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Glenn Youngkin vs. Toni Morrison

The novel also covers gang rape by white men of a Black woman, who ultimately kills her own child to prevent her from enduring the slavery she has endured. To be sure, this is not delicate fare, but “Beloved” accurately and brutally portrays slavery as a horrific institution that eats away at the souls and […]

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In Virginia, Early Voting Has an Impact. And a Long Run.

If the race between Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate, and Glenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate, is extremely close, those late-arriving ballots, coupled with an expected increase in provisional ballots, could be pivotal. A winner may not be projected for up to a week. “I think that’s the future of everybody’s elections the more we go […]

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The Supreme Court Has Failed on Police Reform

Last week, in two unsigned opinions, the Supreme Court showed its disdain for police reform. The two cases, part of the court’s so-called shadow docket, were decided without public briefing or argument. Taken together, they create an almost insurmountable barrier to holding police officers responsible for violating people’s constitutional rights. With this latest move, the […]

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Glen Youngkin Wants to Ban Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Here is the most embarrassing thing I can think of. You are a high school senior. You read Beloved, Toni Morrison’s searing novel about slavery and family, as part of an A.P. English class. Then you have a nightmare about the book. For some reason, despite being 17 or perhaps even 18 years old, you […]

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Glenn Youngkin Wants to Ban Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Here is the most embarrassing thing I can think of. You are a high school senior. You read Beloved, Toni Morrison’s searing novel about slavery and family, as part of an A.P. English class. Then you have a nightmare about the book. For some reason, despite being 17 or perhaps even 18 years old, you […]

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Northam’s Blackface Scandal Resurfaces As Virginia Governor Candidates Battle For Black Voters In Tight Race

NewsOne Featured Video The nearly three-year-old Virginia blackface scandal surrounding Gov. Ralph Northam has resurfaced as the state’s Democratic and Republican gubernatorial nominees court Black voters ahead of next week’s election — and he’s not even running. Whether it will be a factor in the election’s outcome remains to be seen, but Glenn Youngkin, the […]

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Virginia Democrats Turn to Barack Obama to Cure Their High Anxiety

“I was also very surprised and scared by how close the last personal presidential election was,” she said. “And, you know, Youngkin stands for shitty things, like anti-choice and anti-gay rights.” (Youngkin indicated in a recent interview with the Associated Press that he did not support same-sex marriage, but that it was “legally acceptable” in […]

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The Irony in Glenn Youngkin’s Push for Early Voting in Virginia

“The comparison to 2020 isn’t really a good one,” said Simon Vance, a data adviser to McAuliffe. “What you’re seeing is not any drop-off, but people reverting back to behaviors they’ve done for years.” The McAuliffe campaign pointed to the large number of mail ballots that have been requested but not yet returned — around […]

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Donald Trump Shouldn’t Be Underestimated

Like most Democrats, I initially underestimated Donald Trump. In 2015, I founded a super PAC dedicated to electing Hillary Clinton. Through all the ups and downs of the campaign, I didn’t once imagine that Americans would vote Mr. Trump in. He was an obvious pig (see the “Access Hollywood” tapes), a fraud (multiple failed businesses […]

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This Election Season, Look Out for Virginia

We’re heading around the bend, people! Elections are just a couple of weeks away and the two biggest races in the nation are … You have no idea, right? OK, most of the voting is going to be about local government — mayors and council members and holders of even smaller offices. But there are […]

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Virginia’s Governor Race Holds Clues for Control of Congress in 2022

Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat running for governor of Virginia, distilled the election into a single sentence. “It all adds up to the same thing here: Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Donald Trump,” he said the other day. Contests for governor in Virginia have long been a barometer of the national political mood a year into a […]

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Amid Pandemic Turmoil and Curriculum Fights, a Boom for Christian Schools

MONETA, Va. — On a sunny Thursday morning in September, a few dozen high school students gathered for a weekly chapel service at what used to be the Bottom’s Up Bar & Grill and is now the chapel and cafeteria of Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy. Five years ago, the school in southwest Virginia had […]

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Everyone Is Reading Too Much Into Virginia’s Race for Governor

Virginia’s off-off year elections also tend to favor whichever party isn’t occupying the White House, moreover. Between 1973 and 2009, Virginia elected someone from the opposite party that held the White House in each gubernatorial election—it was McAuliffe, who narrowly beat then-attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who broke the streak. Even with Virginia’s shifting demographics, winning […]

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Washington Metro Pulls Most Train Cars From Service After Derailment

“We are concerned about other transit agencies in the United States,” Ms. Homendy said. “We may at some point issue an urgent recommendation, or I’d say if you’re a transit agency operating in the United States and you’re listening, make sure that you’re checking your cars as well.” The N.T.S.B. learned of the alignment failures […]

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As Trump Thunders About Last Election, Republicans Worry About the Next One

Mr. Reed said that the former president’s comments about Republicans not voting “should warrant a sanction from the Republican National Committee.” He warned, “It will impact the 2022 midterms severely.” The tension between Mr. McConnell and Mr. Trump has escalated lately, as the former president has ratcheted up his attacks on the minority leader, accusing […]

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Glenn Youngkin Talks About Virginia. His Base Talks About Donald Trump.

GLEN ALLEN, Va. — The event was billed as a rally for Virginia conservatives ahead of next month’s election for governor. But it was mostly about Donald J. Trump. Each speaker, addressing the crowd of hundreds just outside the state capital of Richmond, declared the former president the rightful winner of the last presidential election […]

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Terry McAuliffe’s Other Obstacle in Virginia Race: Democrats’ Apathy

RICHMOND, Va. — Terry McAuliffe doesn’t do subtext well. So when Mr. McAuliffe appeared on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC this week, it wasn’t long before the Democrat let slip the biggest challenge he’s facing next month in his bid to reclaim Virginia’s governorship. “People got to understand, Joe, this is about turnout,” he told the […]

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Trump Fans Wear Their Grievances at Conservative Rallies

Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox on Tuesdays and Thursdays. RICHMOND, Va. — In the main auditorium for a conservative rally titled “Take Back Virginia” this week in the state’s capital, speakers promoted election conspiracy theories, warned of a coming civil war with liberal states, and proclaimed President Biden should be […]

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In Virginia Governor’s Race, National Issues Dominate Ad Wars

Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s a long-held mantra in elections: All politics are local. But the ad wars in the race for Virginia governor indicate that national is the new normal. In a contest deemed a bellwether for the 2022 midterms, the battle between Terry […]

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How Schools Are Shaping the Virginia Governor’s Race

WINCHESTER, Va. — As a lifelong Republican in her home state of Virginia, Tammy Yoder faithfully casts her ballot for those who want to lower taxes, oppose abortion and back other conservative causes. But the issue that transformed Ms. Yoder, a stay-at-home mother, from a reliable voter to the kind of person who brings three […]

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Sam Anthony, Facing Death, Found the Courage to Find His Father

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Three weeks before he died, Sam Anthony, 52, mailed his last wishes to a man he had never met. He was dying, he wrote in a letter postmarked Aug. 2, of an aggressive cancer in his mouth and throat that he had been struggling with since 2005. He enclosed a copy […]

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Archaeologists Unearth Foundation of Historic Black Church Formed in 1776

Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the original brick foundation of one of the nation’s oldest historically Black churches, known as the First Baptist Church. The church, at Colonial Williamsburg, the historical site and museum in Virginia, was formed in 1776 by free and enslaved Black people who met in secret in defiance of laws that […]

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8 Places to Visit Along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway

With its sweeping vistas and meandering nature, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic delight year-round. But fall is the most celebrated season on the Appalachian Mountain road, when the winding two-lane boulevard is a spectacle with the golden glow of leaves and cool mountain mist. And as we continue to worry about the spread […]

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The MAGA-Lite Future of the Republican Party

Youngkin was neither the most nor least Trumpist candidate in the Republican primary. The Virginia GOP’s convoluted process for choosing a candidate was nearly overrun by hard-core Trump supporters, who hijacked the nominating convention. (Virginia’s Republican primary was settled via a convention, which some MAGA-aligned candidates felt was meant to rig the process against them.) […]

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