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Tariffs Are Costing Jobs: A Look At How Many

Tariffs kill jobs. To be more precise, tariffs kill jobs <i>and</i> raise prices for consumers. While this is well-known among economists and in the business community, it’s a lesson often lost on politicians, including the president of the United States.<p>Many of those jobs lost to tariffs can be …

Entrepreneurship

How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump

A meticulous analysis of online activity during the 2016 campaign makes a powerful case that targeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive.<p>Donald Trump has adopted many contradictory positions since taking office, but he has been unwavering on one point: that Russia played no role in …

Social Media

Inside Steve Bannon’s Alt-Right Circus: A Trip to Rome to Rally Like-Minded Thinkers

ROME—Steve Bannon descended onto Rome’s Tiber Island on Saturday night like a Roman deity, albeit one in dark blue cargo pants and three layers of of …

Steve Bannon

4 things we need to know about the Rod Rosenstein bombshell

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein in 2017 talked about using a wire to record President Trump, according to memos written by then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and FBI lawyer Lisa Page. According to McCabe’s memo, he also broached the 25th Amendment, a method of removing the president …

Rod Rosenstein

Trump at war (with his own government)

<b>We’re starting to see</b> the worst collateral damage of President Trump's war with his own Justice Department. The rift has dominated (even defined) his …

Donald Trump

Week 70: Rosenstein’s ‘Wire’ Talk Has Become His Noose

Internal discussions about secretly recording Trump are almost certain to lead to his ouster.<p>Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein—who has been living on Donald Trump’s death row for more than a year—moved a whole cellblock closer to the gallows on Friday after the <i>New York Times</i> dropped this …

Donald Trump

The Truth in Trump’s Law-Enforcement Hypocrisy

President Trump has a long history of callousness and hostility toward the plight of those involved in the criminal justice system. So for me, a public defender, one of the most surprising developments of the past two years has been to see him, of all people, vilify the kinds of aggressive law …

Donald Trump

A Timeline Showing the Full Scale of Russia’s Unprecedented Interference in the 2016 Election, and Its Aftermath

View the totality of Russia’s influence campaign, and how Russian contacts, hacking and social media fraud often coincided during the election.

Social Media

The Plot to Subvert an Election: Unraveling the Russia Story So Far

For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the 2016 attack: spies, leaked emails, social media fraud — and President Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax. The Times explores what we know and what it means.

Donald Trump

Inside Italy’s Shadow Economy

BARI PROVINCE, Italy — In a second-floor apartment in the southern Italian town of Santeramo in Colle, a middle-aged woman sat in a black-padded chair this summer, hard at work at her kitchen table. She stitched carefully at a sophisticated woolen coat, the sort of style that will sell for 800 to …

Louis Vuitton

Trump’s attacks on the Mueller probe hit another snag

President Trump’s strategy to discredit the Russia investigation has suffered yet another setback. Once again, we’ve seen the president and his defenders cry that they have found a smoking gun that will exonerate him, only for it to turn out that what they’re holding is a soggy turnip.<p>This Monday, …

U.S. Department of Justice

Mueller's Paul Manafort indictments were prosecutorial masterpieces. Trump should be worried.

Why Is This Happening?<p>If there was ever any concern about the ability, professionalism or direction of Robert Mueller’s special counsel team, Paul Manafort’s guilty plea erases all such doubt. The Manafort prosecution is a textbook example of how a prosecutor, using all available investigative …

Paul Manafort

Why did Christine Blasey Ford wait so long? I'll tell you ...

Video<p>Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh: The allegations<p>The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh seemed all but certain a few days ago, until a woman named Christine Blasey Ford came forward accusing him of sexual assault when they were in high school. The alleged crime having taken place …

Brett Kavanaugh

Trump Ordered the Release of Sensitive Intelligence at Sean Hannity’s Request

The worst and the dullest.<p>On Monday, Donald Trump ordered the Justice Department to declassify highly sensitive materials related to an ongoing …

Donald Trump

The FBI Is Quietly Asserting Its Independence From Trump

The FBI is quietly asserting independence after President Donald Trump moved this week to pull the agency into two of the most heated political …

Donald Trump

Are Trump’s new tariffs against China a legitimate strategy or a recipe for loss?

FOLLOWING THROUGH on previous threats, President Trump announced on Monday new tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China, in addition to levies previously imposed on $50 billion worth of goods. The taxes, which go into effect Sept. 24, were not quite as stiff as Mr. Trump initially …

Tariffs

President Trump's message to women

President Trump has a long history of defending his aides and allies when allegations surface against them. We're seeing that pattern continue with …

Donald Trump

DNA fingerprints crack African ivory-smuggling cases

Africa<p>DNA fingerprinting has helped conservationists and law enforcement teams identify three major cartels that dominate the elephant ivory-smuggling market, researchers said Wednesday.<p>Samples taken from seized elephant tusks link multiple shipments to cartels operating out of Africa, the team …

Homeland Security

Begala: Hypocrisy, thy name is GOP

<b>(CNN) —</b> Washington Republicans - the people who made Judge Merrick Garland wait for a year without so much as a hearing on his nomination to the Supreme Court - are now concerned about having a speedy vote for a court vacancy.<p>Led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Republicans blocked …

Donald Trump

Think Trump’s war on the rule of law is bad now? Just you wait.

“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad.”<p>That’s what President Trump told the Hill in a newly published interview. Which is strange, because my sources tell me Jeff Sessions arrives to work at the Justice Department in the morning, then spends his day doing things such as cracking down on …

U.S. Department of Justice

‘Carter Page Is a Very Unlikely GOP Hero’

President Trump and House Republicans are declassifying documents to allege the campaign aide was spied on by Hillary Clinton partisans, but the FBI had been investigating Page’s ties to Russian intelligence for years.<p>Intelligence and law-enforcement veterans broadly agree that President Donald …

Republicans

Low income, high unemployment contribute to these US cities high poverty rates

Based on the latest data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, poverty is on the decline in the United States. In 2017, an estimated 13.4 percent of Americans lived below the poverty line, down from 14.0 percent in 2016.<p>While the improvement is good news, there are many parts of the country where …

Poverty Rate

For sheer idiocy, it’s hard to beat Trump’s crackdown on trade with China

As President Trump was announcing a new round of tariffs against China on Monday, my thoughts turned to Bob Woodward’s book “Fear,” which describes in excruciating detail how former economic adviser Gary Cohn tried, in vain, to educate the president about international economics 101.<p>Cohn, Woodward …

Tariffs

Justice, Spy World Veterans Warn Of Consequences If Trump Releases Secret Docs

President Trump wrote on Tuesday that he ordered the release of classified materials about the ongoing probe into Russian election interference because "really bad things were happening."<p>The White House said Trump is taking this action out of a desire for "transparency," but former law enforcement …

U.S. Department of Justice

Trump's Treatment of Women, Not Russia, Will Bring Him Down

We should be paying more attention to the sexual harassment and assault allegations swirling around the president.<p>For months, White House watchers have been focused on the big scandal that has the potential to bring this president down: Russian collusion and the obstruction of justice charge that …

Sexual Harassment

American Democracy Is in Crisis

Our democratic institutions and traditions are under siege. We need to do everything we can to fight back.<p>It’s been nearly two years since Donald Trump won enough Electoral College votes to become president of the United States. On the day after, in my concession speech, I said, “We owe him an open …

Civil Rights

Ken Starr: Manafort plea means 'we're much closer to getting the truth'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former independent counsel Ken Starr said Sunday that "we're much closer to getting the truth than we were before" former campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to several federal crimes and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday.<p>Asked by CNN's Jake Tapper …

Ken Starr

'This kid had an impact on people': The troubled life and fleeting potential of Laquan McDonald

The summer before he was killed, Laquan McDonald walked through Chicago’s Loop to get a copy of his birth certificate with a mentor who was helping him find a job.<p>It marked, the mentor recalled, the teen’s first time exploring on foot the bustling downtown, less than 10 miles from the impoverished …

Child Welfare

Manafort In An Email to Pro-Russian Client: Non-Partisan Think Tank Wonk Did My Bidding

An influential American think tank chief helped Paul Manafort advocate for his Russia-friendly Ukrainian client, according to an email Manafort sent …

Paul Manafort

Ten Years After The Financial Crisis, The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself

Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke and Hank Paulson dealt a catastrophic blow to public faith in American institutions.<p>By the time Lehman Brothers filed for the largest bankruptcy in American history on Sept. 15, 2008, the country had been navigating stormy global financial waters for more than a year. …

Public Policy