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Trumpism lives on in new thinktank – but critics say it’s ‘just a grift’

Trumpism lives on in new thinktank – but critics say it’s ‘just a grift’

The America First Policy Institute calls itself ‘non-partisan’ and a ‘non-profit’ but critics regard it as a cash cow for Trump alumni with stained reputations in WashingtonSat 17 Apr 2021 02.00 EDTLast modified on Sat 17 Apr 2021 02.02 EDTMalcolm X, Mark Twain, Malcolm Gladwell. Lewis Carroll, Steve Jobs. Douglas Adams, Mohandas Gandhi, Rocky Balboa – all seem unlikely sources of inspiration for a definition of Trumpism.Yet these are among the prominent figures quoted by members of a new thinktank dedicated to resurrecting former US president Donald Trump’s populist-nationalist agenda.The...

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Apr 17
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Biden walks back refugee admissions policy after outcry and will lift cap in May

Biden walks back refugee admissions policy after outcry and will lift cap in May

President condemned by progressives and advocacy groups despite ending ban on arrivals from Somalia, Syria and Yemen in WashingtonFri 16 Apr 2021 17.49 EDTFirst published on Fri 16 Apr 2021 13.41 EDTFacing swift blowback from fellow lawmakers and aid groups, the White House on Friday said that plans to lift his predecessor’s historically low cap on refugees by next month, after initially moving only to expand the eligibility criteria for resettlements.Earlier on Friday, an emergency determination signed by Biden stated the admission of up to 15,000 refugees set by Trump this year “remains...

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Apr 16
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The scandal that wasn’t: Republicans deflated as nation shrugs at Hunter Biden revelations

The scandal that wasn’t: Republicans deflated as nation shrugs at Hunter Biden revelations

Trump and his allies foresaw a ticking timebomb centred on the president’s son – but it has not turned out that way in WashingtonSat 10 Apr 2021 07.46 EDTLast modified on Sat 10 Apr 2021 07.47 EDTWhere’s Hunter?The rhetorical question about Joe Biden’s troubled son was by Donald Trump during last year’s US presidential election but never caught fire in the way “Lock her up!” did against Hillary Clinton.Still, when it emerged that Hunter would publish a memoir about his struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse, and give TV interviews to promote it, some foresaw a ticking time bomb under the...

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Apr 10
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Biden urges Republicans to back $2tn infrastructure plan: ‘Inaction is not an option’

Biden urges Republicans to back $2tn infrastructure plan: ‘Inaction is not an option’

in WashingtonWed 7 Apr 2021 16.10 EDTLast modified on Wed 7 Apr 2021 16.37 EDTJoe Biden has made a heartfelt plea for to work with him on a $2tn infrastructure plan, casting it as essential to preserving America’s superpower status and warning: “Inaction simply is not an option.”The US president signalled that he is open to negotiating his proposed corporate tax rate of 28% to fund the package. It represents a sharp increase from the 21% levy set by his predecessor Donald Trump’s tax bill in 2017, though is lower than the 35% rate under Barack Obama.But Biden also became fiery as he sounded...

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Apr 7
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Biden’s cabinet meeting proves the reality TV presidency wasn't renewed

Biden’s cabinet meeting proves the reality TV presidency wasn't renewed

Biden’s’s first full cabinet meeting was a return to the staid old way of doing things – not worshipping the president like Trump’s cabinet in WashingtonThu 1 Apr 2021 17.17 EDTLast modified on Thu 1 Apr 2021 17.18 EDTPoor old Joe Biden. He might have won the electoral college and the popular vote but he’ll never feel the love of his underlings like did.The former president’s first full cabinet meeting in June 2017 remains an . Secretary after secretary all but flung themselves at his feet, sang songs of praise and paid homage to the divine emperor of the universe.Has any parent ever known...

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Apr 1
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Biden's big infrastructure bet could define his legacy – for better or worse | David Smith's sketch

Biden's big infrastructure bet could define his legacy – for better or worse | David Smith's sketch

The president has proven he has his eye on posterity. But his $2tn package will face a hard-fought political battle in WashingtonWed 31 Mar 2021 19.45 EDTLast modified on Thu 1 Apr 2021 18.23 EDTJoe Biden, the oldest US president ever elected, seems keenly aware of the sentiment expressed in the Broadway musical Hamilton: “History has its eyes on you.”Before taking office biographies of Franklin Roosevelt, who steered the nation through the Great Depression. Recently, at an eerily quiet White House, he hosted to explore the virtues of thinking big – or more precisely, the perils of thinking...

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Mar 31
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‘He’s riding a crest’: Ron DeSantis positions himself as keeper of Trump’s legacy

‘He’s riding a crest’: Ron DeSantis positions himself as keeper of Trump’s legacy

The Florida governor appears to have the edge in the ‘if-Trump-doesn’t-win’ primary as he claims victory over his pandemic critics in WashingtonSun 28 Mar 2021 03.00 EDTLast modified on Sun 28 Mar 2021 03.02 EDT“Covid’s over, baby!” a bare-chested man, wearing face paint like the Joker, nemesis of Batman, as he stands atop a car and waves the American national flag.This was the scene last weekend in Miami, Florida, a state that moved quickly to lift lockdowns, reopen schools, shelve mask mandates and become, in the words of its governor, Ron DeSantis, an “” during the coronavirus...

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Mar 28
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The woman seeking to unseat Republican extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene

The woman seeking to unseat Republican extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene

Democrat Holly McCormack is ready to take on the Trump devotee in 2022 – but it’s no easy task in a deep-red Georgia district in WashingtonThu 18 Mar 2021 12.30 EDTLast modified on Thu 18 Mar 2021 15.12 EDT“I’m taking on the queen of Qanon: Marjorie Taylor Greene,” reads one tweet from Holly McCormack. “Retweet if you think Marjorie Taylor Greene is an embarrassment to our country,” America’s midterm elections may be 20 months in the future, but a campaign is already under way to unseat the extremist Republican congresswoman and Donald Trump devotee. In a rural district of Georgia that...

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Mar 18
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Biden's make or break moment: president aims to build on success of relief bill

Biden's make or break moment: president aims to build on success of relief bill

Analysis: Biden is riding high in polls and his American Rescue Plan is popular with Americans – he must build momentum to avoid the fate of Obama in WashingtonSat 13 Mar 2021 06.00 ESTLast modified on Sat 13 Mar 2021 08.43 ESTIn the White House Rose Garden, where for four years Donald Trump raucously celebrated political wins with his allies, it was now the turn of to take a victory lap – masked and physically distanced, of course.Kamala Harris, the vice-president, heaped praise on Joe Biden for signing a $1.9tn coronavirus relief bill, of the American welfare state in decades. “Your...

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Mar 13
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Republicans still orbiting Trump dark star fail to derail Biden’s first 100 days

Republicans still orbiting Trump dark star fail to derail Biden’s first 100 days

Trump continues to exert a massive gravitational pull on the party while the president forges ahead with ambitious agenda in WashingtonTue 27 Apr 2021 02.00 EDTLast modified on Tue 27 Apr 2021 02.01 EDTFor Democrats it has been a hundred days of sweeping legislation, barrier-breaking appointments and daring to dream big. For Republicans, a hundred days The party that just four years ago controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress now finds itself shut out of power and As Joe Biden forges ahead with ambitions to shift the political paradigm, Republicans still have a Donald Trump...

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Apr 27
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