Josh Dawsey
Josh Dawsey
Josh Dawsey is an American journalist who is a White House reporter for The Washington Post, and a political analyst for CNN.Source
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How Trump decided to kill a top Iranian general

How Trump decided to kill a top Iranian general

On Sunday, President Trump’s most senior national security advisers joined him at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where Trump was beginning the second week of his holiday vacation. The officials told reporters that U.S. F-15 Strike Eagles had just attacked Iranian-sponsored militia groups at their bases in Iraq and Syria, in response to a series of rocket attacks that had culminated in the death of an American contractor two days earlier. But privately, a different topic had come up with an agitated president: whether to kill Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, whom military leaders...

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January 9, 2020
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Trump weighs restarting economy despite warnings from U.S. public health officials

Trump weighs restarting economy despite warnings from U.S. public health officials

President Trump on Monday said he is considering scaling back steps to constrain the spread of the coronavirus in the next week or two because of concerns that the impact on the economy has become too severe. But loosening restrictions on social distancing and similar measures soon probably would require him to override the internal warnings of senior U.S. health officials, including Anthony S. Fauci, who have said that the United States has not yet felt the worst of the pandemic, according to several people with knowledge of the internal deliberations. Trump said at a news conference...

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March 23, 2020
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Trump slashes at McConnell as he reiterates election falsehoods at Republican event

Trump slashes at McConnell as he reiterates election falsehoods at Republican event

Former president Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “dumb son of a bitch” as he used a Saturday night speech to Republicans to blame him for not helping overturn the 2020 election and reiterated false assertions that he won the November contest.Trump, speaking to a Republican National Committee gathering at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., excoriated a number of Republicans even as he publicly called for party unity — focusing on those who voted to convict him in impeachment proceedings. But he saved his sharpest vitriol for the Kentucky Republican.“If that...

Apr 11
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New accounts detail how New York health officials were told to prioritize coronavirus testing of people connected to Andrew Cuomo

New accounts detail how New York health officials were told to prioritize coronavirus testing of people connected to Andrew Cuomo

ADNew York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s relatives and other well-connected New Yorkers were among those given preferential treatment at state testing centers. State troopers were on standby to rush their samples to a lab to be expedited. And those with priority status got results within hours or a day compared to a wait of up to a week that other New Yorkers faced at the time.Seven individuals with firsthand knowledge of testing practices said that some people with access to power were able to largely bypass the overburdened resources available to the general public when the pandemic first...

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Mar 30
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Andrew Cuomo’s family members were given special access to covid testing, according to people familiar with the arrangement

Andrew Cuomo’s family members were given special access to covid testing, according to people familiar with the arrangement

ADAs the pandemic swept through New York early last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration arranged for his family members and other well-connected figures to have special access to state-administered coronavirus tests, dispatching a top state doctor and other state health officials to their homes, according to three people with direct knowledge of the effort.As part of the program, a state lab immediately processed the results of those who were tested, the people said, even as average New Yorkers were struggling to get tested in the early days of the pandemic because of a scarcity of...

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Mar 24
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Ten minutes at the teleprompter: Inside Trump’s failed attempt to calm coronavirus fears

Ten minutes at the teleprompter: Inside Trump’s failed attempt to calm coronavirus fears

ADIn the most scripted of presidential settings, a to the nation, President Trump decided to ad-lib — and his errors triggered a market meltdown, panicked travelers overseas and crystallized for his critics just how dangerously he has fumbled his management of the coronavirus.Even Trump — a man practically allergic to admitting mistakes — knew he’d screwed up by declaring Wednesday night that his ban on travel from Europe would include cargo and trade, and acknowledged as much to aides in the Oval Office as soon as he’d finished speaking, according to one senior administration official and...

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March 12, 2020
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Cuomo’s behavior created ‘hostile, toxic’ workplace culture for decades, former aides say

Cuomo’s behavior created ‘hostile, toxic’ workplace culture for decades, former aides say

ADA former press aide of Andrew M. Cuomo says he summoned her to his dimly lit hotel room and embraced her after a work event in 2000, when Cuomo led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and she was a consultant for the agency. The woman, Karen Hinton, says she pulled away from Cuomo, but he pulled her back toward his body, holding her before she backed away and left the room.Two male aides who worked for Cuomo in the New York governor’s office say he routinely berated them with explicit language, making comments such as calling them “pussies” and saying, “You have no...

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Mar 7
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New York state Senate majority leader says Gov. Andrew Cuomo ‘must resign’

New York state Senate majority leader says Gov. Andrew Cuomo ‘must resign’

ADTwo Democratic leaders of New York’s statehouse called on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) to consider resigning Sunday following allegations from former staff members of sexual harassment and a toxic work environment.State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and House Speaker Carl E. Heastie said scandals swirling around one of the country’s top Democratic officials are disruptive, as questions have also emerged about how Cuomo’s administration handled the linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Five women, four of whom worked for Cuomo, have publicly alleged inappropriate conduct by the...

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Allies of Rep. Adam Kinzinger launch super PAC to support Republicans who have bucked Trump

Allies of Rep. Adam Kinzinger launch super PAC to support Republicans who have bucked Trump

ADAllies of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) are launching a super PAC to collect large sums of money to support Republicans willing to buck former president Donald Trump, the latest sign of the party’s deepening internecine war.Kinzinger, who has already a leadership PAC to directly support GOP candidates who have gone up against Trump, is expected to appear at fundraising events for the super PAC Americans Keeping Country First.Founders of the group, which include Kinzinger advisers, are also launching a sister nonprofit to “build a grass roots army,” according to documents reviewed by The...

Feb 28
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Trump got evicted from ‘the swamp.’ Some of his people are trying to stick around.

Trump got evicted from ‘the swamp.’ Some of his people are trying to stick around.

ADThere are plenty of fish in the swamp, but some of the best-connected ones live in a 200-gallon aquarium at Reince Priebus’s house.“It’s not just saltwater fish, but an actual reef,” Priebus explained in a recent phone call. “It’s a lot to handle.”Priebus is “constantly tinkering” with chemical levels, the salinity, the temperature and the water flow to make sure they are all appropriately calibrated. Former aides said Priebus would drive to coral reef conventions in Secaucus, N.J., to procure specialty fish, spend thousands sprucing up the tank and ask staffers to regularly maintain and...

Apr 6
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