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  1. 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.
  2. build back better
    The Build Back Better Framework: The Good, the Bad, the UglyThe diet-version of Joe Biden’s signature legislation has some heartening strengths and dismaying weaknesses.
  3. racial justice
    Smearing Popularism Does Not Help Black VotersPersuasively rebutting David Shor requires scrutinizing his arguments, not stigmatizing them.
  4. 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?
  5. midterms
    Democrats’ Odds of Keeping the House Are Slimming FastWith redistricting reform stalled in Congress, and Democratic turnout weak in special elections, the GOP is cruising to House control.
  6. 2020 hindsight
    Latinas Drove Trump’s Gains With Hispanic Voters in 2020And two other new insights into the demographic’s rightward shift.
  7. the democrats
    Democrats Must Stop the IRS From Eating the Unemployed’s Stimulus ChecksIf Biden doesn’t forgive the taxes on millions of Americans’ unemployment benefits, they might not forgive him for their giant surprise tax bills.
  8. sex scandals
    The China Sex Spy Scandal Is a Reminder: Don’t Govern While HornyA Chinese spy got to know some prominent American politicians — including former presidential candidate Eric Swalwell.
  9. 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.
  10. the national circus
    Frank Rich: The GOP Will Learn Nothing From a Trump DefeatThere’s no reason to think that losing an election will cause America’s conservative movement to either dwindle in size or compromise its views.
  11. early and often
    ‘Self-Defense Is Self-Care’: How Liberal Gun Owners See the Election“The tree can’t be harmed if the Lorax is armed.”
  12. 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.
  13. primary challenges
    Jamaal Bowman Takes the LeadThe progressive former middle-school principal has drawn comparisons to AOC. He might be joining her in Congress soon.
  14. vision 2020
    Joe Biden’s Plan to Look Presidential During the Coronavirus CrisisIt’s not quite the pivot to the general election his advisers expected, but the COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity to define contrasts with Trump.
  15. democratic primaries
    Joe Biden’s Critics Among Black Democrats Are Now Lying on His BehalfThe price of influence in the self-styled party of multiracial democracy.
  16. interesting times
    What’s This, a Functioning Political Party in the United States?On Super Tuesday, the Democrats — and especially black voters — proved it’s still possible for moderates and liberals to reject populism.
  17. the national circus
    Frank Rich: Is Trump Ready for Coronavirus?The president is, for the first time, facing a crisis not of his own making. The early signs aren’t good.
  18. vision 2020
    The Iowa Caucuses Were Supposed to Be ImportantIn the Des Moines Marriott, among campaign staffers and reporters, there were tears, cocktails, regrets, and pledges to never return to Iowa.
  19. iowa caucuses
    Why Bernie Might Declare Victory in Iowa Even If He LosesWhile other candidates seem to be sticking to the traditional metric of delegates won, Sanders is hinting he’ll focus on raw-vote total.
  20. vision 2020
    Amy Klobuchar Might Finally Have Some Momentum. But Is It Too Late to Matter?Amy Klobuchar is rising in polls and her campaign says she’s coming on strong in Iowa. For what it’s worth, her opponents don’t seem scared yet.
  21. agents of change
    Why New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew Ditched the Democrats and Sided With Trump“I’m sure it made him feel good temporarily, but I don’t think Trump makes friends well, and doesn’t keep them well.”
  22. vision 2020
    Why Isn’t Anyone Attacking Bernie Sanders?Biden, Buttigieg, and Warren have never felt it was worth it to go after Sanders. Now, he’s surging and the opportunity might have passed.
  23. the democrats
    Some Senate Democrats Value Susan Collins’s Friendship More Than PowerCollins does the bidding of plutocrats and pro-lifers. Democrats probably can’t govern unless she loses — but some are rooting for her, anyway.
  24. politics
    Joe Biden Is the Reason Obama’s Legacy Is on TrialIt’s difficult for other candidates to run against Joe Biden without running against the Obama presidency.
  25. the top line
    On Stock Buybacks, Democrats Are Making a Classic Republican ErrorIf they want firms to pay higher wages, then they should enact policies that do that directly.
  26. democracy
    America’s Political System Is Rigged Against Liberals (and Always Has Been)The left’s underrepresentation in U.S. politics isn’t new, and ending gerrymandering won’t fix it. But the liberalization of suburbia might.
  27. vision 2020
    The Democrats Aren’t a Left-Wing Party — They Just Play One on TVProgressives call the shots on debate stages. But in Congress, moderates still have the wheel.
  28. just asking questions
    DNC Chair Tom Perez on the Debates: ‘We Don’t Want to Talk About Hand Size’The chief Democrat on the debate rules, what he thinks about his critics, and why you should stop worrying about a brokered convention.
  29. early and often
    Sanders and Warren Had a Secret Nonaggression Deal. Is It Over?Late last year the two quietly agreed not to attack each other. But, with Warren rising in the polls, Sanders now seems to be going on the offensive.
  30. just asking questions
    Governor Steve Bullock on Being Excluded From the Democrats’ First Debate“When you look at that stage, it’s disappointing that it’s missing someone who has had success in a Trump state.”
  31. vision 2020
    Class Divides Republicans – But Not Democrats – on Economic IssuesA new study suggests Democrats have much to gain – and little to lose – by campaigning on a progressive economic message in 2020.
  32. interesting times
    Andrew Sullivan: What Democrats Can Learn From Steve BannonAround the world, liberal parties are winning by getting serious about immigration. When will Biden, Warren & Co. get the memo?
  33. vision 2020
    All the Democrats Who Are — and Aren’t — Running in 2020A guide to everyone hoping to take on Trump, from Michael Bennet to Andrew Yang — and those, like Oprah, who are sitting this one out.
  34. vision 2020
    Bill de Blasio Gets Ready for a Late, Awkward Run for PresidentHe’s barely showing up in the polls and New Yorkers hate the idea — but, yes, it appears he’s going to do it.
  35. vision 2020
    2021 Could Be a Nightmare For Democrats — Even If Trump LosesIf you want a picture of the future, imagine a GOP-controlled Senate stamping on a human face – forever.
  36. infrastructure week
    The New ‘Infrastructure Deal’ Is Why We Can’t Have Nice ThingsThe bipartisan negotiations over infrastructure illustrate three of the biggest problems with American politics today.
  37. just asking questions
    Cory Booker on Progressive Purity Tests, His Work With Jared Kushner, and More“I end up talking about love — which maybe doesn’t sound like a normal presidential campaign. That’s fine. People should know who I am.”
  38. vision 2020
    A Long Talk With the 2020 Candidate Putting Climate Change FirstThe Washington governor on nuclear power, constituent Howard Schultz, and the prospect of debating Trump.
  39. andrew yang
    Andrew Yang Plans to Use a 3D Hologram for Remote CampaigningWatch Yang’s hologram duet with Tupac’s.
  40. chicago
    Lori Lightfoot Is a Pragmatist. Chicago Needs a Revolution.The mayor-elect made history on Tuesday. But her politics are a poor match for the moment.
  41. the democrats
    Senate Democrat Apologizes for Putting Too Little Trust in Mitch McConnellMichael Bennet suggests that McConnell’s conscience would have stopped him from nuking the filibuster, if only Democrats hadn’t done so first.
  42. the democrats
    Democrats May Have Just Lost Wisconsin for a DecadeLiberals needed to win last night’s State Supreme Court election to prevent the GOP from passing new gerrymanders and voter-suppression laws in 2020.
  43. politics
    Why Couldn’t New York Get a More Progressive Budget?Public campaign financing is a priority for progressive activists, but New York Democrats punted.
  44. vision 2020
    Trump’s Border Rhetoric Is Overblown, But Democrats Still Need a SolutionBeto O’Rourke is calling for more assistance to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Central America. Other 2020 candidates should take note.
  45. vision 2020
    Why the Story of Michael Avenatti Is a Lesson for Democrats in 2020Post-arrest, prosecutors will attempt to cast Avenatti as a grifter. But the real reason for his untrustworthiness was affirmed months ago.
  46. nazis
    U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks Compares Democrats, Media to HitlerNo smear is too stupid or disgusting for Mo Brooks in his effort to win Trump’s support for a possible 2020 Senate race.
  47. identity politics
    The GOP’s Cynical New Identity-Politics PlaySenate Republicans are looking to back bills that rebuke anti-Semitism — despite their own party’s complicity in anti-Semitic violence.
  48. mueller time
    Will the Mueller Fizzle Help Elect Trump in 2020?The likeliest impact of the apparent Mueller-probe whiff: The 2020 race will focus on corruption, policy, and two different visions of America.
  49. vision 2020
    Why a Second Loss to Trump Would Be an Existential Crisis for DemocratsHellscape 2021.
  50. vision 2020
    The Mueller Report Looks Like a Dud. Here’s What That Means for Democrats.Trump is still a weak president. Shifting the focus of oversight away from collusion and toward corruption will make him a weaker one.
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