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Biden Seeks Quick Start With Executive Actions and Aggressive Legislation

“He is much calmer,” said Representative James E. Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina and a close ally. “The anxiety of running and the pressure of…

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Beyond Impeachment, a Push for Ethics Laws That Do Not Depend on Shame

WASHINGTON — As House Democrats move toward punishing President Trump with a history-making second impeachment, they are also pressing ahead with a parallel effort to…

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Pelosi Pressed Pentagon on Safeguards to Prevent Trump From Ordering Military Action

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California on Friday took the unprecedented step of asking the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about “available precautions” to…

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How to Reform the Presidency After the Wreckage of Trump

Now that Donald Trump’s time in the White House is ending, an urgent task is the reform of the presidency that for four years he…

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What Really Saved the Republic From Trump?

It was an extraordinarily dangerous moment for the country. As the history of lapsed republics suggests, when the military becomes involved in domestic politics, it…

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Investigation of His Son Is Likely to Hang Over Biden as He Takes Office

WASHINGTON — The newly disclosed federal tax investigation into his son will test President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s stated commitment to independent law enforcement while…

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Trump Hints at Another Act in Four Years, Just Like Grover Cleveland

At least a half-dozen former presidents have sought to return to the White House, but only Grover Cleveland succeeded.Credit…National Archive, via Getty Images Other presidents…

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Can Trump Pre-emptively Pardon Himself? Clemency Power, Explained

May a president pardon his relatives and close allies? Yes. The Constitution does not bar pardons that raise the appearance of self-interest or a conflict…

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