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Ben Jacobs

  1. politics
    The New Foreign Flavor of CPAC’s Red MeatAmerica may still be first at the conservative gathering, but this year’s event has come with a lot more European-style populism.
  2. politics
    The New CPAC Makes the Old CPAC Look Like the #ResistanceTrump critics are out, election truthers are in.
  3. politics
    ‘You Only Let a Bully Go So Long’: Marie Newman Takes on Marjorie Taylor GreeneThe Democrat explains why she planted a transgender pride flag across from Greene’s office, and says she finds her response “absolutely hysterical.”
  4. politics
    What It’s Like to Impeach TrumpVeterans of the first trial say the second might be easier in one regard: The jurors were witnesses.
  5. just asking questions
    Marjorie Taylor Greene Is the ‘Worst Enemy’ for Her CausesA long talk with John Cowan, the Republican neurosurgeon who Greene defeated in the 2020 GOP primary for Georgia’s 14th congressional district.
  6. politics
    Even the Guy the MyPillow CEO Wanted to Enlist for a Coup Is ConfusedThe mattress mogul might have handed Trump a plan for holding onto power. One of the people named has no idea what’s going on.
  7. politics
    Ted Cruz’s Former Staffers Are ‘Disgusted’ by His New Low for Trump“I could have never imagined that he could have gone down this road.”
  8. politics
    ‘The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back’A dozen Republican operatives speak out after the party lost the Senate and a mob attacked the Capitol in the president’s name.
  9. politics
    Experts Fear Trump’s Failed Coup Is a ‘Dress Rehearsal’American democracy survived the 2020 election, but in what shape?
  10. politics
    ‘GOP Lawmakers Are Scared’: Republican Insiders Vent About ‘Stop the Steal’Party operatives sound off by text on Trump and his loyalists’ desperate legal antics.
  11. 2021
    ‘Republicans Have No Intent of Acting in Good Faith’Adam Jentleson had a front-row seat to the last time Mitch McConnell obstructed a Democratic president, and he’s got a warning for his party.
  12. politics
    ‘I Wouldn’t Let Those Lawyers Represent Me for a Parking Ticket’Republicans say the antics to overturn the election are getting tired, fast, and they could cost the party if they go on much longer.
  13. politics
    Why ‘Socialism’ Killed Democrats in FloridaWhy an old line of attack found new success in 2020.
  14. maga
    ‘Trump Has Given Us a Gift’: GOP Insiders See Victory in Potential LossEven if he loses to Joe Biden, Republicans see a party with potential and a new president playing with a losing hand.
  15. politics
    Kanye’s 2020 Run May Be the Future of Presidential PoliticsThe next Trump or Yeezus won’t even need a party — just celebrity, money, and an actual campaign.
  16. politics
    Where the Trump Revolution Started and EndedRepublicans thought they had a realignment on their hands four years ago. Iowa shows why they were wrong.
  17. politics
    ‘Grand Slam’: GOP Insiders Texted Me Their Honest Feelings About Final DebateRepublicans feel buoyed by the president who wasn’t a complete disaster this time around.
  18. vision 2020
    Has Trump Killed Sex Scandals? The Curious Case of Cal CunninghamThe Democrat running for a must-win Senate seat in North Carolina was caught cheating on his wife just weeks before Election Day.
  19. speaking out
    Alexander Vindman’s Wife Accuses Trump of Threatening Their FamilyThe spouse of the colonel who stood up to the president speaks out for the first time.
  20. anonymous
    ‘Smoked Her.’ GOP Insiders Texted Me Their Honest Feelings on the VP Debate.Republicans got relief from Donald Trump’s disastrous week in the form of Mike Pence.
  21. just a flesh wound?
    Republicans Hope Amy Coney Barrett Will Cure Trump’s COVID ProblemThe GOP’s Senate majority looks shakier with the president’s polls collapsing, but insiders have faith that this too shall pass.
  22. early and often
    The White House Is Spreading Virus and LiesA senior official says there’s no reliable information about anyone’s health in the West Wing, and especially not on the president’s condition.
  23. anonymous
    ‘Just Putrid’: GOP Insiders Texted Me Their Honest Feelings About the DebateA Republican close to the Trump campaign said, “We finally found something that the entire country can agree on: This debate was a complete shitshow.”
  24. vision 2020
    ‘Classic Authoritarian’: How Historians Rate Trump’s Danger to DemocracyYou’re not paranoid to think the U.S. is headed for disaster, according to the people who study how democracies die.
  25. rbg
    How Flood of Democratic Money in Wake of RBG Death Is Changing Senate MapAround $100 million has come in for Democratic Senate candidates since RBG’s death, which could be pivotal in states like Alaska.
  26. scotus
    How the Battle to Fill RBG’s SCOTUS Seat Could Spark a Constitutional CrisisIt turns out that the United States didn’t need to wait until Election Day to undergo a political meltdown.
  27. vision 2020
    How the Campaigns Are Preparing to Win the Chaotic Election AftermathIt’s a new political world in which November 3 doesn’t necessarily mark the end of the campaign, but the beginning of a new phase.
  28. vision 2020
    Kanye West’s Nearly $7 Million Presidential Campaign Has Hit Some Legal SnagsThe rapper has been thrown off the ballot in another two swing states, while his overdue financial disclosures have revealed more GOP ties.
  29. vision 2020
    Kanye West’s Presidential Campaign Is Both Proceeding and UnravelingSeveral electors submitted by West’s campaign in Virginia were shocked and dismayed to learn they had signed up to be electors for the rapper.
  30. vision 2020
    Kanye West Trying to Get on Ballot in Two More Purple StatesThe rapper registered as a Republican in Wyoming after announcing his presidential campaign.
  31. vision 2020
    What the Hell Is Kanye West’s Campaign About?It is not serious, but it’s not a joke either. It has aspects of both a vanity project and a GOP sabotage operation, but not fully either.
  32. vision 2020
    Two People Linked to Kanye West’s Campaign Have Ties to GOPA 2020 RNC Trump delegate from Vermont and a longtime Republican operative have both been connected to the rapper’s presidential bid.
  33. vision 2020
    Kanye West Is Trying to Get on the Ballot in Wisconsin, a Crucial Swing StateHis unorthodox presidential campaign is also collecting signatures in Ohio, Arkansas, and West Virginia, but its earlier efforts face legal scrutiny.
  34. early and often
    Two Political Novices Ran Kanye’s Unsuccessful Ballot Effort in South CarolinaAccording to two sources, the key figures in the effort are a Christian music producer and West’s spiritual adviser.
  35. vision 2020
    How Kanye West Is Trying to Get on the Ballot in South CarolinaThe West team is collecting signatures both physically and digitally in order to make him an official 2020 presidential candidate in the state.
  36. vision 2020
    Kanye Has Been Working to Get on the 2020 BallotWest briefly hired a campaign professional last week to gather signatures in Florida and elsewhere. Now he’s registered in Oklahoma.
  37. vision 2020
    Kanye West Is Officially on the Ballot in OklahomaThe state confirmed that West’s representative filed just before the deadline for independent presidential candidates to get on the ballot.
  38. vision 2020
    China Is Going to Be a Big Issue in the 2020 Campaign. But What Does That Mean?The pandemic and Trump’s bellicose rhetoric will keep Beijing front and center in American politics. Democrats see risks and rewards in that.
  39. gop
    3 GOP Insiders on the Protests and Trump’s Perilous Moment“I think the president has handled it as well as any president ever could.”
  40. politics
    Is the Future of Congress on Zoom?In the midst of the pandemic, a staid institution debates how much technological change is too much.
  41. the media
    Where the Risk of Coronavirus Comes With Unparalleled AccessThese days, the White House is almost certainly the weirdest beat in American journalism.
  42. just asking questions
    A Conversation With Pete Buttigieg, Who’s Stuck at Home Like Everyone ElseThe erstwhile Democratic contender, now bearded, is trying to figure out his new role in the middle of a pandemic.
  43. capitol report
    What GOP Insiders Are Saying About Trump and the Coronavirus Crisis“Honestly, you need a story to tell at the Republican convention, and you need to be able to say credibly that we have moved past this.”
  44. coronavirus
    When the Coronavirus Came to a Right-wing Pep RallyCOVID-19 made its first appearance on the American political landscape at CPAC. There has been a lot of fallout.
  45. coronavirus
    The White House May Not Be Taking Coronavirus Seriously, But Congress IsA looming pandemic led to a rare sight on Capitol Hill — decisive bipartisan action, resulting in an $8.3 billion coronavirus aid bill.
  46. cpac
    Politics Trumped the Coronavirus at CPACSpeakers and attendees at the annual conservative event seemed unconcerned about the looming pandemic, just like their leader.
  47. the second term
    What Would Four More Years of Trump Look Like?The death of global climate efforts. Escalating trade wars. Nuclear brinkmanship. Here, 19 visions of a future that seems more possible than ever.
  48. politics
    Trump’s Impeachment Trial and the Verdict of HistoryIt may take a few decades, but the Senate’s handling of Trump’s impeachment trial will stand out.
  49. impeachment season
    Mitt Stands AloneThe view from the Hill as the senator from Utah and former presidential candidate casts the lone GOP vote in a failed bid to convict Donald Trump.
  50. state of the union
    President Trump Turned the State of the Union Into a Reality ShowLike many aspects of his presidency, Trump turned the SOTU into a TV event — awarding medals, reuniting families, and parading around service members.
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