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  1. the kavanaugh hearings
    Senate Cuts Off Debate on Kavanaugh, Making His Confirmation All But CertainIn the end, Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Joe Manchin are giving Kavanaugh the votes he needed.
  2. Study: You Can Get Whites to Oppose Welfare With This One Weird TrickA new study finds that white Americans are way more likely to support cuts to aid for the poor once you put them in a racist mood.
  3. Scott Walker Abandons Fight Against Special ElectionsThe hyper-partisan governor of hyper-polarized Wisconsin loses a round to the courts.
  4. Tammy Baldwin’s Tough Reelection Fight in Hyperpolarized WisconsinAn awful lot’s going on politically in Wisconsin this year, and Senator Tammy Baldwin’s right in the middle of it.
  5. Joe Manchin Is Right: Washington SucksAs Washington descends into tribal warfare over the president’s struggle against independent investigation, Congress is becoming a bad joke.
  6. Half of Republicans Think Trump’s a GeniusAnd over half of Democrats think Trump’s mentally unstable. We’re not all just going to get along.
  7. Roy Moore’s Candidacy Was in Trouble Even Before the Sexual-Abuse AllegationsJoe Trippi argues that abuse allegations against Roy Moore changed the focus of the race from the judge’s crazy record to the hated national media.
  8. The Blue Dog That Didn’t Bark: House Dems Hang Tough on Tax BillDuring the last big tax-cut debate in 2001, plenty of Democrats defected to the GOP on crucial votes. It’s not happening this year, so far.
  9. Voters, Not Just Politicians, Are Polarized by Party and IdeologyWhile some observers think of polarization as a Washington phenomenon that doesn’t reflect the citizenry, fresh evidence shows otherwise.
  10. Republicans Love the Same Attack on Syria They Hated When Obama Considered ItIn a rare set of nearly identical circumstances, GOP voters have veered from massive opposition to strikes on Syria held during Obama’s presidency.
  11. Racially Polarized Voting Is Getting Extreme in the SouthIn just the last decade, Southern white voters have trended Republican in a profound way that makes racial gerrymandering easier.
  12. Hillary Clinton Won the First Debate. What If That Doesn’t Move the Polls?It would indicate that American voters are so polarized that the race will come down to one key factor.
  13. Why Going Negative and Staying There Is the Best Strategy in This ElectionWonder why politicians “go negative” so often in partisan contests? Part of the reason is that independents who “lean” toward one party are mostly motivated by hatred of the other one. 
  14. Should Hillary Clinton Try to Woo the Support of ‘Responsible Republicans’?It might make more sense for her to hunt where the actual ducks live — among Sanders backers.
  15. Local Media Collapse Is Making Congress WorseAnother is spending a fortune on paid ads.
  16. Supreme Court Opening Creates ‘Battle of a Different Order’Ideological and partisan polarization plus availability of the filibuster could mean an epic Court fight that could go on well past the elections. 
  17. Liberal Policies Win; Liberal Candidates LoseThe vast majority of Americans hold muddled political opinions. 
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