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Local Girl Makes Good

WASHINGTON — At dawn on the day after the election that rocked her world and her party, working on three hours of sleep, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez walked out of her Bronx apartment building.<p>“A sanitation truck pulled up,” said the 28-year-old with the contagious smile and an energy that impressed …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Seizing Children From Parents at the Border Is Immoral. Here’s What We Can Do About It.

It may be hard to believe that this is happening in the United States in 2018, that hundreds of children are being snatched from their parents, frequently under false pretenses, often screaming, and placed in vast warehouselike centers like the former Walmart in Brownsville, Tex., where nearly …

Immigration

Charles Krauthammer’s Democratic Vocation

Charles Krauthammer, the Washington Post columnist, announced last week that he is stricken with terminal cancer and has only weeks to live. Since then, the tributes have poured forth, and rightly so. Charles taught generations of readers and fellow writers how to reason, persuade, live — and now …

Charles Krauthammer

Rosenstein plans to call on House to investigate its own staff

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's ongoing battle with House Republicans reached new heights Tuesday, as the No. 2 senior leader of the Justice Department plans to call on the House to investigate its own committee staff.<p>Rosenstein has butted heads with House Intelligence …

Donald Trump

Hurricane Maria Casts Shadow Over Puerto Rican Parade

In the beginning, and the middle, and the end, as always, there was the Puerto Rican flag: countless thousands of them waving as the National Puerto Rican Day Parade marched and danced up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday in the steady drizzle, flags worn as ponchos, flags adorning T-shirts and …

Hurricane Maria

Some Pension Funds Profit From New York Real Estate. Why Don’t the City’s?

Not only do people come to New York City from all over the world. So do pension funds, from other countries and states, buying Manhattan real estate and often making tremendous profits.<p>But that’s not how we locals do it.<p>The Retirement Systems of Alabama bought 55 Water Street in 1993 for $202 …

Special Master in Cohen Case Finds Few Seized Materials Are Privileged

A special master reviewing a trove of documents and electronic files seized in April from Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer, said on Monday that, at least so far, only a tiny fraction of the materials are protected by the attorney-client privilege, meaning that most can …

Corruption

Sounding Code Red: Electing the Trump Resistance

With the primary season winding down and the midterms soon upon us, it’s time to point out that this election is not about what you may think it’s about. It is not a choice between the particular basket of policies offered by the candidates for House or Senate in your district or state — policies …

Donald Trump

Antibiotics in Meat Could Be Damaging Our Guts

In 2015, Sandy Lewis, a small-time organic cattle farmer in upstate New York, bought 13 bulls, for around $5,000 each, from a breeder in Oklahoma. A few weeks after the animals were trucked to his farm near the Vermont border, Mr. Lewis discovered that two of the bulls had died. He could see holes …

Microbiology

Fox News Analyst Quits, Calling Network a ‘Propaganda Machine’

A longtime analyst for Fox News is leaving the network, saying that he could not “in good conscience” remain with an organization that, he argued, “is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.”<p>In a searing farewell note sent to colleagues on Tuesday, Ralph Peters, a Fox News …

Foreign Policy

Anti-Semitism Is Rising. Why Aren’t American Jews Speaking Up?

Anti-Semitic hate crimes are on the rise, up 57 percent in 2017 from 2016, the largest single-year jump on record, according to the Anti-Defamation League. That increase came on top of the rise in incidents in 2016 that coincided with a brutal presidential campaign.<p>I have personally seen the …

The Trump-Russia Story Gets Even Weirder

In his 2014 book “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” Peter Pomerantsev describes modern Russia as a decadently surreal place where the ruling regime fuses propaganda with over-the-top entertainment to systematically distort and recreate reality.<p>Pomerantsev, the British son of Russian …

Russia

I’m Republican. I Appreciate Assault Weapons. And I Support a Ban.

The most important and unregrettable time of my life was the 12 years I spent in the Army. I became a bomb technician because I wanted to save lives. I nearly gave my own life for that — I lost both my legs and a finger when a roadside bomb detonated beneath me — and have known more heroes than I …

Guns

U.S. Colleges Are Separating Into Winners and Losers

Schools that struggle to prepare students for success losing ground; ‘The shake-out is coming’<p>Concord University in West Virginia and Clemson University in South Carolina were both founded shortly after the Civil War. During the 20th century, each grew rapidly. Now, the two public universities that …

College & University

Repeal the Second Amendment

I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment.<p>From a law-and-order standpoint, more guns means more murder. “States with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides,” noted one exhaustive 2013 study in the …

Trump Shows Us the Way

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump slipped into the Oval Office through a wormhole of confusion about the American identity.<p>We weren’t winning wars anymore. They just went on and on and on, with inexplicable and deceptive aims and so many lives and limbs and trillions lost.<p>We couldn’t believe in our …

Donald Trump

The Brutal Life of a Sanitation Worker

On a Saturday morning in 2013 in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood, an 18-year-old recycling worker, Luis Camarillo, was loading materials into a truck when the vehicle’s compactor crushed him. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died.<p>Mr. Camarillo’s death, while seemingly a freak accident, was in …

President Trump’s Best People

From Rex Tillerson to Hope Hicks to Omarosa Manigault Newman, the Mooch and others. The video above shows the parade of characters who just couldn’t hold on to their White House jobs.<p><i>Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook and Twitter (@NYTopinion), and sign up for the Opinion Today</i> …

John Stuart Mill Showed Democracy as a Way of Life

This year we’ve been so besieged by Donald Trump’s shriveled nature that we sometimes forget what full and courageous human life looks like. And so today I’d like to hold up John Stuart Mill, the second in our Heroes of Democracy series. Mill demonstrated that democratic citizenship is a way of …

Retirement Tips for the Age of Trump

Milwaukee — When I retired from daily broadcasting in late 2016, I knew I had to make some serious resolutions. I no longer had to set the alarm for 4:15 a.m., but I didn’t want to sleep so late that I spent the morning walking around the house in a robe. (Trust me, that’ll happen sooner than you …

Exclusive: Russian tankers fueled North Korea via transfers at sea - sources

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, according to two senior Western European security sources, providing an economic lifeline to the secretive Communist state.<p>The sales of oil or oil …

North Korea

The Four Threats to Robert Mueller

At least for the moment, it seems that Robert Mueller, the special counsel, may keep his job. President Trump declared this week that he does not currently intend to fire him — a concession, perhaps, to the overwhelming public opposition to such a move. But that doesn’t mean Mr. Mueller’s …

A Harassment Tally

<i>This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday.</i><p>Three members of Congress have resigned over sexual harassment this week. And it sure seems as if one political party is taking the problem more seriously than the other. Here is a …

Four Questions About American Greatness

<i>This is the text of the keynote speech delivered on receipt of an honorary doctorate at Yeshiva University’s annual Hanukkah dinner in New York on Sunday.</i><p>Thank you for the honor you do me with this degree. I’d like to think that somewhere in the great upstairs my rabbinical forbears from Vilna are …

Praise and Alarm From American Jews Over Trump’s Jerusalem Move

If he was hoping for thunderous applause from American Jews, President Trump may be disappointed.<p>His announcement on Wednesday that he will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital went down well with those on the political right, who have urged the step for years. They will be telling him so at the …

The Self-Destruction of American Democracy

President Trump has single-handedly done more to undermine the basic tenets of American democracy than any foreign agent or foreign propaganda campaign could.<p>“Trump is a political weapon of mass self-destruction for American democracy — for its norms, for its morality, for sheer human decency,” …

Political Science

Is Anyone Good Enough for an H-1B Visa?

Six months ago I won the lottery — the H-1B visa processing lottery for skilled foreign workers. I called my thrilled parents and celebrated with friends. I’m from northeastern China and have an M.B.A. from Stanford, and was planning to stay in Silicon Valley to help start a company based on a …

Immigration

Thankfully Recommitting to Resistance

Last Thanksgiving I wrote a column titled, “No, Trump, We Can’t Just Get Along,” in which I committed myself to resisting this travesty of a man, proclaiming, “I have not only an ethical and professional duty to call out how obscene your very existence is at the top of American government; I have a …

Donald Trump

Don’t Muzzle Former C.I.A. Officers

President Trump reignited controversy about Russia recently by declaring he believes that its president, Vladimir Putin, is sincere when he asserts that Moscow did not interfere in last year’s presidential election. The director of the C.I.A., Mike Pompeo, made similarly confounding remarks last …

Steve Bannon Is Bad for the Jews

The Zionist Organization of America feted Stephen K. Bannon at a gala dinner in New York on Sunday night. What a disgrace.<p>What a mistake, too.<p>It’s a disgrace because no organization that purports to represent the interests of the Jewish people should ever embrace anyone who embraces anti-Semites. …