While other presidents have found ways to appeal to the resentments of white Americans with subtle and not-so-subtle appeals, none of them in modern times have done so as overtly as this one.
Philip Rucker"President Trump woke up on Sunday morning, gazed out at the nation he leads, saw the dry kindling of race relations and decided to throw a match on it. It was not the first time, nor is it likely to be the last," @peterbakernyt writes
Through a mutual appreciation of wealth, women and years of occupying adjacent real estate in Palm Beach and on Page Six, the lives of the two men routinely intersected for decades.
Philip RuckerA “calendar girl” party at Mar-a-Lago featuring two down women flown in for entertainment and just two men: Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein. Quite a lede on quite a story about the Trump-Epstein relationship by @anniekarni & @maggieNYT
The White House is also giving VIP tickets to GOP donors and political appointees for an event that traditionally has been a nonpartisan celebration of the nation’s founding.
Philip RuckerThe National Park Service is diverting $2.5 million, which is collected by entrance fees to pay for improvements at parks nationwide, to fund Trump's July 4 spectacle -- to which his political donors get VIP tickets, via @eilperin@jdawsey1 & @DanLamothe
President Trump said Monday that writer E. Jean Carroll was “totally lying” when she recently accused him of raping her during an encounter in a New York department store in the mid-1990s.
Philip RuckerTrump claims E. Jean Carroll is “lying” about alleged rape. "I'll say it with great respect: No. 1, she's not my type. No. 2, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” Trump tells the Hill’s @Jordanfabian & @esaagar
What Americans most want is someone who is accountable to them, above self, above party, above any special interest … a President who has the depth of global experience to restore America’s leadership in the world to protect our American Dream at...
Philip RuckerDemocrats are getting yet another candidate for president: Joe Sestak, former congressman and Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, is running.
The shooting down of an American spy drone will test the president’s conflicting impulses between employing bellicose language and avoiding foreign wars.
Philip Rucker“For two and a half years, he has veered between bellicose threats against America’s enemies and promises to get the United States out of the intractable wars of the Middle East. Now he had to choose.” — sharp @peterbakernyt on Trump and Iran
About income inequality. About corporate power. About corrupt politics. And about being America’s next president.
Philip RuckerThis @emilybazelon profile of Elizabeth Warren is a tour de force. I learned a lot about her life, her ideological journey and the roots of her combative approach to politics, as well as the origins of her troubles with Biden.
For any president, accusing another country of an act of war presents a challenge to overcome skepticism at home and abroad. For a president known for falsehoods and bombast, it is far more daunting.
Philip Rucker“For any president, accusing another country of an act of war presents an enormous challenge to overcome skepticism at home & abroad. But for a president known for falsehoods and crisis-churning bombast, the test of credibility appears far more daunting.”
This has been one of the deadliest climbing seasons on the world’s highest peak. Veteran climbers blame increased permits for climbers, including many who are inexperienced.
Philip RuckerThe summit of Mount Everest sounds like my personal nightmare: packed with climbers shoving to take selfies after standing “hours in a line, chest to chest, one puffy jacket after the next, on an icy, rocky ridge with a several-thousand foot drop.”
At rallies and in interviews, on Twitter and in formal speeches, he relishes the bad-boy language of a shock jock, just one more way of provoking the political establishment.
Philip Rucker“His is the profanity presidency, full of four-letter denunciations of his enemies and earthy dismissals of allegations lodged against him...He relishes the bad-boy language of a shock jock,“ @peterbakernyt writes