Opinion | There’s a Term for What Happened at the Capitol This Week: ‘Whitelash’

Will America ever be able to break this cycle, and what will it take? In the darkness of this week, we should not lose sight of what the Georgia results reinforced: the power of myriad voters, especially Black ones, to make American democracy work better for everyone. Whitelash is an old American ritual, one my […]

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Opinion | The Way to Keep Georgia Blue

To those of us who believe that the Republican Party has essentially become a cult of personality hostile to our nation’s institutions, this preoccupation is not just frustrating; we believe it poses a danger to our democracy. Democrats can’t afford to neglect the multiracial coalition that saved them this year or they will lose more […]

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Abuela is always right, and other lessons from Florida 2020

From left: Martha, Diana, Sabrina, Gloria | Sabrina Rodriguez/POLITICO Illustration/Bill Kuchman It’s an unspoken rule not to talk politics at the dinner table — unless you have a podcast recording, then it’s fine! POLITICO’s Sabrina Rodriguez gets real with her Cuban family — abuela Diana, aunt Gloria and mom Martha — about their 2020 votes, […]

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Snow leopard at Kentucky zoo tests positive for coronavirus

All three showed mild symptoms and are being monitored closely, but are expected to make full recoveries, the Louisville Zoo said in a statement. No other animals were showing symptoms, the zoo said. The cats were likely infected by an asymptomatic staff member, despite precautions that included caretakers wearing personal protective equipment, officials said. The […]

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First ‘second gentleman’ will teach at Georgetown Law next spring

“I’ve long wanted to teach and serve the next generation of young lawyers,” Doug Emhoff said in a statement. | AP Photo/Paul Vernon Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, will be teaching at the Georgetown University’s law school in Washington, D.C., next semester, according to a press release from the university. He’ll […]

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Clyburn flexes muscle on DNC pick

“I’m sure it’s his for the asking,” said James Zogby, a DNC member who previously served on the party’s Unity Reform Commission. “He’s been a state chair. He knows what it’s like. He knows the other state chairs. They are the heart and soul of the party.” Biden has not made public whom he prefers […]

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‘Every Day Was Like a Veep Episode’: The Veepiest Moments of the Trump Era

Jan. 20, 2017Under rainy skies, Trump delivers a bleak inauguration speech invoking national failures and “American carnage.” Former President George W. Bush, who sits behind him on the dais, later declares: “That was some weird shit.” White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks at the White House, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Washington. | AP […]

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Obama to be honored by PEN America

During the ceremony, Obama and historian Ron Chernow, a former PEN board president, will discuss freedom of expression and the importance of truth in a world of misinformation. Obama’s previous books include “Dreams from My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope.” “As an organization of writers, we have always seen President Obama not just as […]

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The inexorable rise of Jake Sullivan

Reflecting on his time in the Obama White House, Sullivan said he felt more could have been done there, too, to put the average American on the agenda in the Situation Room on a regular basis. And he paused for a long moment when asked how the rise of Trump and Trumpism had affected his […]

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Newsom issues new pardons, commutations and medical reprieves

The details: To date, Newsom has granted a total of 63 pardons and 78 commutations while in office, but these represent the first reprieves granted during his administration, spokesperson Jesse Melgar said. The grants from Newsom went to people who “have participated in a range of rehabilitative programs and have demonstrated their transformation,” his office […]

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