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How a full-scale trade war could slam Trump in 2020

How a full-scale trade war could slam Trump in 2020

If President Donald Trump fails in his promised fundamental reorganization of trade, the U.S. economy is likely to suffer as the stimulus from his tax cuts and spending hikes fades. | Alex Wong/Getty Images Trade The president is heading into a reelection battle with his promise of challenging China unfulfilled. By BEN WHITE 05/20/2019 05:01…
How Mike Pence took over HHS

How Mike Pence took over HHS

Numerous top leaders of the department — including Secretary Alex Azar, Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Medicaid/Medicare chief Seema Verma — have ties to Vice President Mike Pence. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Sweeping new protections for religious health care workers and an overhaul of family planning programs to effectively cut out Planned Parenthood represent something…
Fox News town halls divide Dem presidential hopefuls

Fox News town halls divide Dem presidential hopefuls

Pete Buttigieg takes a selfie with audience members after a Fox News town hall on May 19, 2019, in Claremont, N.H. | Jessica Hill/AP Photo 2020 Elections The choice of whether to appear on the network illustrates deeper strategic divides in the Democratic presidential primary. By ELENA SCHNEIDER 05/20/2019 05:06 AM EDT LACONIA, N.H. —…
Andrew Yang’s Very Big Idea

Andrew Yang’s Very Big Idea

Nancy Scola is a senior technology reporter for POLITICO Pro. DES MOINES, Iowa — Andrew Yang bounces from leg to leg on the stage at Franklin Junior High School, cloaked in his campaign-trail uniform of blue jacket and navy “MATH” cap, warning the crowd about the threat that robots pose to the American heartland. If…
Buttigieg finds friends on Fox as he calls out ‘grotesque’ Trump attacks

Buttigieg finds friends on Fox as he calls out ‘grotesque’ Trump attacks

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is one of the few 2020 prominent Democratic presidential candidates to do a Fox News town hall so far. | Jessica Hill/AP Photo 2020 elections His remarks, at a Fox News town hall, emphasized his unorthodox approach to the 2020 campaign. By DANIEL STRAUSS 05/19/2019 09:29 PM EDT Updated 05/19/2019…
O’Rourke stocks campaign with Obama and Clinton alums

O’Rourke stocks campaign with Obama and Clinton alums

Beto O’Rourke’s efforts to bring veteran staffers on board has come as a relief to supporters who feared his unorthodox campaign in Texas. | John Locher/AP Photo Beto O’Rourke is adding a pair of seasoned strategists to his campaign, injecting a measure of establishment credibility that was lacking in his improvisational Senate bid against Ted…
No ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Veep’? Here’s What To Watch Next.

No ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Veep’? Here’s What To Watch Next.

Zack Stanton is digital editor of Politico Magazine and the co-author of Politico’s Westeros Playbook. Derek Robertson is a contributor to Politico Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @afternoondelete. Americans hate politics, right? The disingenuousness, the backstabbing, the sycophancy, the preening and posturing, the empowered elite, the way wealth buys influence, its dynastic nature, the sense…
Trump team convinced court overhaul will drive 2020 win

Trump team convinced court overhaul will drive 2020 win

Justices Neil Gorsuch (left) and Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s two Supreme Court appointees, await Trump’s State of the Union address in February 2019. | Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP White House Aides think judicial appointments galvanize the base, demonstrate the president's ability to deliver on a campaign promise and will help win…
Mitch McConnell embraces his dark side

Mitch McConnell embraces his dark side

“[Mitch McConnel's] enemies have given him more personality than he’s given himself,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham. “And he’s smart enough to play the game.” | Drew Angerer/Getty Images congress The Senate majority leader is relishing his turn as villain of the left. By BURGESS EVERETT 05/19/2019 07:06 AM EDT Call him “Cocaine Mitch,” “Nuclear Mitch,”…
How Democrats are failing on legalized marijuana

How Democrats are failing on legalized marijuana

Marijuana advocates point out that they are making progress, including in parts of the country that have previously been hostile, even if this year didn’t live up to their hopes. | Seth Perlman/AP Photo This was supposed to be the big year for marijuana legalization. But in many state capitols across the country, efforts have…
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