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    The Most Popular Governors in America Are Republicans in Blue StatesSome states are so strongly Democratic that Republicans let their governors do and say heretical things to stay in office.
  2. vision 2020
    Biden Botches an Apology to Anita Hill at the Worst Possible TimeThis was not the flawless, forward-looking campaign launch that Joe Biden really needed, and it may presage future problems.
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    Liberal Activists Put a Unity Pledge on the Table for 2020Maybe primary voters should take their own pledge to avoid candidates who won’t pledge civility and unity.
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    Biden’s Strategy for Winning the 2020 Nomination: No Early StumblesBiden can campaign as a unity candidate, or as the leader of a “moderate” faction. But he has no margin of error.
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    Why Republicans Might Not Mind Losing the White House in 2020If Republicans hang onto the Senate in 2020 and have the power to obstruct, they might decide their future looks brighter without the 45th president.
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    Franklin Graham Tells Buttigieg to ‘Repent’ Being GayThe president’s good friend thinks he knows more about Pete Buttigieg’s sexual orientation than Mayor Pete’s creator.
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    What Do Democrats Mean by ‘Electability’?Some think centrists are more electable, and some think it’s progressives, minority candidates, or those good at telling “narratives.”
  8. mueller time
    Mueller Report Failed to Move Trump’s Approval RatingsDespite Barr’s spin and the damaging evidence in the actual report, Trump remains an unpopular president — who could still win reelection.
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    The Turnout Boom in 2018 Was a Preview for 2020A Trump-centric election and the expansion of ways to register and vote early should combine to keep turnout as high in 2020 as it was in 2018.
  10. census
    How Disastrous Is Adding a Citizenship Question to the Census?Benjamin Hart and Ed Kilgore discuss SCOTUS’s apparent willingness to let the Trump administration get away with undercounting the population.
  11. impeachment
    Warren’s Impeachment Gambit Could Work Out Well for HerBy endorsing impeachment even as House Democratic leaders and most of her rivals held back, she could strengthen her claim to progressive support.
  12. supreme court
    Supreme Court Telegraphs Approval for Adding Citizenship Question to CensusIf the decision goes the way it appears to be going, states with many immigrants will lose federal funds and all sorts of political clout.
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    Biden’s Shock-and-Awe Strategy for 2020 Race Smells Like Jeb’s in 2016Jeb Bush offers an eternal cautionary tale for early front-runners with ideological baggage.
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    Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Need 2016 Support Levels to Win Lots of DelegatesThe 15 percent minimum threshold for winning delegates will make it easier for front-runners like Sanders and Biden to hog them.
  15. sri lanka attacks
    Outside the U.S., Persecution of Christians Is Real, As Sri Lanka Bombings ShowIn an increasing number of countries, particularly in Asia, Christians face challenges a lot more stressful than “Happy Holidays” greetings.
  16. federal reserve
    Trump Finally Pulls Plug on Cain for FedCain pushed back against Senate hostility to his Fed ambitions, but his baggage proved to be all too much.
  17. lgbtq rights
    Supreme Court to Decide Whether Anti-Discrimination Laws Cover LGBTQ EmployeesSCOTUS will clarify whether federal laws offer broad protections to LGBTQ employees. Kavanaugh’s presence on the Court creates grounds for pessimism.
  18. mueller time
    If Democrats Don’t Impeach Trump, They Could Still Censure HimCensure resolutions may not be as satisfying, but they’d be much easier to initiate and pass, and could ramp up pressure on congressional Republicans.
  19. impeachment
    Elizabeth Warren Comes Out for ImpeachmentWhere Warren leads, will other candidates follow — and will House Democrats be taken where they have so far refused to go?
  20. impeachment
    Should Democrats Impeach President Trump?Intelligencer staffers debate whether it would be principled or foolish to impeach the president with the election on the horizon.
  21. vision 2020
    Has Joe Biden Lost His Ability to Unite Democrats?If elite progressive concerns about Biden spread to actual Democratic voters, his status as a potential unity candidate could be seriously damaged.
  22. mueller time
    Mueller Report Subpoena Fight Is the First Skirmish in a Long War to ComeAmong other things, the House Democratic leadership needs to show an impeachment-hungry base it’s willing to fight.
  23. mueller time
    Trump Deserves Impeachment. But Should the Democrats Do It?Yes, Mueller seems to have provided an “impeachment referral.” But it remains risky and perhaps unnecessary this close to the 2020 election.
  24. mueller time
    On Obstruction of Justice, Mueller Punted to Congress and the 2020 ElectorateMueller strongly suggested that impeachment or electoral defenestration is the only remedy for the misconduct he documents.
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    Terry McAuliffe Won’t Run for President in 2020The ebullient former Clinton money man will refocus on Virginia, where his party’s troubles may enable him to return to the governorship in 2021.
  26. mueller time
    11 Areas of Obstruction of Justice Mueller InvestigatedMueller’s findings of fact about Trump’s behavior hardly seem “exonerating” at all.
  27. mueller time
    Barr Confirms White House Got a Sneak Peek at the Mueller ReportSeems that Barr helped Team Trump pre-spin the Mueller report — an effort that continued with his press conference spinning it just before release.
  28. foreign policy
    Note to John Bolton: ‘Three Stooges of Socialism’ Is Not a Terrifying AllusionTrump’s national security adviser can’t seem to decide if the administration’s Latin American enemies are scary or figures of fun.
  29. mueller report
    Remembering the Starr Report As We Await the Mueller ReportIt’s unlikely Mueller’s report will have the seismic impact of the dirty book Ken Starr put together, which 20 million people read the first two days.
  30. mueller time
    Five Reasons Why Republicans Won’t Abandon Trump Like They Ditched NixonNixon had weaker intraparty support than Trump, who will benefit from likely polarization over the Mueller report.
  31. vision 2020
    Buttigieg Wants to Bring Back One of Bill Clinton’s Signature ProposalsExpanding national service was Clinton’s most reliable 1992 applause line, and it could help candidates like Mayor Pete strike a communitarian tone.
  32. vision 2020
    Which Democratic Presidential Candidates Have Qualified for the First Debates?Thirteen candidates have already made the cut, thanks to their standing in the polls or grassroots fundraising.
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    Why Julián Castro Could Be 2020’s Dark Horse CandidateThe former San Antonio mayor and head of HUD has a long way to go to become a viable candidate, but the Latino vote could give him a path to victory.
  34. vision 2020
    In a Eulogy for a Friend, Biden May Have Buried the Old Democratic Party, TooBiden and his late South Carolina friend were both embodiments of a more accommodating era of politics. Can Biden “evolve” beyond it?
  35. bernie sanders
    Should Establishment Democrats Fear Bernie Sanders?Intelligencer staffers discuss the Vermont senator’s uneasy relationship with party insiders, and whether he’s any less electable than his rivals.
  36. vision 2020
    Poll Shows Roy Moore Is Still the Wacko to Beat in AlabamaMoore may draw multiple GOP rivals, but don’t bet the farm against him — or against Democratic incumbent Doug Jones.
  37. democrats
    Safe Districts Exist to Produce Insurgents Like AOC — and Leaders Like PelosiSo far AOC has done nothing to threaten her party other than asking Democrats to consider a more aggressive and expansive agenda.
  38. vision 2020
    William Weld Isn’t Going to Save the GOP From TrumpThe former turned current Republican is as much of a threat to Trump as the gnats Richard Nixon swatted aside in 1972.
  39. vision 2020
    From Breezy Beto to Wonky Warren: How Candidates Use PolicyPolicies can be an ideological marker, a signature, or even an identity.
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    Why Joe Biden’s ‘Obama Strategy’ Is Smart — and RiskyObama’s mantle can hide a multitude of Biden’s political sins. But it also draws attention to Obama’s hands-off attitude toward 2020.
  41. vision 2020
    The 10 Worst Presidential-Nomination CampaignsThere have been plenty of woofers — and warnings — for the 2020 presidential field.
  42. elizabeth warren
    The Labor Movement’s Resurgence in Democratic PoliticsIntelligencer staffers discuss which candidate might win over newly empowered unions in 2020.
  43. immigration
    Could Trump’s Illegal Plan to Ship Migrants to Cities Make Everyone Happy?The president’s assumption that urban liberals hate and fear migrants as much as he and the MAGA folk do isn’t necessarily accurate.
  44. vision 2020
    Echoing Trump, McConnell Calls for Making 2020 a ‘Referendum on Socialism’When conservatives cannot tout their own agenda, launching a Red Scare is a handy perennial approach.
  45. federal reserve board
    Herman Cain’s Fed Nomination Likely Over Before Trump Even Made ItWith four GOP senators opposed to Herman Cain, who’s yet to be formally nominated, Trump may focus on his other bad idea for the Fed, Stephen Moore.
  46. vision 2020
    Manchin Torments Democrats Some More With Endorsement of Susan CollinsThe sort-of-Democratic senator from West Virginia is doing everything he can to undermine his party’s drive to regain control of the upper chamber.
  47. immigration
    Conservatives Are Pushing to Put One of Their Own in Charge of Homeland SecurityHe’s very far to the right on immigration and everything else, but Cuccinelli may have yet to fully earn Trump’s trust.
  48. religion
    Mayor Pete Is Putting a Spotlight on the Prejudices of the Christian RightButtigieg’s challenge to Pence exposes the atavistic prejudices underlying a homophobia rooted in religious dogma.
  49. vision 2020
    Why Democrats Could Pick a Nominee Sooner Than You ThinkWhile pundits like to dream of a contested convention, an early knockout remains a real possibility.
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    Trump May Freak Out Florida With Green Light for Offshore DrillingFlorida Republican elected officials fear Trump’s relationship with fossil-fuel industries could lead him to a politically disastrous decision.
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