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  1. early and often
    Trump’s Extreme Agenda Is a Problem for Republicans, TooEven if GOP lawmakers don’t care about Trump’s draconian policies, they should be worried about what he’ll do to Congress.
  2. early and ofteh
    Why Don’t Republicans Just Run on the Economy, Stupid?Republicans are in good shape for 2024 thanks to their advantage on the economy. But there’s a reason they’re not laser focused on that message.
  3. life after roe
    California GOP May Drop Anti-Abortion StanceGolden State Republicans want to moderate unpopular national party positions on abortion and same-sex marriage. It won’t happen without a fight.
  4. early and often
    Oregon Republicans’ Self-Destructive Culture-War WalkoutGOP state senators are disqualifying themselves from reelection to block gun restrictions, abortion rights, and gender-affirming care.
  5. early and often
    On the First Earth Day, Environmentalism Wasn’t PartisanOver the past 53 years, Republicans have turned protecting the environment into a culture-war issue. It didn’t have to be this way.
  6. early and often
    The GOP’s Addiction to Culture War May Cost It in 2024The habitual Fox News viewer is worried about “wokeness.” The median voter? Not so much.
  7. live blog
    Kevin McCarthy’s Humiliation Finally Ends: Live UpdatesIt took 15 rounds and some messy late-night drama, but McCarthy was finally elected Speaker.
  8. house arrest
    Kevin McCarthy Is Stuck in PlaceHe’s still far from becoming Speaker of the House, and it’s anyone’s guess what happens next.
  9. early and often
    Republicans Have Not Changed Their Extremist ViewsWhile midterms campaigns are now focused on inflation and the economy, fresh polling confirms GOP cultural views haven’t moderated at all.
  10. student loans
    The War on Student-Debt Forgiveness BeginsRepublican-led states sue over Biden’s plan to free millions of people.
  11. early and often
    Freedom Caucus Won’t Let Kevin McCarthy Forget Who Owns HimMembers are already making demands that would limit McCarthy’s power if he becomes Speaker. In a closely divided House, he’ll have to bow to them.
  12. early and often
    Impeaching Biden Will Be Job One If Republicans Win the HouseSpeaker McCarthy will face intense pressure from the party’s MAGA wing to impeach Biden, setting up a performative Senate trial heading into 2024.
  13. vision 2024
    Please Shut Up About Liz Cheney or Larry Hogan in 2024The media should quit indulging what is almost disinformation about their White House aspirations.
  14. the national interest
    Mitch McConnell’s Terrible Candidates Are His Own FaultThis happened because the GOP decided not to confront Trump’s election lies.
  15. books
    Trump’s FathersTwo recent books demonstrate the GOP’s long descent from reason and a country in serious danger.
  16. early and often
    Why Republicans Stopped Talking to the Press“I just don’t see the point,” said an adviser to a GOP presidential aspirant.
  17. life after roe
    Will Dobbs Change the Way We Feel About ‘Good’ Republicans?It’s time to reconsider whether to keep lionizing people like Mike Pence and Liz Cheney.
  18. life after roe
    Why the Post-Roe GOP Will Only Get More RadicalDecades after partnering with the anti-abortion movement, the Republican Party has finally delivered. But ending Roe is just the start.
  19. the national interest
    Republicans Will Do It AgainThey have not been chastened by the revelations of the January 6 committee.
  20. early and often
    California Republicans Downplay Their Toxic Brand to SurviveRick Caruso, Anne Marie Schubert, and Lanhee Chen are distancing themselves from the GOP even as they run on conservative themes.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. u.s. supreme court
    GOP’s Antics at Jackson Hearings Weren’t Just an Appeal to QAnonExtremist dog whistling aside, Republicans senators’ primary goal was to paint Democrats as soft on crime and hostile to parents and children.
  28. politics
    ‘RINO’ Just Means ‘Disloyal to Trump’ NowWhat was once an ideological insult for GOP moderates and liberals is now mostly applied to Republicans who won’t buy Trump’s stolen-election myth.
  29. politics
    Republicans’ Attack Plan for the Ketanji Brown Jackson HearingsInstead of getting nasty in a fight they can’t win, Republicans will use the hearings to reinforce their midterm message against Democrats.
  30. 2022 midterms
    Post-Recall, California Republicans Are Running on EmptyHaving lost their best shot at a statewide win in 2021, the Golden State GOP looks incapable of challenging Gavin Newsom’s reelection.
  31. politics
    Do Republicans Know What Communism Is?Some members of the GOP have taken to calling Democrats “communists.” It betrays a willful historical ignorance.
  32. politics
    Why New York Republicans Are Dreaming of a Banner YearThe state GOP hopes to expand on its 2021 wins, take further advantage of Democrats’ distraction, and ride the national red wave.
  33. politics
    RNC Claims It’s Merely Defending Fake Electors, Not RiotersRonna McDaniel says “legitimate political discourse” referred to “alternate” electors … who were also part of Trump’s election-coup plot.
  34. politics
    Democrats’ Control of Senate Iffy As Luján Recovers From StrokeThankfully, the New Mexico senator is expected to recover fully. But during his absence, some big Democratic initiatives must be put on hold.
  35. gerrymandering
    Another State Says to Hell With GerrymanderingAfter the Supreme Court punted on the issue, state constitutions like Ohio’s may hold the key to reform.
  36. politics
    The GOP Has Adopted an Anti-Voting-Rights Case It Once RejectedToday’s Republicans are using the same arguments southern Democrats once used to oppose the original Voting Rights Act.
  37. january 6
    What Will It Take to Stop a 2024 Election Coup?A warning from election-law expert Rick Hasen suggests options for stopping state legislatures from stealing electoral votes may be limited.
  38. politics
    Ted Cruz (Mistakenly) Touts His 2024 Presidential OddsThe senator noted that “historically the runner-up is almost always the next nominee.” It’s a common but untrue hypothesis.
  39. joe manchin
    Could Joe Manchin Really Switch Parties?The senator may become a Republican one day, but giving up the enormous leverage he holds over Democrats right now makes little sense.
  40. republicans
    Will the ‘Post-Trump Era’ Ever Begin?Considering a potential retirement over Senate leadership, Republican John Thune may be realizing that politics after Trump is actually far away.
  41. politics
    Despite Iowa-Caucus Debacle, 2024 Process Probably Won’t ChangeThe earlier impetus for change among Democrats angry at the 2020 Iowa-caucus meltdown seems to be fading as the party has bigger problems to address.
  42. politics
    Could Trump Really Depose Mitch McConnell?It’s hard to imagine Republicans denying Donald Trump anything he demanded, but ousting Mitch McConnell as GOP leader won’t be easy.
  43. voting rights
    Democrats Are Cruising for a Bruising on Voting RightsIf Biden and his party raise expectations on voting rights legislation that they cannot fulfill, the repercussions could be serious in 2022.
  44. 2024 vision
    Democrats Need a Three-Year Plan to Save DemocracyThat means largely abandoning hope for 2022 and preparing to do battle at Armageddon with Trump in 2024.
  45. debt limit
    McConnell Strikes Convoluted Deal to Let Democrats Avoid a Debt DefaultLeave it to Mitch to devise a phony mechanism to get Republican votes for a measure that will saddle Democrats wrongly with blame for debt increase.
  46. 2022 midterms
    McConnell Signals GOP Will Run on Pure Obstruction in the MidtermsThey disagree on a lot of things, but Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump both believe in the pursuit of power as an end in itself.
  47. abortion
    If Roe Is Reversed, Democrats Need to Be ReadyAt a time when their party has convinced itself to avoid social issues, they should prepare for a culture-war battle they can win.
  48. government shutdown
    Will Republicans Force a Government Shutdown to Fight Biden’s Vaccine Mandates?A small group of conservatives can gum up the works and force at least a brief shutdown. But with Omicron looming, the timing is strange.
  49. 2022 midterms
    Republicans Can’t Bet on Finding Perfectly Trumpy CandidatesThe GOP thinks candidates who embrace Trump without going full MAGA are the key to winning the midterms. Good luck finding them.
  50. 2022 midterms
    Louie Gohmert Joins Wild Texas Attorney General RaceThe MAGA representative will challenge Trump-endorsed Ken Paxton and George P. Bush in a race that shows the importance of state offices.
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