Philip Rucker, The Independent

Philip Rucker

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Past articles by Philip:

‘The need to fortify your house shows weakness’: Heavily secured White House at odds with its long history as ‘the people’s house’

The security perimeter around the White House keeps expanding. Tall black fencing is going up seemingly by the hour. Armed guards and sharpshooters and combat troops are omnipresent. → Read More

All four living ex-presidents draw a sharp contrast with Trump on systemic racism

In their statements, however, was an implicit recognition that they had failed during their own tenures as president to solve the problem that has plagued the country throughout its history. → Read More

As cities burned, Trump stayed silent — other than tweeting fuel on the fire

The president, in consultation with some aides, decided not to give a speech Sunday about the violent protests over what many see as systemic racial injustice by law enforcement. → Read More

Obamagate: How a Michael Flynn case conspiracy theory became central to Trump’s reelection campaign

On the day Attorney General William Barr moved to drop criminal charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn — again winning the adulation of Donald Trump, the US president — he was paid a special visit. → Read More

‘It’s going to take a rich guy to beat Trump’: Why some Democrats back Bloomberg

Despite attacks by other candidates, many voters say they believe backing a billionaire may be the only way to ensure that Trump is defeated in November. → Read More

‘Something has to be done’: Trump’s quest to rewrite history of the Russia probe

President Trump is actively seeking to rewrite the narrative that had been meticulously documented by federal law enforcement and intelligence officials, both for immediate political gain and for history. → Read More

‘A massive historical story’: Trump’s impending acquittal could have profound ramifications for future presidents

Historians and legal experts say the Senate is poised to lower the bar for permissible conduct on the part of the nation’s leaders. → Read More

Trump is impeached by the House, creating an indelible mark on his presidency

President Trump becomes the third president in history to be impeached by the House, facing charges he pressured Ukraine to help his reelection. He faces a likely Senate trial in January, where he is expected to be acquitted. → Read More

Trump’s photo op play: Facing impeachment, the president strives to look hard at work

Trump is taking a page out of the Clinton playbook. Then-President Bill Clinton survived his 1998 impeachment in part because the economy was roaring and because he appeared to many voters to be relentlessly focused on doing the business of the American people. → Read More

Trump makes surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan

It is his second visit to a combat zone; he visited troops in Iraq last Christmas. → Read More

‘There has never been so much unity’: Trump’s support among Republicans solid despite damning impeachment testimonies

After two weeks of extraordinary open hearings that Democrats envisioned as their best opportunity to shape public opinion on impeachment, Donald Trump claims to be impervious to the cascade of damaging revelations because of hardening Republican opposition to his removal from office. → Read More

Trump’s GOP support hardens despite damning impeachment testimony

As the inquiry hurtles toward impeachment and a Senate trial, Republicans on Capitol Hill are solidly behind the president, even if they offer scattershot and at times contradictory defenses of his alleged wrongdoing. → Read More

Book by ‘Anonymous’ describes Trump as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation

The unidentified author claims that senior Trump administration officials considered resigning en masse last year in a “midnight self-massacre” to sound a public alarm about the president’s conduct. → Read More

From 'hell' to 'lynching,' Trump presides over a coarsening of political language

Donald Trump unleashed a gusher of foul language, referring to himself as a “son of a bitch,” claiming that Joe Biden was a good vice president only because “he understood how to kiss Barack Obama's ass,” and saying “hell” 18 times - and that was all in a singl → Read More

From ‘hell’ to ‘lynching,’ Trump presides over a coarsening of political language

Donald Trump unleashed a gusher of foul language, referring to himself as a “son of a bitch,” claiming that Joe Biden was a good vice president only because “he understood how to kiss Barack Obama’s ass,” and saying “hell” 18 times – and that was all in a single campaign rally. → Read More

Anonymous author of Trump ‘resistance’ op-ed to publish a tell-all book

The author’s original 2018 column in the New York Times ricocheted around the world and stoked the president’s rage because of its devastating portrayal of Trump in office. → Read More

Trump’s season of weakness: A president who prizes strength enters key stretch in a fragile state

Trump supremacy is being challenged inside his own realm. With his administration engulfed by crisis, Trump can no longer control the forces once solidly arrayed behind him. → Read More

‘I sort of thrive on it’: The impeachment crisis shines a spotlight on Trump’s state of mind

He has bullied and projected, portrayed himself as a victim and struck an authoritarian tone as he battles the biggest threat to his presidency so far. → Read More

Trump’s Syria decision tests the bounds of Republican support as he demands solidarity on impeachment

Many Republicans feel far safer breaking with Trump on more distant issues of foreign policy, where the president often finds himself outside of his party’s historic positioning, than on matters that personally affect Trump. → Read More

‘Out on a limb’: Inside the Republican reckoning over Trump’s possible impeachment

The GOP is paralyzed as lawmakers weigh their political futures, their legacies and their allegiance to a president who has held them captive. → Read More