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Past articles by Philip:

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

Trump publicly calls on China to investigate Bidens

Trump’s plea to China for an investigation into the Bidens came almost immediately after he addressed his trade war with China and amid a fast-moving impeachment inquiry. → Read More

‘A presidency of one’: Key federal agencies increasingly compelled to benefit Trump

The president’s personal concerns have become priorities of departments that traditionally have operated with some degree of political independence from the White House — and their leaders are engaging their boss’s obsessions. → Read More

Staring down impeachment, Trump sees himself as a victim of historic proportions

Part strategy, part therapy, Trump puts his feelings of persecution and self-pity on hourly display, claiming a vast conspiracy to undo his 2016 election. → Read More

Trump writes the GOP impeachment playbook: Scorched earth. But will it work?

The coming weeks will test whether Trump’s familiar blame-the-accuser-and-counterattack playbook will be successful in the face of mounting evidence that he asked Ukraine to dig up dirt on potential 2020 Democratic opponent Joe Biden. → Read More

Trump deflects and defies as Democrats speed up impeachment strategy

The showdown opened a new phase of the Trump presidency. He and his advisers have scrambled to adjust on the fly and from afar during a week of diplomacy at the United Nations. → Read More

Trump uses U.N. meeting to wage domestic political attack on Biden

The president defended his conduct in pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of corruption by the former vice president and his family. → Read More

Trump plays unusual role of warm-up act at massive Modi rally in Houston

The leaders of the world’s two largest democracies took the stage together before a roaring crowd of tens of thousands of Indian Americans. → Read More