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Section: New Republic (USA)

      An All-American Campaign Finance Scandal
      Oct11

      An All-American Campaign Finance Scandal

      There is nothing particularly special about Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who were indicted by federal prosecutors on Thursday for violating campaign-finance laws. The two Ukrainian-born Florida businessmen have not achieved anything of note in business, culture, or politics. Both men, nevertheless, have finagled their way into the upper levels of...

      The White House Knows It’s Losing on Impeachment
      Oct09

      The White House Knows It’s Losing on Impeachment

      President Donald Trump’s biggest problem in the impeachment battle is that the facts aren’t on his side. The White House’s own memo shows him pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Joe Biden on flimsy corruption allegations. If that wasn’t enough, Trump publicly urged both Ukraine and China to...

      Joe Biden’s Case for the Presidency Is Collapsing
      Oct09

      Joe Biden’s Case for the Presidency Is Collapsing

      Joe Biden is in trouble. It’s not his actual campaign that’s in truly dire straits. Although Elizabeth Warren has risen steadily, troubling donors already troubled by Biden’s age, he’s still first or second in most polls and shows few signs of tumbling too far from the top of the field. He could do without the attention...

      National Review’s Strained Defense of Trump
      Oct08

      National Review’s Strained Defense of Trump

      Last Monday, I wrote that President Donald Trump’s supporters haven’t mounted a plausible enough defense of his involvement in the Ukraine scandal to avoid impeachment. His surrogates tripped and stumbled throughout their appearances on the previous weekend’s Sunday talk shows, and their performances haven’t been much...

      The Coveted, Overpriced Missile at the Heart of Trump’s Ukraine Scandal
      Oct04

      The Coveted, Overpriced Missile at the Heart of Trump’s Ukraine Scandal

      However narrow the managers may try to make it, the impeachment inquiry that has finally engulfed the presidency of Donald Trump after nearly three years of malfeasance is a scandalous goulash: a bald attempt to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election, to strongarm a foreign leader into cooperation, to retain power at all...

      Donald Trump’s New Lost Cause
      Oct03

      Donald Trump’s New Lost Cause

      In 1992, a 24-year-old man in Lockport, New York, wrote a letter to the editor of his small local newspaper. The Gulf War veteran looked at the country’s future and saw little reason for optimism. “What is it going to take to open the eyes of our elected officials?” he wrote. “America is in serious decline!”The letter’s author...

      How the NRA Sold Out America
      Oct03

      How the NRA Sold Out America

      Last Friday, the Senate Finance Committee dropped what would have been—in any other timeline—a bombshell that might have dominated headlines and talking heads for days: A 77-page report, issued by Senator Ron Wyden, detailing the means and machinations with which a number of Russian figures cozied up to the National Rifle Association (NRA) since...

      The Republican Party’s Deafening Silence
      Oct03

      The Republican Party’s Deafening Silence

      The Republican Party is speechless. A week after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the beginning of an impeachment investigation, Trump’s usual allies in the administration, in Congress, in the media—have no defense for his actions. Instead, as Politico reported on Wednesday morning, “GOP lawmakers and operatives are concerned at...

      Can We Stop Pretending Prosecutors Are Impartial Now?
      Oct02

      Can We Stop Pretending Prosecutors Are Impartial Now?

      The Attorney General, it is presumed, represents the people of the United States, not the President of the United States. Yet the latter is how Attorney General William Barr will be remembered. As the House of Representatives investigates a whistleblower complaint alleging that President Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate his...

      Trump’s Defense Is Not Ready for Prime Time
      Sep30

      Trump’s Defense Is Not Ready for Prime Time

      How do you defend the indefensible? The task proved difficult even for President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters over the weekend, as the media pressed them to explain why Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in July to investigate Joe Biden and his son. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried to claim on...