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Biden confronts the ghost of Anita Hill

Biden confronts the ghost of Anita Hill

The revisiting of former Vice President Joe Biden’s handling of Anita Hill's allegations in 1991 has offered other potential Democratic candidates a wide opening as they jockey for position ahead of the 2020 campaign. | Patrick Semansky/AP Photo Politics ‘It’s not going to be something he can charm out of. I think in 2018, you…
Dems break open GOP hold on Midwest governorships

Dems break open GOP hold on Midwest governorships

In Wisconsin, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has not led a public survey in three months. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo Elections The Republican Governors Association has cut its ad buys in Minnesota and in Michigan, the site of a stunning Trump win in 2016. By DANIEL STRAUSS 09/21/2018 05:25 AM EDT Democrats are surging back in…
White House plows ahead with Kavanaugh prep as Ford weighs testifying

White House plows ahead with Kavanaugh prep as Ford weighs testifying

So far, President Donald Trump has taken a measured and muted tone to the hour-by-hour changes in the Kavanaugh confirmation process since Ford came forward to accuse the Supreme Court nominee. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo Inside the White House and its war room devoted to the Supreme Court nomination fight, little has changed since the…
Democratic wave could reboot Hill’s Trump-Russia probes

Democratic wave could reboot Hill’s Trump-Russia probes

Those likely to be hauled up to Capitol Hill include close Trump associates like former White House communications director Hope Hicks and the current White House social media director Dan Scavino. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo Elections Reopening investigations into the 2016 election would thrill liberal voters but could involve political risk, and showdowns with…
Trump on Kavanaugh accusations: ‘Why didn’t somebody call the FBI 36 years ago?’

Trump on Kavanaugh accusations: ‘Why didn’t somebody call the FBI 36 years ago?’

President Donald Trump had not explicitly criticized Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, before Thursday night. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump on Thursday night questioned why "somebody" did not contact the FBI 36 years ago when Christine Blasey Ford alleges she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh, now a Supreme Court nominee. "You…
Kavanaugh’s confirmation on track as deadline looms for accuser

Kavanaugh’s confirmation on track as deadline looms for accuser

Brett Kavanaugh seems increasingly likely to be the first Supreme Court nominee approved along party lines, as undecided Democrats continue to come out against him. | Win McNamee/Getty Images kavanaugh confirmation But an attorney for Christine Blasey Ford writes that she won't go before the Judiciary Committee Monday. By BURGESS EVERETT and ELANA SCHOR 09/20/2018…
New racial controversy batters DeSantis

New racial controversy batters DeSantis

Florida Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis began the string of controversies by using the phrase “monkey this up” in describing how the economy could falter under the plans of his opponent, Andrew Gillum, the Florida Democratic Party’s first African-American nominee for governor. | Lynne Sladky/AP Photo Elections This is the fifth race-related issue concerning the…
The Man Behind Trump’s ‘Invisible Wall’

The Man Behind Trump’s ‘Invisible Wall’

This summer, as anger over the separation of migrant families at the border boiled over, and the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement became a rallying cry for left-leaning Democrats, a number of less scrutinized, more arcane reforms were quietly working their way into the most foundational laws governing U.S. immigration. One was the establishment…
Trump ramps up shutdown talk ahead of midterms

Trump ramps up shutdown talk ahead of midterms

President Donald Trump just doesn’t care that his party is passing spending bills. He just wants his wall, and he wants it yesterday. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images white house The addition of a possible shutdown is causing headaches for a Congress already dealing with a contentious Supreme Court nomination and the midterms. By RACHAEL BADE…
Alabama Loves Sessions, But Not Enough to Stand Up to Trump

Alabama Loves Sessions, But Not Enough to Stand Up to Trump

Perhaps the most confounding example of divided loyalties in American politics right now is happening in the power corridors of Republican Alabama. From Montgomery to Mobile, the state’s GOP elite has stuck by President Donald Trump with a tenacity almost unmatched in the country. At the same time, those same die-hards have preserved their devotion…
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