Barack Obama

Barack Obama

News about Barack Obama, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer

Scott Pruitt’s Civilization-Threatening Lie

His ethical lapses are the least of our problems.

By JUSTIN GILLIS

Listen to ‘The Daily’: A ‘Big Price to Pay’ in Syria

President Trump said Iran and Russia were responsible for backing “Animal Assad.” But Damascus may view the United States as being focused on a different fight.

By MICHAEL BARBARO

Op-Ed Contributor

Don’t Let the G.O.P. Dismantle Obama’s Student Loan Reforms

Income-driven repayment is one of the government’s least well-known, most progressive programs.

By JOHN R. BROOKS

Op-Ed Contributor

Why Can’t Trump Find Legal Help?

Trump’s inability to find legal representation is only the latest sign that elites don’t support him.

By PAUL F. CAMPOS

Bernie Sanders Courts Black Voters Anew. But an Obama Reference Stings.

The Vermont senator, who drew slim support from African-Americans in his 2016 presidential bid, is now trying to fix that vulnerability as he considers another run in 2020.

By JONATHAN MARTIN

News Analysis

They Have Many Differences, but on Syria, Trump Seems Much Like Obama

“Both of them are instinctively more concerned about the American economy and things at home,” said Robert S. Ford, the last American ambassador to Syria.

By MARK LANDLER

Unclean at Any Speed: Pruitt’s Attack on Obama Auto Pollution Rule

Spurred by lobbyists, the E.P.A. administrator moves to relax or kill a mileage mandate and undo a crucial tool for combating global warming.

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Op-Ed Columnist

Big Business Is Too Big

And Washington doesn’t have to stand for it.

By DAVID LEONHARDT

Listen to ‘The Daily’: The Prison Problem

President Trump’s son-in-law wants to overhaul the penal system, but the attorney general is bitterly opposed. That has set the scene for a highly personal battle inside the White House.

By MICHAEL BARBARO

Retro Report

George Wallace Tapped Into Racial Fear. Decades Later, Its Force Remains Potent.

His appeal to “forgotten” Americans is one of many parallels linking Mr. Wallace, remembered for conservatism and opposition to integration, to the trajectory of Donald J. Trump.

By CLYDE HABERMAN

Op-Ed Contributor

Looser Emissions Standards Will Hurt the Auto Industry

Consumers, states and other countries demand cleaner cars. Weaker federal rules will fracture the car market.

Op-Ed Columnist

How to Discuss American Racism

A recent podcast shows how to disagree respectfully.

By DAVID LEONHARDT and IAN PRASAD PHILBRICK

Trump’s Heartless Transgender Military Ban Gets a Second Shot

The president announced late last week that he is trying again to keep many transgender people from being able to defend their country.

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Contributing Op-Ed Writer

Is China’s Version of Capitalism Winning?

As China’s state-directed economy marches forward, Washington is stuck in neutral and the American economy is in danger of falling behind.

By STEVEN RATTNER

Trump Threatens Joe Biden, Saying He ‘Would Go Down Fast and Hard’ if They Fought

Mr. Trump said Mr. Biden “would go down fast and hard” if the two men fought. Mr. Biden had said that, if he was in high school, he would “beat the hell” out of Mr. Trump for disrespecting women.

By EILEEN SULLIVAN

Still Processing

Still Processing: We Paint the Town Obama

We discuss the portraits of Barack and Michelle, beauty and presidential power.

By WESLEY MORRIS and JENNA WORTHAM

Still Processing

Still Processing: We Don’t Love Everything Made by Black People, and That’s O.K.?

We discuss “A Wrinkle in Time” and what it means to criticize black works or art.

By WESLEY MORRIS and JENNA WORTHAM

Op-Ed Contributor

Robert Mueller Is Not a Superhero

Without Congress or a political process, an impeachment investigation will not happen, no matter what he uncovers.

Trump Finds Unlikely Culprit in School Shootings: Obama Discipline Policies

The president, goaded by conservatives, is targeting an effort to address racial disparities in school discipline, arguing that any relaxation of policies could let a killer slip through the cracks.

By ERICA L. GREEN

Op-Ed Columnist

Will Betsy DeVos Expand the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

She keeps finding new ways to fail our kids.

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