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  1. dan lipinski
    House Democratic Campaign Committee Cancels Fundraiser for Anti-Abortion DemProgressive and pro-choice groups refused to back off support for Lipinski primary opponent Marie Newman, and the DCCC threw in the towel.
  2. housing
    Why California Killed Its ‘Upzoning’ Bill. Again.NIMBYs get another win over efforts to preempt local zoning rules restricting housing supply.
  3. memorial day
    Military Brass Warn Trump Against Memorial Day Pardons for War CriminalsCurrent and former military leaders think it’s a terrible way to celebrate Memorial Day.
  4. mueller time
    Schiff–DOJ Deal for Mueller Documents Slows Down Impeachment MomentumNancy Pelosi may have obtained a temporary reprieve from pressure to initiate impeachment proceedings against a stonewalling president.
  5. 2019 elections
    Democrat Beshear to Take On ‘Least Popular Governor’ in Red KentuckyMatt Bevin has richly earned his unpopularity, especially among those who value public education. Sheer partisanship is his top asset.
  6. vision 2020
    Today’s Dark-Horse Candidates Could Be Tomorrow’s SupernovasThere’s a decent chance a little-known Democrat will become a contender when better known. Donald Trump, however, will need strong turnout and luck.
  7. lgbtq rights
    Texas Republicans Fighting to Protect Chick-fil-A’s Right to DiscriminateIn a mostly symbolic fight between equality and “religious liberty,” Republicans stand up for the Evangelical chicken purveyor.
  8. abortion
    Alabama’s Extreme Abortion Law Is Dividing RepublicansSuddenly Republicans are exposing their common extremism by arguing over rape exceptions to a total abortion ban.
  9. vision 2020
    Trump’s Approval Rating Slumps Back to NormalAgain and again, it’s obvious Trump’s popularity just isn’t elastic, no matter what the economy is doing or special prosecutors have said.
  10. war crimes
    Why Trump Loves War CriminalsIntelligencer staffers discuss the president’s reported intention to pardon soldiers who committed atrocities.
  11. war crimes
    Will Trump Go Nixonian With Clemency for American War Criminals?Trump is reportedly mulling clemency for several men accused of war crimes, reminiscent of Nixon beneficiary William Calley.
  12. mike pence
    Pence Is the Enforcer of Trump’s Compact With the Christian RightPence’s war on Planned Parenthood is just one token of his role in the administration as the chief representative of the Christian right.
  13. religion
    Trump Is Not a Defender of Religious Liberty but a Threat to ItTrump’s combination of hate-mongering and loud identification with Christianity is the antithesis of the American tradition of religious pluralism.
  14. vision 2020
    Will Old Folks Stick With Joe Biden?There’s a dynamic that could undercut his exceptional popularity among seniors, across racial and gender lines.
  15. trump tax returns
    Mnuchin Refuses to Comply With Trump Tax Return Subpoena From CongressThe Treasury secretary shows his contempt for Congress, but he apparently won’t be held in contempt of Congress.
  16. vision 2020
    Caucuses Aren’t King on the Democratic Campaign Trail AnymoreTen states will move toward primaries, and it should boost turnout in 2020.
  17. lgbtq rights
    House Passes LGBTQ Anti-Discrimination Act, Which Will Die in the SenateThe Equality Act won’t become law so long as Republicans control the Senate and the White House. Every House Democrat voted for it.
  18. abortion
    Early-Term Abortion Bans Open Rift in Anti-Abortion MovementThey all agree on the goal of banning all abortions everywhere, but they disagree on the means of getting there and on how open to be about it.
  19. vision 2020
    De Blasio ’20 Is Ridiculous, But Not That RidiculousNow that the mayor has ignored everyone’s advice and is running for president, it’s time to treat him just like any other doomed candidate.
  20. vision 2020
    Marianne Williamson Is a Lefty With SoulAt a time when progressivism is more influential than ever in the Democratic Party, this spiritual guru is the most progressive of the 23 candidates.
  21. christian right
    Georgia’s Christian Right Had a Bad WeekGeorgia may pay a price for its anti-abortion “heartbeat bill,” and its insurance commissioner is in deep trouble for alleged corruption.
  22. abortion
    Extreme Abortion Bans Are Stepping All Over the GOP’s ‘Infanticide’ MessageIt’s not easy to call the other party “extremists” when your own state legislatures are trying to ban abortion entirely.
  23. twitter
    How My Aversion to Twitter Became CoolI kept resolving to keep up more with Twitter, until suddenly I found myself ahead of the curve.
  24. voting rights
    Voter Purges Show Why We Need a Constitutional Right to VoteAs one of the two major parties steadily moves toward open opposition to democratic principles, a stand for voting rights is essential.
  25. republicans
    GOP Extremism Was Powerful Before Trump, and It Will Outlive HimWe’ve forgotten how many radical causes the GOP embraced prior to 2016, and will likely embrace for some time.
  26. the states
    U.S. News’ ‘Best States’ Rankings Don’t Smile on Red OnesTwelve of the 13 states at the bottom of the rankings were Trump Country in 2016.
  27. immigration
    Democrats Are Developing a Clear Response to Trump on MigrantsWith seven Senate Democrats running for president on board with this alternative to Trump’s immigration policy, the bill could shape the 2020 debate.
  28. vision 2020
    The Asian-American Electorate Is Becoming a ForceDemocrats won 77 percent of the Asian-American vote in 2018 after losing it in the last midterms.
  29. 2019 special elections
    Bathroom Bill Author Most Likely GOP Nominee in North Carolina Special ElectionThe election is a ‘do-over’ after a Republican midterm campaign tampered with absentee ballots. With 10 candidates, though, there could be a runoff.
  30. scotus
    As Abortion Cases Loom, Breyer Warns Supreme Court May Overturn Major PrecedentWith a Roe v. Wade challenge easily available in the smorgasbord of state abortion restrictions, Breyer raised fears about conservatives’ next move.
  31. scotus
    Gorsuch and Kavanaugh Aren’t the Georgetown Prep Twins After AllThe two Trump justices are showing some differences, with Gorsuch acting as the more rigidly conservative jurist. But over time they could converge.
  32. politics
    House Democrats Subpoena Trump’s Tax ReturnsIt’s another step toward a conflict in the courts between Congress and Trump — and perhaps impeachment.
  33. impeachment
    Does Congress Need Impeachment Hearings to Investigate Trump?An argument for impeachment that’s gaining strength: It’s the only way to force the release of information central to congressional investigations.
  34. vision 2020
    At This Point in the 2016 Election Cycle, Trump Hadn’t Even Entered the Race YetTrump thinks Biden and Bernie have the 2020 Democratic race well in hand. He should know better from his own experience.
  35. vision 2020
    Democrats May Need a Big Presidential Win to Flip the Senate in 2020With a trend toward straight-ticket voting, the best strategy may be focusing on Trump in close states rather than recruiting ideal Senate candidates.
  36. house republicans
    Bad Boys Nunes, King, and Hunter Dominate House GOP Small-Dollar FundraisingSome pols raise grassroots money with charisma or ideology. In today’s House GOP, being outlandishly controversial works.
  37. trade war
    Trump Escalates Trade War With Higher Tariffs on Chinese GoodsTalks continue, but markets are jittery as the risk of a conflict that spins out of control is increasing.
  38. california
    California Bets That Progressive Policies Will Reinforce Economic GrowthTrump & Co. can conflate conservative policies and economic growth all they want; California’s doing fine going in a very different direction.
  39. vision 2020
    Is Trump Suddenly Becoming More Popular?The president hit his highest job-approval ratings in more than two years. Here’s what it means.
  40. vision 2020
    Will the Mountain West Become Pivotal in Future Elections?Yes, the Mountain West is growing rapidly, but it’s still going to need a lot more people and electoral votes to become the center of attention.
  41. vision 2020
    Team Trump Worried About 2020 OverconfidenceObjectively, Trump has little reason to feel confident, much less overconfident, about reelection.
  42. mueller time
    White House Bans Release of Mueller Documents; Barr to Be Held in ContemptThe ongoing fight between House Democrats and the administration over disclosure of Mueller documents escalates.
  43. mueller time
    White House Blocks Release of McGahn Documents Sought by CongressAs prelude to a claim of executive privilege and then litigation, the White House has extended its stonewalling of Congress to McGahn’s testimony.
  44. pete buttigieg
    Buttigieg Says God Not a Partisan, But Not Republican, EitherMayor Pete needs to be careful to avoid the slippery slope that leads to a self-righteous Christian left.
  45. vision 2020
    Gillibrand Offers Explicit Abortion Rights Litmus Test for Judicial NomineesIn hoping to stand out, Gillibrand will probably just set a pro-choice standard other candidates will soon emulate.
  46. vision 2020
    Former Anti-Trump Conservative Challenges Tillis for Not Being Trumpy EnoughAre Thom Tillis’s recent small rebellions against the president more lethal than his challenger’s unwillingness to bend the knee early in 2016?
  47. immigration
    Cotton Gets to the Right of the Trump Administration on ImmigrationThe administration is more generous about temporary guest-worker visas — like those used at some Trump properties — than about immigrants generally.
  48. vision 2020
    How Worried Should Democrats Be That Trump Won’t Concede?If he loses in 2020, he’ll likely contest the results. Intelligencer staffers debate how much that matters.
  49. vision 2020
    What Happens If More Than 20 Candidates Qualify for Democratic DebatesCandidates who don’t meet fundraising as well as polling thresholds could be cut from the debates entirely.
  50. vision 2020
    Jerry Falwell Jr. Wants to Extend Trump’s Term by Two Years As ‘Reparations’Trump retweeted the suggestion, adding to fears that he and his fans may dismiss any 2020 defeat as a “coup.”
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