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  1. vision 2020
    Trump Says Voting by Mail is Evil — Except in FloridaTrump executes a selective reversal by suggesting that voting by mail in Florida — but not in other states — is just fine.
  2. coronavirus stimulus
    Trump Mulls End-Running Congress to Get His Payroll Tax CutTrump’s advisers are threatening that he could take matters into his own hands if Congress can reach a stimulus agreement. He may prefer it that way.
  3. 2020 elections
    How a Blue Wave in 2020 Could Yield Redistricting Gains for DemocratsThe GOP’s landslide win in 2010 allowed them to shift the balance of power across the country. This year, Democrats might be able to do the same.
  4. coronavirus stimulus
    Democrats Put Squeeze on White House As Unemployment Benefits ExpireRight now the White House looks more likely to cut a stimulus deal with Pelosi and Schumer than to herd fractious congressional Republicans.
  5. obituaries
    RIP Herman Cain, Pizza Magnate and Proto-TrumpCain was a viable 2012 presidential candidate until sexual-misconduct allegations brought him down fast.
  6. vision 2020
    Trump’s Two-Pronged Strategy to Demonize Voting by MailTrump hopes to keep Republicans from voting by mail, in which a lot of ballots are invalidated, while undermining the credibility of a Democratic win.
  7. vision 2020
    What the Constitution Says About Trump’s Suggestion to Delay the ElectionTrump has no power to postpone an election, and even Congress can’t extend his term beyond January 20.
  8. coronavirus stimulus
    Stimulus Talks Hit Impasse With Republicans in DisarrayAt the moment, Democrats hold all the cards as Trump calls for stopgap deal on unemployment insurance and evictions.
  9. vision 2020
    How Much of a Cushion Does Biden Need?So long as Biden’s leads in potential tipping-point states like Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are near his national lead, he’s okay.
  10. vision 2020
    There’s Still No Evidence Trump Voters Are Particularly ‘Shy’Trump can in theory still turn things around, but he has no hidden army of voters.
  11. vision 2020
    Medicare for All Advocates Struggle to Launch a Democratic Platform FightIt’s tough to have a big noisy fight at a virtual convention, particularly if Bernie Sanders won’t back your revolt.
  12. vision 2020
    The Pros and Cons of Biden’s Top Vice-Presidential ProspectsJoe Biden has a long list of veep possibilities led by Kamala Harris, and probably not much of an inclination to gamble.
  13. stimulus legislation
    Long-Stalled Stimulus Negotiations Lurch Forward Down a Difficult PathThe two parties share a sense of urgency and a commitment to a second set of checks for taxpayers, but are otherwise at odds about COVID-19 relief.
  14. coronavirus stimulus
    Will We Get a Second Round of COVID-19 Stimulus Checks?Dems called for another round of $1,200 checks, and now the GOP is proposing something similar. But the timing is iffy and negotiations are complex.
  15. vision 2020
    A Short History of the Veep RevealThere may be less drama this year, but Biden’s announcement will be the biggest news before his own acceptance speech.
  16. supreme court
    Trump’s Next Supreme Court List Could Be Really ExtremeConservatives are again feeling betrayed on abortion and LGBTQ rights. Trump needs to convince them his future picks would be infallibly reactionary.
  17. vision 2020
    Why 2020 Is Not Just Another 2016Democrats can be forgiven for a superstitious fear of a Trump comeback. But the real threat may not emerge until the polls close.
  18. 2020 elections
    Democrats’ Chances of Retaking the Senate Keep ImprovingRight now the Senate landscape is shifting steadily toward Democrats, who have far fewer vulnerable seats to defend.
  19. vision 2020
    Trump Cancels Jacksonville Convention Activities, Including His Big SpeechNow two cities, his party, and his campaign are having to reboot yet again as Trump finally abandons his fantasy of a packed hall chanting his name.
  20. republicans
    The Future of the Republican Party Isn’t in the Dead CenterDon’t expect moderate heretics like Charlie Baker and Larry Hogan to inherit the GOP from Trump.
  21. coronavirus stimulus
    White House and Senate GOP Still Can’t Agree on Second Stimulus PackageSenate Republicans are still debating unemployment benefits and direct aid to taxpayers — but they decided to kill Trump’s payroll tax cut.
  22. racism
    No, Uncle Joe, Trump Is Hardly Our First Racist PresidentTrump may rival the most racist of presidents given the context of their times, but he hardly invented presidential racism.
  23. vision 2020
    Trump’s Latest Pitch to Suburbs: Demonizing CitiesTrump hopes to frighten suburbanites about cities as sources of violence, crime, and lower home values. But it probably won’t work.
  24. vision 2020
    No Platform Fight for Democrats, No Platform at All for RepublicansParty platforms continue their journey toward the dustbin of history, with Dems working out their issues and the GOP recycling its 2016 platform.
  25. vision 2020
    Trump’s Train to Reelection Is on the Wrong TrackThe percentage of Americans who like the direction of the country under Trump is very low, just like it was for past incumbent losers.
  26. coronavirus stimulus
    Republican COVID-19 Stimulus Talks Have StalledAfter dawdling for months, the White House and Senate Republicans aren’t on the same page at all.
  27. vision 2020
    Why Trump Can’t Count on COVID-19 to Suppress the Vote for HimDespite the pandemic, primary turnout has been strong, so Republicans wanting to hold down the vote will have to suppress it on their own.
  28. republicans
    House Freedom Caucus Members Go After Liz Cheney for Defending FauciIt’s a sign of the times that hard-core conservative Cheney is under attack for insufficient loyalty to Trump.
  29. portland
    Cotton Compares Portland’s Graffiti Artists to the ConfederacyEven more than Trump, Tom Cotton has never seen an incident of civil unrest that he wouldn’t like to escalate into civil war.
  30. 2020 elections
    Eliot Engel Regarded Himself As a Congressman-for-LifeEngel’s resentment of colleagues who endorsed his primary challenger for his ultrasafe seat betrays a sense of aristocratic entitlement.
  31. vision 2020
    For Trump in 2020: It’s the Virus, Stupid!Trump’s negative job-approval assessments for COVID-19 are dragging down all his other numbers, with little time to recover before the election.
  32. filibuster reform
    Could Civil Rights Force Democrats to Kill the Filibuster?Voting rights and racial-justice legislation may provide the perfect reason for Democrats to unite in favor of filibuster reform.
  33. supreme court
    RBG Health Scare a Reminder of Republican Plans to Ram Through Nominee This YearFlipping a liberal Supreme Court seat could happen as late as a post-election lame-duck session of the Senate.
  34. 2020 elections
    It’s Official: Jamaal Bowman Has Defeated Eliot EngelAOC is going to have quite a bit of hometown company in the next Congress.
  35. vision 2020
    Democrats Planning Convention That Looks Like America: Hunkered DownDemocrats are being careful and limiting the main stage in Milwaukee to the bare minimum of events.
  36. 2020 elections
    If Democrats Can Win Back the Senate, They Could Hold It For a WhileDemocrats don’t look vulnerable in Senate races until 2024.
  37. voting rights
    Supreme Court Refuses to Come to Aid of Disenfranchised Ex-Felons in FloridaIn a case that could keep nearly a million otherwise qualified Floridians from voting, the Supreme Court chooses to look away.
  38. past is prologue
    Remembering the Reagan-Ford ‘Co-Presidency’ That Could Have BeenIf you find Biden’s veep selection process boring, look back 40 years to a wild ride at the Republican convention where Reagan eventually picked Bush.
  39. coronavirus
    Brian Kemp Attacks Local Government Mask OrdersAs other states move toward mask requirements, Kemp seems to be attempting to balance responsibility with “political incorrectness.”
  40. vision 2020
    Why Doesn’t Trump Spend the Tax Dollars Necessary to Save His Presidency?Trump and Republicans don’t have the courage or imagination to work with Democrats to improve conditions in the country for their own benefit.
  41. 2020 elections
    Susan Collins Wants to Debate Her Opponent 16 TimesIn one of the closest and most important Senate races, the Republican incumbent appears to be running scared.
  42. vision 2020
    USPS Delivery Problems Adding to Suppression of Mail Ballot VotesTrump hates voting by mail and also the U.S. Postal Service. What could go wrong?
  43. 2020 elections
    Tuberville Ends Jeff Sessions’s Political Career in Alabama Primary RunoffThe former Auburn coach isn’t a cinch against Democratic senator Doug Jones, but he did dramatically reverse Sessions’s once dazzling success.
  44. vision 2020
    Joe Biden Needs to Win Big to Avoid a Contested ElectionIf Donald Trump is ahead on Election Night even with a majority of the vote uncounted, look out!
  45. 2020 elections
    Control of the U.S. Senate May Not Be Decided Until January in GeorgiaThere’s a nontrivial chance that there may be one or even two general-election runoffs for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats on January 5.
  46. supreme court
    Supreme Court to Delay Arguments on Obamacare Case Until After ElectionIt’s a small break for Republicans who didn’t want more preelection attention on their efforts to deny even more people health insurance.
  47. coronavirus
    California Reorders Shutdowns on Indoor Activity As COVID-19 Cases SpikeGovernor Newsom cracks down on most indoor business activities with infections on the rise again.
  48. vision 2020
    Republican National Convention Becoming a Dumpster FireOptions for safely holding a big Trump celebration in Jacksonville are shrinking as it becomes a major COVID-19 hotspot.
  49. vision 2020
    Can Trump Make the Supreme Court a Campaign Issue Again?Trump-appointed justices didn’t give conservatives everything they hoped for. That only raises the stakes in November.
  50. vision 2020
    State and Local Budget Shortfalls Adding to Potential Election ChaosCongress needs to act to keep November’s pandemic-hampered election from becoming an epochal disaster.
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