Matt Pavlov

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Decoding Stephen Miller’s Nationalist Mind

Trumpism, which was formed in rebellion against the dominant mindset, is actually an unusually thought-out political ideology. Refuting it requires similar clarity.<p>In the opinion section of last Wednesday’s <i>New York Times</i>, journalist <b>Masha Gessen</b> and retired tennis star <b>Martina Navratilova</b> wrote an …

Two top Republicans open to repairing Obamacare ahead of repeal

Two top Republicans long expected to lead the Senate’s role in repealing the Affordable Care Act said publicly this week that they are open to repairing former president Barack Obama’s landmark health-care law ahead of a wholesale repeal, which has been a GOP target for eight years.<p>Coming one week …

‘It’s gonna continue big league’: Strong jobs report spurs stocks, has Trump claiming credit

The momentum in the U.S. labor market swelled in January, government data released Friday showed, spurring U.S. stock markets toward the historic highs reached last week.<p>The blue-chip Dow Industrial Average gained nearly 1 percent on Friday, breaching the 20,000 mark for the second time this year. …

Tech industry opposition to Trump travel ban escalates

SAN FRANCISCO — The tech industry’s opposition to President Trump escalated Thursday as corporate leaders drafted a letter warning of the economic risks of his immigration policies, Uber’s chief executive quit an administration advisory board and Lyft pulled its ads from Breitbart News, the site …

Trump administration sanctions Iran over missile test

The Treasury Department placed new sanctions Friday on Iran, the first move by the Trump administration in response to a ballistic missile test that led the White House to announce it was putting Iran "on notice."<p>The sanctions were imposed on 25 people and entities involved in helping develop …

White House considering action on religious freedom that critics warn could lead to discrimination

President Trump is considering how to allow Americans to opt out of complying with federal policies and regulations on the grounds of religion, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday, a move that critics said could open the door to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, …

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Obama’s White House worked for months on a plan to seize Raqqa. Trump’s team took a brief look and decided not to pull the trigger.

Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more than seven months. There had been dozens of meetings of President Barack Obama’s top national security team, scores of draft battle plans and hundreds of hours of anguished, …

The Brain’s Connections Shrink During Sleep

This mass downscaling stops neurons from becoming saturated—which may be one of the reasons why sleep exists at all.<p>In your every waking moment, whether you mean to or not, you are absorbing new experiences, and changing your brain. Specifically, some of your neurons become more strongly connected. …

Why Fake News Targeted Trump Supporters

Multiple studies suggest social conservatives are more attuned to threats—even when they are not real.<p>One of the few comforts liberals had in the aftermath of the election was the anecdotal reporting that fake-news purveyors found it easier to get conservatives to believe their baloney.<p>As one such …

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Government Economists Are Going to Produce Statistics Trump Doesn't Like

When they do, how will he respond?<p>On the evening of September 1, 2011, I had the unpleasant task of delivering the confidential August jobs report to President Obama before it would be made public the next day. “I don’t like the look on your face,” I remember the president saying to me in the Oval …

Today's News: Feb. 2, 2017

U.S. cautions Israel over settlements, Britain’s government publishes its Brexit plan, and more from the United States and around the world.<p>—Israel’s plans to build more settlements in Palestinian territories “may not be helpful” in achieving peace, the White House said. More here<p>—British Prime …

Red State, Blue City

The United States is coming to resemble two countries, one rural and one urban. What happens when they go to war?<p>The United States now has its most metropolitan president in recent memory: a Queens-bred, skyscraper-building, apartment-dwelling Manhattanite. Yet it was rural America that carried …

Donald Trump's Blunder Down Under

Citizens of an unusually close ally now regard the president as a volatile, vainglorious, untrustworthy bully after he needlessly disrespected their leader in a phone call.<p>Dishonor and distraction. That is what Donald Trump brought the United States Wednesday when news broke that he inexplicably …

How Did Cybersecurity Become So Political?

It wasn’t always this complicated.<p>Less than a month before he was elected president, Donald Trump promised to make cybersecurity “an immediate and top priority for my administration.” He had talked about technology often on the campaign trail—mostly to attack Hillary Clinton for using a private …

Donald Trump Declares a Vision of Religious Nationalism

At the annual prayer breakfast in Washington, the president focused on the violent, ideological threats to America.<p>When Donald Trump looks out on the world, he sees a landscape of potential threats to the United States and its values. “Freedom of religion is a sacred right, but also a right under …

Neil Gorsuch belongs to a notably liberal church — and would be the first Protestant on the Court in years

The day after Donald Trump was elected president, the Rev. Susan Springer wrote to her congregation that they should strive to behave as Godly people who spread hope even though “the world is clasping its head in its hands and crying out in fear.”<p>That Sunday, one of the ushers at Springer’s church …

In movies, punching is the way to deal with Nazis. Reality is more complicated.

In Hollywood movies, Nazis are easy villains. They’re up there with cruel slaveholders and the Soviets — at least during the Cold War — and on the big screen, there’s only one way to deal with such dastardly evil-doers: physical violence.<p>Nazis get scalped in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious …

President Trump isn’t a fan of dissent — inside or outside the government

The early days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been marked by an aggressive and unapologetic effort to banish dissent.<p>Less than two weeks in, there are a growing number of examples of a give-no-quarter approach: Trump’s blistering language in firing the acting attorney general who refused to …

Trump cites warnings against Iran; Tehran shrugs off pressures from ‘inexperienced’ president

President Trump and Iran traded sharp statements Thursday, with Trump amplifying warnings over Tehran’s missile tests and a top adviser to Iran’s leader saying it was not the first time an “inexperienced person has threatened” his country.<p>The exchanges reflect the Trump administration’s toughening …

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VA ‘will not be privatized under my watch,’ Cabinet nominee says in clash with Trump team

David Shulkin, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, said at his confirmation hearing Wednesday that he would seek “major reform and a transformation of VA” — but would not privatize the federal health care system for veterans.<p>“There will be far greater …

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Democratic leaders — and Trump — aren’t making it easy to build bipartisan support for Gorsuch

President Trump urged Senate Republican leaders Wednesday to be prepared to tear up the rules of the Senate and “go nuclear” if Democrats try to block his Supreme Court nominee from winning confirmation — complicating the beginning of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s delicate courtship of the lawmakers who …