Politics/Election ’18

A Reaganesque Scheme for a GOP Reboot

If the party is going to survive Trump, it needs to cut the extremists loose and craft a broader message. Here’s how that succeeded before.

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‘It’s all fallen apart’: Newsom scrambles to save California — and his career

Halfway through his first term, the Democratic governor of the nation’s most populous state is scrambling to control a pandemic that has crippled the southern half of California since Thanksgiving. The pandemic has given Republicans, long sidelined in this heavily Democratic state, a rare opportunity to wound him. And Newsom is laboring to keep the […]

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An Annotated Guide to Jon Ossoff’s Extremely Online Twitter Feed

His long track record of doing so with journalists like the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel and Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal manages to be endearing instead of annoying because of what it reflects in hindsight. It was a less caustic era on the internet, when social media’s original novelty hadn’t yet worn off and such earnest conversational […]

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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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