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Gabriel Debenedetti

  1. the inside game
    What Joe Biden’s 1988 White House Rivals Think of Him NowMore than three decades have passed. Some things have changed — and many haven’t.
  2. the inside game
    Obamacare Is Saved — Now Democrats Need a New Campaign IssueA Supreme Court decision marked the end of the line for the top-tier political message for the Democrats for the last decade. What next?
  3. the inside game
    The Democrats’ Divorce From Silicon Valley Is Almost FinalAs Washington’s big-tech backlash gathers force, the tech behemoths are ready for a fight.
  4. the inside game
    Biden’s Stealth Strategy for Getting Big Things Done — Even With a Split SenateHe’s talked about his FDR-level ambitions. He tries to avoid talking about what he sees as the best way to get there.
  5. d.c.
    Inside the Big-Donor Scramble for a Biden Ambassadorship“They are the closest things we have to somebody being declared a lord or a lady.” But the White House might be changing the rules.
  6. d.c.
    The GOP Has Discovered Joe Biden’s Political SuperpowerThere’s a reason he isn’t showing up much in Republican talking points.
  7. power
    We’re Still Waiting for a Biden DoctrineThe violence in the Middle East has tested the president in ways domestic calamities have not.
  8. politics
    This Time, the Craziest Election Doesn’t Have TrumpCalifornia Republicans bet on two veteran pols, Caitlyn Jenner, and a Kodiak bear to beat Gavin Newsom.
  9. intelligencer chats
    Can Biden’s Low-Key Strategy Work Forever?His executive branch has seemed almost invisible at times — a stark contrast to his predecessor’s.
  10. politics
    Joe Biden Isn’t Going BackBut can he get Congress to follow him?
  11. capitol hill
    Chuck Schumer Has ChangedWhy is the former “angry centrist” pushing his party to go bigger, bolder, and more progressive?
  12. foreign policy
    Secretary Swell on a Pissed-Off PlanetGroomed on Park Avenue and in the 16th Arrondissement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken confronts a world that just might be post-diplomacy.
  13. intelligencer chats
    The Political Costs of Ted Cruz’s Cancún VacationThis scandal may do lasting damage to the Texas senator — but he’s got plenty of time to ride it out.
  14. impeachment
    Impeachment? Biden Has More Important Things to Do.The president wants you to know that he’s too busy fixing the country to pay close attention.
  15. intelligencer chats
    President Biden’s Highly Consequential, Kind of Boring DebutWhat his early strategy can tell us about the next four years.
  16. end-times
    How BidenWorld Is Scrambling to Prepare for January 21His much-needed recovery agenda will have to weave its way through a Washington that is about to be increasingly distracted by Trump’s re-impeachment.
  17. capitol riot
    Biden’s Top Hill Allies: We Got This, You Focus on Taking OverThe incoming president struck a milder tone than Democrats in Congress who want to expel Republicans and impeach Trump again.
  18. intelligencer chats
    Why Dems Are Now Optimistic About Winning Both Georgia RacesUnderwhelming Republican turnout has been a major story on Tuesday night.
  19. intelligencer chats
    Why Georgia Republicans Are So Worried About Trump’s Phone CallAs the special Senate elections approach, the president is making things more difficult for Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
  20. politics
    The Devils Went Down to GeorgiaIn America’s newest swing state, all of the Senate runoff candidates are relying on Trump for one last turn out extravaganza.
  21. the biden presidency
    A Biden Style of Government Is Emerging: Lowest Drama PossibleThe president-elect’s organizing principle seems to be a Barack Obama–inspired insistence on minimizing potential conflict in his administration.
  22. georgia senate runoffs
    Do Democrats Have Reason to Be Optimistic in Georgia?January’s two crucial Senate races are difficult to compare to past special elections, thanks in part to President Trump’s mixed messaging.
  23. 2020 election
    DNC Chair Tom Perez: We Avoided ‘Catastrophe’Why the top Democrat isn’t too worried about how this election went or how the next one will go.
  24. wonks
    Election Night with Biden’s Data GuruBecca Siegel’s task was to figure out, in real time, if Biden was on track to win. That wasn’t always easy.
  25. intelligencer chats
    How Worried Is Team Biden About Trump’s Transition Obstruction?The president-elect will be sworn in on January 20, but stonewalling has consequences — especially during a pandemic.
  26. 2020 election
    How Joe Biden Became President-ElectA long and winding path to the White House ended with a tense election week.
  27. politics
    Democrats’ Other Fear in Florida? Biden Winds Up Like Al GoreIf it’s close, a recount would be armageddon compared to 2000.
  28. the next act
    Here’s Who Biden Is Considering for Top Jobs in His AdministrationHe still needs to win, of course. But campaign documents and sources close to Biden suggest how the cabinet could take shape.
  29. vision 2020
    Democratic Upstart Jaime Harrison on What He Really Thinks of Lindsey GrahamThe South Carolina politician began as a long shot to upset a GOP Senate fixture. Now he’s breaking fundraising records.
  30. 2020 vice-presidential debate
    The VP Debate Was a Reminder That This Election Is All About TrumpIn an untraditional election year, Mike Pence vs. Kamala Harris felt very much like a traditional undercard.
  31. early and often
    Every Day Kamala Harris’s Vice-Presidency Gets a Little Bit BiggerIt’s looking more and more like she is poised to wield a whole new kind of influence as second-in-command.
  32. vision 2020
    Biden’s Strategy Right Now? Hang Back and Be a ‘Normal Person’There will be a time to attack again. But Joe Biden knows he’s not the story in this moment, and he doesn’t think he needs to be.
  33. politics
    Biden Doesn’t Plan to Let Up on Campaign TrailThis time, the candidate stuck at home isn’t the cautious Democrat but the reckless Republican.
  34. anonymous
    ‘Punch a Bully in the Mouth’: What Democratic Insiders Were Saying During DebateA congressman, a Biden adviser, and various party operatives gave me candid perspectives by text on the ugly and chaotic debate in Cleveland.
  35. up for debate
    Biden Knows Trump Will Bring Up Hunter in Debate“In a normal debate, if you catch your opponent in a big flip-flop or telling a lie, that can be an important moment. That’s all changed.”
  36. vision 2020
    Democrats Are All But Resigned to the Supreme Court’s Hard-Right Turn“The ACA could be overturned by Trump’s Supreme Court the week after the election, in the middle of a pandemic. There’s no good answer.”
  37. vision 2020
    Democrats Are Moving Fast on the Filibuster. Joe Biden Isn’t Yet.Nearly everything the party wants to achieve probably hinges on a procedural step their candidate may refuse to take.
  38. massachusetts
    How Markey and Kennedy Are Closing Out Their Brutal Primary‘Family fights are the most vicious fights’: inside the ugly final days of the year’s most contentious Senate primary race.
  39. intelligencer chats
    Will the Virtual Conventions Have a Lasting Effect on the Presidential Race?It will be difficult for the last two weeks to rise above this year’s background chaos.
  40. intelligencer chats
    Will Republicans’ Apocalyptic Convention Message Win Anyone Over?As has been true throughout much of the Trump era, the party seems intent only on reenergizing its most fervent followers.
  41. democratic national convention
    Joe Biden Hits His StrideThe former veep nailed his nomination-acceptance speech — and complicated Trump’s attempts to paint him as doddering.
  42. democratic national convention
    Obama Finally Gave the Speech Democrats Were Waiting ForThe ex-president laid it all on the line Wednesday night (and gave Kamala Harris a tough act to follow).
  43. democratic national convention
    Normal People Were the Stars of the DNC’s Second NightA spirited roll call featuring a plate of calamari stole the show.
  44. intelligencer chats
    Will Colin Powell’s DNC Appearance Actually Help Joe Biden?Swing voters may be impressed to see another Republican backing Biden — or they may be turned off by the W. administration official’s endorsement.
  45. intelligencer chats
    Are Democrats Pulling Off Their Reimagined Convention?The exigencies of the pandemic helped produce moments, like Michelle Obama’s speech, that would have been hard to imagine at a traditional event.
  46. vision 2020
    Joe Biden Sees the Future in Kamala HarrisHe’s not just planning for the next three months, or even the next four years — but for what comes after.
  47. vision 2020
    How the Final Stretch of Biden’s VP Search Is Playing OutIt’s been an abnormal, increasingly contentious process, but the wait is finally almost over.
  48. vision 2020
    Elizabeth Warren Is Still CampaigningThere’s only one person she’s trying to win over, and he’s listening.
  49. vision 2020
    How Biden Is Trying to Reach Trump-Weary RepublicansThe Biden camp is looking for the right help to swing exasperated conservatives and nose-holding Trump voters.
  50. schools
    ‘I’m So Furious’: Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Dismal COVID ResponseObama Education Secretary Arne Duncan on how America’s dysfunctional coronavirus policy has made reopening schools more difficult.
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