Tag: Republican Party

Vote-Stealing Battle in Florida Portends More Distrust in System for 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The chaotic images out of Florida’s election recount last week — the brigade of Washington lawyers, the déjà vu meltdown of the tallying in Broward County, the vitriolic charges and countercharges — have prompted flashbacks among the electorate of the 2000 presidential election. Yet to the combatants […]

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Eliminating All Student Debt Isn’t Progressive

Democrats won’t be able to do much policymaking over the next two years, because of President Trump and the Republican Senate. But they can still use their House majority to do more than investigate Trump. Democrats can hold hearings and pass bills that make clear their party’s vision for 2020 […]

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A Democratic Rout in Orange County: Cisneros’s Win Makes It Four

California Democrats completed their sweep of the congressional delegation in Orange County on Saturday as Gil Cisneros defeated Young Kim, a Republican, to capture a fourth seat in what had once been one of the most conservative Republican bastions in the nation. The victory by Mr. Cisneros, a philanthropist, was […]

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Trump, Touring Fire Ruins in California, Repeats Disputed Claim on Forest Management

PARADISE, Calif. — President Trump walked through the ashes of the Northern California town of Paradise on Saturday, promising to help the state recover but repeating his disputed view that forest management was to blame for the fire, the most destructive in California’s history. The president, expressing shock at the […]

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America’s Election Grid Remains a Patchwork of Vulnerabilities

County officials in Maryland miscalculated how many ballots they would need on Election Day — and quickly ran out in more than a dozen precincts. In New York City, voters were given a two-sheet ballot that jammed machines and caused delays and long lines. And in Georgia, some voters failed […]

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Facebook Fallout Ruptures Democrats’ Longtime Alliance With Silicon Valley

The alliance between Democrats and Silicon Valley has buckled and bent this year amid revelations that platforms like Facebook and Twitter allowed hateful speech, Russian propaganda and conservative-leaning “fake news” to flourish. But those tensions burst into open warfare this past week after revelations that Facebook executives had withheld evidence […]

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Evangelicals, Looking to 2020, Face the Limits of Their Base

WASHINGTON — After Democrats delivered a resounding counterpunch to President Trump at the polls, one of his most reliable voting blocs — social conservatives — now faces the repercussions of its uncompromising support for Mr. Trump’s agenda. That result is mixed: Social conservatives are celebrating a slightly expanded Republican majority […]

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Why Was Trump’s Tax Cut a Fizzle?

Last week’s blue wave means that Donald Trump will go into the 2020 election with only one major legislative achievement: a big tax cut for corporations and the wealthy. Still, that tax cut was supposed to accomplish big things. Republicans thought it would give them a big electoral boost, and […]

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N.J. Democrat Defeats Trump Ally, Leaving the State With Just 1 Republican in Congress

[What you need to know to start your day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Andy Kim, a New Jersey Democrat who had been locked in a neck-and-neck race for Congress, has defeated his Republican opponent, a two-term incumbent and staunch ally of President Trump, according to a final […]

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Marco Rubio, Trumpified

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. Senator Marco Rubio wasn’t very pleased with yesterday’s edition of this newsletter. “Left wing commentators have no shame just making things up,” he tweeted, along with a link to the […]

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The Real Florida Recount Fraud

Given the size of Rick Scott’s lead in the race for a United States Senate seat from Florida and Ron DeSantis’s lead in the race to be the state’s governor, most election experts agree there’s little chance that even the most exquisitely careful recount would deny these two Republicans victory. […]

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What’s an Election Loss When He’s ‘My Kevin’? McCarthy Appears Set to Lead House G.O.P.

WASHINGTON — As the death toll rose in devastating fires raging across California on Monday, Representative Kevin McCarthy got on the telephone with President Trump to explain how bad it was. In a call from his Capitol office on Veterans Day, Mr. McCarthy, who represents California’s Central Valley, laid out […]

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Arizona Election Results: 6 Key Takeaways on Sinema Victory

Representative Kyrsten Sinema’s upset victory in Arizona on Monday night marked the first time a Democrat has been elected to the Senate from that state since 1988. Here are six takeaways about the race and the changing nature of Arizona politics. [Catch up on Ms. Sinema’s victory remarks and the […]

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A Week After the Election, Democratic Gains Grow Stronger

The 2018 midterm election looked last Tuesday like a serious but not crippling setback for Republicans, with Democrats making significant gains in congressional races but failing to deliver a comprehensive defeat to President Trump and his party. The picture for Republicans has gotten grimmer since then, as a more complete […]

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A Wake-Up Call for the G.O.P.

ImageKatie Arrington, the Republican candidate for a House seat, looking over voting results with campaign workers on Election Day. CreditMic Smith/FR2 Associated Press, via Associated Press In sports, the team that loses is the team that studies the game-day tapes the hardest. In the military, it’s called an after-action review. […]

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Truth and Virtue in the Age of Trump

Remember when freedom was just another word for nothing left to lose? These days it’s just another word for giving lots of money to Donald Trump. What with the midterm elections — and the baseless Republican cries of voting fraud — I don’t know how many people heard about Trump’s […]

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A Democrat Ran on Climate Change in a Republican Stronghold—and Won

If Sean Casten had talked about climate change once during his campaign, that would have been more than most Democrats running for Congress. But Casten didn’t talk about climate change just once, or even merely ten or twenty times, as he sought to flip Illinois 6th Congressional District from red […]

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You Have a Right to Weariness

ImagePresident Trump at the White House, in March.CreditSaul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Do we have a right to weariness in an era of animus? More precisely, can we afford it, or is exhaustion a luxury reserved for those whose wealth, privilege and status insulate them from the losses the […]

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Let the People Vote

ImageVoters waiting in a long line to vote in the 2018 midterm general election, outside a polling station located at Robious Middle School in Midlothian, Virginia. CreditMichael Reynolds/EPA, via Shutterstock The United States finally has the pro-democracy movement that it needs. Last week, ballot initiatives to improve the functioning of democracy […]

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A Blue Wave in Kansas? Don’t Be So Surprised

WICHITA, Kan. — At an open-air debate at the Kansas State Fair in September, a raucous crowd roared, cheered and booed with such vigor that the candidates often were forced to pause before they could speak. The Republican candidate for governor, Kris Kobach, and the independent, Greg Orman, had strong support […]

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The Economy Didn’t Save Republicans After All

Unemployment is abnormally low. Growth has sped up. A $1.5 trillion tax cut, signed by President Trump last year, is fueling consumer spending. Faced with strong Democratic enthusiasm and fund-raising, and hindered by an unpopular president, Republicans were counting on that economic strength to lift them at the polls, or […]

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