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Ed Kilgore

  1. early and often
    Trump Faces Another Round of Humiliation in GeorgiaTrump hoped to get his revenge in Tuesday’s primary. Instead, his pick for governor, David Perdue, is sure to lose, and his other prospects look iffy.
  2. life after roe
    Oklahoma Outdoes Itself in Race to Wipe Out Abortion RightsThis heavily Republican state offers an unsettling glimpse at what politics will be like in a post-Roe America.
  3. early and often
    How Doug Mastriano’s Primary Victory Threatens the 2024 ElectionThe GOP gubernatorial nominee in Pennsylvania backed Trump’s failed election coup in 2020 and could be well positioned to help him succeed next time.
  4. life after roe
    How the GOP Abandoned Pro-choice RepublicansOver decades, the Republican Party became uniformly anti-abortion, leaving many pro-choice GOP voters stranded. They could be a problem for the party.
  5. early and often
    Progressives Win Some, Lose Some in House PrimariesAIPAC and a crypto billionaire’s PAC made waves in multiple House Democratic primaries on Tuesday.
  6. early and often
    Idaho Governor Brad Little Fends Off Trumpy UsurperIn Tuesday’s GOP primary, Little trounced Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin, who’d tried repeatedly to cancel his COVID policies.
  7. early and often
    2022 Midterms: A Guide to the Races Worth WatchingA cheat sheet to keep track of all the crucial races, primary upsets, and campaign drama — Trump-fueled and otherwise — from now through Election Day.
  8. early and often
    Trump Couldn’t Give Oz a Decisive Win Over McCormickThree MAGA-y candidates dominated Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary, but Trump’s official pick appears to be headed to an automatic recount.
  9. early and often
    Generic Ballot Shows Republicans on Track to Retake HouseThe reliable indicator shows Republicans with a modest but steady lead. If 2022 is anything like recent midterms, the House will flip for sure.
  10. 2022 midterms
    Trump Endorses Extremist Mastriano in Pennsylvania Governor’s RaceIt’s a bit awkward, since the gubernatorial candidate’s “running mate,” Kathy Barnette, is threatening Trump’s Senate candidate Dr. Oz.
  11. early and often
    Why Both Sides Are Making the Term MAGA Great AgainDemocrats are saying “MAGA” more because they badly want to identify the GOP with its unpopular leader. So, too, do many Republicans.
  12. early and often
    Mike Pence to Campaign for Fellow Trump Traitor Brian KempThe two MAGA heretics are, in their own ways, trying to show that Trumpism without Trump has a future.
  13. early and often
    Scott Pruitt Brags About Media Attacks on His Rampant CorruptionTrump’s EPA chief could barely draw a breath without doing something comically scandalous. Now he’s trying to ride his notoriety to the Senate.
  14. early and often
    Mo Brooks May Survive Trump’s Betrayal in Alabama Senate RaceThe representative sojourned on after Trump unendorsed him for alleged “wokeness.” Now he has a decent chance at making a GOP runoff.
  15. early and often
    What Does Chuck Schumer Think He’s Doing?There are some good reasons for Senate Democrats to dramatize doomed votes on abortion and other issues. Or maybe they’re just incompetent.
  16. early and often
    Trump-Endorsed Alleged Serial Groper Loses in NebraskaTrump’s support couldn’t overcome Charles Herbster’s sexual-assault scandal in Tuesday’s primaries. But his candidate prevailed in West Virginia.
  17. life after roe
    When Could Republicans Ban Abortion Nationwide?If Republicans win the White House and Congress in 2024, which is plausible, they’ll be under intense pressure to end abortion even in blue states.
  18. life after roe
    Everything You Need to Know About the Abortion DebateThe Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. If you haven’t been following the abortion debate closely, it’s time to brush up on the basics.
  19. life after roe
    Senate Democrats Will Try to Save Abortion Rights. It Won’t Work.Democrats have vowed to take action before the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade. But they still don’t have a plan to beat the filibuster.
  20. 2022 midterms
    Trump Helped Save J.D. Vance in OhioThanks to the MAGA king and Peter Thiel’s money, the Hillbilly Elegy author and venture capitalist turned back two strong rivals.
  21. life after roe
    Republicans Too Upset About Leak to Celebrate Abortion WinConservatives can’t talk about the Supreme Court ending reproductive rights right now, but please ask again after the midterms.
  22. life after roe
    Abortion Rights Look Doomed. But It’s Not Over Yet.Thirty years ago, Supreme Court justices circulated another draft opinion that would have overturned Roe v. Wade — and then they didn’t.
  23. 2022 midterms
    Is Trump Headed for a Nightmare in Ohio on Tuesday?It would be ironic if a Senate primary in which so many candidates sought the MAGA brand was won by the exception.
  24. early and often
    Trump Coaching Nebraska Candidate Accused of Serial Sexual AssaultsTrump is holding a rally for gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster and encouraging him to attack the eight women who say he groped them.
  25. early and often
    Conservative Warns Trump Coup Attempt Was ‘Dry Run’ for 2024Legal luminary J. Michael Luttig convinced Mike Pence not to join Trump’s plot. Now he says Republicans are perfecting the tactics they used in 2020.
  26. early and often
    Kevin McCarthy Is Empowering House Extremists He Once FearedThe GOP leader was right to worry about Trump and his minions after January 6. Since he didn’t act, it just gave them more leverage over him.
  27. 2022 midterms
    Republicans Can Still Fumble Away the SenateThe GOP is favored to retake the Senate in 2022, but they’ve screwed up similar situations through a combination of extremism, gaffes, and bad luck.
  28. 2022 midterms
    Utah Democrats Endorse Independent Evan McMullin in Challenge to Mike LeeDemocrats opted not to nominate their own candidate in order to help McMullin unseat the Republican senator.
  29. politics
    Marjorie Taylor Greene Talked ‘Marshall Law’ With Trump Chief of StaffThe congresswoman’s text to Mark Meadows on January 17, 2021, shows the Capitol riot wasn’t the last moment of peril for democracy under Trump.
  30. 2022 midterms
    Kemp and Perdue Get Nasty in Georgia Gubernatorial DebateTrailing in the race, Perdue is trying to make it a test of loyalty to Trump. Meanwhile, Kemp is trying out his own version of Trumpism Without Trump.
  31. past is prologue
    How Far Will Red States Turn Back Roe?It depends on how much leeway the Supreme Court gives them, and which state is involved.
  32. politics
    Under Oath, Marjorie Taylor Greene Says She’s ‘Never Ever’ Advocated ViolenceIn a hearing to determine if she should be removed from the ballot as an insurrectionist, the MAGA congresswoman made some laughable claims.
  33. kevin mccarthy
    Kevin McCarthy Wanted Trump to Resign After January 6 and Then Lied About ItNow more than ever, Donald Trump holds McCarthy’s political future in his hands, especially if Republicans win back the House.
  34. 2022 midterms
    2022 Is the Year of the Political CarpetbaggerThere are a lot of people moving around to run for office this year, some at the behest of the footloose Donald Trump.
  35. politics
    Will Presidents Ever Be Popular Again?For reasons including mistrustful independents and disappointed partisans, being relatively unpopular may just be a part of the job now.
  36. politics
    DeSantis Won’t Let Disney Sit Out the Culture WarThe Florida governor’s move to punish Disney for its alleged “wokeness” marks a major shift in GOP tactics.
  37. 2022 midterms
    Nevada Democrats Could Lose It All in 2022Democrats’ struggles with support among working-class Nevada voters may let Republicans sweep the state and pick up a crucial U.S. Senate seat.
  38. voter fraud
    What Is a ‘Rigged’ Election Anyway?Republicans claim Democrats are breaking election and voter laws. But deep down the complaint may be that perfectly legal votes are bad for the GOP.
  39. 2022 midterms
    J.D. Vance’s Rivals Scrambled to Stop Trump From Endorsing HimOther Republican candidates were looking for ways to sabotage what could be a decisive endorsement in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race. It didn’t work.
  40. 2022 midterms
    Rick Scott’s Ultra-MAGA Agenda Gives Democrats a Midterm LifelineDemocrats are eager to campaign against a party that, according to Scott, wants to raise taxes and sunset Medicare and Social Security.
  41. politics
    Let Dianne Feinstein Leave the Senate on Her Own TermsPublic fretting about the 88-year-old’s mental fitness seems designed to push her to resign. It should take more than gossip to overrule voters.
  42. 2022 midterms
    Why Republicans Are Turning an Easy Election Into a Culture WarRepublicans are complicating an election they’re already likely to win because the base wants a fight and Trumpism tells them to never retreat.
  43. voter fraud
    You’re Not Supposed to Register to Vote in Two States, Mark MeadowsThe former Trump chief of staff, who takes a hard line on election fraud, played pretty fast and loose with his own voting behavior.
  44. politics
    As Speaker, Kevin McCarthy May Let GOP Extremists Run the HouseWhen Andrew Clyde tried to kill an honor for a pioneering Black judge, McCarthy went right along. It’s a bad sign for how he would run the House.
  45. 2022 midterms
    Dr. Oz Isn’t the Cure for Trump’s Endorsement WoesTrump’s support for the TV doctor in Pennsylvania’s Senate race has sparked a backlash in MAGA-land — adding to concerns about his 2022 endorsements.
  46. iowa
    The Decline and Fall of Iowa DemocratsHuman error has contributed to the rapidly declining position of Iowa in Democratic politics, but demographic fundamentals matter most.
  47. 2022 midterms
    Trump Endorses Oz in Pennsylvania’s Battle of the MAGA CarpetbaggersOz now has an advantage over another would-be MAGA champion, hedge-fund titan David McCormick. But the race could get ugly.
  48. 2022 midterms
    Ohio’s MAGA Senate Candidates Put On a Show for TrumpMike Gibbons, Josh Mandel, Jane Timken, and J. D. Vance are jostling for a pivotal Donald Trump endorsement — but Trump might leave them hanging.
  49. intelligencer chats
    Why Is the Christian Right Bringing Back Anti-Gay Talking Points?A febrile Republican base is fired up for the midterms and ready to continue a fight that, in their eyes, never really ended.
  50. politics
    Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson, First Black Woman on Supreme CourtJackson’s fortitude in the face of nasty GOP attacks elevated her already high reputation and helped secure her bipartisan Senate confirmation.
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