Tag: Republican Party

The Politics We Don’t See Matter as Much as Those We Do

Some of the most important developments in politics do not happen every election cycle, but every ten years, when politicians scrap the old battleground map and struggle to replace it with a new one more favorable to their interests. Steven Hill, a former fellow at New America, described how this works in his still pertinent […]

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Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon Supporter, Wins House Primary in Georgia

Conspiracy theorists won a major victory on Tuesday as a Republican supporter of the convoluted pro-Trump movement QAnon triumphed in her House primary runoff election in Georgia, all but ensuring that she will represent a deep-red district in Congress. The ascension of Marjorie Taylor Greene, who embraces a conspiracy theory that the F.B.I. has labeled […]

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Supreme Court Won’t Ease Oregon’s Referendum Rules During the Pandemic

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked an injunction easing Oregon’s requirements for placing a referendum on partisan gerrymandering on the November ballot. Citing the coronavirus pandemic, a federal trial judge had lowered the number of signatures required and extended the deadline for gathering them. The Supreme Court’s brief order was unsigned and gave […]

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How the Democrats Are Lining Up Their Convention Speakers

The Democratic National Convention will play out like a star-studded Zoom call next week, anchored by nightly prime-time keynote speeches, with Michelle Obama on Monday, Jill Biden on Tuesday, Barack Obama on Wednesday, and Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s acceptance speech on Thursday, according to a schedule of events. The convention, originally planned for Milwaukee, then […]

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The Revolt of the Republican Strategists

Last week I found myself reading “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump,” the new book by Stuart Stevens, the longtime Republican operative and chief strategist for Mitt Romney’s losing 2012 campaign for the presidency. Stevens belongs to one of the notable sects in the church of NeverTrump, consisting of […]

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How to Foil Trump’s Election Night Strategy

There’s no mystery about what President Trump intends to do if he holds a lead on election night in November. He’s practically broadcasting it. First, he’ll claim victory. Then, having spent most of the year denouncing vote-by-mail as corrupt, fraudulent and prone to abuse, he’ll demand that authorities stop counting mail-in and absentee ballots. He’ll […]

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Trump Teases a Gettysburg Convention Speech. Experts Say It’s an Ethics Breach.

After repeatedly throwing a wrench into plans for the Republican National Convention this summer, President Trump on Monday tried to offer something tantalizing about the upcoming gathering, saying that his renomination speech would take place either at the White House or the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pa. “We will announce the decision soon!” Mr. […]

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Never a Dull Moment in Trump World

Gail Collins: Bret, did you listen to the president’s weekend address? The one he gave to an audience composed of members at his private golf club? The part where he said Democrats don’t love the country? For a long time now I think I’ve gone past the ability to be shocked by his run-of-the-mill rants, […]

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Trump’s Go-It-Alone Stimulus Won’t Do Much to Lift the Recovery

The executive actions President Trump took on Saturday were pitched as a unilateral jolt for an ailing economy. But there is only one group of workers that seems guaranteed to benefit from them, at least right away: lawyers. Mr. Trump’s measures include an eviction moratorium, a new benefit to supplement unemployment assistance for workers and […]

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Joe Arpaio Loses Arizona Primary to Reclaim His Old Job as Sheriff

PHOENIX — Joe Arpaio, the bellicose former Arizona sheriff whose harsh immigration tactics earned him international notoriety, narrowly lost his Republican primary as he tried to regain his old office in Maricopa County. Voters instead backed Jerry Sheridan, Mr. Arpaio’s former chief deputy, who promised to revive many of Mr. Arpaio’s policies but without the […]

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What Will Happen to the Republican Party if Trump Loses in 2020?

Jonathan V. Last thinks President Trump is here forever. Last, an editor at The Bulwark, a conservative site that’s been hostile to Trump, argues that if Trump loses in November he’ll claim he was cheated out of the election. He’ll force other Republicans to back up his claim. He’ll get a TV show, hold rallies, […]

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Trump’s Census Shenanigans Have a Nefarious Purpose

Over the last few years, the Trump administration has fought to shape the 2020 census to its political benefit and the benefit of the Republican Party. In 2018, it sought to introduce a citizenship question on the census itself, to reduce response rates among immigrant communities. Then, after that was rebuffed by the Supreme Court, […]

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Are Republicans Getting Serious About Climate Change?

It’s been a long time coming, but some Republicans seem to have finally gotten serious about climate change. In June, a handful of senators rolled out a bipartisan climate change bill. It is co-sponsored by Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan, and Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. The bill, the Growing Climate Solutions Act, makes […]

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Bill Hagerty Wins Tough Tennessee Primary With Trump’s Endorsement

The Tennessee Senate Republican primary may have taken a competitive turn in its final weeks, but Bill Hagerty proved that for red-state candidates in the Trump era, there are still few things more valuable than the endorsement of Donald J. Trump himself. On Thursday, Mr. Hagerty, 60, who served as the president’s first ambassador to […]

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Judge Dismisses G.O.P. Suit to End Proxy Voting in House During Pandemic

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a suit filed by congressional Republicans against Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sought to block the House of Representatives from using a proxy-voting system to allow for remote legislating during the coronavirus pandemic. Judge Rudolph Contreras, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, wrote in […]

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In Stimulus Talks, McConnell Is Outside the Room and in a Tight Spot

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell has put himself in one of the toughest spots of a political life that has seen plenty of them. Up for re-election in the middle of an unforgiving pandemic, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader is caught in a family feud between a group of endangered incumbents in his party […]

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Tennessee Republicans, Once Moderate and Genteel, Turn Toxic in the Trump Era

On July 25, Republicans in Grundy County, Tenn., gathered to hear the candidates in the state’s Senate Republican primary hold forth ahead of Thursday’s election. Most of them kept their comments polite and predictable — and then came Bill Hagerty. Though there are 15 names on the ballot, Mr. Hagerty, the race’s Trump-endorsed front-runner, singled […]

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The Republicans’ Crimes Against Democracy

The result is an all-out campaign by Trumpworld against mail-in voting. Last weekend, lawmakers in Nevada approved a bill that would send absentee ballots to every registered voter in the state. The move drew a furious response from Trump on Monday morning. “In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for […]

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Kris Kobach Loses Kansas Senate Primary, Easing Republican Worries

Kansas Republicans on Tuesday soundly rejected the Senate bid of Kris W. Kobach, a polarizing figure in state politics and a staunch ally of President Trump’s, choosing instead to nominate a conservative congressman from rural Kansas who was the preferred choice of party leaders in Kansas and Washington. Mr. Kobach was defeated in the primary […]

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Primary Election Voters Start a Virus-Era Wait for Results

As the coronavirus continues to ravage large areas of the country, disrupting the nation’s political process, voters in several states including Michigan, Missouri and Kansas were rendering verdicts on fierce advocates for both parties’ bases on Tuesday, in some of the last remaining primaries before November’s general election. It was another test of the mail-in […]

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Republicans Aid Kanye West’s Bid to Get on the 2020 Ballot

By Danny Hakim and Maggie Haberman At least three people who have been active in Republican politics are linked to Kanye West’s attempt to get on the presidential ballot this year. The connection raises questions about the aims of the entertainer’s effort and whether it is regarded within the G.O.P. as a spoiler campaign that […]

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The Anti-Election Party

The nightmare scenario for liberals across America—what if a defeated Donald Trump refuses to leave office?—reared its head last week, when the president floated the idea of delaying the election. “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” he tweeted, and then […]

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Will the Tea Party Live Again?

“This never happened. It will shock you how much it never happened.” This is a Don Draper line from “Mad Men,” delivered as advice he earned the hard way, when he stole another man’s identity and left his own behind. It’s also the way that many Republican senators hope to deal with the memory of […]

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Trump Doesn’t Need the Most Votes. What if He Doesn’t Even Want Them?

Nearly everyone involved in reporting on, analyzing or forecasting the upcoming presidential election agrees that Donald Trump could win another term in office. But no one save his most dedicated sycophants thinks he could do so with a majority of the public on his side. We have accepted, as a matter of course, that Trump […]

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Today’s Primary Elections: What to Watch For

WASHINGTON — Five states hold primary elections Tuesday, with voters in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington State choosing nominees for Congress and local offices. The day’s most significant contest is the Republican Senate primary race in Kansas, where Kris Kobach, a firebrand supporter of President Trump who lost the 2018 governor’s race in the […]

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Republican Leaders Couldn’t Care Less About the Unemployed

In case you haven’t noticed, the coronavirus is still very much with us. Around a thousand Americans are dying from Covid-19 each day, 10 times the rate in the European Union. Thanks to our failure to control the pandemic, we’re still suffering from Great Depression levels of unemployment; a brief recovery driven by premature attempts […]

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Gettysburg? The Liberty Bell? Trump Weighs R.N.C. Speech Options

WASHINGTON — A presidential address in front of the Gettysburg battlefield, or at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. A speech from the first lady, Melania Trump, at Seneca Falls, N.Y., the cradle of the national movement for women’s rights. Perhaps a stage for the warm-up acts built at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. […]

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Kansas Senate Primary Has Arrived, and the Anxiety Over Kobach Is High

Republican anxieties about control of the Senate are reaching new heights this week as the Kansas Senate primary hurdles to a close, amid fears in Washington that the firebrand candidate and staunch Trump supporter Kris Kobach could win the nomination but lose a longtime red seat in November. As the national political environment has worsened […]

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How to Save Congress From Itself

Perhaps the most feasible reforms are those that reshape the legislative process itself—not the constitutional path by which a bill becomes a law, of course, but the internal mechanisms of each legislative chamber as they write bills and hammer out compromises. In theory, Congress is supposed to fund the government each year through a series […]

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Inside the Project Veritas Plan to Steal the Election

The purpose of Diamond Dog, as one source close to the organization put it, is “literally to get Trump reelected.” Last year, Project Veritas’s donor development team solicited big-ticket funders with a pitch deck—frequently tailored to a given patron’s pet ideological grievances and personal hang-ups—offering tantalizing details about the group’s undercover operations for the 2020 […]

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