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Gabriel Debenedetti

  1. the inside game
    The Super-High-Stakes 2022 Race No One Is Talking AboutCharlie Crist has been Florida governor before. He thinks he can win again, toppling Ron DeSantis and sending the GOP into chaos in the process.
  2. the inside game
    The Kamala ConundrumThe Democrats’ leader-in-waiting is unpopular, derided by donors, and here to stay.
  3. the inside game
    Why More and More Democrats Want Trump to Declare Soon“It’d be terrible! We don’t want him back!” said a party pollster. “But it would highlight the contrast.”
  4. the inside game
    The 3 Most Important Races in the Post-Roe Midterms“The stakes have gone up because these races are fundamental to protecting democracy and abortion rights.”
  5. the inside game
    How 4 Senators Finally Got Bipartisan Gun Control Done“I’m so sick of thoughts and prayers.”
  6. the inside game
    Could Biden’s Post-Midterm Pivot Start at Treasury?Janet Yellen has become a face of the inflation problem. Business-friendly Gina Raimondo is rumored as a potential successor.
  7. vision 2024
    Democrats Quietly Search for an Alternative to Biden in 2024Inside the 2024 soul-searching that’s happening in every corner of the Democratic Party — except the White House.
  8. the inside game
    ‘I Mean, We Need More Money’: An Exit Interview With the COVID CzarJeff Zients on funding gaps, misinformation, and the future of the virus.
  9. the inside game
    Biden’s Theory of EscalationThe president doesn’t want a war, but he’s been eager to show Putin what he’s made of.
  10. intelligencer chats
    Is Biden Trying to Psych Putin Out?His administration has been playing an unusual information-warfare game against the Russian leader.
  11. the inside game
    Is This the One Democrat Who’s Figured Out COVID?Governors on the coasts are playing catch up to Colorado’s Jared Polis.
  12. the inside game
    What Democrats and Pollsters Missed in New JerseyRepublicans may be shy in responding to surveys, but not about turning out on Election Day, says one of the state’s top pollsters.
  13. the inside game
    The Next Democratic ReckoningHigh election turnout was supposed to benefit the party, but Tuesday’s results showed once again that it cuts both ways.
  14. the inside game
    It’s Election Day in Virginia and Democrats Are Very NervousDemocratic confidence gave way to an anxious sprint after Republican Glenn Youngkin took a slight polling lead ahead of Terry McAuliffe.
  15. the inside game
    The Lucky Phil MurphyHow New Jersey’s governor got ahead of the backlash that has stung Democrats from coast to coast.
  16. the inside game
    Polling in America Is Still Broken. So Who Is Really Winning in Virginia?The polls were disastrously wrong in 2020. That has political insiders extra nervous about a pivotal state election.
  17. the inside game
    Virginia’s Election Is Breaking the RulesDemocrats nationalize the governor’s race despite the mess in Biden’s Washington.
  18. the inside game
    Joe Biden’s FDR Dream Hits The RocksPromises of a truly transformative presidency have run up against reality — much sooner than many expected.
  19. the inside game
    This Trump-Backing Congressman Has a History With the BidensJill Biden brought future GOP congressman Brian Mast to the State of the Union in 2011. Things are less friendly now.
  20. intelligencer chats
    What Newsom’s Landslide Victory Says About National PoliticsAmong other things, voters are still taking COVID very seriously.
  21. the inside game
    ‘A Complete Perversion of Our Democracy’Gavin Newsom may yet win California’s recall election. But how did it get this close?
  22. the inside game
    What Nervous Democrats Are Saying About Biden’s Afghanistan Decision“There’s no good way to talk about it,” said one senior staffer on the Hill. “It’s mortifying.”
  23. 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.
  24. 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?
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. d.c.
    The GOP Has Discovered Joe Biden’s Political SuperpowerThere’s a reason he isn’t showing up much in Republican talking points.
  29. power
    We’re Still Waiting for a Biden DoctrineThe violence in the Middle East has tested the president in ways domestic calamities have not.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. politics
    Joe Biden Isn’t Going BackBut can he get Congress to follow him?
  33. capitol hill
    Chuck Schumer Has ChangedWhy is the former “angry centrist” pushing his party to go bigger, bolder, and more progressive?
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. intelligencer chats
    President Biden’s Highly Consequential, Kind of Boring DebutWhat his early strategy can tell us about the next four years.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. intelligencer chats
    Why Dems Are Now Optimistic About Winning Both Georgia RacesUnderwhelming Republican turnout has been a major story on Tuesday night.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 2020 election
    How Joe Biden Became President-ElectA long and winding path to the White House ended with a tense election week.
  49. politics
    Democrats’ Other Fear in Florida? Biden Winds Up Like Al GoreIf it’s close, a recount would be armageddon compared to 2000.
  50. 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.
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