Donald Trump

All the president’s mess

All the president’s mess

It was a bad day for Trump, but how bad is far from clear

IT’S ABSURD to think a president could ever be impeached for lying about sex. Or so was the prevailing wisdom until it happened in 1998 to Bill Clinton. Twenty years later the specter of another such chapter is suddenly not that far-fetched. It’s too soon to know where things are heading, but it’s hardly rushing(...)

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House’s Trump working group hasn’t done much

House’s Trump working group hasn’t done much

Leading the resistance requires action, not words

LAST MARCH, a self-described “deeply worried” Speaker Robert DeLeo created a nine-member working group to guide responses to the “unprecedented actions” of the Trump administration. The group, led by House Majority Leader Ron Mariano of Quincy and House Speaker Pro Tempore Pat Haddad of Somerset, consisted of Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing of Boston, Ways(...)

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NFL owners yield to Trump, bottom line

NFL owners yield to Trump, bottom line

New policy states players must stand on the sidelines or remain in locker room during the national anthem

In the end, the megamillionaire NFL owners decided to take a knee. Not a knee of protest or principle, as some of their employees pursued last season, but a knee of supplication. They bowed down to the royal leader, King Donald, hoping their new policy would satisfy his highness’s imperial ragings and lead him to(...)

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NFL owners yield to Trump, bottom line

In the end, the megamillionaire NFL owners decided to take a knee. Not a knee of protest or principle, as some of their employees pursued last season, but a knee of supplication. They bowed down to the royal leader, King Donald, hoping their new policy would satisfy his highness’s imperial ragings and lead him to(...)

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Democrats have a lot to learn from Trump

Democrats have a lot to learn from Trump

He won’t drain the swamp, but they should  

OUR DAILY FOCUS on Donald Trump’s narcissistic behavior diverts attention from something much more significant: the likelihood that his presidency may constitute an important historical transition for the United States. It is obvious that the election of Trump represented a departure from the norm. It is not obvious that his departure from the presidency will represent(...)

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Draining the swamp? Not so much.

If there was one thing that a sharply divided electorate agreed on in 2016, says Diane Hessan, it was on the need to “drain the swamp.” The corrupted stew of lobbyists, corporate influence-peddling, and the nearly unlimited role of money in campaigns is something Americans almost universally revile. That made it brilliant politics for Donald(...)

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Did GOP strengthen Affordable Care Act?

Along with celebrating a major revamp of tax rates — which will generate a windfall for lots of companies and wealthy individuals like himself — President Trump is crowing about a provision in the Republican tax bill he is preparing to sign that repeals the penalty for not obtaining health insurance coverage. The tax legislation(...)

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Judge, jury, executioner, and president

For someone who touts himself as a law-and-order kind of guy, President Trump does law enforcement officials and prosecutors no favors with his impulsive social media and campaign-style rhetoric. The terror attack that killed eight people in Manhattan on Tuesday is the latest incident to draw attention from Trump’s ungoverned fingers as he tweeted out(...)

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