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2018 Elections

  1. politics
    Red State Democrats Can Do Better Than Joe ManchinManchin’s Kavanaugh vote and recent strides by red state progressives raise questions about the wisdom of Dems settling for conservative candidates.
  2. politics
    McConnell Says Outrage Will ‘Blow Over’ and GOP Takeover of Courts Will ContinueThe Senate Majority leader has been enjoying his Kavanaugh confirmation victory lap, and says more conservative court stacking is on the way.
  3. the kavanaugh hearings
    Kavanaugh Goes to War As New Sexual-Assault Allegations EmergeThe guarded judge of the earlier Senate hearings is gone, as Kavanaugh identifies with his angry defenders.
  4. paul gosar
    GOP Representative Says ‘Stalin Would be Proud’ of Siblings Who Denounced HimThat “no-politics” rule might be difficult to enforce at Thanksgiving this year.
  5. government shutdown
    Congressional Republicans Ignoring Trump Government Shutdown ThreatsTrump is again threatening to shut down the federal government over border wall funding. His congressional allies are strangely sure he’s bluffing.
  6. the kavanaugh hearings
    If Kavanaugh Goes Down, Will Republican Voters Be Discouraged or Enraged?Losing Kavanugh could be a buzzkill for the Republican base in November, unless Democrats wind up getting the blame.
  7. the kavanaugh hearings
    Will Trump Stick With Kavanaugh Come Hell or High Water?It might be more rational to dump Kavanaugh and go with another SCOTUS nominee. But presidential rage may come into play.
  8. immigration
    Last Year’s Refugee Cap Was the Lowest Ever. Trump Just Cut It By a Third.The U.S. let nearly eight times as many refugees come in during 1980 as it will in the next year.
  9. the kavanaugh confirmation
    Why the Clock Is Ticking on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court NominationIf Brett Kavanaugh isn’t confirmed soon, Trump’s mission to reshape the Supreme Court could get dicier.
  10. the kavanaugh confirmation
    Trump Should Have Nominated a Woman to the Supreme CourtTrump’s famous vetting process did not protect him from a SCOTUS nominee who may join the president as a presumed sexual predator.
  11. donald trump
    Stephen Miller May Be the Only Staffer Trump Trusts NowTrump’s paranoia may lead him to rely ever more closely on his young and trollish policy adviser.
  12. puerto rico
    Florida Republicans Scramble to Repudiate Trump Tweets on Maria Death TollThe president has thrown a stink bomb into Florida politics at the worst possible moment.
  13. 2018 primaries
    Rhode Island’s Raimondo Brushes Aside Progressive ChallengeCalled by her opponent “an extreme corporatist Democrat,” the incumbent became the 13th woman to win a gubernatorial nomination this year.
  14. 2018 elections
    Ex-Cuomo Aide Drafted False Cynthia Nixon Anti-Semitism MailerThe Cuomo campaign confirmed that the flier was drafted and approved by two men close to the governor — though they say it was an oversight.
  15. donald trump
    Stormy Daniels to Publish a Tell-All Book About Trump Just Before MidtermsAdding to the distractions created by Bob Woodward’s book, it could be a stormy October for the White House.
  16. 2018 midterms
    New Hampshire Democratic Front-runners Win, Famous Son LosesNew Hampshire will elect either its first black congressperson or its first openly gay congressperson in the fall.
  17. 2018 elections
    Cuomo Aide Shopped Nixon Anti-Israel Story Ahead of False Anti-Semitism MailerThough Cuomo denies he knew about the inflammatory flier, the New York Post says one of his top campaign aides pitched a similar story on Nixon.
  18. 2018 elections
    Voters Hate Trump More Than They Like This EconomyTrump’s approval rating is falling, even as wages and consumer confidence rise. That suggests the economy won’t save Republicans in November.
  19. 2018 elections
    Manchin (Literally) Fires Away At Obamacare Repeal in New AdThe shoe is definitely on the other foot as Republican attacks on preexisting condition coverage are coming back to haunt them.
  20. Ayanna Pressley Beats 20-Year Incumbent Mike Capuano in Democratic Primary UpsetShe’s the second woman to unseat a House Dem in 2018, after Ocasio-Cortez, and she’ll be the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress.
  21. If Gillum’s Coalition Shows Up in November, It Could Be a Game-ChangerFlorida’s Andrew Gillum seems to have gotten a lot of young and minority voters who don’t usually participate in midterms to show up.
  22. Alabama Republicans Forsake Sessions for Trump, Who Looks Down on ThemNow Jeff Sessions’s old friends are abandoning him at the behest of a president who reportedly can’t stand southern accents or non-Ivy educations.
  23. How a Federal Job Guarantee Could Lower Crime & Help the Formerly IncarceratedCalifornia wildfires and the prison strike show us that the incarcerated are valuable workers. We should help them be productive when they leave, too.
  24. Progressive Andrew Gillum Wins Florida Democratic Gubernatorial Primary in UpsetBernie Sanders–endorsed Gillum, who hopes to be Florida’s first black governor, will face Trump pick Ron DeSantis in a high-stakes general election.
  25. House Republicans Have a Secret List of Trump Scandals They’re Covering UpThe GOP’s closing argument for the midterms: look at all the corruption that will be uncovered if Democrats gain control!
  26. Indicted Republican Blames Wife for Misusing Campaign FundsDuncan Hunter’s excuses for his serious legal fix are evolving and, well, totally shameless.
  27. Trump Overrules Kushner, Puts Hold on Criminal-Justice Reform BillIn the end, Trump listened to crime demagogues like Tom Cotton instead of Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley — or his own son-in-law.
  28. White House Reportedly Killed Bipartisan Bill to Fight Election HackingThe Secure Elections Act looked like a sure thing to become law, until it didn’t.
  29. Republican Senator Gives Trump Green Light to Fire SessionsLindsey Graham: “The president’s entitled to an attorney general he has faith in.” Which means a hack.
  30. Why Republicans, Not Democrats, Want the Midterms to Be About ImpeachmentThe Democratic base is sufficiently fired up, but the GOP hopes the rising threat of impeachment can rally Trump’s voters in November.
  31. 6 New Midterm Polls You’ll Want to SeeBarn-burners in Wisconsin and Texas, a GOP governor in trouble in Illinois, and other numbers from the campaign trail.
  32. Democratic Drive to Win Senate Hitting Some Barriers in Florida and New JerseyMost Senate observers are focused on Democrats in deep-red states. But Nelson of Florida is in trouble, and Menendez of New Jersey could be, too.
  33. Rep. Duncan Hunter Says He’s a Victim of Trump’s Justice Department — Like TrumpRep. Duncan Hunter, charged of making illegal purchases with campaign funds, accuses Democrats in Trump’s Justice Department of plotting against him.
  34. Trump Didn’t Get a Win for His Billionaire Buddy in WyomingFoster Friess’s vast wealth and Trump’s Election Day endorsement weren’t enough in a very competitive gubernatorial primary.
  35. California GOP Congressman Indicted for Personal Use of Campaign FundsOne of Trump’s allies, Hunter’s misuse of funds — for video games, dentistry, and a plane ticket for a pet rabbit — puts a safe GOP seat in jeopardy.
  36. Will Losing the House Bring Down Kevin McCarthy’s Bid for Leadership?Ryan’s designated successor has no choice but to get out there on the campaign trail. But anything other than a GOP win could be dangerous for him.
  37. Criminal-Justice-Reform Deal Facing Opposition From Left and RightTrump’s support is crucial to a deal that would add sentencing reforms to a House-passed prison-reform bill. But Cotton and Booker aren’t on board.
  38. Trump’s Base Has Become Too Delusional for the GOP’s Own GoodRepublican voters believe that Trump is wildly popular and Democrats have no chance of taking the House. That could keep them at home this November.
  39. Can Andrew Cuomo Win by Being Andrew Cuomo Again?Even as he’s pushed leftward, the governor thinks there’s still plenty of elbow room for a Democrat like him.
  40. Rich Absentee Landlords Make a Killing from California’s Prop 13Designed originally to protect middle-class homeowners, California’s Prop 13 is now benefiting rich absentee landlords who inherited their properties.
  41. Franken Resignation Casts Long Shadow on Keith EllisonDemocrats, especially in Minnesota, don’t want Ellison to suffer Franken’s fate, but also don’t want a double standard.
  42. year of the democratic woman
    GOP’s Fate in the Midterms Is in the Hands of WomenCollege-educated and minority women are trending Democratic at potentially historic levels. If white working-class women begin to join them, look out!
  43. GOP’s Fate in the Midterms Is in the Hands of WomenCollege-educated and minority women are trending Democratic at potentially historic levels. If white working-class women begin to join them, look out!
  44. Is Robert E. Lee a Hero? GOP Candidate’s Twitter Poll Isn’t Going as He HopedMississippi’s Chris McDaniel is sticking up for the Confederate general this week.
  45. California GOP Candidate for Governor Compares DMV Lines to the HolocaustThe underdog gubernatorial candidate got more than a little carried away in complaining about bureaucracy.
  46. No, Democrats Don’t Need a National Platform for the MidtermsThe most important thing to Democrats this year is that they aren’t the party that’s the party of Donald J. Trump.
  47. Steve Bannon Launches Comeback Nobody Asked ForHe’s helming a new pro-Trump group and putting out a documentary aimed at making the midterms a referendum on Trump’s impeachment.
  48. Bad News, Republicans, Voters Aren’t Afraid of Nancy PelosiA new CNN poll shows that the former Speaker isn’t the bogeyman the GOP wishes she was.
  49. Somebody Hacked a Democratic Opponent of ‘Putin’s Favorite Congressman’It’s a mystery, and nobody’s making accusations, but it can’t be good for Dana Rohrabacher that his pro-Russian views are getting fresh publicity.
  50. 2018 elections
    Vermont’s Christine Hallquist Wins Primary, Could Be First Transgender GovernorHallquist won Vermont’s Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, and will now face GOP incumbent Phil Scott, whose popularity just took a dive.
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