Tag: Midterm Elections (2018)

Trump Is Making ‘Socialism’ Sound Pretty Good

Only a handful of Democrats in Congress (and just one Democrat-adjacent presidential contender) identify as “socialist,” but they appear to be the chief targets of President Trump as he faces a confident Democratic opposition in the House of Representatives. “We are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” he said in his […]

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The Political Magic of Us Vs. Them

However often President Trump strays from his favored political strategy, he faithfully returns to it like a dog to a bone: first, polarize the American electorate along racial, cultural and economic lines, then exploit the schisms that have supplanted the class divisions that were once central to both American and European partisan politics. On one […]

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Republicans Got Us Into This Mess, and They Have to Get Us Out of It

At first glance, in the wake of the roars of approval President Trump received from Republican lawmakers during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, it may seem fanciful to think the president might be forced out of office by members of his own party. At second glance, too. Yet sometimes things that […]

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Democrats Unite to Begin Push to Protect Pre-Existing Condition Coverage

WASHINGTON — Democrats, claiming a mandate from voters, opened a legislative campaign on Wednesday to secure protections under the Affordable Care Act for people with pre-existing medical conditions, putting aside divisions over a more ambitious push for “Medicare for all” in favor of shoring up existing law. “Health care was the single most important issue […]

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Trump’s State of the Union Address Unlikely to Bring Harmony

WASHINGTON — President Trump is to deliver what aides called a message of bipartisan unity on Tuesday night in his first address to Congress in the new era of divided government, but any hope of harmony was dispelled long before he left the White House. The president and Democrats spent the hours before his State […]

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Trump’s Campaign Spent Heavily as He Hit the Midterm Trail

As Democratic candidates begin to file their paperwork to run for president in 2020, they already know they will be facing a well-financed opponent. President Trump’s campaign reported $19.2 million in cash on hand Thursday in a filing with the Federal Election Commission. The campaign’s three committees reported raising $21 million in the final three […]

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The ‘Rotten Equilibrium’ of Republican Politics

One clear lesson from the elections of 2016 and 2018 is that President Trump and his fellow Republican candidates win where white voters are losing ground. Take a look at the 2018 congressional results in the upper Midwest and Pennsylvania, states that provided the Electorate College votes crucial to Trump’s capture of the White House. […]

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Thousands More Troops Heading to Border as Defense Dept. Officials Defend Deployments

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is poised to send at least 2,000 more active-duty troops to the southwestern border, Defense Department officials said Tuesday, deployments that have already cost the military hundreds of millions of dollars and thrust the department into the center of the debate over border security and President Trump’s proposed wall. The acting […]

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All Red or All Blue, State Legislatures Run to Partisan Sides

ST. PAUL — Days after nearly dying during cancer treatments, Hunter Cantrell, a 23-year-old university student, made what seemed a quixotic decision: He would run for the Minnesota House of Representatives to plead for affordable health care for all. To the shock of nearly everyone, Mr. Cantrell flipped a Republican-held seat in the suburbs of […]

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Border Wall Is Out of Sync With the Southwest’s Changing Politics

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — In a vast congressional district of fluted mountain ranges, chili crops and oil and gas wells on the country’s southern border, New Mexico Democrats in November broke the Republican hold on a House seat that had endured for 37 years, except for a two-year break. Xochitl Torres Small, a 34-year-old water […]

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Why Trump Will Lose in 2020

With several major Democratic primary candidates having declared, the palace intrigue of America’s 2020 presidential election is already in nearly full swing. But what if I were to tell you that barring a significant unforeseen shock to the system, the outcome of 2020 is already set in stone? The high levels of hyperpartisanship and polarization […]

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Biden Defends Praise for Embattled Republican During Midterms

Joseph R. Biden Jr. defended his decision to praise an embattled Republican lawmaker during a paid speech in Michigan last fall, telling a group of mayors on Thursday morning that it reflected his philosophy of how to “get things done.” The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Mr. Biden had earned $200,000 for an […]

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Biden’s Paid Speech Buoyed the G.O.P. in Midwest Battleground

Joseph R. Biden Jr. swept into Benton Harbor, Mich., three weeks before the November elections, in the midst of his quest to reclaim the Midwest for Democrats. He took the stage at Lake Michigan College as Representative Fred Upton, a long-serving Republican from the area, faced the toughest race of his career. But Mr. Biden […]

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Joe Biden’s Paid Speech Buoyed the G.O.P. in Midwest Battleground

Joseph R. Biden Jr. swept into Benton Harbor, Mich., three weeks before the November elections, in the midst of his quest to reclaim the Midwest for Democrats. He took the stage at Lake Michigan College as Representative Fred Upton, a long-serving Republican from the area, faced the toughest race of his career. But Mr. Biden […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Leading and Following at the Same Time

The most active wing of the Democratic Party — the roughly 20 percent of the party’s electorate that votes in primaries and wields disproportionate influence over which issues get prioritized — has moved decisively to the left. With all the attention that is being paid to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and other new […]

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Kansas Lawmakers Defect to Democrats as G.O.P. Struggles in Suburbs

LENEXA, Kan. — State Senator Dinah Sykes, a Democrat for three whole weeks, told the retirement home residents that she had felt ignored by Republican leaders. She said that she remained a political moderate. She promised that her views on policy hadn’t changed when she quit the Republican Party, only the letter beside her name. […]

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5 Times the Trump Administration Has Been Tougher Than Trump on Russia

WASHINGTON — President Trump boasted recently that he has been “FAR tougher” on Russia than other American presidents. But while the Trump administration has cracked down on Russian diplomats, government officials and oligarchs, Mr. Trump himself largely has taken a far more generous stance toward Moscow. The contradiction has taken on new meaning in light […]

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As Beto O’Rourke Weighs 2020 Run, Democrats Chafe at His Go-It-Alone Style

For a moment in August, an event hall in Texas teemed with hope, taquitos and unity. It was a border-town stop for Beto O’Rourke’s Senate campaign, but another Democratic politician commanded particular attention: Gina Ortiz Jones, a history-making congressional candidate — gay, Filipina-American, an Iraq war veteran — hoping to turn a majority-Hispanic district blue. […]

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D.N.C. Says It Was Targeted Again by Russian Hackers After ’18 Election

SAN FRANCISCO — The Democratic National Committee believes it was targeted in a hacking attempt by a Russian group in the weeks after the midterm elections last year, according to court documents filed late Thursday. On Nov. 14, the documents say, dozens of D.N.C. email addresses were on the receiving end of a so-called spearphishing […]

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How One Socialist Lawmaker Is Trying to Change His State’s Pro-Business Policies

MANASSAS, Va. — When the state of Virginia recently struck a deal with American chip maker Micron to expand in Manassas, both Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, and the local mayor, Hal Parrish, a Republican, attended a ceremony celebrating the news. But not Lee Carter, the self-described socialist who represents this Virginia suburb in the […]

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