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This Delusional John Kasich Ad Imagines What His Nomination Will Look Like

It's become almost banal to refer to the presidential campaign of Ohio governor John Kasich as "delusional," insofar as the man doesn't seem to have a feasible path to the nomination or even a strategy. There are signs, moreover, that his alleged "pact" with Ted Cruz to give each other a wide berth in several states just ahead is not working and may even be backfiring in Indiana, where Kasich won't ask his supporters to vote for the Texan and some are even gravitating to Trump out of anger at an insider-ish corrupt bargain. 

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John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the Flesh’

Just as we were all getting used to the idea of Ted Cruz with his new sidekick Carly Fiorina leading a desperate, last-minute charge on behalf of sensible Republicans everywhere to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican presidential nomination, along comes former Speaker John Boehner with an assessment of Cruz that's probably very common on Capitol Hill.

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Why Is Donald Trump a Patsy for Vladimir Putin?

The universal headline summary of Donald Trump’s prepared foreign-policy speech yesterday was that it lacked details. Trump’s campaign encouraged this conclusion by leaking in advance that it would contain few specifics, and media correctly primed to think of Trump as an ignorant blowhard covered it as such. But the speech, in fact, contained an important and somewhat-curious idea: The United States should form a closer relationship, even an alliance, with Russia. To get the thrust of Trump’s point, it has to be read in full context, which he presented in counter-position with his policy toward China:

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Obamacare Haters Still Not Giving Up, Still Totally Wrong

The Affordable Care Act has insured 20 million more Americans and come in so far under budget that Washington is spending less on health care now than it was expected to spend before Obamacare passed into law. And yet the ranks of Obamacare haters trudge on nonetheless, carrying the flame for a core tenet of the conservative credo that faithful adherents dare not abandon. The latest grist for the anti-Obamacare mill is news that UnitedHealthcare is pulling out of the state-based exchanges, which has produced headlines in the conservative media like “Obamacare on the skids” (Washington Times) and “Obamacare disaster will be Obama’s enduring legacy” (Marc Thiessen).

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Trump Beat Cruz at His Own Organizational Game in Pennsylvania

On April 19, NBC News reported the Cruz campaign was bragging that its organizational wizardry would enable the Texan to pick up a lot of Pennsylvania's 57 unbound delegates on April 26 — delegates that were elected at the congressional-district level with no indication on the ballot of their presidential-candidate preferences. Indeed, Cruz's Keystone power was supposedly why he was spending the evening of April 19 in that state rather than personally witnessing his drubbing in New York that night. 

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De Blasio’s Inner Circle Subpoenaed in Corruption Probe

The federal investigation into Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising tactics went one step further on Wednesday as several members of his inner circle — along with City Hall itself — were served with subpoenas. According to "people familiar with the matter," those subpoenaed include Emma Wolfe, the mayor's director of intergovernmental affairs and chief political aide; Ross Offinger, a top fundraiser; and BerlinRosen, a consulting firm co-founded by one of his top advisers. De Blasio's legal counsel told The Wall Street Journal that the mayor himself hasn't been personally served.

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Cruz Names Fiorina As Veep Pick — Smooth Move or Last Gasp?

Amid incipient panic among Establishment Republicans after Donald Trump's near-sweep of delegates in five northeastern primaries Tuesday, Ted Cruz is making a quick move today to get himself some media coverage and theoretically gain an advantage in California, the last of several crucial primaries he needs to win to keep Trump out of the winner's circle. While campaigning in the first of such states, Indiana, he's announcing former candidate Carly Fiorina as his would-be/will-be running mate, according to several credible sources

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The Trump vs. Clinton Game Is on for November

Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. This week: Trump closes in on the GOP nomination, Kasich and Cruz's dysfunctional alliance, and how North Carolina's bathroom law is factoring into the presidential race. 

After last night's sweep, Donald Trump surpassed Mitt Romney's 2012 popular-vote total and is, by some calculations, "two key states" from securing the nomination. What kind of changes should we expect once his main target becomes Hillary Clinton?
You can forget about those “two key states.” The fat lady has sung in harmony with the presumptive attorney general, Chris Christie. The Trump-versus-Clinton game is on for November. As for what kind of changes we can expect from Trump, I guess we’re to believe he’ll act more “presidential” (as he keeps putting it). But of course he won’t. His last much-remarked-upon attempt at that, in which he unexpectedly referred to Ted Cruz as “Senator Cruz,” didn’t last a week before he reverted to “Lyin’ Ted.” The shelf life of today’s “presidential” Trump stunt, a foreign-policy speech in Washington presumably delivered from a teleprompter, won’t last much past the moment he hops back on Twitter at Trump Tower tonight.

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The Case for Deficit Optimism

For all the sound and fury, Washington’s actually making real progress on debt.

By Ezra Klein
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The NRA's Democratic Helpers

Harry Reid and other pro-gun Democrats leave Obama in need of unlikely allies.

By Steve Kornacki

From the Archives

New York Magazine / Nov. 5, 2010

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After November's glitch, Boehner, McConnell and Congress strike familiar poses.

By John Heilemann
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With Friends Like These

Obama drew progressive ire from day one.

By John Heilemann
New York Magazine / Nov. 30, 2008

Hiding In Plain Sight

How one undocumented family lives in our sanctuary city.

By Jeff Coplon