Colin Kaepernick, Parkland Survivors and Cardi B: Guests Our Readers Would Invite to the State of the Union

Jussie Smollett ImageCreditTaylor Glascock for The New York Times Jussie Smollett because he was singled out as a victim in a hate crime combining hatred of his skin color with hatred of his sexual orientation. I’d like to draw attention to the unacceptable hatred that is seething in this country. — Jim Arnold, Los Angeles I would invite Jussie Smollett ...

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Trump Hits Back at Pelosi, Threatening Her Trip to See Troops

WASHINGTON — President Trump retaliated on Thursday against Speaker Nancy Pelosi for threatening to cancel his planned State of the Union address, announcing that he, in turn, was postponing an overseas trip she had planned with a congressional delegation that he described as a “public relations event.” “I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and ...

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Walls, Partisanship and the Shutdown

Eighteen days into the partial government shutdown, President Trump is preparing to deliver a national address on immigration to make his case for a border wall again. These three books offer perspective on the current shutdown: the inner workings of the government offices affected, the political precedent for the present bipartisanship and the debate over a border wall. Image THE ...

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As Trade Talks Begin, Trump Sees China’s Economic Weakness as U.S. Strength

WASHINGTON — President Trump is cheerleading his way past the economic warning signs that have rattled financial markets and unnerved economists, insisting that the United States has an advantage in a crucial first round of trade negotiations beginning on Monday in Beijing. It helps his case that the Labor Department published a jobs report for December that soared past expectations. ...

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Can Americans Get Along? – The New York Times

Their premise is that what they call “fault lines” have always existed but until recently were held in check by a “robust federal government, a thriving middle-class economy and a powerful union movement.” They hammer home their “fault line” metaphor with Stakhanovite repetition. Almost every chapter is organized according to the rules familiar to any public speaker: “In the first ...

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