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Trump Chooses Sessions, Longtime Foe of DACA, to Announce Its Demise

“The White House needed him to do this because I don’t think Trump would have delivered a convincing performance,” said Mark Krikorian, a Sessions ally and the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. […]

News Analysis: Trump Refuses to Set a Moral Standard, Abandoning a Traditional Duty

“There are a lot of killers,” Mr. Trump said to Bill O’Reilly on Fox News early this year when he was asked about his reluctance to condemn the Russian leader. “You think our country’s so innocent?”Continue reading the main storyIn fact, Mr. Trump’s predecessors, going back to George Washington, have all tried, with varying degrees of success, to summon Americans to a higher moral purpose.Abraham Lincoln, in his second inaugural address, called on Americans, bitter after years of civil war, to bind up their wounds “with malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right.”PhotoFranklin D. Roosevelt said the presidency was primarily a place for moral leadership.Credit Keystone Features, via Getty ImagesTheodore Roosevelt spoke from a bully pulpit about the need to shield the vulnerable from the predations of industry. Woodrow Wilson prayed that World War I would be the war to end all wars. Franklin D. […]

Trump Finds That Demolishing Obama’s Legacy Is Not So Simple

Yet there is little appetite among America’s partners to revisit the Iran deal, nor is there much eagerness among lawmakers to cancel the existing health care program without a new system to install in its stead.VideoTrump on G.O.P.’s Failed Health Care BillThe president spoke today about the collapse of the Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.By THE NEW YORK TIMES.Photo by Tom Brenner/The New York Times.Watch in Times Video »embed The latter notion seemed to die almost immediately on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, leaving the president to throw up his hands and say he would simply let Mr. Obama’s program die of its own weight. “I’m not going to own it,” he told reporters. “I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail, and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”Nearly every president arrives in office promising a new direction, especially those succeeding someone from the other party. But few, if any, have spent as much of their early months focused on undoing what the last president did rather than promoting their own proactive ideas as Mr. Trump has.Where the president has succeeded so far, it has largely been in cases where he could act on his own authority. He approved the Keystone XL pipeline that Mr. Obama had rejected. He pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and the Paris climate change accord that his predecessor had negotiated. […]

Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Is Off to a Blazing Start

In a sign of both Mr. Pruitt’s influence in the White House and the high regard in which Mr. […]

Trump, Who Pledged to Overhaul Nuclear Arsenal, Now Faces Increased Costs

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A History of Secret U.S. Channels, From Jefferson to Kushner

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White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

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