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Section: New Republic (USA)

      “Electability” Is a Poisonous Political Shibboleth
      Jan17

      “Electability” Is a Poisonous Political Shibboleth

      We are several days now into a spat between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren—the Democratic primary’s two progressives who, as has been widely reported, have observed a pact of nonaggression against each other for the majority of the primary campaign. That arrangement collapsed amid two controversies. The first was brought about by the...

      NATO Is Expanding, and Everyone Is Curiously Silent
      Jan16

      NATO Is Expanding, and Everyone Is Curiously Silent

      North Macedonia has existed, technically, for only about a year. Not the nation itself—that country, an outgrowth of the Yugoslavian collapse, will soon be entering its fourth decade as an independent polity. But “North Macedonia” only came into being in early 2019, when the Macedonian government in Skopje officially changed the country’s...

      There’s Still So Much We Don’t Know About Trump’s Ukraine Scandal
      Jan16

      There’s Still So Much We Don’t Know About Trump’s Ukraine Scandal

      All of the pieces are finally in place for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi named a slate of seven managers—House members who will act as prosecutors in the trial—shortly before the House voted to formally submit the articles to the Senate. Later this week, Chief Justice John Roberts will swear...

      The Perils of Going Negative
      Jan15

      The Perils of Going Negative

      Julian Castro roamed the Spin Room after Thursday night’s debate like Banquo’s Ghost.The former presidential candidate, who has quickly morphed into an enthusiastic pitchman for Elizabeth Warren, should have been a walking reminder of what happens to candidates who go for the jugular in debates.He eviscerated Beto O’Rourke...

      The New Republic’s First Issue of 2020 Profiles Joe Biden in His Last Bid for the Office of President of the United States
      Jan09

      The New Republic’s First Issue of 2020 Profiles Joe Biden in His Last Bid for the Office of President of the United States

      New York, NY — (January 6, 2020) — In The New Republic’s January/February 2020 cover story “A Man in Full,” veteran political reporter Walter Shapiro uses his decades of insight to reflect on the fortunes of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. With a political history to defend that’s longer than any other candidates, and a...

      Trump’s Next Impeachable Offense is Nigh
      Jan07

      Trump’s Next Impeachable Offense is Nigh

      President Donald Trump threatened to commit war crimes against Iran over the weekend, less than one week after he ordered the killing one of its top military commanders in an airstrike in Baghdad. The assassination of Qassem Soleimani, who acted as an Iranian version of John le Carré’s Karla for more than two decades, sparked a chaotic...

      A Man in Full
      Jan06

      A Man in Full

      Joe Biden has been through impeachment before.Not the oversexed and overhyped Bill Clinton variety, but the real 1974 Richard Nixon smoking-gun version. And for Biden, these were moments that transcended partisanship and called for national unity.
Biden was in the Capitol cheering when Jerry Ford, in his first speech to Congress, broke with the...

      Donald Trump’s Quiet Christmas Gift to the Kleptocrats
      Jan06

      Donald Trump’s Quiet Christmas Gift to the Kleptocrats

      Nearly two decades ago, Nursultan Nazarbayev, the then-doughy dictator of Kazakhstan, came hat-in-hand to the George W. Bush White House, desperate to make a deal. The post-Soviet strongman had a problem: The Department of Justice (DOJ) had accused Nazarbayev of gob-smacking bribery. Per the DOJ, the Kazakh leader had put the squeeze on a range...

      Don’t Withhold the Articles of Impeachment
      Dec20

      Don’t Withhold the Articles of Impeachment

      The House of Representatives took a historic step this week by approving two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Now the House’s leaders are mulling an unprecedented next step: withholding those articles from the Senate—and effectively blocking the president’s trial there—as leverage in negotiations over the rules...

      President* Donald Trump
      Dec19

      President* Donald Trump

      The House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Wednesday. For most of the members of the House who were there, it will likely be the most important vote they ever cast. Impeachment is an extraordinary process by any standard. In the 230-year history of the Constitution, only...