Category Archives: Presidential Politics

Opinion | Mueller Guides Us Through the Swamp – The New York Times

The special counsel, Robert Mueller, has not yet presented evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with Russian agents to subvert the 2016 election. But he has already provided an instructive guide to the swampy world of corporations, law firms and … Continue reading

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Opinion | Mueller Guides Us Through the Swamp – The New York Times

The special counsel, Robert Mueller, has not yet presented evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with Russian agents to subvert the 2016 election. But he has already provided an instructive guide to the swampy world of corporations, law firms and … Continue reading

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Get Me Back My Turkey – by Thomas Friedman – NYT

Many years ago, the Israeli Bedouin expert Clinton Bailey told me a story about a Bedouin chief who discovered one day that his favorite turkey had been stolen. He called his sons together and told them: “Boys, we are in … Continue reading

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John Brennan- a Former C.I.A. Director- Suggests Russia ‘May Have Something’ on President Trump – The New York Times

“I think he’s afraid of the president of Russia,” said Mr. Brennan, now retired from government service and a critic of Mr. Trump. On Saturday, Mr. Brennan attacked Mr. Trump on Twitter after the president tweeted about his excitement over … Continue reading

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Trump’s High-Tech Dirty Tricksters – by Michelle Goldberg – NYT

Cambridge Analytica, the shadowy data firm that helped elect Donald Trump, specializes in “psychographic” profiling, which it sells as a sophisticated way to digitally manipulate huge numbers of people on behalf of its clients. But apparently, when you’re trying to … Continue reading

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Some Things Are True Even if Trump Believes Them – by Thomas Friedman – NYT

Thomas Friedman is great when he is on. He writes that China is a big problem, but the Trump steel tariff hurts our allies and not China. Then: “So what would a smart American president do? First, he’d sign the … Continue reading

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Springtime for Sycophants – by Paul Krugman – NYT

When Donald Trump came to office, many feared that he would break up our close economic relations with Mexico and/or start a trade war with China. So far, neither has happened. It’s true that our free trade agreement with Mexico … Continue reading

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Replacing Tillerson With Pompeo Would Supplant a Moderate With a Hawk – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — For all his political and bureaucratic stumbles, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has been a steady voice of moderation in how the Trump administration engages with the world. That voice will be lost if, as expected, President … Continue reading

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Gary Cohn Joins the Exodus – The New York Times

In an administration filled with people with dubious ideas, limited experience and loads of ethical baggage, Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs executive who became the top economics official in the Trump White House, was supposed to be among the … Continue reading

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Behold Vladimir V. Potemkin – by Antony J. Blinken – NYT

If Xi Jinping is the world’s most powerful man, conventional wisdom puts Vladimir Putin a close second. He’s made his own bare-chested virility synonymous with a resurgent Russia. Mr. Putin seems to be playing on every chessboard, from what Russia … Continue reading

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