The 800,000 furloughed federal workers are an extreme example of a tactic the president has used repeatedly: He threatens a calamity and insists he’ll address it only if his adversary capitulates to a separate demand.
Caution about taking liberal positions has given way to confidence that voters either will support sweeping changes or will vote for anyone other than President Trump.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says Trump is proof that incendiary comments about women or minorities don’t need to stand in the way of taking power. (Getty Images)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says Trump is proof that incendiary comments about women or minorities don’t need to stand in the way of taking power. (Getty Images)
Viktor Orban, Hungary’s increasingly autocratic leader, said Trump represents “permission” from “the highest position in the world.” (Getty Images)
Viktor Orban, Hungary’s increasingly autocratic leader, said Trump represents “permission” from “the highest position in the world.” (Getty Images)
Behavior by governments has deteriorated, experts say, in countries such as Saudi Arabia, whose Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is shown above. (Reuters)
Behavior by governments has deteriorated, experts say, in countries such as Saudi Arabia, whose Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is shown above. (Reuters)
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales abolished the mandate of a U.N.-backed commission known as an effective watchdog in curbing corruption. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales abolished the mandate of a U.N.-backed commission known as an effective watchdog in curbing corruption. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
After two years in office, the president’s affection for autocrats and disregard for democratic values abroad has affected how others govern, experts say.
After a viral video and a presidential tweet put a group of Covington students in the national spotlight, their Catholic school was shut down Tuesday because of security concerns, and demonstrators gathered outside the diocese.
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The outbreak prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue an unusual warning urging travelers to avoid surgery at a hospital linked to eight of the infections until Mexican authorities confirm its safety.
At the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the former senator and secretary of state was asked what he would say to the president if he were seated next to him. After hesitating, Kerry said he’d tell Trump: “Resign.”
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1925–2019
Baker wrote the Observer column for 36 years in the New York Times. He won Pulitzers for the columns and for his Depression-era memoir, “Growing Up.”
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