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Peter Baker

Peter Baker is the Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times covering President Trump and his administration and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.  He recently returned to the White House beat after a year as Jerusalem Bureau Chief and previously covered President Obama.

Prior to joining the The New York Times, Baker was with The Washington Post where he covered President George W. Bush’s second term, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, Supreme Court nominations and midterm elections.  He also covered President Bill Clinton’s second term, co-writing the story that broke the Monica Lewinsky scandal and serving as the paper’s lead writer on the subsequent House impeachment battle and Senate trial.

In between stints at the White House, Baker and his wife, Susan B. Glasser, were The Washington Post's Moscow Bureau Chiefs for nearly four years, a period that coincided with the rise of Vladimir Putin and the latest political and economic transformation of Russia. Among other stories, Baker covered the Moscow theater siege, the Beslan school takeover and the war in Chechnya. During that time, Baker also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and reported from throughout Central Asia and the Middle East. He was the first American newspaper reporter to enter Afghanistan after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and he embedded with the Marines' commanding general on the road to Baghdad.

Baker is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton” (Scribner, 2000), and with Glasser of “Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution” (Scribner, 2005). He is currently working on a book about the Bush presidency for Doubleday.

A native of the Washington area, he attended Oberlin College and worked at The Washington Times before joining The Washington Post in 1988 as a Virginia reporter.

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  • The New York Times
    November 16, 2017
    Another woman went on national television this week to press her case of sexual assault by a powerful figure. But the accused was not Roy S. Moore or Harvey Weinstein or Donald J. Trump. It was Bill Clinton.
  • The New York Times
    November 4, 2017
    President Trump is not a favorite in the extended Bush household. Former President George Bush considers him a “blowhard,” only interested in feeding his own ego. Former President George W. Bush, his son, thinks Mr.
  • The New York Times
    November 2, 2017
    President Trump on Thursday backed off his threat to send the suspect in this week’s New York terrorist attack to the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, but once again called for the man to be executed, a public intervention in the cas
  • The New York Times
    November 2, 2017
    President Trump projected an air of calm on Wednesday after charges against his former campaign chief and a foreign policy aide roiled Washington, insisting to The New York Times that he was not “angry at anybody” and that investigations into his cam
  • The New York Times
    October 31, 2017
    President Trump on Tuesday tried to diminish the significance of a former foreign policy adviser, who admitted to lying to the F.B.I.
  • The New York Times
    October 28, 2017
    How much does it cost to knock off a foreign leader? In 1964, the asking price to assassinate Cuba’s Fidel Castro was $150,000.
  • The New York Times
    October 26, 2017
    Few seem as excited about the release of the final batch of secret documents from the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy as the current occupant of the Oval Office.
  • The New York Times
    October 14, 2017
    The president was frustrated. Lawmakers were not passing what he wanted. They were “obstructionists,” he complained. So he took out his pen, signed his name to an order and took action on his own.
  • The New York Times
    October 13, 2017
    President Trump sought to reassure Puerto Rico on Friday that he was not abandoning the hurricane-ravaged island, shifting his message a day after blaming its leadership for the territory’s ongoing crisis and warning that he "cannot keep” federa
  • The New York Times
    October 12, 2017
    The short trip to the Pennsylvania state capital underscored the complicated politics of the tax fight for the president.
  • The New York Times
    October 11, 2017
    President Trump threatened on Tuesday to use federal tax law to penalize the National Football League over players who kneel in protest during the national anthem, but the White House later backed off, saying he was only making a point.
  • The New York Times
    October 6, 2017
    Even if he stays, Mr. Tillerson is now a wounded figure, his credibility at home and abroad diminished by the perception that he does not have a close alignment with the president.
  • The New York Times
    October 2, 2017
    “President Trump undercut his own secretary of state on Sunday, calling his effort to open lines of communication with North Korea a waste of time, and seeming to rule out a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear-edged confrontation with Pyongyang.
  • The New York Times
    September 30, 2017
    President Trump lashed out at the mayor of San Juan on Saturday for criticizing his administration’s efforts to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, accusing her of “poor leadership” and implying that the island, which lacks electricity and has li
  • The New York Times
    September 23, 2017
    The war of words between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, raised concerns on Friday that it could escalate into a new and more volatile phase as the White House weighed its next steps in response to a threat by Pyongyang to cond
  • The New York Times
    September 8, 2017
    By the time President Trump woke up on Thursday morning, he was feeling upbeat. And as he watched television news reports about his fiscal agreement with Democrats, he felt like telling someone.
  • The New York Times
    August 14, 2017
    In a diplomatic gamble, President Trump is seeking to enlist China as a peacemaker in the bristling nuclear-edged dispute with North Korea at the very moment he plans to ratchet up conflict with Beijing over trade issues that have animated his polit
  • The New York Times
    August 10, 2017
    President Trump’s aides knew he planned to deliver a tough message to North Korea on Tuesday, but they did not expect a threat that rivaled the apocalyptic taunts often used by his target, Kim Jong-un.
  • The New York Times
    August 9, 2017
    President Trump threatened on Tuesday to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea if it endangered the United States, as tensions with the isolated and impoverished nuclear-armed state escalated into perhaps the most serious foreign policy challen
  • The New York Times
    August 8, 2017
    Former President Barack Obama, emerging from partial seclusion more than six months after leaving office, weighed in on Monday about the tense political situation — not in the United States, but in his father’s home country, Kenya.
  • Mike Pence Rejects Report That He Is Positioning for 2020
    August 7, 2017
    Vice President Mike Pence declared his loyalty to President Trump on Sunday and denounced a New York Times article suggesting that he was positioning himself to run for president in 2020 if Mr. Trump does not seek a second term.
  • The New York Times
    August 4, 2017
    President Trump engaged in contentious telephone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia in his early days in office, pressing them to make concessions to satisfy his own domestic political needs in exchanges so sharp that he said talking to P
  • The New York Times
    July 27, 2017
    The internal rivalries of the White House spilled out into stark public view on Thursday morning as President Trump’s new communications director called out his chief of staff on live television, suggesting that he may be a leaker — all over a leak t
  • The New York Times
    July 20, 2017
    President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr.
  • The New York Times
    July 18, 2017
    President Trump agreed on Monday to certify again that Iran is complying with an international nuclear agreement that he has strongly criticized, but only after hours of arguing with his top national security advisers, briefly upending a planned anno
  • The New York Times
    July 13, 2017
    At 6:14 p.m. on June 7, 2016, Donald Trump Jr.
  • The New York Times
    June 24, 2017
    The president seems determined to define his time in office by demolishing what his predecessor did.
  • The New York Times
    June 10, 2017
    President Trump on Friday reaffirmed the longstanding United States commitment to come to the defense of any NATO members that are attacked.
  • The New York Times
    June 6, 2017
    President Trump has grown sour on Mr. Sessions, now his attorney general, blaming him for various troubles that have plagued the White House.
  • The New York Times
    June 3, 2017
    On Friday, a day after Mr. Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate change accord, the White House refused to say whether the president still considers climate change a hoax.
  • The New York Times
    June 2, 2017
    In President Trump’s calculation, withdrawing from the accord will be a political winner.
  • The New York Times
    May 31, 2017
    President Trump assailed Democrats and a television comedian on Wednesday in his latest Twitter blasts since returning from an overseas trip.
  • The New York Times
    May 30, 2017
    President Trump, in his first public remarks since returning from a nine-day overseas trip, paid tribute to fallen American troops in a traditional Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, saying they “died in war so we could live in peace.”
  • The New York Times
    May 23, 2017
    President Trump traveled to Bethlehem on Tuesday, meeting with the Palestinian leader and vowing again to “do everything I can” to break through decades of resistance to reach a peace deal but reporting no concrete progress.
  • The New York Times
    May 18, 2017
    The notion that President Trump will actually be impeached seemed like liberal wishful thinking, but a new prosecutor represented a serious threat and Washington was abuzz on Wednesday with the surround sound of scandal.
  • The New York Times
    May 17, 2017
    The revelation adds a potential diplomatic complication to an episode that has renewed questions about how the White House handles sensitive intelligence.
  • The New York Times
    May 5, 2017
    When President Trump announced Thursday that he would visit the centers of three great religions on his first foreign trip, his advisers presented it as a sign that the United States planned to marshal a powerful coalition against the forces of intol
  • The New York Times
    May 3, 2017
    As President Trump hosts the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, at the White House on Wednesday for the first time, he faces enormous obstacles to his new peacemaking venture — including pressure from his own party to take a tougher stance on Palesti
  • The New York Times
    May 1, 2017
    In his first 100 days in power, President Trump has transformed the nation’s highest office in ways both profound and mundane, pushing traditional boundaries, ignoring longstanding protocol and discarding historical precedents as he reshapes the Whit
  • The New York Times
    April 25, 2017
    In case anyone was wondering, President Trump wants it known that he does not care about the false judgment of his administration after just 100 days. “It’s an artificial barrier,” he sniffed the other day. “Not very meaningful,” he scoffed.
  • The New York Times
    April 21, 2017
    The Trump administration flew Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American aid worker, home to the U.S. on Thursday after negotiating her release from three years of captivity in Egypt.
  • The New York Times
    April 18, 2017
    As he nears 100 days in the White House, President Trump has demonstrated that while he won office on a populist message, he has not consistently governed that way.
  • The New York Times
    April 14, 2017
    For President Trump, the road to changing his mind on China included a discussion with corporate executives in the State Dining Room of the White House in February.
  • The New York Times
    April 11, 2017
    President Trump's administration has spoken with multiple voices as it seeks to explain its evolving Syria policy. But one voice has not been heard from: that of Mr. Trump himself.
  • The New York Times
    April 5, 2017
    Now Susan Rice finds herself back in the cross hairs as her handling of intelligence involving President Trump’s associates comes into question.
  • The New York Times
    April 4, 2017
    Ever since he seized power in a military takeover nearly four years ago, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt has been barred from the White House.
  • The New York Times
    March 18, 2017
    President Trump provoked a rare public dispute with America’s closest ally on Friday after his White House aired an explosive and unsubstantiated claim that Britain’s spy agency had secretly eavesdropped on him at the behest of President Barack Obama
  • The New York Times
    March 17, 2017
    The White House made clear on Thursday that it would stand by the president's unsubstantiated claim that President Obama secretly tapped his phones last year.
  • The New York Times
    March 11, 2017
    he candidate he was advising last fall was running on a platform of America First. The client he was working for last fall was paying him more than $500,000 to put Turkey first.
  • The New York Times
    March 3, 2017
    Mr. Kislyak’s networking success has landed him at the center of a sprawling controversy and made him the most prominent, if politically radioactive, ambassador in Washington.
  • The New York Times
    March 1, 2017
    President Trump defended his tumultuous presidency on Tuesday and said he was eager to reach across party lines and put aside “trivial fights” to help ordinary Americans.
  • The New York Times
    February 21, 2017
    Federal authorities would be empowered to immediately deport vastly more undocumented immigrants as part of a broad crackdown being developed by the Trump administration.
  • The New York Times
    February 17, 2017
    President Trump on Thursday dismissed reports about his associates’ contacts with Russia last year in a contentious news conference.
  • The New York Times
    February 15, 2017
    Mr. Flynn’s rise and fall followed familiar patterns in Washington, where ambitious figures secure positions of great authority only to lose them.
  • The New York Times
    February 13, 2017
    These are chaotic and anxious days inside the National Security Council.
  • The New York Times
    February 6, 2017
    President Trump is barreling into a confrontation with the courts barely two weeks after taking office.
  • The New York Times
    February 3, 2017
    President Trump, after promising a radical break with the foreign policy of Barack Obama, is embracing some key pillars of the former administration’s strategy.
  • The New York Times
    January 30, 2017
    President Donald Trump's order closing the nation to refugees and people from certain predominantly Muslim countries provoked a crisis just days into his administration.
  • The New York Times
    January 24, 2017
    President Trump upended America’s traditional, bipartisan trade policy on Monday as he formally abandoned the ambitious, 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • The New York Times
    January 23, 2017
    What works on the way to the White House does not always work once a candidate gets there.
  • The New York Times
    January 20, 2017
    Donald John Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, ushering in a new and more unpredictable era.
  • The New York Times
    January 19, 2017
    Former President George Bush was in stable condition at a Houston hospital on Wednesday after doctors performed a procedure to clear his airway.
  • The New York Times
    December 29, 2016
    Even before Secretary of State John Kerry issued his scathing critique of Israeli policies on Wednesday, President-elect Donald J. Trump essentially told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ignore it.
  • The New York Times
    May 31, 2016
    The comparison was inflammatory, to say the least. Former Gov. William F. Weld of Massachusetts equated Donald J.
  • The New York Times
    February 29, 2016
    The first time President Obama sat down to pick a new Supreme Court justice, surprised aides discovered that he had gone beyond the briefing memos to read the leading candidate’s past judicial rulings.
  • The New York Times
    February 20, 2016
    Justice Antonin Scalia used to say he was better at responding to criticism than to praise.
  • The New York Times
    February 13, 2016
    The death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday immediately set off a partisan battle over a vacancy that could reshape the Supreme Court for years to come, as Senate Republicans called on President Obama to let his successor fill the seat.
  • The New York Times
    January 19, 2016
    When President Obama flew to Boise, Idaho, for a speech last winter, he met privately with the wife of an Iranian-American pastor held prisoner in Iran since 2012. Freeing her husband, he promised, was one of his top priorities.
  • The New York Times
    January 16, 2016
    President Obama gave interviews at the White House on Friday to three popular YouTube figures.
  • The New York Times
    January 15, 2016
    After his State of the Union address, President Obama headed to two states that voted against him, in part, aides said, because he wanted more encounters in his last year in office with people who disagree with him.
  • The New York Times
    January 14, 2016
    Lisa Martin woke up in the middle of the night last winter, the mother of a newborn son nursing anxieties about his future.
  • The New York Times
    January 13, 2016
    Over the course of 48 hours, Americans will confront two starkly disparate views of Barack Obama’s America that will frame the debate over the future of the country in this election year and beyond.
  • The New York Times
    January 11, 2016
    For the final time, President Obama will mount the rostrum in the House chamber on Tuesday to deliver a State of the Union address.
  • The New York Times
    January 9, 2016
    President Obama plans to leave an empty seat in the House gallery next week when he delivers his final State of the Union address to symbolize the victims of gun violence in the United States, a senior administration official said Friday.
  • The New York Times
    January 8, 2016
    He thought George W. Bush was perpetrating “a fraud” on America as a presidential candidate, Vladimir V. Putin had “enormous potential,” and the people of Wyoming would be “shooting at me” if he visited.
  • The New York Times
    January 4, 2016
    With the voting for his successor getting underway in less than a month, President Obama is moving up his State of the Union address a couple of weeks in hopes of laying out his closing agenda while the country is still paying attention.
  • The New York Times
    December 19, 2015
    President Obama ended a tumultuous year in the nation’s capital by commuting the sentences of 95 federal prisoners and granting two pardons on Friday, building on his push to reorient the nation’s criminal justice system with a holiday season stroke
  • The New York Times
    December 18, 2015
    President Obama, seeking to counter pressure for a military escalation in response to terrorist attacks, told a group of news columnists this week that sending significant ground forces back to the Middle East could conceivably result in the deaths o
  • New York Times
    November 30, 2015
    In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Paris, President Obama wanted to make clear that much of the world was with the United States in fighting the Islamic State.
  • The New York Times
    November 25, 2015
    President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to an eclectic mix of Americans from the sciences, arts, sports, politics and human rights, some of them household names and others who he indicated should be.
  • The New York Times
    November 24, 2015
    President Obama planned to welcome President François Hollande of France to the White House on Tuesday to map out the future of the international campaign against the Islamic State as pressure rose for a more aggressive approach.
  • The New York Times
    November 20, 2015
    Jonathan J.
  • The New York Times
    November 19, 2015
    By attacking civilian targets well beyond its territory, the Islamic State has seemingly accomplished what diplomats had failed to do.
  • The New York Times
    November 17, 2015
    Time after time, the question was essentially the same: Why isn’t your strategy against the Islamic State working?
  • The New York Times
    November 16, 2015
    For President Obama, the short-term response to the terrorist attacks in Paris was straightforward and relatively easy: The American military and intelligence agencies provided information to help French warplanes bomb Islamic State targets on Sunday
  • The New York Times
    November 14, 2015
    When the Islamic State stormed onto the scene in Syria and Iraq, it seemed focused on seizing territory in its own neighborhood.
  • The New York Times
    November 12, 2015
    When President Obama first won the White House, he recruited Ray LaHood, a Republican congressman, to join his cabinet. The appointment, Mr. Obama said, “reflects that bipartisan spirit” that would distinguish his presidency.
  • The New York Times
    November 9, 2015
    For President Obama, it was a day of celebration. He had just signed the most important domestic measure of his presidency, his health care program.
  • The New York Times
    November 6, 2015
    Jeb Bush doesn’t show up a lot in the new biography of his father, but his advice during the 1992 re-election campaign offers some insight into his brand of conservatism leavened by political pragmatism.
  • The New York Times
    November 5, 2015
    After years of holding back, former President George Bush has finally broken his public silence about some of the key figures in his son’s administration, issuing scathing critiques of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H.
  • The New York Times
    November 2, 2015
    President Obama plans to announce a series of small initiatives on Monday intended to make it easier for former prisoners to find jobs and live in subsidized housing, part of his broader drive to remake the criminal justice system.
  • The New York Times
    October 31, 2015
    President Obama announced on Friday that he had ordered several dozen Special Operations troops into Syria for the first open-ended mission by United States ground forces in that country, deepening American involvement in a war he has tried to avoid
  • The New York Times
    October 19, 2015
    President Obama has already made clear what he will miss the most when he leaves office in 15 months. “People sometimes ask me what the biggest perk of being president is,” he told visitors at the White House last week. “No. 1 is the plane.”
  • The New York Times
    October 13, 2015
    Even Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. seems to be getting a little tired of the Joe Biden Watch.
  • The New York Times
    October 10, 2015
    She showed up with color-coded maps. He wrote long private memos. She argued for sending more troops to fight the enemy and help rebuild a country. He argued for a more targeted mission, a smaller deployment and a limit on how long they would stay.
  • The New York Times
    September 30, 2015
    For four years, President Obama has watched the civil war in Syria with deep frustration. It is, he tells advisers, an intractable situation, though he uses a grittier word.
  • The New York Times
    September 28, 2015
    As President Obama makes his way through the halls and chamber of the United Nations with all the other world leaders attending the General Assembly this week, it will be a little like a high school reunion with motorcades.
  • The New York Times
    September 25, 2015
    In case anyone had doubt, the White House wanted it known on Thursday that it was President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia who asked to meet with President Obama, not the other way around.
  • The New York Times
    September 24, 2015
    Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, challenged Congress and by extension the mightiest nation in history on Thursday to break out of its cycle of polarization and paralysis to finally use its power to heal the “open wounds” o
  • The New York Times
    September 21, 2015
    Pope Francis will arrive at a military base outside the capital on Tuesday afternoon to open his first visit to the United States, and President Obama will be there to welcome him.
  • The New York Times
    September 15, 2015
    He may not be a candidate anymore, but President Obama could not help wading a bit into the high-octane campaign to succeed him on Monday, urging the state that holds the nation’s first caucuses to vote against candidates who rail against teachers or
  • The New York Times
    September 14, 2015
    As if there were not enough visitors to Iowa these days, the first caucus state will host on Monday the one person who knows for a fact he won’t be living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue come the end of January 2017.
  • The New York Times
    September 10, 2015
    It started out as just another day at the White House.
  • The New York Times
    September 9, 2015
    To hear Dick Cheney tell the tale, he and President George W. Bush were slowly but surely squeezing Iran into submission until President Obama and his team came along and recklessly let up the pressure.
  • The New York Times
    September 1, 2015
    Chelsea Clinton warned her parents that international relief efforts in Haiti were a disaster and that major changes were needed in a memo released on Monday that offered a rare window into her role in America’s most prominent political family.
  • The New York Times
    August 24, 2015
    At first, he had to worry about a remote piece of land in Arkansas that no one wanted. Then there were billing records that went missing before mysteriously reappearing in the White House. And of course there was the blue dress.
  • The New York Times
    August 19, 2015
    Bill Clinton was called the first black president because he crossed racial lines so easily, a distinction he lost when Barack Obama became the first actual black president.
  • The New York Times
    August 14, 2015
    Before the United States and Cuba could seal a historic diplomatic rapprochement brokered in 18 months of secret talks, they first had to hide a pregnancy.
  • The New York Times
    August 13, 2015
    Long before Lucy Mercer, Kay Summersby or Monica Lewinsky, there was Nan Britton, who scandalized a nation with stories of carnal adventures in a White House coat closet and endured a ferocious backlash for publicly claiming that she bore the love ch
  • The New York Times
    July 28, 2015
    President Obama on Monday lashed out at Republican presidential candidates for making what he called “ridiculous” claims about his policies and “outrageous attacks” that crossed the line of political decorum.
  • The New York Times
    July 27, 2015
    For President Obama, the birth of South Sudan four years ago was the capstone of his Africa policy. He sent his United Nations ambassador, Susan E.
  • The New York Times
    July 24, 2015
    The first time Barack Obama visited Kenya, the land of his father, he was hoping to fill “a great emptiness” he felt inside, to figure out who he was and where he fit in the world.
  • The New York Times
    July 17, 2015
    They opened the door to Cell 123, and President Obama stared inside.
  • The New York Times
    July 15, 2015
    On one thing, at least, both sides in the fierce debate over President Obama’s nuclear accord with Iran agree: He will go down in history because of it. The disagreement relates to how. As a peacemaker or an appeaser?
  • The New York Times
    July 13, 2015
    Hosting a rockfish and crab lunch for a visiting Vietnamese leader, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. seemed subdued as he talked of a painful history and a promising future between the United States and Vietnam.
  • The New York Times
    July 2, 2015
    In December 2009, toward the end of her first year as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed to a joint interview with perhaps her best-known living predecessor, Henry Kissinger.
  • The New York Times
    July 1, 2015
    The United States and Cuba will announce an agreement on Wednesday to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, formally restoring diplomatic relations more than a half-century after they were ruptured, according to administration officials.
  • The New York Times
    June 26, 2015
    President Obama spoke with President Vladimir V.
  • The New York Times
    June 25, 2015
    President Obama’s success in rescuing his high-priority trade legislation from a rebellion by fellow Democrats strengthens his hand internationally and paves the way for completion of the most expansive economic agreement in generations.
  • The New York Times
    June 23, 2015
    President Obama will fly to Charleston, S.C., on Friday to attend the funeral of the pastor killed in the massacre at an African-American church last week, the White House said on Monday.
  • The New York Times
    June 19, 2015
    The shooting massacre of a black pastor and his parishioners at a South Carolina church on Wednesday night once again confronted President Obama with a moment of racial turmoil in a country that for all its progress has yet to completely shed the bur
  • The New York Times
    June 15, 2015
    For more than six years, the short walk from the Oval Office downstairs to the Situation Room has all too often meant bad news or grim choices.
  • The New York Times
    June 12, 2015
    President Obama is open to expanding the American military footprint in Iraq with a network of bases and possibly hundreds of additional troops to support Iraqi security forces in their fight against the Islamic State, White House officials said on T
  • The New York Times
    June 2, 2015
    Just one senator voted against the Patriot Act, calling it a violation of civil liberties when it passed in the frightening, angry days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
  • The New York Times
    May 27, 2015
    With time running out, President Obama on Tuesday urged the Senate to pass legislation to renew surveillance programs that are scheduled to expire next weekend or risk endangering the American people.
  • The New York Times
    May 22, 2015
    President Obama denied that the United States and its allies were losing the fight against Islamic State forces in the Middle East, but he acknowledged in an interview posted online on Thursday that more should be done to help Iraqis recapture lost t
  • The New York Times
    May 15, 2015
    So Jeb Bush now says he would not have invaded Iraq if he knew then what he knows today. Neither would Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, John R. Kasich, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum or Marco Rubio. In fact, Mr.
  • The New York Times
    May 12, 2015
    The decision by King Salman of Saudi Arabia to skip a summit meeting called by President Obama reflects a new reality for two nations that for generations shared goals in the Middle East but that are now at odds in fundamental ways.
  • The New York Times
    May 5, 2015
    As he reflected on the festering wounds deepened by race and grievance that have been on painful display in America’s cities lately, President Obama on Monday found himself thinking about a young man he had just met named Malachi.
  • The New York Times
    May 4, 2015
    President Obama will have another opportunity on Monday to address the racially charged turmoil in Baltimore and what he has called the “slow-rolling crisis” of police relations with minorities when he meets with a group of young black and Hispanic m
  • The New York Times
    April 29, 2015
    For thousands of years, in societies around the globe, marriage has meant the union of a man and a woman. “And suddenly,” said Justice Stephen G. Breyer, “you want nine people outside the ballot box” to change that by judicial fiat.
  • The New York Times
    April 28, 2015
    The last time a Clinton and a Bush ran for president, the country was awash in crime and the two parties were competing to show who could be tougher on murderers, rapists and drug dealers.
  • The New York Times
    April 23, 2015
    President Obama on Thursday offered an emotional apology for the accidental killing of two hostages held by Al Qaeda, one of them American, in a United States government counterterrorism operation in January, saying he takes "full responsibility
  • The New York Times
    April 17, 2015
    President Obama and the Republicans in Congress clashed over taxes and wealth on Thursday, a day after many Americans sent checks to the Internal Revenue Service, as the House voted to repeal the federal tax levied on multimillion-dollar estates.
  • The New York Times
    April 16, 2015
    In his assertions of executive power to advance his agenda in an era of gridlock, President Obama has been largely on offense. But his latest battle with Congress not only left him on defense, it actually broke the gridlock. Against him.
  • The New York Times
    April 15, 2015
    The White House relented on Tuesday and said President Obama would sign a compromise bill giving Congress a voice on the proposed nuclear accord with Iran as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in rare unanimous agreement, moved the legislation t
  • The New York Times
    April 14, 2015
    The Obama administration on Monday proposed a new regulation for offshore oil and gas rigs intended to improve equipment standards and well designs and avoid a catastrophic spill like the one in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
  • The New York Times
    April 9, 2015
    As Republicans criticize the nuclear deal President Obama and other world leaders struck with Iran last week, some of them say it would be better just to leave the current interim agreement in place instead. That, of course, would be the same inte
  • The New York Times
    April 6, 2015
    President Obama strongly defended last week’s preliminary agreement with Iran as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to curb the spread of nuclear weapons in a dangerous region while reassuring critics that he would keep all options available if Tehra
  • The New York Times
    April 3, 2015
    On the day he took office, President Obama reached out to America’s enemies, offering in his first inaugural address to “extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” More than six years later, he has arrived at a moment of truth in testin
  • The New York Times
    April 1, 2015
    In his latest confrontation with Congress, President Obama on Tuesday blocked Republican efforts to overturn new union-friendly federal regulations issued by his administration.
  • The New York Times
    March 31, 2015
    For years, Kenya has been a political headache for President Obama and a geopolitical headache for the United States. But now in his seventh year in office, with his last election behind him, Mr.
  • The New York Times
    March 30, 2015
    When former Secretary of State James A. Baker III accused Israel’s leader this week of undermining the chances of peace in the region, he said nothing more than the kinds of things he had said at times when he was in office a quarter-century ago.
  • The New York Times
    March 26, 2015
    American warplanes began airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Tikrit late Wednesday, finally joining a stalled offensive to retake the Iraqi city as American officials sought to seize the initiative from Iran, which had taken a major role in
  • The New York Times
    March 12, 2015
    The Obama administration said Wednesday that it would provide another $75 million in nonlethal aid to Ukraine’s military.
  • The New York Times
    March 11, 2015
    President Obama wants any nuclear deal reached with Iran to last at least 10 years. But a threat by Republican senators raises the question of whether it would last even 22 months.
  • The New York Times
    March 10, 2015
    The fractious debate over a possible nuclear deal with Iran escalated on Monday as 47 Republican senators warned Iran about making an agreement with President Obama, and the White House accused them of undercutting foreign policy.
  • The New York Times
    March 5, 2015
    For all of the attention focused on what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said in his high-profile address to Congress on Tuesday, what may be just as important is what he did not say.
  • The New York Times
    March 3, 2015
    President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel offered radically divergent approaches to the perils of a nuclear-armed Iran on Monday even as they tried to cool down the personal nature of a long-distance dispute that has inflamed re
  • The New York Times
    February 25, 2015
    For President Obama, this has been a week to guard his power. He went to court to defend his executive action on immigration while fighting an effort by lawmakers to reverse it.
  • The New York Times
    February 20, 2015
    As he sought to rally the world behind a renewed attack on terrorism, President Obama argued on Thursday that force of arms was not enough and called on all nations to “put an end to the cycle of hate” by expanding human rights, religious tolerance a
  • The New York Times
    February 13, 2015
    Ever since President Obama ordered American warplanes to begin bombing terrorist targets in Iraq and Syria last year, members of Congress have insisted on having a say in the matter.
  • The New York Times
    February 12, 2015
    In seeking authorization for his six-month-old military campaign against the Islamic State terrorist group, President Obama on Wednesday did something that few if any of his predecessors have done: He asked Congress to restrict the ability of the com
  • The New York Times
    February 2, 2015
    For six years, the pattern has been the same. A dispute between American and Israeli leaders spills out into the open. Analysts declare the relationship in crisis.
  • The New York Times
    January 28, 2015
    President Obama concluded his three-day trip here Tuesday with a tough-love message to his hosts, as he vowed to be “India’s best partner” in taking its place in the ranks of the world’s great powers but urged it to do more to protect human rights an
  • The New York Times
    January 26, 2015
    On one level, of course, it was just a parade. But as President Obama watched marching military units pass by at India’s annual Republic Day celebration on Monday, it served as a fitting geopolitical metaphor as well.
  • The New York Times
    January 22, 2015
    The long-running debate over President Obama’s foreign policy centered Wednesday on a speech to Congress — not the one the president just delivered, but one that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel will give in three weeks.
  • The New York Times
    January 21, 2015
    Near the end of his State of the Union address, President Obama noted, “I have no more campaigns to run.” A few Republicans in the audience cheekily applauded. Mr.
  • The New York Times
    January 20, 2015
    With the American job market surging to life, President Obama plans to use his State of the Union address on Tuesday night to effectively declare victory over the economic hard times that dominated his first six years in office and advocate using the
  • The New York Times
    December 18, 2014
    President Obama on Wednesday ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century as he vowed to “cut loose the shackles of the past” and sweep aside one
  • The New York Times
    December 17, 2014
    The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, American officials said Wednesd
  • The New York Times
    December 16, 2014
    President Obama on Monday said that after several months of fighting, the United States and its partners had undercut the momentum of Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria, making clear to them that Americans will not back down and in the end, “we wil
  • The New York Times
    December 15, 2014
    Just hours before he publicly responded last week to the Senate Intelligence Committee report accusing the Central Intelligence Agency of torture and deceit, John O.
  • The New York Times
    December 11, 2014
    President Obama on Wednesday found himself caught in the middle of a collision between the Central Intelligence Agency and his own Democratic allies, who accused the White House of helping to cover up a legacy of torture and put the president on the
  • The New York Times
    December 10, 2014
    For four years, according to Central Intelligence Agency records, no one from the agency ever came to the Oval Office to give President George W. Bush a full briefing on what was happening in the dark dungeons of Afghanistan and Eastern Europe.
  • The New York Times
    December 10, 2014
    With the long-awaited Senate report on the use of torture by the United States government — a detailed account that will shed an unsparing light on the Central Intelligence Agency’s darkest practices after the September 2001 terrorist attacks — set t
  • The New York Times
    December 8, 2014
    A long-awaited Senate report condemning torture by the Central Intelligence Agency has not even been made public yet, but former President George W.
  • The New York Times
    December 5, 2014
    The death of an unarmed black man from a police chokehold in New York scrambled the politics of race and law enforcement on Thursday as some conservatives who stood by the police in Ferguson, Mo., condemned them on Staten Island.
  • The New York Times
    November 26, 2014
    With his party in a shambles after a disastrous midterm election and his administration ensnared in a messy war in the Middle East, the president stood in the East Room and showed his defense secretary the door.
  • The New York Times
    November 25, 2014
    By the time Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart checked into a luxury hotel near the famous beaches of Oman earlier this month, a long-sought deal that has eluded the last two American presidents to roll back Tehran’s nuclear pr
  • The New York Times
    November 20, 2014
    President Obama on Wednesday took a break from crisis and gridlock to advance two often-overlooked priorities focused on children, one to wire more of the nation’s schools to the Internet and the other to overhaul child care for low-income families.
  • The New York Times
    November 14, 2014
    President Obama emerged from last week’s midterm election rejected by voters, hobbled politically and doomed to a final two years in office suffering from early lame-duck syndrome. That, at least, was the consensus in both parties.
  • The New York Times
    November 6, 2014
    President Obama shook off an electoral drubbing on Wednesday and said he was eager to find common ground with Republicans during the final two years of his presidency, but he swiftly defied their objections by vowing to bypass Congress and use his ex
  • The New York Times
    November 5, 2014
    Two things were clear long before the votes were counted on Tuesday night: President Obama would face a Congress with more Republicans for his final two years in office, and the results would be seen as a repudiation of his leadership.
  • The New York Times
    October 30, 2014
    They came to bid farewell to Benjamin C. Bradlee, a “journalistic warrior.” They paid tribute to his fearless fervor for a good story, his old-school patriotism, his impatient energy, his irreducible magnetism and his sailor’s vocabulary.
  • The New York Times
    October 27, 2014
    When Jeb Bush decides whether to run for president, there will be no family meeting à la Mitt Romney, no gathering at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport to go over the pros and cons.
  • The New York Times
    October 22, 2014
    In taking office during two overseas wars and the Great Recession, President Obama set out to restore society’s frayed faith in its public institutions, saying that the question was not whether government was too big or small, “but whether it works.
  • The New York Times
    October 21, 2014
    President Obama says he now believes that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states but expressed support for the more incremental approach taken by the Supreme Court.
  • The New York Times
    October 7, 2014
    After resigning as secretary of defense last year, Leon E. Panetta watched with growing dismay at what he perceived as a president losing his way. Instead of asserting American leadership on the world stage, Mr.
  • The New York Times
    October 3, 2014
    Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety.
  • The New York Times
    October 1, 2014
    President Obama must be touched by all the concern Republicans are showing him these days.
  • The New York Times
    September 30, 2014
    By late last year, classified American intelligence reports painted an increasingly ominous picture of a growing threat from Sunni extremists in Syria, according to senior intelligence and military officials.
  • The New York Times
    September 29, 2014
    President Obama and his wife, Michelle, were angry at the Secret Service for the way it handled a 2011 incident in which a gunman fired shots that hit the White House while one of their daughters was at home, The Washington Post reported on Saturday
  • The New York Times
    September 11, 2014
    In ordering a sustained military campaign against Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, President Obama on Wednesday night effectively set a new course for the remainder of his presidency and may have ensured that he would pass his successor a volati
  • The New York Times
    September 9, 2014
    When President Obama addresses the nation on Wednesday to explain his plan to defeat Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria, it is a fair bet he will not call them the “JV team.”
  • The New York Times
    September 3, 2014
    American and European officials are struggling to devise a response as Russia bears down on Ukraine, searching for new measures that will have more impact than the economic sanctions imposed so far, without risking major damage to their own industrie
  • The New York Times
    August 28, 2014
    He went off to fight, telling a cousin that “I may never return” but “I will gain a name in this war.” First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing proved right on both counts.
  • The New York Times
    August 20, 2014
    The two men in open-collar shirts sat facing each other, papers and a BlackBerry strewn on a coffee table, sober looks on both their faces. One leaned forward, gesturing with his left hand, clearly doing the talking.
  • The New York Times
    July 30, 2014
    The United States and Europe kicked off a joint effort on Tuesday intended to curb Russia’s long-term ability to develop new oil resources, taking aim at the Kremlin’s premier source of wealth and power in retaliation for its intervention in Ukraine.
  • The New York Times
    July 29, 2014
    President Obama will issue new guidelines on Friday to curtail government surveillance, but will not embrace the most far-reaching proposals of his own advisers and will ask Congress to help decide some of the toughest issues, according to people bri
  • The New York Times
    July 28, 2014
    As a young lawmaker defining himself as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama visited a center for scholars in August 2007 to give a speech on terrorism. He described a surveillance state run amok and vowed to rein it in.
  • The New York Times
    July 28, 2014
    As it tries to punish Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine, the White House asserts that the sanctions it has imposed have had a “significant impact” on Russia’s economy, but their real effect so far, according to economic specialists, appears to b
  • The New York Times
    July 25, 2014
    President Obama plans to sign an executive order requiring that janitors, construction workers and others working for federal contractors be paid at least $10.10 an hour, using his own power to enact a more limited version of a policy that he has yet
  • The New York Times
    July 25, 2014
    After five years of fractious political combat, President Obama declared independence from Congress on Tuesday as he vowed to tackle economic disparity with a series of limited initiatives on jobs, wages and retirement that he will enact without legi
  • The New York Times
    July 25, 2014
    As President Obama took to the road on Wednesday to promote an “opportunity agenda” that he vowed to enact with or without Congress, lawmakers began sorting through issues on which they may yet come together during what promises to be a treacherous m
  • The New York Times
    July 25, 2014
    President Obama has persuaded some of the nation’s largest companies, including Walmart, Apple, General Motors and Ford, to revamp their hiring practices to avoid discriminating against applicants who have been out of work for a long stretch of time.
  • The New York Times
    July 23, 2014
    The White House has pressured the chief executives of some of America’s largest energy, financial and industrial corporations into canceling plans to attend an international economic forum in Russia to be hosted by President Vladimir V.
  • The New York Times
    July 23, 2014
    Some of the hardest hits of Super Bowl Sunday came a couple of hours before kickoff.
  • The New York Times
    July 23, 2014
    President Obama met with Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, at the White House on Monday but made no effort to change Mr. Reid’s mind on the trade initiative that has divided them, according to Democrats briefed on the session.
  • The New York Times
    July 23, 2014
    President Obama brought his top Afghanistan commanders to the Oval Office on Tuesday to discuss the way forward in a war he is determined to end by the end of the year, even as he finds himself stymied by an unreliable partner and an uncertain future
  • The New York Times
    July 23, 2014
    Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly disparate foreign policy crises all at once — in Ukraine, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere — but making the current upheaval more complicated for Mr.
  • The New York Times
    July 23, 2014
    President Obama travels to Mexico on Wednesday for a brief but politically fraught visit aimed at forging closer trade ties with America’s two closest neighbors even as his party’s leaders back home have vowed to undercut his efforts.
  • The Washington Post
    July 22, 2014
    Televisions around the White House were aglow with pictures of Ukrainians in the streets, demanding to be heard and toppling a government aligned with Russia.
  • The New York Times
    July 22, 2014
    The downing of a commercial Boeing 777 in the Ukrainian war zone on Thursday inflamed an already volatile international crisis and may bolster President Obama’s efforts to isolate Russia if evidence points to complicity by Moscow’s separatist allies.
  • The New York Times
    July 22, 2014
    From the start, the telephone call did not go well. Dispensing with pleasantries, President Vladimir V. Putin launched into an edgy and long-winded complaint about the new American sanctions imposed on Russia the day before.
  • The New York Times
    July 22, 2014
    President Obama on Monday sternly denounced Russia and the separatists it supports in Ukraine for blocking access to the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down last week, declaring that “time is of the essence” to recover bodies and
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    As Russia dispatched more forces and tightened its grip on the Crimean Peninsula on Sunday, President Obama embarked on a strategy intended to isolate Moscow and prevent it from seizing more Ukrainian territory even as he was pressured at home to res
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    For all his bluster and bravado, President Vladimir V. Putin’s assurance on Tuesday that Russia does not plan, at least for now, to seize eastern Ukraine suggested a possible path forward in the geopolitical crisis that has captivated the world.
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    They wanted to break away from a country they considered hostile. The central government cried foul, calling it a violation of international law. But with the help of a powerful foreign military, they succeeded in severing ties.
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    The interim prime minister of beleaguered Ukraine planned to make the rounds here on Wednesday as he seeks help bolstering his fragile government and even more fragile economy while somehow reversing Russia’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula.
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    President Obama and Ukraine’s interim prime minister opened the door on Wednesday to a political solution that could lead to more autonomy for Crimea if Russian troops withdraw, as the United States embarked on a last-ditch diplomatic effort to defus
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    A month ago, most Americans could not have found Crimea on a map.
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    Bill Clinton found him to be cold and worrisome, but predicted he would be a tough and able leader. George W.
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    Amid the chest-thumping between President Obama and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in recent weeks, one question has lingered: How big a threat is Russia, anyway?
  • The New York Times
    July 21, 2014
    President Obama has spent much of his presidency mired in the challenges of a world well outside the borders of Europe — the turmoil of the Middle East, the power struggles in Asia and the terrorist threats percolating in northern Africa, Pakistan an
  • The New York Times
    July 18, 2014
    The elder George Bush will not give a speech. He is done with all that, he tells friends.
  • The New York Times
    July 18, 2014
    With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he runs for president, one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education.
  • The New York Times
    July 18, 2014
    President Obama traveled to a high school in the Washington suburbs on Monday to announce the winners of $107 million in grants intended to update curriculums to better integrate work experiences and real-world learning opportunities.
  • The New York Times
    July 18, 2014
    Two days before joining other presidents in Texas to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, President Obama tackled enduring inequality himself on Tuesday, in this case economic disparity based on gender.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 16, 2014
    President Obama is preparing to nominate Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio as his new secretary of housing and urban development, elevating one of his party’s Hispanic rising stars as part of a cabinet shuffle that has possible implications for the
  • The New York Times
    July 15, 2014
    For three days, the veterans of a long-ago movement reunited and drew together their spiritual heirs to explore the legacy of the Civil Rights Act a half-century after it transformed America. And then the legacy walked onstage.
  • The New York Times
    July 11, 2014
    President Obama warned President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday against further disruption of eastern Ukraine even as the United States and Europe prepared to expand sanctions against leading Russian figures in the next few days.
  • The New York Times
    July 11, 2014
    President Obama, seeking to shore up support for midterm elections that threaten to cost his party control of the Senate, vowed Wednesday to improve federal job training programs and chastised Republicans for blocking an overhaul of immigration law.
  • The New York Times
    July 11, 2014
    The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union reached an agreement on Thursday evening that called for armed pro-Russian bands in eastern Ukraine to surrender the government buildings they have seized and that outlined other steps to defu
  • The New York Times
    July 11, 2014
    Even as the crisis in Ukraine continues to defy easy resolution, President Obama and his national security team are looking beyond the immediate conflict to forge a new long-term approach to Russia that applies an updated version of the Cold War stra
  • The New York Times
    July 9, 2014
    As President Obama listens to assessments of his foreign policy these days, he grows deeply frustrated. Syria? Ukraine? Afghanistan? What more do his critics want him to do? Get into another war?
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    The Obama administration on Monday announced one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change, a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    As he began a four-day trip to Europe, President Obama announced new measures intended to bolster security in Central and Eastern Europe in response to Russia’s intervention in the crisis in Ukraine, including its annexation of Crimea.
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    The deadly rescue mission in Afghanistan in 2002 began when Petty Officer First Class Neil C.
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    President Obama met on Wednesday for the first time with the newly elected president of Ukraine and pledged American support for efforts to stabilize a country torn by corruption, economic turmoil and a violent pro-Russian insurgency broadly believed
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    President Obama started his day in Warsaw struggling to convince his friends in Central and Eastern Europe that the United States is being tough enough with Russia.
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    A senior Obama administration official said Thursday that the operation to free Sgt.
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    At a time of renewed tension harking back to a darker era, the leaders of the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia put aside their differences for a few hours on Friday to honor the moment decades ago when their predecessors joined forces to libe
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    One day in April, President Obama called Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, to wish him a happy Passover. However the call started, it went downhill from there.
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    The United States on Monday imposed additional sanctions against Russian government officials and companies deemed close to President Vladimir V. Putin, accusing Moscow of failing to live up to its agreement to defuse the crisis in Ukraine.
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    American commandos operating under the cover of night seized the man suspected of leading the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi, Libya, the government announced on Tuesday, ending a manhunt that had dragged on for nearly two year
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    Peter Baker on what this latest round of sanctions targeting Russia means.
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    Standing in Al Faw palace in Baghdad, surrounded by an artificial lake and the ragged remnants of eight years of war, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. felt a surge of emotion on that day in December 2011.
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    The Obama administration said on Monday that it has accepted from the Iraqi government the same sort of immunity agreement for newly dispatched Special Operations troops that it refused to accept in 2011, when it opted to withdraw all American troops
  • The New York Times
    July 8, 2014
    The Obama administration has drawn up plans to escalate sanctions against Russia by targeting its financial, energy and defense industries, but faces resistance from European allies hoping to avoid a broader economic clash with Moscow that would hurt