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Politics - U.S. House
Oct 19, 2018

A Cure for Political Despair
Join the women trying to save America from Trump.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 19, 2018

In 2020, Democrats Expect a Female Front-Runner. Or Three.
"It's not going to be just one woman running," said Kirsten Gillibrand, one of three senators who positioned themselves this week as potential presidential candidates in 2020.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 19, 2018

What Happens When Multiple Women Run for President? Democrats Are Starting to Find Out
"It's not going to be just one woman running," said Kirsten Gillibrand, one of three senators who positioned themselves this week as potential presidential candidates in 2020.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 19, 2018

For a Change, Democrats Seem Set to Equal or Exceed Republicans in Turnout
Polls show enthusiasm surging in many mostly white suburban districts, but less so among young and nonwhite voters.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 19, 2018

‘That's My Kind of Guy,' Trump Says of Republican Lawmaker Who Body-Slammed a Reporter
In praising Representative Greg Gianforte, who is running for re-election, President Trump jokingly warned the crowd to "never wrestle him."

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2018

Seeking Work After Congress? Sharp Partisans Need Not Apply
Big trade groups in Washington are moving away from hiring former lawmakers, given a divisive political atmosphere.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2018

Republican Candidates Soften Tone on Health Care as Their Leaders Dig In
Candidates are pledging to protect pre-existing conditions, a stance often at odds with their votes, but their leaders are vowing to revisit an Affordable Care Act repeal.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2018

On Politics With Lisa Lerer: The Races Running the Most Ads
Which midterm contests are airing the most campaign spots; plus, new polling numbers, a big spend in N.J. and the latest from Opinion.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2018

Here Are the Midterm Races Running the Most Ads
In the On Politics newsletter, which midterm contests are airing the most campaign spots; plus, new polling numbers, a big spend in N.J. and the latest from Opinion.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2018

Meet the Republicans' Best Hope for Flipping a House Seat
In a year when Democrats are on offense, Pete Stauber of Minnesota has a chance to do something no other Republican might do next month: win a Democratic House seat.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2018

Who's Winning the Social Media Midterms?
Democrats appear to be winning on social media, except in some key races.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 18, 2018

Trump's Focus on a Washington Building Project Draws Scrutiny
President Trump has taken an interest in the F.B.I. headquarters, which had been set for redevelopment. Democrats wonder if he is trying to protect his hotel.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

As Other Republican Candidates Struggle Financially, Trump Stockpiles Cash
The president has raised $106 million for his re-election, leading some Republicans to grumble that he is siphoning money from endangered congressional candidates.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

Senate Truce Collapses as G.O.P. Rush to Confirm More Judges Begins Anew
Last week, senators agreed to confirm one last slate of President Trump's nominees, then recess for the midterm campaign. But on Wednesday, Republicans recommenced the judicial rush.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

Walter Huddleston, Senator Toppled by Mitch McConnell, Dies at 92
A two-term Democrat from Kentucky, he was narrowly defeated by Mr. McConnell, then a county judge and executive, in a Republican campaign engineered by Roger Ailes.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

A Midterm Wave? Maybe It's a ‘Cyclone'
In the On Politics newsletter, two experts (and former rivals) make their predictions for the election; an update from our live polling project; and a bad week for Mattis.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

On Politics With Lisa Lerer: A Midterm Wave? Maybe It's a ‘Cyclone'
Two experts — and former rivals — make their predictions for the election; an update from our live polling project; and a few debates to watch tonight.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

Heitkamp Apologizes For Campaign Ad About Sexual Abuse
Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat of North Dakota, called her campaign's recent newspaper ad a "horrible mistake" after learning that it incorrectly identified survivors of sexual abuse who did not want their names used.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

Elizabeth Warren and the Folly of Genetic Ancestry Tests
DNA can't tell us about identity.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

Why Many Native Americans Are Angry With Elizabeth Warren
The anger is about what it means to be Native American, and who gets to decide.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

In Virginia House Race, Anonymous Attack Ads Pop Up on Facebook
The ads, with language and imagery not typically found in even the roughest campaigns, were purchased by a critic of Jennifer Wexton, a Democrat trying to unseat the Republican incumbent.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

Arizona Candidate Gives Republicans Diversity, but Perhaps Not Victory
In Tucson, Lea Marquez Peterson was heralded as a new face for the party's future — a conservative, Hispanic woman — but her campaign has struggled to gain traction

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

O'Rourke Repeats Trump Line, Refers to Cruz as ‘Lyin' Ted'
During their debate, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Texas, Representative Beto O'Rourke, accused the Republican incumbent, Senator Ted Cruz, of being dishonest with voters, a line of attack President Trump used against Mr. Cruz in the 2016 campaign.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

The Growing Crisis of Democracy
It has joined middle-class stagnation and climate change as a central challenge of our time.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

The Battle for Missouri, Part 2: The Moderate
The abortion debate has become a proxy for the fight over the Democratic Party's future in the state.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

Fact Check: Did Senator Menendez Hire Underage Prostitutes?
The most recent ad from Bob Hugin, Robert Menendez's Republican rival in the New Jersey race, focuses on unproven allegations by an anonymous tipster.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

To Avoid Conflicts, Rick Scott Created a Trust Blind in Name Only
The Florida governor and Senate candidate could become the richest member of the next Congress. He'd bring with him a tangle of investments that could benefit from his policies.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 17, 2018

Struggling to Bring the ‘Blue Wave' to Deep-Red Alabama
Tabitha Isner has been trying to make a nearly impossible sales pitch to voters — and to the national donor class.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

Small Donors Fuel a Big Democratic Lead in 2018 Fund-Raising
In the tightest House races, Democrats have raised three times as much money from small donors as Republicans.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

Heitkamp Apologizes for Embarrassing Error in Campaign Ad
The North Dakota Senator, an endangered Democrat, ran an ad criticizing her opponent for comments about sexual abuse. But it backfired, just three weeks before the midterms.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz Set to Debate Tuesday Night
Mr. Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, will try to use the face-off to widen his lead in the polls, while Mr. O'Rourke, the Democratic congressman challenging him, is hoping to recapture momentum.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

Beto O'Rourke Attacks Ted Cruz as ‘Dishonest' in Debate in Senate Race
Mr. Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, will try to use the face-off to widen his lead in the polls, while Mr. O'Rourke, the Democratic congressman challenging him, is hoping to recapture momentum.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz to Debate on Tuesday Night
Mr. Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, will try to use the face-off to widen his lead in the polls, while Mr. O'Rourke, the Democratic congressman challenging him, is hoping to recapture momentum.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

‘Horseface' and the Year of the Woman
How an insult from the president might play in a record-breaking year for women; asking for your local political issues; and new campaign fund-raising numbers.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

On Politics With Lisa Lerer: ‘Horseface' and the Year of the Woman
How an insult from the president might play in a record-breaking year for women; asking for your local political issues; and new campaign fund-raising numbers.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

Democratic Donors Flood House Races in New York and New Jersey. Will Votes Follow?
All of the Democrats running to unseat a Republican House member in New York or New Jersey outraised their opponents in the last three months.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

Democrats Are Outraising G.O.P. Incumbents in New York and New Jersey House Races
All of the Democrats running to unseat a Republican House member in New York or New Jersey outraised their opponents in the last three months.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

Every Democrat Outraised a G.O.P. Incumbent in 14 New York and New Jersey House Races
All of the Democrats running to unseat a Republican House member in New York or New Jersey outraised their opponents in the last three months.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

All the Good Beto Headlines Have Been Used
Does a much-covered Texas representative looking to unseat Ted Cruz stand a chance? And what if he — gulp — loses? Well, we've been here before.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

The Battle for Missouri, Part 1: The Anti-Abortion Democrat
As the Democratic Party struggles to establish its identity in Missouri, the issue of abortion has taken center stage.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

What Could Ruin a Big Blue Wave?
Donald Trump seems to have evaded Hispanics voters' wrath.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

Will Trump Evade Hispanic Voters' Wrath?
That could spoil Democratic dreams of a big blue wave.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

Does This Moment in History Call for More ‘Nuance,' or Less?
Focusing on subtleties makes sense when you're engaged in a conversation. It may be less useful when that conversation turns into a battle.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 16, 2018

Polarization Seems to Be Helping Republicans in Run-Up to Midterms
Energized voters on the right dim prospects for big Democratic gains in red districts and states.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 15, 2018

Democrats Surge Ahead of Republicans in Fund-Raising for Key Races
Democrats outraised their Republican opponents in 32 of the closest 45 House races, $154 million to $108 million, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 15, 2018

Elizabeth Warren Has a Native American Ancestor. Does That Make Her Native American?
The senator's genetic analysis was sound, scientists said. But whether the senator may claim a cultural kinship with Native Americans is a very different question.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 15, 2018

Heading Into Debate, Cruz Believes Momentum Is on His Side, Not O'Rourke's
As the Texas Senate race moves into the homestretch, incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O'Rourke prepare for what could be their last debate.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 15, 2018

Ted Cruz Sees Momentum on His Side, Not Beto O'Rourke's, Heading Into Debate
As the Texas Senate race moves into the homestretch, Mr. Cruz, the Republican incumbent, and Mr. O'Rourke, the Democratic challenger, prepare for what could be their last debate on Tuesday night.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 15, 2018

Did Minnesota's Eighth District Really Swing by Almost 20 Points?
An apparent drastic shift toward the Republican candidate highlights the challenges of polling generally, and polling in certain states particularly, like Minnesota.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 15, 2018

Will Too Much Love From Trump Be a Bad Thing for a Long Island Congressman?
In a congressional district that tilts right, a Democratic challenger cites the rise of German authoritarianism in the 1930s and parallels to Trump.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 15, 2018

Packing the Supreme Court Is a Terrible Idea
Democrats paid a political cost for decades after F.D.R. tried it in the 1930s. They probably would again.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 15, 2018

The Senate's White-State Bonus
It's time to end the longest stretch in American history without a new state.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 15, 2018

The State of the Midterms (and the Country)
What to watch for in the run-up to the Nov. 6 elections.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 14, 2018

The Senate: Affirmative Action for White People
And why it's time to make Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., the 51st and 52nd states.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 14, 2018

G.O.P. Finds an Unexpectedly Potent Line of Attack: Immigration
While many of the attacks are misleading, the fear-based appeal demonstrates how President Trump has overcome negative headlines on immigration to make the issue profitable.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 13, 2018

It's Not All About Trump
Geographic quirks, not presidential ones, could determine many midterm contests.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 13, 2018

Taylor Swift, the Grown-Up in the Room
Tennessee progressives were unhappy with their options in a close Senate race. A 28-year-old pop star explained the stakes.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 13, 2018

Is Trump on a Collision Course With Impeachment?
Democrats are largely ducking the topic on the campaign trail, but few people in Washington doubt that it will be on the table if they win the House.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 13, 2018

Less Divisive Ways to Pick a Justice
We asked readers how to make confirmations less partisan and contentious. Here are some of their ideas.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 13, 2018

As Suburban Women Turn to Democrats, Many Suburban Men Stand With Trump
Suburban men, focused largely on economic issues, constitute a potential bulwark for President Trump in many of the suburban districts that will determine control of the House.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 12, 2018

At Ohio Rally, Trump Delivers Trademark Mix of Exaggerations and Vague Assertions
The president singled out Richard Cordray, the Democratic candidate for governor in Ohio, to deliver a one-two punch against longstanding political rivals.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 12, 2018

2018 Midterms: Beto O'Rourke, Ted Cruz and a (Possibly) Changing Texas
In ruby red Texas, a Democrat hasn't been elected to a statewide position since 1994. But ahead of this year's midterms, a Senate race between an unflinching liberal and a religious conservative is unexpectedly close.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 12, 2018

In Tennessee, a Microcosm of the Midterms
Will voters pull back from Trumpian partisan warfare?

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 12, 2018

Joseph Tydings, Ex-Democratic Senator and Nixon Target, Dies at 90
He had an active single term as what the White House called a "liberal radical" from Maryland. He later objected to Trump's appropriating his family seal.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 12, 2018

Beto O'Rourke's War Chest Bothers Some Democrats as He Struggles Against Ted Cruz
Mr. Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, held an eight-point lead in a new Times poll over Mr. O'Rourke, his Democratic challenger, in one of the most closely watched Senate races this year.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 12, 2018

Ted Cruz Leads Beto O'Rourke in Times Poll
Mr. Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, held an eight-point lead over Mr. O'Rourke, his Democratic challenger, in one of the most closely watched Senate races this year.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 12, 2018

Did Hell Freeze Over? My Republican Dad Is Voting for a Democrat
Senator Jon Tester is less of a cookie-cutter Democrat and more of a Bull Moose wild card, "a Montanan who understands Montana."

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 12, 2018

Alarmed About the Midterms
The last two weeks of polling have been good for the Republicans.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 11, 2018

Senators Add a Batch of Judges, and Head Home to Campaign
Republicans exacted a steep price for an arrangement that will let vulnerable senators, mostly Democrats, leave town: expedited approval of 15 judicial nominees.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 11, 2018

The Biggest Questions in Nevada's Crucial Senate Race
Dissatisfaction with President Trump among Nevada voters has not had the ripple effect Democrats hoped for. Senator Dean Heller, a Republican, holds a slight edge over Jacky Rosen.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 11, 2018

Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive
Ahead of the midterm elections, false and divisive messages on social media — once the specialty of Russian-linked operatives — are now increasingly being created and spread by Americans.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 11, 2018

Made and Distributed in the U.S.A.: Online Disinformation
Ahead of the midterm elections, false and divisive messages on social media — once the specialty of Russian-linked operatives — are now increasingly being created and spread by Americans.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 11, 2018

Trump Calls Relations With Saudi Arabia ‘Excellent,' While Congress Is Incensed
President Trump said he was not in favor of stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is accused of killing a prominent journalist in its consulate in Turkey.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 11, 2018

Is the Rust Belt Still Trump Country?
Democrats are leading in many high-profile races, but there are a lot of low visibility elections that carry exceptionally high stakes.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 11, 2018

A Lesson for Kavanaugh From Another Tarnished Supreme Court Justice
Hugo Black rose from his past in the Ku Klux Klan to become one of the great civil libertarians.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 11, 2018

Republicans Abandon Vulnerable Lawmakers, Striving to Keep House
Party leaders are building a firewall around a few dozen purple districts, and cutting off lawmakers who appear unable to win.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 10, 2018

Former Top F.B.I. Lawyer Says Rosenstein Was Serious About Taping Trump
Congressional testimony by James A. Baker, then the bureau's general counsel, shows that F.B.I. leaders weighed the ramifications of Rod J. Rosenstein's suggestion before rejecting it.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 10, 2018

Of Trump, Taylor Swift and the Cat
And now, on the lighter side of the news.…

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 10, 2018

In a Crucial Pennsylvania District, Gun Policy Reigns Supreme
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in Parkland, Fla., came to Pennsylvania on Tuesday to try to push a Democratic candidate over the finish line.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 10, 2018

He's Running for Congress. It Doesn't Hurt That His Opponent Is Out on Bail.
A conversation with Nate McMurray, whose long-shot bid for the House picked up steam after his opponent, Representative Chris Collins, was indicted.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 10, 2018

Amy McGrath Is Avoiding Attack Ads. Can a Congressional Candidate Win Without Them?
Ms. McGrath, a Democrat challenging a Kentucky House member, is turning her competitive contest into a lab to test the conventional wisdom that negative ads work.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 09, 2018

A Hurricane's Coming, but Fear Not, the Governor Is Here. And Here. And Here.
Hurricane Michael arrives in the height of campaign season in Florida, and Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for the Senate, already is in heavy public service mode. So are other Florida politicians.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 09, 2018

What the Primaries Say About the Future of Democrats
The progressive movement is energized, but there is not much evidence that it is taking over the party.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 09, 2018

She's a Gun-Owning Democrat. Her Opponent Calls Her an Extreme Liberal.
Representative Tom Reed, an incumbent Republican, is facing a challenge from Tracy Mitrano, a cybersecurity expert, in New York's Trump Country.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 09, 2018

Voter Registrations Spike as Deadlines Loom. Taylor Swift Had Something to Do With It.
Registrations on Vote.org typically increase in October, the month before Election Day, but "this is leaps and bounds beyond what we typically see," a spokeswoman said.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 09, 2018

Beto O'Rourke May Benefit From an Unlikely Support Group: White Evangelical Women
In the Texas race, any small shift among evangelical voters could be a significant loss for Senator Ted Cruz — and a signal to Democrats.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 09, 2018

The Dilemma for Red-State Democrats
How the showdown over the Supreme Court is affecting crucial midterm races in the nation's heartland.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 09, 2018

Kavanaugh Uproar in Senate Fuels G.O.P. Races for Governor and House
Republicans are working to harness outrage over the confirmation hearings among their voters in races where a surge of energy from the left is a threat.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 08, 2018

Joe Manchin's Yes on Kavanaugh Finds Sympathy in West Virginia
Senator Joe Manchin III was the only Democrat to vote for Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. That's O.K. with his home state of West Virginia.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 08, 2018

The Coming Storm Over the Supreme Court
If it swings too far to the right, expect a response.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 08, 2018

A Supreme Court With Justice Kavanaugh
Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh takes his place on a Supreme Court whose reputation has suffered significant damage from the battle over his confirmation.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 07, 2018

Court Battle Shifts Political Terrain for Senators in Heartland
In North Dakota and other farm states, the heated debate over the Supreme Court has nationalized the fight for the Senate, elating Republicans and worrying Democrats.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 07, 2018

Court Battle Shifts the Political Terrain for Senators in the Heartland
In North Dakota and other farm states, the heated debate over the Supreme Court has nationalized the fight for the Senate, elating Republicans and worrying Democrats

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 07, 2018

Get Angry, and Get Involved
The midterm elections are the smart way to make your influence felt in today's toxic political atmosphere.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 07, 2018

Why New Jersey Democrats Are Suddenly Worried About the Menendez Race
Activists and Democratic officials in New Jersey are growing worried that the national party is taking its eye off an unexpectedly contested race.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 07, 2018

A New Wave of Democrats Tests the Party's Blanket Support for Israel
A cluster of activist Democrats largely cruising toward House seats has dared to breach what has been an almost inviolable orthodoxy on both sides of the aisle.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 07, 2018

The Senate's Deep Wounds From an Ugly Kavanaugh Fight
Accusations, threats, attacks: The confirmation process of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh entered new territory from the beginning, and senators from both parties fear lasting institutional damage.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 07, 2018

Losing Hope as Susan Collins Spoke
For the women rallying against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, the senator's announcement brought anguish.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 07, 2018

Wall Street Is Booming Under Trump. But Many of Its Donors Are Embracing Democrats.
The financial community is on pace to give more money to Democratic congressional candidates and incumbents than their Republican counterparts.

Politics - U.S. House
Oct 07, 2018

Battle for the House Has a Wide Range of Possible Outcomes
The size of the Democratic advantage is unclear, polling shows, and the Kavanaugh controversy introduces an element of volatility.

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