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Ed Kilgore

  1. sexting
    Pennsylvania GOP Chair Resigns Amid Sexting ScandalVal DiGiorgio allegedly sent explicit texts to a local candidate, then compounded his error by trying to shut up his electronic paramour.
  2. scandals
    Prosecutors Say Duncan Hunter Used Campaign Funds to Cheat on WifeThe original indictment of Hunter and his wife suggested out-of-control personal finances. The new allegations suggest an out-of-control libido.
  3. supreme court
    Despite Merrick Garland, Trump Would Certainly Fill a 2020 Supreme Court VacancyThough the GOP refused to fill the last election-year opening, Trump says he’d appoint a justice even if he only had three days left in his term.
  4. pete buttigieg
    How Badly Did Pete Buttigieg Mishandle a Police Shooting?The wunderkind presidential candidate is facing a serious early test of his candidacy.
  5. migrant crisis
    The Trump Administration’s Erratic Reaction to the Migrant Child CrisisIt’s hard to keep up with Team Trump’s actions denying or evading the responsibility to give kids decent treatment.
  6. vision 2020
    Just What the Democratic Primary Needed: A 25th CandidateJoe Sestak’s reputation for not taking party Establishment advice probably helped him decide on a longest-of-long-shots candidacy.
  7. health care
    Trump Claims He Saved Obamacare, Despite His Multiple Attempts to Kill ItThe latest in a series of breathtaking presidential lies denies his entire first-term health-care policy record.
  8. vision 2020
    Why Did Obama Pick Biden As His Veep in the First Place?Biden’s “baggage” may not have mattered so much to Team Obama because they considered him too old to be an heir apparent.
  9. supreme court
    Another SCOTUS Precedent Falls. Could Roe Be Next?For the second time this term, the court’s conservative majority has reversed a major Supreme Court precedent. Could Roe v. Wade be far behind?
  10. virginia
    Fairfax Says Rape Allegations Have Raised His Profile, Eyes Gubernatorial BidThe Virginia lieutenant governor is still fighting for his political life as Terry McAuliffe looms over the 2021 governor’s race.
  11. supreme court
    Where’s the Supreme Court’s Census Decision?It’s possible new evidence of the administration’s true intent in placing a citizenship question in the 2020 Census is causing a delay at SCOTUS.
  12. vision 2020
    Joe Biden’s Segregationist Controversy: What You Need to KnowAfter Biden’s rivals called him out for touting his work with racist Senate colleagues, the former VP insisted he’s the one who’s owed an apology.
  13. vision 2020
    Trump Is Helping Democrats Mobilize Against HimBase mobilization strategies tend to reach a point of diminishing returns. It’s unclear if Trump understands that, but persuasion’s not his thing.
  14. church-state separation
    SCOTUS Splits on Church-State Separation in Peace Cross CaseWhile in the minority in the “Peace Cross” decision, Ruth Bader Ginsburg offered an eloquent testimonial for the “wall of separation.”
  15. 2020 alabama senate race
    Judge Roy Moore Rides Again Into a 2020 Senate RaceEverybody’s favorite theocrat and alleged mall creeper is again threatening to wreak havoc on his party’s Senate prospects in Alabama.
  16. vision 2020
    Sanders Suggests Warren Is Surging in the Polls Because She’s a WomanSanders is treading on thin ice in stressing electability arguments in his rivalry with Elizabeth Warren.
  17. impeachment
    Pelosi Rules Out Censuring Trump As Alternative to ImpeachmentIt’s apparently all or nothing on impeachment for the House.
  18. intelligencer chats
    What Was Joe Biden Thinking?Intelligencer staffers discuss the Democratic front-runner’s odd comments about segregationist senators.
  19. vision 2020
    Elizabeth Warren, Unity Candidate?Democratic centrists are exhibiting a warmth toward Elizabeth Warren that could help her create a party-spanning coalition.
  20. vision 2020
    Democrats Think Older White Man Is Best Bet to Beat TrumpBiden and Sanders’s strong position in early 2020 polls is likely related to perceptions that, based on 2016, candidate diversity may be too risky.
  21. vision 2020
    Trump May Live-Tweet the Democratic Debates, Against His Advisers’ WishesLive-tweeting the other party’s debates would be undignified, unprecedented, and perfectly in character for Trump.
  22. racism
    McConnell Thinks Obama Election Was Reparations EnoughMcConnell reflects the belief of many white Republican voters that they, not African-Americans, are the victims of racial discrimination.
  23. vision 2020
    Warren, Beto, Biden, and Bernie Get Center-Stage Positions at First DebatesO’Rourke, who hasn’t been polling that well, got lucky with his debate placement.
  24. vision 2020
    Buttigieg Has a Police Shooting ProblemMayor Pete’s struggle to gain minority support isn’t being helped by the shooting of a black South Bend citizen by a white police officer.
  25. vision 2020
    Amy Klobuchar Needs a Plan to Enact Her 137 PlansThe Minnesotan now has more specific plans than the wonky Elizabeth Warren. But she could use some priorities and a strategy for enacting legislation.
  26. presidential pardons
    Supreme Court Won’t Stop States From Prosecuting Federal DefendantsBy leaving an exception to double-jeopardy rules in place, the Court did not make it easier for Trump to keep people out of jail via pardons.
  27. past is prologue
    How the 1969 Mayoral Primary Changed New York City PoliticsLiberal icons in both the Republican and Democratic primaries both lost to conservatives, leading to a sea change in party politics.
  28. gerrymandering
    Supreme Court Dashes Virginia GOP’s Hopes for New Map in Racial Gerrymander CaseAn unusual 5-4 majority held that Virginia’s GOP legislature did not have standing to sue to overturn a gerrymandering decision that helped Democrats.
  29. vision 2020
    Harris and Booker Lagging in Must-Win South CarolinaThe two major African-American candidates in the Democratic primary are struggling to chip away at Biden’s strong support from black voters.
  30. reproductive rights
    Everything You Need to Know About the Abortion DebateWe’re facing the biggest threat to abortion rights in decades. If you haven’t been following the debate closely, it’s time to brush up on the basics.
  31. sarah huckabee sanders
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Governor of Arkansas? It’s Possible.If the daughter of former governor Mike Huckabee does run for his old job, as Trump suggested, she’d be formidable but not necessarily unbeatable.
  32. vision 2020
    4 of the 5 Top-Polling Democrats Land on Same Primary-Debate NightBy the luck of the draw, Elizabeth Warren will be the only high-ranking candidate appearing during night one of the first round of debates.
  33. vision 2020
    Qualifiers for the First 2020 Democratic Primary Debates AnnouncedThe roster shows the number of candidates qualifying equaling the DNC’s cap of 20. Steve Bullock is unhappy with his exclusion.
  34. vision 2020
    Elizabeth Warren’s One-Two Punch for Conquering WashingtonThe policy-oriented senator has at least a good start on a plan for enacting her plans.
  35. vision 2020
    The Iowa Caucuses Aren’t Going Anywhere. Get Used to It.Complaints about Iowa’s unfair influence tend to miss that it’s already ceded a bit of power, and creating a new system is exceedingly difficult.
  36. vision 2020
    Trump Can’t Stop Lying About His UnpopularityHis latest assault on unwelcome poll numbers — including data from his own campaign — shows he’s compelled to deny reality and make up his own.
  37. vision 2020
    Democrats Need Brains As Well As SpineThe problem that Joe Biden exhibits in praising bipartisanship is one of understanding, not of will.
  38. vision 2020
    Why the House Probably Won’t Flip in 2020The House bears watching because Democrats are holding a lot of districts Trump carried in 2016, but so far signs are good for Pelosi’s team.
  39. vision 2020
    The States Trump Might Plausibly Aim to Flip in 2020There are no states that look like ripe fruit for Trump, though Minnesota, New Hampshire, Maine, Nevada, and maybe Virginia are possibilities.
  40. mueller time
    House Democrats Strike Deal With DOJ for Mueller Report DetailsIn return, the House will not vote on holding Barr in contempt. It’s a truce, not a treaty, in the war between Democrats and the Trump administration.
  41. vision 2020
    Warren and Buttigieg Are Gaining Ground in IowaThe gold-standard Iowa Poll by Ann Selzer shows support for Biden and Sanders weakening, and two clear tiers emerging below them.
  42. vision 2020
    Not As Many ‘Bernie or Bust’ Voters As FearedAnd a lot of Sanders supporters who voted for Trump or stayed home in 2016 were, like everyone else, misled by the assumption Clinton had it won.
  43. vision 2020
    Is the DNC ‘Winnowing’ Potentially Strong 2020 Presidential Candidates?The party can’t make everyone happy, but yes, there have been some late bloomers who did well despite poor early polls.
  44. christian right
    A Revolt by Conservative Christians Just Happens to Coincide With Pride MonthBehind complaints that they are being persecuted lies fury at having lost the power to repress those they don’t approve of.
  45. vision 2020
    Democrats Are Reviving an Old Populist TraditionBold proposals from 2020 candidates aimed at reforming how government works could change Democrats’ reputation as the party of government itself.
  46. gerrymandering
    More Trouble for Republicans From Dead Wire-Puller’s FilesLast week it was about cooking up a false rationale for a census citizenship question. Now it’s about lies to maintain a gerrymander.
  47. impeachment
    Did Impeachment Plans Damage Republicans in 1998?Sifting the evidence both ways provides no clear answer to the question – or clear guidance to Democrats today who don’t want to squander a 2020 win.
  48. donald trump
    No, Obsessive Media Coverage of the Economy Wouldn’t Make Trump PopularA public opinion analyst explains that it’s not all about the economy, and media has to cover Trump’s non-economic antics anyway.
  49. politics
    We’re Now Paying Off Trump’s Vietnam Draft-Dodger DebtIn his interview with Piers Morgan, Trump appeared to show regret for not having served in Vietnam, but said he’s making up for it now, God help us.
  50. josh hawley
    Josh Hawley Could Be the Face of the Post-Trump RightThe polished young Missouri senator thinks liberty is a vehicle for the righteous, not the godless.
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