A recent rally in Wisconsin was typical. In 90 minutes, President Trump made 131 false or inaccurate statements.
Peter BakerDuring a single 90-minute rally, Trump made 130 false or inaccurate statements — some entirely made up, others casual misstatements of simple facts, some clearly intended to mislead. He lied about his own record and that of his opponent. @YLindaQiu@shearm
This year’s general election ballot presents the voter with a dilemma. We have wrestled with this year’s choices, as we imagine many voters have. Up and down the ticket we
Peter Baker"President Trump is not always 100 percent wrong, but he is 100 percent wrong for America," editorializes the Union Leader of Manchester as it endorses Biden, the first time it has backed a Democrat in more than a century.
In the end, the scandal that matters isn’t Hunter Biden but the pandemic.
Peter Baker"Neither a debacle nor a shouting match, [the debate] fell well short of the race-altering reset that Trump needed, even as it cleared the very low bar for mostly civil discourse set by the first encounter between Trump and Biden," writes @sbg1
By historical standards, Trump’s coverage is actually favorable, in one critical respect.
Peter BakerDespite Trump gripes, @harrispolitico and @dlippman argue that reporters are being too generous to him. Any other candidate with such dire polls "would be facing coverage that would be the political equivalent of a hospital vigil for a very sick patient."
As he raises questions about his opponent’s standing with China, President Trump’s taxes reveal details about his own activities there, including a previously unknown bank account.
Peter BakerRepublicans assail Hunter Biden's business ties to China, noting that he opened a Chinese bank account. It turns out Trump himself maintains a bank account in China, according to tax records. @mmcintire @russbuettner @susannecraig
A concise, brilliant, and trenchant examination of Democratic Nominee Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s lifelong quest for the presidency by National Book Award winner Evan Osnos, adapted from nearly a decade of his reporting for The New Yorker.Former vice...
President Trump is headed to Pennsylvania, where the Supreme Court let stand a ruling granting more time for some ballots. A New York Times/Siena College poll found voters favoring Joe Biden over Mr. Trump on almost all major issues.
Peter BakerTrump leans on his attorney general to investigate his campaign challenger before the election in two weeks. "He's got to act fast." Not to state the obvious, but this is not normal in America, or at least it never used to be. @maggieNYT
The writer E. Jean Carroll sued the president for defamation after he denied sexually assaulting her in the 1990s. Now the government wants to defend him.
Peter BakerTrump's denial that he raped a woman constitutes an official presidential act, Barr's DOJ argues in court as it seeks to have taxpayers take over Trump's defense. @BenWeiserNYT @alanfeuer
With little time left to change the trajectory of the race, there is a large gulf separating the president’s experience of the campaign from the more sobering assessments of party officials.
Peter BakerHere's the story by @maggieNYT and @alexburnsNYT that has clearly gotten under the president's skin. As they report, he remains outwardly confident. But many others around him are increasingly resigned and pointing fingers.
A nationwide operation of 1,300 local sites publishes coverage that is ordered up by Republican groups and corporate P.R. firms.
Peter BakerLiterally fake news: A network of nearly 1,300 websites that masquerade as news outlets but in fact are propaganda ordered up by conservative think tanks, political operatives, corporate executives and PR consultants. @daveyalba @jacknicas
Former Trump Organization executive Barbara Res describes the president as insecure about his IQ, disdainful of his supporters and openly racist.
Peter BakerBarbara Res, in her new book on her time working for Trump: “He surrounded himself with yes-men, blamed others for his own failures, never took responsibility, and always stole credit." @Noahbierman@ChrisMegerian
The president on Thursday played down big loans he guaranteed for his struggling businesses. But much of that debt is soon to come due in the midst of declining revenue and an I.R.S. audit that could cost him over $100 million.
Peter BakerTrump had to personally guarantee $421 million in debt, a rare step that lenders only require of those that may not be able to repay and that could force them to decide whether to foreclose on a sitting president @russbuettner @susannecraig
A surge of federal spending to combat the coronavirus and cushion the U.S. economy, coupled with a drop-off in federal revenues amid widespread shutdowns and layoffs, contributed to the widening deficit.
Peter BakerThe budget deficit tripled in the fiscal year that just ended to a record $3.1 trillion, or 16% of the entire economy, the largest since 1945. Total federal debt exceeded the size of the economy for first time in more than 70 years. @KateDavidson
Joe Biden won the night of duelling town halls with the President.
Peter Baker"Turning the channel to the former Vice-President exchanging civilized words with George Stephanopoulos and an auditorium full of earnest Pennsylvanians was like stumbling into a meditation room after being trapped at a barroom brawl," writes @sbg1