Tuesday’s Debate: A Milestone in the History of Climate Politics

Wallace’s original question was whether Trump believes the scientific consensus about climate change in light of the fires burning in California; the president dodged it rather than repeat his recent assertions that the science can’t be trusted and the earth is about to start cooling. When Wallace pressed him to clarify whether he accepted that […]

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James Baker’s 7 Rules for Running Washington

Sometimes, more aggressive strategies of press management were required. In 1990, treacherous weather nearly derailed a superpower summit with the Soviets, which had been set to take place aboard ships in Malta. When the logistics debacle threatened to become the narrative, Baker, by then the secretary of state, told Tutwiler to immediately feed the media […]

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Virginia governor and first lady test positive for coronavirus

The Democrat, the country’s only governor who is also a doctor, has previously been criticized by some Republican lawmakers who say his restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus are too stringent. Northam said in a statement that his test result shows that the virus is “very real and very contagious.” “We are […]

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A Secret Service agent ‘choke slammed’ him at a Trump rally. DHS said it was fine.

Joe Biden might be back on the campaign trail after months of quarantining in the basement of his Delaware home, but his team is still trying to keep him inside an impenetrable coronavirus bubble. “I stepped one foot out and one foot in. He grabs me and basically throws me back in the pen,” the […]

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Is Puerto Rico the Next Senate Battleground?

“People in the continental U.S. think that Puerto Ricans are going to vote Democratic, but on the other hand, the conservative values and Latin traditions are more akin to the values of a Republican Party,” said José Garriga Picó, a political scientist and former member of the Puerto Rican Legislature. “You can’t really predict what […]

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Once again, U.S. at pandemic crossroads

Even during the devastating summer, the country has made gains. Testing is more widely available, though it’s still troubled and now shifting away from broad surveillance of asymptomatic people, who can still spread the virus. Masks are more common, though not universal. Health care workers have more protective gear, though there are still dangerous gaps. […]

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De Blasio: Threat of 22,000 layoffs is ‘painfully real’

“If you’re going to keep cutting and keep cutting, it has to at some point reach personnel. It’s just pure logic of budgets, and it’s very sad logic. I don’t like it one bit, and I want to avert this at all costs. So that 22,000 number is painfully real,” he said. De Blasio has […]

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Protests erupt after tainted election in Belarus

Tikhanovskaya was a surprise replacement for her husband Sergei, a popular blogger who was arrested when he tried to launch a presidential campaign. She held large rallies in Minsk and in provincial cities, riding a groundswell of popular discontent at Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994. The lopsided margin of victory is seen […]

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Postpone the Election? That Could Mean President Biden

In the absence of an election by January, Trump’s time as president will end on January 20, 2021. Article II of the Constitution provides that a president is elected to serve a four-year term, and Trump’s four years will be up on that date. Without a new electoral mandate, he’s out. Who, then, steps into […]

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Christie heaps praise on Bill Stepien years after ousting him amid bridge scandal

“I’ve never seen anyone in politics who’s worked as hard as Bill Stepien,” Christie said. “One of the things I said in the aftermath of his appointment is there will not be a detail that will fall through the cracks with Bill Stepien in charge.” Christie’s warm endorsement of Stepien stood in stark contrast to […]

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