Theirs was the most captivating American political partnership since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger: a bold and untested president and his seasoned, relentless vice president. Confronted by one crisis after another, they struggled to protect the country, remake the world, and define their own relationship along the way. In Days of Fire, Peter Baker chronicles the history of the most consequential presidency in modern times through the prism of its two most compelling characters, capturing the elusive and shifting alliance of George Walker Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney as no historian has done before.
"A balanced account of the W and Cheney White House"
For President Donald Trump, the road to changing his mind on China included a discussion with corporate executives in the State Dining Room of the White House in February. When the conversation turned to China’s currency, the executives had a simple message for the president: You’re wrong.
As a candidate, President Donald Trump disparaged NATO as a musty relic of old thinking, an alliance focused on long-gone adversaries rather than new-era threats, a burden that drained U.S. resources on behalf of ungrateful partners who did not pay their share. In a word: “obsolete.”
"Trump's Previous View of NATO Is Now Obsolete" is from the April 13, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Peter Baker and narrated by Kristi Burns.
Just like that, without white papers, intelligence reports, an interagency meeting or, presumably, the advice of his secretary of state, the president started a dispute with a longtime American friend that resented his characterization and called it false. The president’s only discernible goal was to make the case domestically for his plans to restrict entry to the United States.
The Swedes were flabbergasted.
Thick with tension, the conversation this week between Stephen K. Bannon, the chief White House strategist, and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, had deteriorated to the point of breakdown.
"Rise of Trump Tracks Growing Debate over Global Fascism" is from the May 28, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Peter Baker and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
Several obstacles remain, most notably the fate of payments to health insurers to lower deductibles and other costs for low-income consumers who buy plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.
"Threat of Government Shutdown Fades as Trump Retreats on Wall" is from the April 25, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Jennifer Steinhauer, Matt Flegenheimer and Peter Baker and narrated by Kristi Burns.
A white cloth napkin, now displayed in the National Museum of American History, helped change the course of modern economics. On it, the economist Arthur Laffer in 1974 sketched a curve meant to illustrate his theory that cutting taxes would spur enough economic growth to generate new tax revenue.
"A ’70s Economic Theory Comes to Life Once More" is from the April 25, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Peter Baker and narrated by Kristi Burns.
As various officials have described it, the United States will intervene only when chemical weapons are used — or any time innocents are killed. It will push for the ouster of President Bashar Assad of Syria — or pursue that only after defeating the Islamic State. America’s national interest in Syria is to fight terrorism. Or to ease the humanitarian crisis there. Or to restore stability.
A week ago, President Donald Trump was accused of being a tool for the Russians, an unwitting agent of influence, so full of admiration that he defended President Vladimir Putin against critics who called him a killer.
Now, Trump is in a diplomatic clash with Putin’s Russia, his administration accusing Moscow of trying to cover up a Syrian chemical weapons attack on civilians and his secretary of state delivering us-or-them ultimatums.
One has an office down the hall from the president in the White House; the other just moved into an office a floor up. One recently visited war-torn Iraq as the president’s emissary; the other will soon head to Berlin at the invitation of Germany’s chancellor.
"Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump: Pillars of Family-Driven West Wing" is from the April 15, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Peter Baker, Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman and narrated by .
President Donald Trump reshuffled his national security organization on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, from a top policymaking committee and restoring senior military and intelligence officials who had been downgraded when he first came into office.
"Trump Removes Bannon From Key Role on National Security Council" is from the April 05, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Peter Baker and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
As the world recoiled at the televised images of lifeless children in the latest atrocity in Syria’s savage civil war Tuesday, the White House issued a statement expressing outrage just as any White House presumably would.
But where other presidents might have used the moment to call for the departure of Syria’s authoritarian leader, Bashar Assad, President Donald Trump’s spokesman dismissed the notion as impractical because it would not happen.
Ever since he seized power in a military takeover nearly four years ago, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has been barred from the White House. But President Donald Trump made clear Monday that the period of ostracism was over as he hosted el-Sissi and pledged unstinting support for the autocratic ruler.
President Donald Trump kicked off his week on Monday by renewing attacks on Hillary Clinton and her team on Twitter, while seizing on Fox News reports to justify his assertions that the Obama administration spied on him during last year’s campaign.
"Trump Renews Twitter Attacks on Clinton and Obama" is from the April 03, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Peter Baker and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
Susan E. Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, denied any wrongdoing Tuesday after reports that she sought during last year’s campaign to learn the identities of associates of President Donald Trump caught up in electronic surveillance of foreigners.
For the first 10 weeks of President Trump’s administration, no adviser loomed larger in the public imagination than Stephen K. Bannon, the raw and rumpled former chairman of Breitbart News who considers himself a “virulently anti-establishment” revolutionary out to destroy the “administrative state.”
Trump’s advisers have likened him to Jackson, the first populist to win the White House. The president has hung Old Hickory’s portrait in the Oval Office and called him “an amazing figure in American history.”
To construct an “America First” budget, the initial trade-off for President Donald Trump was fairly obvious: The military and veterans would get more of what they want or need, while diplomats and foreign countries would have to make do with less.
President Donald Trump wrote off more than $100 million in business losses to reduce his federal taxes in 2005, according to forms made public Tuesday night: a rare glimpse at documents that he had refused to disclose since becoming a candidate for the nation’s highest office.