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Recent articles by Peter:

Trump says people have 'no choice' but to vote for him to save stock market

Donald Trump said even Americans who hate him “have no choice” but to vote for him in the next US election because otherwise the stock market will collapse. → Read More

El Paso Shooting Suspect’s Manifesto Echoes Trump’s Language

If the president did not originally inspire the gunman, he has brought into the mainstream polarizing ideas and people once consigned to the fringes of American society. → Read More

Trump orders medals to be stripped from prosecutors in war crimes trial

Donald Trump has demanded medals be revoked from prosecutors in the war crimes trial of a Navy seal who was acquitted of murdering an Iraqi prisoner but convicted of unlawfully posing for photos with his dead body. Mr Trump's announcement was a remarkable rebuke by a US president of his own Navy leadership. → Read More

Trump Treats Rally in Cincinnati as Rebuttal to Democratic Debates

Delivering a reliably red-meat speech to supporters who gathered Thursday in Ohio, President Trump took the stage to paint prominent Democrats as “left-wing extremists.” → Read More

Trump Calls Baltimore ‘Corrupt’ as Black Lawmakers Boycott Jamestown Ceremony

African-American legislators said they would not attend his speech commemorating the 400th anniversary of representative democracy in America. → Read More

Trump Lashes Out at Al Sharpton, Saying He ‘Hates Whites’

President Trump extended his attacks on critics of color with an early-morning Twitter blast calling Mr. Sharpton “a con man” and “a troublemaker.” → Read More

Trump Fans the Flames of a Racial Fire

While other presidents have found ways to appeal to the resentments of white Americans with subtle and not-so-subtle appeals, none of them in modern times have done so as overtly as this one. → Read More

Acosta Defends His Role in Brokering Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal

R. Alexander Acosta, the labor secretary, rebuffed calls for his resignation by Democrats, who criticized his decision as a prosecutor in 2008 to accept a lenient sentence for Mr. Epstein. → Read More

Trump in Asia: ‘We’re the Hottest Show in Town’

The president at times stretched, ignored or made up facts, but in Japan and North and South Korea, he pursued an agenda of breathtaking ambition. → Read More

Trump and Kim Jong-un to Meet at DMZ Dividing Korea

The North Korean leader accepted Mr. Trump’s unorthodox invitation posted on Twitter just a day earlier for what will be the third time the two have gotten together in person. → Read More

At G20, Trump Seeks Fresh Start With Putin After End of Mueller Inquiry

President Trump’s advisers hope to use the session to pivot the relationship toward arms control, a paradoxical priority given the administration’s recent moves to dismantle treaties. → Read More

Four Years Ago Trump Was Seen as a Sideshow. Now He Is the Show.

The 2020 election will be a test — not just of the man but of his country. Was President Trump’s victory the last time around a historical fluke or a genuine reflection of America in the modern age? → Read More

Trump Wants to Neutralize Democrats on Health Care. Republicans Say Let It Go.

If the president follows through on issuing a plan, it could help shape a presidential race that Democrats would like to focus largely on health care. → Read More

Trump Campaign to Purge Pollsters After Leak of Dismal Results

Just two days before President Trump is set to kick off his re-election campaign, his team was cutting ties with three pollsters as part of an effort to prevent further leaks. → Read More

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Leaving White House at the End of the Month

Ms. Sanders, the White House press secretary, fiercely defended President Trump through one of the most tumultuous periods in American politics. → Read More

Trump Is Urged to Fire Kellyanne Conway for Hatch Act Violations

The agency that enforces federal law barring partisan politics in the government called Ms. Conway a “repeat offender” and recommended she be dismissed. → Read More

A Drama of Trump’s Own Making Ends With a Familiar Hero

The threat to impose tariffs on Mexico was a case study in President Trump’s approach to some of the most daunting issues confronting him and the nation. → Read More

Trump Undercuts John Bolton on North Korea and Iran

During a trip to Japan, President Trump contradicted John R. Bolton, his national security adviser, on North Korean missile launches and overthrowing the government in Iran. → Read More

Trump Jumps Into Impeachment Fray With Both Feet

Some advisers worry that the president is giving oxygen to a fire that otherwise might burn out or at least be left to crackle in the background. → Read More

Trump Walks Out on Pelosi and Schumer After 3 Minutes

After Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of a “cover-up,” the president said he would not work with Democrats until they stopped their “phony investigations.” → Read More