet to fall obsequiously in line behind Donald Trump are emerging in droves to respond to columnist and radio host Dennis …

The Death Knell for America's Global Leadership

In an op-ed, the Trump administration’s “adults in the room” envision America in the image of its leader: selfish, isolated, brutish, domineering, and driven by immediate appetites rather than ideals or even longer-term interests.<p>H.R. McMaster and Gary Cohn may not be the most influential people in …

H. R. McMaster

Trump: The Presidency in Peril

If Donald Trump leaves office before four years are up, history will likely show the middle weeks of May 2017 as the turning point. Chief among his …

Trump Returns to Crisis Over Kushner as White House Tries to Contain It

President Trump returned home on Saturday to confront a growing political and legal threat, as his top aides tried to contain the fallout from reports that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is a focus of investigations into possible collusion between Russia and the president’s campaign and transition …

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Surreal Post-Election Life

When I walk into the Chappaqua dining room in which Hillary Clinton is spending her days working on her new book, I am greeted by a vision from the …

Awakening from the Trump Nightmare

The American people can escape from the ordeal of Donald Trump’s presidency in one of three ways. But if and when they do is an irreducibly political …

The Shame of Defaming Seth Rich

Seth Rich was 27 when he was killed on a dark street in a sketchy neighborhood in the nation’s capital last July. He has become ...The post The Shame …

Donald Trump is running the White House like a business. That's the problem

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump asked two of his top intelligence officials to publicly knock down the idea that his 2016 presidential campaign had colluded with the Russians in the days after then-FBI Director James Comey revealed a federal investigation was underway into the matter, …

Trump’s Berating of Comey for the Consumption of Our Enemies

I admit to being slack-jawed over the <i>New York Times</i> report that President Trump smeared former FBI director James Comey in a conversation with …

Let the Investigation Begin

This week Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. It was an …

Can Trump Screw Up the World’s Best Intelligence Relationship?

TEL AVIV — On Tuesday morning, the heads of Israel’s intelligence community awoke to reports that President Trump had disclosed classified information during his meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov of Russia. By the end of the day, it became clear that the highly sensitive secret …

‘The Flight 93 Election’ Crashes Again

In case you’ve had the pleasure of forgetting, “The Flight 93 Election” was the title of a portentous essay, published last September under a Roman pseudonym in The Claremont Review of Books, that declared the stakes for the United States in 2016 thus: “Charge the cockpit or you die.”<p>In the lurid …