Tag: Elections

For Sunak, Like Biden, Dullness Could Be a Secret Weapon

Mr. Major’s electoral record was mixed: He surprised many by winning a modest majority of 21 in the general election in 1992. But that victory was followed swiftly by a financial crisis that sapped his reputation and paved the way for a landslide victory five years later by the Labour Party leader, Tony Blair. This […]

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Netanyahu Coalition Roils Israel Before Government Is Formed

JERUSALEM — First he agreed to hand control over Israel’s internal security to an ultranationalist. Then he pledged to give a party that opposes gay rights and liberal values wide powers over some programs taught in public schools. Finally, he promised a religious party that seeks to annex the West Bank authority over much of […]

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Inside the Face-Off Between Russia and a Small Internet Access Firm

The Kremlin spent years building the legal foundation and technological abilities to control the internet more closely. Yet even as Russia blocked certain websites and interrupted access to Twitter last year, few thought it would outright block major social media platforms and independent news websites. While television has always been heavily censored, the internet had […]

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In Sweeping New Law, Indonesia Outlaws Sex Outside of Marriage

Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy, cleared a sweeping overhaul of its criminal code on Tuesday, outlawing sex outside of marriage, defamation of the president and sharply expanding its laws against blasphemy. The new rules, which also apply to foreigners in the country, have drawn criticism from human rights activists, businesspeople and students who warned of […]

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Cyril Ramaphosa Unlikely to Face Impeachment in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s governing party, the African National Congress, is standing by its president, Cyril Ramaphosa, rejecting calls that he face an impeachment hearing over accusations that he kept a large sum of cash in a sofa at his game farm and failed to report a crime when it was stolen. The decision by […]

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Oil Prices Rise as the West Imposes a Cap on Russian Crude

But that market calm does not mean the crypto contagion is contained. The fallout from the collapse last month of Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto exchange, FTX, has spread to other firms, setting off a wave of layoffs, lawsuits and investigations. Shareholders of Silvergate, the U.S. bank that processed payments and money transfers for FTX, sued the […]

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The Political Winds Are Blowing. And Blowing. And Blowing.

Bret: Question for you, Gail. Of the potential G.O.P. field besides Donald Trump — Ron DeSantis, Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, Mike Pompeo, Glenn Youngkin, Ted Cruz — who do you think would be the most formidable in a general election? Gail: Well, the idea of a Cruz campaign gives me the giggles. If the weather […]

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Brian Kemp’s Interesting Strategy: Stand Up to Trump, Stump for Walker

National Republicans are now desperate for Mr. Kemp to help Mr. Walker win over a chunk of those split-ticket voters. Originally, the governor accepted this mission when it still looked as though control of the Senate might once again rest with Georgia. But even after Democrats secured 50 seats, he was happy to go the […]

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How Democrats’ New Primary Calendar Changes the Chessboard

When a panel of Democratic Party insiders endorsed President Joseph R. Biden’s preferred lineup of early presidential nominating states on Friday, they didn’t just shatter the exalted status of Iowa and New Hampshire voters. They also formally aligned themselves with a demographic reckoning decades in the making, reflecting the growing clout of the racially diverse […]

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Why Is Rahul Gandhi Walking 2,000 Miles Across India?

On the 76th day of his long march north through the entire length of India, Rahul Gandhi, scion of a once-mighty political dynasty, walked into a textile-making town in the middle of this vast country, his face and hair covered in dust. Gone were the luxury trappings that his adversaries in India’s Hindu nationalist governing […]

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Donate This Holiday Season: The Rising Seas Institute Needs Your Help

Bret Stephens: Gail, I hope you had a lovely and restful Thanksgiving weekend. At the risk of turning the meaning of the holiday on its head, I wanted to ask you what you don’t feel grateful for, at least politically speaking. Gail Collins: Well, before we go there, let me start by saying I am […]

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As Venezuelan Antagonists Talk, the U.S. Softens Its Stance

In the past, Mr. Maduro has controlled the vote by banning many opposition figures from political participation, jailing others and co-opting many political parties. He holds elections to project a veneer of legitimacy. Speaking on state television about the Mexico talks this week, Mr. Maduro said he wanted to make it clear: “Nobody is going […]

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The Only U.S. Territory Without U.S. Birthright Citizenship

Perhaps surprisingly, the government of American Samoans, as well as a majority of its citizens, is opposed to its residents acquiring birthright citizenship, particularly by judicial fiat, said Michael F. Williams, a lawyer who represents the government. In 1900, chiefs in American Samoa agreed to become part of the United States by signing a deed, […]

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Is Donald Trump Ineligible to Be President?

At the same time, I’m torn about using this specific tool. Section 3 is extraordinarily strong medicine. Like an impeachment followed by conviction, it denies the voters their free choice of those who seek to represent them. That’s not the way democracy is designed to work. And yet it is true, as certain conservatives never […]

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Marijuana Majority

A decade ago, no American lived in a state where marijuana was legal to smoke, vape or eat recreationally. Today, nearly half of Americans do or will soon: Voters approved legalization ballot measures this month in Maryland and Missouri, bringing the number of states allowing any adult use to 21. Legalization may not make major […]

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Amid Crises, Biden Offers the World a Choice: My Way, or Trump’s

BALI, Indonesia — President Biden returns home from a week of diplomacy and crisis management in the Middle East and Asia strengthened in his faith that this period of war and economic turmoil calls for his brand of coalition-building politics — reinforcing the leadership differences with his predecessor, Donald J. Trump, just as he announced […]

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As Britain Braces for Painful Budget Cuts, the Mood Is Gloomy

SWINDON, England — Britain’s energy crisis hit Chris Watts quicker and harder than most business people: His company installs and fixes gas boilers. As soon as news of skyrocketing fuel bills surfaced last August, he said, customers began putting off repairs and replacements. Desperate to cut expenses, many have yet to switch on the heat […]

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Republicans Reckon With Midterm Election Fallout

Raising the heat, a potential rival for speaker, Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, leaped to endorse Mr. Trump for the 2024 nomination, writing, “It is time for Republicans to unite around the most popular Republican in America.” Who Will Control Congress? Here’s When We’ll Know. Card 1 […]

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I Don’t Quite Buy the DeSantis Narrative, and Other Midterm Thoughts

Produced by ‘The Ezra Klein Show’ The results of Tuesday’s midterm elections are still trickling in, but the broader story is clear: The red wave that many anticipated never materialized. Republicans gained 54 House seats against Bill Clinton in 1994 and 63 seats against Barack Obama in 2010. It doesn’t look as though the G.O.P. […]

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How Democrats Used the Abortion Debate to Hold Off a Red Wave

For months, the midterm elections appeared to be a clash over rising prices, public safety worries and fears of a looming recession. But another driving issue proved almost as powerful for voters: abortion rights. In the first major election since the Supreme Court overturned the case that ensured a federal right to an abortion for […]

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Democracy Survived the Midterm Elections, for Now

Without being able to agree on what is true, we don’t know which way to go. And without being able to trust one another, we can’t head there together. And everything big and hard needs to be done together. So, our enemies would be wise not to leave us for dead, but we would be […]

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Ukraine Peace Talks Remain Distant Even as Moscow Signals a Retreat

“In terms of the ultimate status of Crimea, that will be something to be negotiated or discussed between the Ukrainians and the Russians, but Crimea is Ukraine,” Colin H. Kahl, the Pentagon’s under secretary for policy, said on Tuesday. Ukrainian military advances on Crimea, though a distant prospect for now, would stoke concern in Washington […]

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About Last Night: Michelle Cottle and Ross Douthat on the Midterms Winners and Losers

Produced by ‘The Argument’ As midterm election results continue to trickle in, one thing is clear: There’s no predicting American voters. After an unexpected showing for Democrats in tight races across the country, Jane Coaston speaks with the Times editorial board member Michelle Cottle and Times Opinion columnist Ross Douthat to recap what happened at […]

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Still Undecided

Follow our live coverage of the 2022 midterm elections for the latest news and updates. Democrats defied expectations in the midterm elections, potentially defending enough seats to maintain control of the Senate but likely not enough to keep Republicans from taking the House. The battle for power in Congress stood too close to call this […]

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After Near Wipeout in Election, Israeli Left Wonders: What Now?

KIBBUTZ HULDA, Israel — On the night religious ultranationalists triumphed in last week’s Israeli national elections, a funereal hush descended over Kibbutz Hulda, a village in central Israel that had long been a bastion of left-leaning secular parties. Dafna Israel, a Hulda resident attending an election night barbecue, said she cried as he results came […]

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Inflation Plagues Democrats in Polling. Will It Crush Them at the Ballot Box?

Inflation has roared back onto the scene as a key issue ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, after five decades during which slow and steady price increases were a political nonissue. It was once a potent driver of politics in America, one that panicked former President Richard M. Nixon and his administration, and later helped […]

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The World’s Democracies Ask: Why Can’t America Fix Itself?

Lin Wei-hsuan was just a child when he observed his first Taiwanese election. His parents took him to watch the vote-counting, where volunteers held up each paper ballot, shouting out the choice and marking it on a board for all to see — the huge crowd of citizens inside, and many more watching live on […]

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Your Election Day Guide

Voters will also decide whether to approve a range of ballot measures, including abortion-related proposals in five states, marijuana legalization in five others and Medicaid expansion in South Dakota. The races could also help determine the future of American democracy. Numerous Republican nominees continue to question the results of the 2020 presidential election. Some are […]

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