Tag: Republican Party

Don’t Let Trump Steal the Show With ‘Stop the Steal’

“My fear is they’re going to try that in this election right here,” he said. Never mind that the results had not yet come in at the time Elder promoted this website, or that he was a long-shot to begin with. The last Republican to win statewide high office in California was Arnold Schwarzenegger in […]

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Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican Who Voted to Impeach Trump, Won’t Run in 2022

WASHINGTON — Calling former President Donald J. Trump “a cancer for the country,” Representative Anthony Gonzalez, Republican of Ohio, said in an interview on Thursday that he would not run for re-election in 2022, ceding his seat after just two terms in Congress rather than compete against a Trump-backed primary opponent. Mr. Gonzalez is the […]

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Where Redistricting Stands in 14 States

Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Republicans are jockeying for a structural advantage in next year’s elections and beyond, Democrats are trying to squeeze everything they can out of their limited leverage, marginalized groups are lobbying state officials to maximize their voting power and lawsuits are looming […]

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Democrats Continue to Struggle With Men of Color

The big headline is that the California recall failed. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom gets to keep his job. He handily fought off the Republican challenge. But there is a worrisome detail in the data, one that keeps showing up, one that Democrats would do well to deal with: Black and Latino men are not hewing […]

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Republicans, Wary of Political Fallout, Steer Clear of Rally for Riot Suspects

WASHINGTON — Ever since a pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, Republicans have been trying to shift the national conversation away from that dark, violent day and onto what they say are the problems of the Biden administration: a troubled pullout from Afghanistan, an overtaxed southern border and rising inflation. Then, a former […]

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Why Are We Still Going Great Guns?

Let’s take a look at how well Joe Biden is doing with his gun safety agenda. We call this gun safety, people, because “gun control” makes a lot of politicians nervous. And really, what the heck? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that eliminating the sale of semiautomatic rifles would make […]

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As G.O.P. Digs In on Debt Ceiling, Democrats Try Shaming McConnell

The last time the issue surfaced, in August 2019, Congress and President Donald J. Trump suspended the debt limit through July 31 of this year. On Aug. 2, Treasury reset the debt limit to $28.4 trillion, and the government crashed through it days later, less than seven months into President Biden’s term. Second, a debt […]

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Have We Reshaped Middle East Politics or Started to Mimic It?

On a 2005 trip to Iraq, I wrote a column about spending a night on the U.S.S. Chosin, which commanded the U.S. Navy task force off the coast of Iraq. There I interviewed Mustapha Ahansal, a Moroccan American sailor who acted as the Chosin’s Arabic translator when it stopped ships suspected of carrying pirates or […]

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What Does the California Recall Mean for the U.S.?

“In a vacuum, there was a lot of discontentment with Newsom and ambivalence with him among Democrats,” said Rob Stutzman, a Republican political consultant in California. That started to change once “the abyss” got a name. Mr. Elder isn’t the Trumpiest candidate imaginable, but he’s close. A novice campaigner with a background in conservative talk […]

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When Politics Isn’t About Principle

Something like this divide existed very early on, with conservatives like Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas expressing alarm about the outbreak while liberals decried the potential racism of a “Wuhan virus” panic. But by late spring of 2020, the entire dynamic was reversed: Liberals supported tough government interventions to fight the virus, the right was […]

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New York Will Soon Lose 1 House Seat. The G.O.P. Might Lose 5.

Democrats are likely to take aim at the lone Republican-leaning seat in New York City, the 11th District, anchored on Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn. Representative Nicole Malliotakis, a first-term congresswoman, holds the seat now, but adding more liberal sections of Brooklyn or even Lower Manhattan could make it untenable for a Republican. The […]

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California’s Recall: What to Watch

California voters will decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, concluding an idiosyncratic election that has been held in the middle of a pandemic and closely watched as one of the first big indicators of the country’s political direction since President Biden took office. Democrats feel increasingly confident, predicting that Mr. Newsom will […]

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What to Watch in the California Recall Election: Polls Closing, Time and Voters

California voters will decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, concluding an idiosyncratic election that has been held in the middle of a pandemic and closely watched as one of the first big indicators of the country’s political direction since President Biden took office. Democrats feel increasingly confident, predicting that Mr. Newsom will […]

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George W. Bush 2021, Meet George W. Bush 2001

You can draw a straight line from the “war on terror” to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, from the state of exception that gave us mass surveillance, indefinite detention, extraordinary rendition and “enhanced interrogation” to the insurrectionist conviction that the only way to save America is to subvert it. Or, as the journalist […]

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Covid Isn’t Finished Messing With Politics

Gail: I do like imagining you walking around town with a Bernie button. Bret: Let’s not take this too far! Hopefully it will work out differently. Bill Clinton managed to straighten out his presidency after a terrible start that included the Black Hawk Down incident in Somalia and the failure of Hillary Clinton’s health care […]

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How George Washington Tried to Heal the Political Divide

These are troubling and rancorous times. Every day there seems to be another headline about the country’s ever-widening political divide. And it’s not just Democrat versus Republican. Within each party the gulf between the extremes is growing as progressives shout angrily at centrists and Donald Trump’s faithful refuse to tolerate the slightest deviation from his […]

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False Election Claims in California Reveal a New Normal for G.O.P.

The results of the California recall election won’t be known until Tuesday night. But some Republicans are already predicting victory for the Democrat, Gov. Gavin Newsom, for a reason that should sound familiar. Voter fraud. Soon after the recall race was announced in early July, the embers of 2020 election denialism ignited into new false […]

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How Outrage Over Vaccine Mandates Became a Mainstream G.O.P. Stance

Experts in public health law agree that Mr. Biden is on solid legal footing, because his actions are grounded in federal workplace safety laws. They say Republican governors who insist that vaccine mandates are an intrusion on personal liberty need a refresher on their own state policies. “That is pure hypocrisy,” Lawrence O. Gostin, a […]

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Biden Urges Unity as Nation Remembers Sept. 11

Instead, during various stops at all three memorial sites — Lower Manhattan, Shanksville and the Pentagon — members of the Biden administration tried to present a cleareyed view of what unfolded that day, as well as size up the toll the aftermath has taken on Americans. Vice President Kamala Harris said in remarks delivered near […]

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Mountain of Money Fuels Newsom’s Surge to Recall Election Finish Line

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s bid to fend off a recall in California has been bolstered by an infusion of tens of millions of dollars from big donors in recent months that delivered him an enormous financial advantage over his Republican rivals in the race’s final stretch. There had been moments over the summer when Mr. Newsom, […]

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Newsom’s Strategy for California Recall: It’s Me or the Abyss

And Mr. Newsom, notwithstanding 53 percent job approval ratings, has lacked the personal popularity of, say, former Gov. Jerry Brown, his predecessor. The governor must beat back the recall decisively, said Steve Maviglio, a California Democratic political consultant, “because if the margin is close, there’ll be blood in the water,” potentially complicating Mr. Newsom’s re-election […]

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Republican Governors Infuriated by Biden’s Vaccine Mandates

President Biden’s orders pushing millions of workers to get vaccinated were aimed at turning the tide on a pandemic that has killed 650,000 Americans. But on Friday, the mandates immediately deepened the nation’s political divisions over coronavirus vaccinations and government power. Some employers and business groups welcomed the sweeping new requirements, which affect most federal […]

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20 Years After 9/11, Top National Security Posts Sit Empty

Not only has that not happened, Senate logjams and partisan battles over nominees have gotten worse. It now takes nearly four months for a presidential nominee to be confirmed, compared with half that time in the Reagan era. More than 200 Biden nominees are languishing in “confirmation purgatory,” some of them for months, Mr. Stier […]

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‘Have At It,’ Biden Says to G.O.P. Who Have Threatened Vaccine Mandate Challenges

President Biden, in his first remarks since unveiling an extensive plan to push two-thirds of American workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, said Friday that his sweeping mandates would withstand challenges by Republicans who said they plan to defy them. “Have at it,” said Mr. Biden, who was delivering remarks at a middle school […]

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The Trump Coup Is Still Raging

That’s why the Great Satan for the Republican Party right now is not Mr. Biden but Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, one of a small number of Republicans willing to speak honestly about Jan. 6 and to support the investigation into it — and willing to contradict powerful people like Kevin McCarthy of California, who […]

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Foreign Terrorists Have Never Been Our Biggest Threat

It may seem like a terrible thing to say, but a fair number of people — especially in the news media — are nostalgic about the months that followed 9/11. Some pundits openly pine for the sense of national unity that, they imagine, prevailed in the aftermath of the terrorist attack. More subtly, my sense […]

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Trump endorses a Cheney challenger, aiming to unseat a chief detractor.

Former President Donald J. Trump on Thursday endorsed a primary challenger to Representative Liz Cheney, aiming to oust one of his fiercest Republican critics in a race that will test whether his influence over the party’s base remains strong enough to end her family’s political dynasty in Wyoming. Mr. Trump threw his support behind Harriet […]

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Inside Missouri’s ‘2nd Amendment Sanctuary’ Fight

Some of those consequences were detailed in the Justice Department’s affidavit. Nearly a quarter of state and local law-enforcement officials who work directly with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — 12 of 53 officers — have withdrawn from joint task force collaborations. State and local agencies have also begun to restrict […]

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Legislating in the Name of God

The Supreme Court has come in for plenty of well-deserved criticism for last week’s midnight maneuver allowing Texas to enforce its new abortion law. The fact that the four of the court’s six Roman Catholic justices and a fifth who was raised Catholic but is now Episcopalian, all conservative, allowed a blatantly unconstitutional law to […]

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Vote No on California’s Recall

“The system as it’s designed allows a minority faction that really has no hope of winning statewide election to get a recall on the ballot,” said Chris Elmendorf, a professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, who studies elections. Some Californians point to the last recall election, in 2003, as evidence that […]

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One Thing We Can Agree on Is That We’re Becoming a Different Country

In Kaufmann’s view, a new, assertive ideology has emerged on the left, and the strength of this wing is reflected in its ability to influence the decision making of university administrators: In universities, only 10 percent of social science and humanities faculty support cancellation (firing, suspension or other severe punishments) of those with controversial views […]

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