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Recent articles by Peter:

As Protests and Violence Spill Over, Trump Shrinks Back

The president spent Sunday out of sight, berating opponents on Twitter, even as some of his campaign advisers were recommending that he deliver a televised address to an anxious nation. → Read More

In Days of Discord, President Trump Fans the Flames

Mr. Trump has presented himself as someone who seeks conflict, not conciliation, a fighter, not a peacemaker. And he has lived up to his self-image at a perilous time. → Read More

Twitter Places Warning on Trump Minneapolis Tweet, Saying It Glorified Violence

The president’s tweet, which implied that protesters in Minneapolis could be shot, could not be viewed without reading a brief notice, and users were blocked from liking or replying to it. → Read More

At Cape Canaveral, Trump’s Search for a Heroic Narrative Is Thwarted

The president had hoped to watch the first launch of NASA astronauts into orbit from the United States in nearly a decade. Nothing would say the U.S. is back with more verve than a rocket’s red glare. → Read More

Trump Turns to an Old Ploy During Coronavirus Pandemic: Blame Obama

After pressure from the president, Senator Lindsey Graham agreed to hold a hearing, but he rebuffed Mr. Trump’s suggestion that his predecessor be called to testify. → Read More

A Spaniel, a Mute Button and Profound Matters of State

American democracy in the coronavirus era has gone digital or at least more distant, however fitfully and incompletely, as all three branches of government struggle to adapt to a new reality. → Read More

Two White House Coronavirus Cases Raise Question of if Anyone Is Really Safe

If it is so hard to maintain a healthy environment at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, then how can businesses across the country establish a safe space for their workers? → Read More

Trump’s New Message: Time to Move On to the Economic Recovery

The president’s cure-can’t-be-worse-than-the-disease logic is clear: As bad as the virus may be, the cost of the virtual national lockdown has grown too high. → Read More

Bush Calls for Unity. Trump Attacks Bush. And Then a Host of Others.

President Trump did not welcome a video by former President George W. Bush appealing for national solidarity in the face of a pandemic, and he made clear that such unity was not on his agenda. → Read More

George W. Bush Calls for End to Pandemic Partisanship

In a video posted online, the former president, who generally avoids speaking out on current affairs, urged Americans to “remember how small our differences are” in a time of crisis. → Read More

Masked or Not, Mike Pence Keeps the Peace With a Poker Face

“Task forces and vice presidents don’t get to decide things,” said Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor. → Read More

Trump Moves to Replace Watchdog Who Identified Critical Medical Shortages

The president announced the nomination of an inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, who, if confirmed, would replace an acting official whose report embarrassed Mr. Trump. → Read More

Amid a Rising Coronavirus Death Toll, Trump Leaves the Grieving to Others

President Trump has led no national mourning for the more than 63,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus, emphasizing confidence about the future rather than dwelling on the present. → Read More

Remdesivir Shows Promise as Coronavirus Treatment, Fauci Says

The F.D.A. is likely to issue an emergency approval, a senior official said. But another study found the drug offered no benefit to severely ill patients. → Read More

Trump Administration’s Message on Reopening Continues to Be Contradictory

The president said the coronavirus wouldn’t come back while Dr. Anthony Fauci said it would be “a bad fall” and the attorney general threatened to sue states for enforcing restrictions. → Read More

U.S. Governors Move Ahead With Reopening, Despite Health Worries

Several states, including Texas and Florida, have stay-at-home orders expiring this week. “That executive order has done its job to slow the growth of Covid-19,” Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said. → Read More

Trump's Coronavirus Briefings 'Not Worth the Time.' But He Couldn't Stay Away

Just hours after his own White House officially canceled his planned appearance on Monday, the lure of the cameras in the Rose Garden proved too hard to resist. → Read More

The Cold Calculations America’s Leaders Will Have to Make Before Reopening

With no vaccine or cure, the president, governors, mayors and county executives will have to decide how many deaths would be acceptable to restore a shattered economy. → Read More

Trump Says States Can Start Reopening While Acknowledging the Decision Is Theirs

The guidelines released by the president effectively mean that any restoration of American society will take place on a patchwork basis. → Read More

Trump Leaps to Call Shots on Combating Coronavirus, Setting Up Standoff With Governors

The president’s insistence that only he can decide if the country should reopen for business was disputed by constitutional scholars and contrasted with his earlier message that it was not for the federal government to take the lead in fighting the virus. → Read More