The fourth and final installment in POLITICO’s Playbook 2012 series once again provides an unprecedented minute-by-minute account of the race for the presidency. The End of the Line follows President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney as their campaign teams go all-in to win in the critical final weeks of the 2012 election.
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Though battered and bruised after nearly four years in office, Barack Obama remains the most competitive player on the field in American politics today. In Obama's Last Stand, Politico White House correspondent Glenn Thrush chronicles the efforts of the president and his team to secure a second term in the face of a determined opposition, unfavorable economic headwinds, and a series of missteps by his own team. This is a revealing portrait of the president at the most precarious moment in his political life.
President Donald Trump loves to set the day’s narrative at dawn, but the deeper story of his White House is best told at night.
"After 2 Weeks, Trump’s Miscues Worry His Aides" is from the February 05, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman and narrated by Kristi Burns.
President Donald Trump, author of “The Art of the Deal,” has been projecting his usual bravado in public this week about the prospects of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Privately he is grappling with rare bouts of self-doubt.
"A Brave Front, But Regrets? He Has a Few" is from the March 24, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman and narrated by Caroline Miller.
Not even a public scolding from Judge Neil M. Gorsuch could get President Donald Trump to stop bashing federal judges.
"‘I’ll Criticize Judges,’ Trump Says, Hours After a Scolding for Doing Just That" is from the March 21, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Glenn Thrush and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
President Donald Trump is a man seriously susceptible to snagging himself in the nettles of obsession. In the last three weeks, no compulsion has so consumed his psyche, and his Twitter account, as the deeply held and shallowly sourced rejected belief that President Barack Obama tapped his phones. So why can’t he just let go?
"Why Letting Go, for Trump, Is No Small or Simple Task" is from the March 21, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
President Donald Trump on Monday signed a revised version of his executive order banning migrants from predominantly Muslim nations, removing citizens from Iraq from the original travel embargo and scrapping a provision that explicitly protected religious minorities.
"Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Excludes Iraqis" is from the March 06, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Glenn Thrush and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
President Donald Trump loves the song “My Way,” bristles at the slightest alterations in his daily routine, and lashes out when the world won’t accept him on his own terms.
"Trump’s Conciliatory Speech Was an Attempt to Smooth Hard Edges" is from the March 02, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
In all, Trump has named only 29 of his 660 executive department appointments, according to the Partnership for Public Service, which has been tracking the process. That is a pace far slower than recent predecessors, falling far short of the schedule originally outlined by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who was Trump’s transition director before Trump ousted him 10 weeks ago.
A phone call between President Donald Trump and the Australian prime minister is threatening to develop into a diplomatic rift between two stalwart allies after the two men exchanged harsh words over refugee policy and Trump abruptly ended the call.
Flynn’s rise and fall followed familiar patterns in Washington, where ambitious figures secure positions of great authority only to lose them in a blizzard of contradictions, recriminations and scandal. But rarely has an official at such a high level risen and fallen in such a dizzyingly short time — in this case just 24 days after Flynn arrived in the West Wing to take his corner office.
President Donald Trump’s first weekend in office unfolded much the way things often did during his campaign: with angry Twitter messages, a familiar obsession with slights and a series of meandering and at times untrue statements, all eventually giving way to attempts at damage control.
Preliminary budget outlines are usually little-noticed administrative exercises, the first step in negotiations between the White House and federal agencies that usually shave the sharpest edges off the initial request.
But this plan — a product of a collaboration between the Office of Management and Budget director, Mick Mulvaney; the National Economic Council director, Gary Cohn; and the White House chief strategist, Stephen Bannon — is intended to make a big splash.
The White House press secretary, Sean M. Spicer, has taken to slapping journalists who write unflattering stories with an epithet he sees as the epitome of low-road, New York Post-style gossip: “Page Six reporter.”
"Small-Town Boy (Well, sort of) Meets Washington's Press Corps" is from the February 25, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Glenn Thrush and Michael M. Grynbaum and narrated by Paul Ryden.
President Donald Trump intensified his slashing attack on the news media during an appearance before the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, reiterating his charge that “fake news” outlets are “the enemy of the people.”
"Trump at CPAC: Right’s Unlikely Hero Renews Attack on Press" is from the February 24, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Glenn Thrush and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.
Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Priebus bristles at the perception that he occupies a diminished perch in the West Wing pecking order compared with previous chiefs. But for the moment, Bannon remains the president’s dominant adviser, despite Trump’s anger that he was not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed giving his chief strategist a seat on the National Security Council, a greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban.
The Trump administration Friday designated 25 individuals and entities associated “with Iran’s ballistic missile program,” including the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, for sanctions in response to the missile test last weekend, according to a senior administration official.
"U.S. Imposing New Sanctions on Iran Over Missile Test" is from the February 03, 2017 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Glenn Thrush and David E. Sanger and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.
The bitter divide over the fate of the Affordable Care Act played out at the highest levels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama urged Democrats on Capitol Hill to fight to maintain his signature domestic achievement while President-elect Donald Trump warned Republicans to let Obama’s imperiled program “fall of its own weight.”
""Obama Fights for Health Law as Republicans Stand Firm on Vow to Repeal" is from the January 04, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Glenn Thrush and Robert Pear and narrated by Kristi Burns.
Donald Trump redrew the electoral map with his rousing economic nationalism and evocation of a lost industrial age. It was a message that drew many union members to his cause. And now it is upending the alliances and tactics of the labor movement itself.
"Trump’s Inroads in Union Ranks Have Labor Leaders Scrambling" is from the February 17, 2017 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Noam Scheiber, Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.