Politics

For Trump, Defying Mideast Truisms Produced Breakthroughs and Backfires

JERUSALEM — He moved the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, breaking with those who said it would ignite the Muslim world.He withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and ordered the killing of a top Iranian general, defying those who said those moves would lead to war.He brokered treaties between Israel and two Arab states, disproving those who said such deals could only follow...

Election Less Than a Month Away, Trump Leans on Barr and Pompeo for a Lift

WASHINGTON — President Trump forced the State Department on Friday to commit to releasing at least some of Hillary Clinton’s emails before next month’s election, resurrecting a four-year-old issue in hopes that it would prove as helpful to his political prospects as it was when he defeated her in 2016.Trailing badly in the polls and eager to change the subject from the coronavirus, Mr....

Without Live Music to Play, Pearl Jam Reimagines Rock Activism in 2020

Back in March, as the coronavirus first gripped the country, Pearl Jam made the difficult decision to postpone all its concert dates for the foreseeable future. In doing so, the band was canceling not just a fall tour, but also a trip through presidential battleground states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin that would have doubled as a get-out-the-vote campaign.While the tour may be canceled,...

Democrats Zero In on President’s Fitness for Office as Election Looms

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi, amplifying questions about President Trump’s fitness for office less than a month before the election, introduced legislation on Friday that would create a standing bipartisan group of outside experts tasked with evaluating the president’s mental and physical health and advising Congress on whether the commander in chief’s powers should be forcibly removed under the 25th Amendment.The measure is certain...

Elliott Broidy, a Top Trump Fund-Raiser, Charged in Foreign Influence Case

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors have charged a California businessman who was a top fund-raiser for President Trump in connection with a foreign influence operation that included lobbying the administration to help Malaysian and Chinese interests.The fund-raiser, Elliott Broidy, 63, was charged with a single count of conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws, according to a court filing that became public on Thursday.Prosecutors from the...
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