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President Trump

  1. the law
    William Barr Needs Trump Just as Much as Trump Needs HimThe AG nominee wrote his Mueller memo hoping to get Trump’s attention — and now he’s going to end his career pursuing an ideological agenda.
  2. government shutdown
    The ‘Both Sides’ Brigade Is Encouraging Trump to Take More HostagesBlaming both sides for the government shutdown does not make reporters “objective”; it makes them complicit in the president’s misrule.
  3. william arkin
    A Former NBC News Military Analyst on Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Underrated“When Mr. Magoo walks across the girder from one skyscraper to another, we should at least recognize that he did it.”
  4. politics
    Could the Shutdown Finally Make Trump’s Base Abandon Him?Trump shut down the federal government to give his supporters a border wall. Now they’re giving him a significant drop in his approval rating.
  5. good causes
    How America’s Restaurants Are Helping Unpaid Government WorkersThe shutdown has brought out the best in the country’s hospitality industry.
  6. the internet
    #WhiteHouseDinners Is About to Become Your New Favorite Twitter HashtagIt’s a place to process the fast-food feast.
  7. sad!
    Pictures From Trump’s Fast-Food Feast, Ranked by Sadness“I thought it was a joke.”
  8. sad!
    Pictures From Trump’s Fast-Food Feast, Ranked by Sadness“I thought it was a joke.”
  9. interesting times
    Andrew Sullivan: Welcome to Act III of the Trump TragedyThreatening the unnecessary use of emergency powers to accomplish a trivial political goal marks a new phase in America’s anti-democratic spiral.
  10. racism
    GOP Congressman: Oh, So Now It’s ‘Offensive’ to Say Whites Are the Supreme Race?“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” congressman Steve King wants to know.
  11. border wall
    Prototype of Trump’s Wall Proves No Match for SawSometimes people put up walls, not to keep others out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.
  12. the national circus
    Frank Rich: With Trump’s Speech, the Networks Surrendered to Bill ShineThe Oval Office address about the southern border was straight out of a master propagandist’s playbook.
  13. politics
    It’s 2019 and People Still Don’t Know How to Talk About TrumpThe bluntness of politicians like Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib sounds radical because we aren’t used to hearing the unvarnished truth about Trump.
  14. government shutdown
    Trump’s Leverage in the Shutdown Fight: His Own NihilismTrump has manufactured a real crisis in the name of a fake one. Now, he’s betting Democrats have less tolerance for inflicting suffering than he does.
  15. the top line
    China Is Losing Trump’s Trade War — and So Are WeThe blowback to U.S. firms is so foreseeable, Trump’s own economic adviser is going on TV to say his policy is going to reduce corporate profits.
  16. foreign policy
    American Exceptionalism Is a Dangerous MythAmerican foreign policy has always been shaped by interests, not ideals. Liberals must grapple with that reality if they wish to change it.
  17. year in review
    Trump’s Worst Greatest Hits of 2018All the high-profile exits, petty insults, and presidential blunders that you might have already forgotten.
  18. environment
    The Trump Administration’s War on Wildlife Should Be a ScandalAmid the broader environmental damage, the eradication of certain wildlife due to farming, drilling, and hunting policies has mostly gone unnoticed.
  19. the wall
    Trump: Give Me a Wall or I’ll Engineer a RecessionThe president promises to close the southern border to all commerce if Congress refuses to fund his monument to American xenophobia.
  20. government shutdown
    Trump Is Losing the Shutdown Fight in a RoutTurns out, holding the government hostage to an unpopular policy goal is not a good way to expand one’s narrow base of support.
  21. the wall
    The Insurmountable Obstacle to Trump’s WallCongress can’t agree on what Trump’s wall is, because Trump can’t admit what it’s for.
  22. reading the signs
    Trump, Santa, and the Power of Collective DelusionsThe effort it takes to maintain a myth can become exhausting.
  23. government shutdown
    Partial Government Shutdown Will Go On Past ChristmasThe shutdown will now last until at least December 27 after negotiators failed to reach a compromise on Saturday.
  24. government shutdown
    Shutdown, Market Crash, and Mattis Out: A Chat About Trump’s Week of ChaosThree Intelligencer writers try to make sense of the madness.
  25. interesting times
    Andrew Sullivan: The Establishment Will Never Say No to a WarKeep that in mind when listening to the many defenders of the shadowy and unconstitutional occupation in Syria and the endless slog in Afghanistan.
  26. russia investigation
    CNN: Trump Signed a Letter of Intent to Build Trump Tower MoscowOn Sunday, Rudy Giuliani said “no one signed” the letter.
  27. voter suppression
    What Russia Learned About Black Voters From AmericaA new report on Russian interference in the 2016 election shows that Putin’s meddlers used tactics not unfamiliar to modern-day Republicans.
  28. the white house
    How John Kelly Failed to Tame the West WingWhat Trump’s new chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is walking into.
  29. campaign finance law
    Trump’s 7 Mutually Contradictory Arguments for His Own InnocenceThe president trots out the old “Schrödinger’s lawyer” defense, “breaking the law is not a crime,” and much, much more.
  30. michael cohen
    Michael Cohen Headed to Prison for 3 Years, After Doing Crimes at Trump’s Behest“The irony is that today I get my freedom back,” Cohen said. “Blind loyalty to [Trump] led me to choose a path of darkness over light.”
  31. the national circus
    Will Trump Follow Through on His Incredibly Dumb Threat?If he does trigger a shutdown, he will set his party back even further than he already has.
  32. the wall
    Trump to Congress: Fund the Wall — Or Not, Either Way Works for MeThe great negotiator says Congress must fund his border wall — unless they don’t want to, in which case the military can just build it anyway.
  33. the top line
    If Trump Is Obsessed With Stock Prices, Why Is He Still a ‘Tariff Man’?It’s one of the core contradictions of Trump administration.
  34. roundup
    How Screwed Is Trump? Collected Commentary on the Cohen and Manafort MemosThe president thinks he’s been cleared, but pundits and experts who actually understand the Cohen and Manafort sentencing memos beg to differ.
  35. vision 2020
    Trump 2020 Shaping Up to Be a Campaign to Stay Out of PrisonIf the presidency shields Donald Trump from a pending indictment, what wouldn’t he do to hold onto it?
  36. ammon bundy
    Ammon Bundy Quits Militia Movement in Solidarity With Migrant Caravan“Fear is the opposite of faith … The time we find ourselves in now that is closest found in history is Germany in the 1930s.”
  37. interesting times
    Andrew Sullivan: America’s New ReligionsPolitical cults are increasingly filling the empty space in our lives left by the decline of organized faiths.
  38. foreign policy
    Why Nuclear Weapons Are Shaping Up As a Big 2020 Campaign IssueLast time that happened, George H.W. Bush wasn’t just alive, he was a candidate.
  39. the top line
    The Stock Market Plunged Yesterday, for ReasonsWere investors making too much of Trump’s “Tariff Man” tweet?
  40. conservatism
    White House: We May End Electric Car Subsidies to Punish GM, Protect Free MarketThe White House says electric car subsidies must end because GM closed some factories – and because the government shouldn’t pick winners and losers.
  41. the top line
    Will Congress Take Away Trump’s Keys on Trade?Trump is likely to be even more keen to pick trade fights in the next two years. Expect a backlash on Capitol Hill — even in the GOP.
  42. international affairs
    The Migrant Crisis Means No Honeymoon for Mexico’s New PresidentPresident López Obrador’s first term has begun, and so has the challenge of handling the migrant caravan and a disruptive leader north of the border.
  43. trump tweets
    Note to Trump: The Mueller Probe Costs Roughly $0.00 — Not $40 MillionTrump accuses Mueller of “wasting more than $40,000,000 (is that possible?).” (No, Mr. President, it is not.)
  44. border wall
    Trump: The Dreamers Are My Hostages – But the Wall Is Not My RansomTrump says he won’t negotiate over DACA because he thinks he’ll get a higher ransom once the Supreme Court makes Dreamers vulnerable to deportation.
  45. migrant caravan
    Trump Falsely Claims That U.S. Agents Were Hurt in Border ClashesThe president also asserted that many of the migrant families involved were, in fact, kidnappers with stolen children.
  46. migrant caravan
    Trump Ignores Actual Climate Threat, Takes Action Against Illusory Migrant OneAsylum seekers will not destroy the U.S. economy or threaten America’s national security. But a new government report says that climate change will.
  47. the democrats
    Democrats Might Be Too Afraid of Power to Aggressively Investigate TrumpModerates in the House are warning their party that it would be politically risky to aggressively investigate Trump. They couldn’t be more wrong.
  48. world view
    Unlawful, Alarming John Kelly Order Allows Use of Force by Troops at BorderThere is no such thing as a “Cabinet order,” and the White House chief of staff has no authority to command anyone except White House employees.
  49. trump tweets
    This Thanksgiving, Donald Trump Is Thankful for Saudi ArabiaTrump thanks a government that is starving Yemen, and recently murdered a U.S. resident, for a drop in oil prices it had little to do with.
  50. foreign interests
    Trump May Let Turkey Kill U.S. Resident to Help Saudis Who Killed U.S. ResidentErdogan won’t lay off Riyadh for killing Khashoggi — so Trump might send him a legal U.S. immigrant whom the Turkish leader wants to behead.
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