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Past articles by Peter:

Biden Ran on Competence and Empathy. Afghanistan Is Testing That.

The chaotic endgame of the American withdrawal has undercut some of the most fundamental premises of President Biden’s presidency. → Read More

Graphic Video of Capitol Attack Leaves Emotions Raw but May Not Change Votes

The terror of that day felt palpably real again as senators sitting in judgment of Donald J. Trump were forced to relive the first mass siege of the Capitol since British invaders ransacked the building in 1814. → Read More

In Biden’s Washington, Democrats and Republicans Are Not United on ‘Unity’

The new president seeks bipartisanship, but he is caught between Republicans who want tangible concessions and Democrats who are in no mood to compromise. → Read More

On Night Before Inauguration, Biden Leads Mourning for Virus Victims

“To heal we must remember,” Mr. Biden said, standing in front of the Reflecting Pool, which was surrounded by 400 lights meant to mark the 400,000 people who have died from Covid-19. → Read More

The Impeachment of President Trump: A Preordained Coda to a Presidency

The impeachment of President Trump for a second time — in a Capitol ringed by troops — seemed like the almost inevitable culmination of four years that left the nation fractured, angry and losing its sense of self. → Read More

Pence Reached His Limit With Trump. It Wasn’t Pretty.

After four years of tongue-biting silence that critics say enabled the president’s worst instincts, the vice president would not yield to the pressure and name-calling from his boss. → Read More

Live Updates: Democrats Talk of Impeachment as Chaos Engulfs Trump’s White House

The assistant speaker of the House said Democrats could vote on impeachment next week. With less than two weeks left of Donald Trump’s presidency, a wave of resignations hits his cabinet. → Read More

Washington in Final Convulsions of Trump Era

As angry Trump supporters massed in the capital and a futile challenge to Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory unfolded in Congress, the president most likely succeeded in handing Washington to the Democrats. → Read More

Analysis: Trump's Insurgency From Inside the Oval Office

President Trump’s effort to overturn the election he lost has gone beyond mere venting of grievances at the risk of damaging the very American democracy he is charged with defending. → Read More

For a Defeated President, Pardons as an Expression of Grievance

President Trump’s grants of clemency to convicted liars, corrupt congressmen and child-killing war criminals are a way to lash out at a system that he believes has treated him and his friends unfairly. → Read More

Two Presidents, Two Messages, One Killer Virus

In split-screen assessments of the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump focused on the “medical miracle” of vaccines and President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. warned of a “very dark winter.” → Read More

Barr Is Said to Be Weighing Whether to Leave Before Trump’s Term Ends

The attorney general’s future came into doubt after he acknowledged that the Justice Department had not found evidence of widespread voter fraud in the president’s election loss. → Read More

Trump’s Final Days of Rage and Denial

The last act of the Trump presidency has taken on the stormy elements of a drama more common to history or literature than a modern White House. → Read More

In Torrent of Falsehoods, Trump Claims Election Is Being Stolen

Most television networks cut away from the statement President Trump gave Thursday night from the White House briefing room on the grounds that what he was saying was not true. → Read More

Election 2020 Live Updates: Protests and Legal Skirmishes as Counting Continues in Final Six States

As elections officials around the country tally results from Tuesday’s election, both President Trump and his challenger, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., say they expect to prevail. → Read More

Trump Lashes Out at His Aides With Calls to Indict Political Rivals

The pressure on his top administration officials to take action came as President Trump bristled at the restraints of his illness. → Read More

As Trump Seeks to Project Strength, Doctors Disclose Alarming Episodes

The president made a surprise outing from his hospital bed in an effort to show his improvement, but the murky and shifting narrative of his illness was rewritten again with grim new details. → Read More

To ward off pessimism about his health, Trump releases a video from the hospital.

On Saturday, President Trump released a four-minute video from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he is receiving inpatient care for the coronavirus, to say that he is “starting to feel good.” Wearing a blue jacket, cuff links and an American flag pin but no necktie, the president looked much paler than he did during his debate in Cleveland on Tuesday with… → Read More

Trump’s Symptoms Described as ‘Very Concerning’ Even as Doctors Offer Rosier Picture

The president’s medical team refused to provide critical details and left open the impression that he was known to be sick a day earlier than previously reported, forcing them to backtrack later. → Read More

Covid-19 Live Updates: Trump Says He Is Better, but Aide Says He Is Not Out of Danger

The president is “improving,” his doctor said in an optimistic assessment that raised questions about when the virus was diagnosed. But Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said his symptoms were “very concerning,” and the president, in a video, acknowledged that the next few days would reveal the severity of his case. → Read More