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Sep 21, 2020

Trump's falsehoods about Biden's plan for prisons
Biden says he would end the use of private prisons and increase funding for halfway housing. Trump falsely says Biden would close the prison system.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 20, 2020

Barbara Lagoa, Cuban American judge, rises on Trump's Supreme Court list as allies emphasize Florida campaign edge
The Cuban American federal judge is described by her backers as a staunch conservative who could energize support for the president among Hispanic voters.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 20, 2020

Biden entered September with $466 million, the campaign said — outpacing Trump
It is the first time Joe Biden has held a cash advantage over the incumbent.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 20, 2020

Barbara Lagoa rises to top of Trump's Supreme Court list as allies emphasize Florida campaign edge
The Cuban American federal judge is described by her backers as a staunch conservative who could energize support for the president among Hispanic voters.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 20, 2020

Biden warns that a quick replacement of Ginsburg would "plunge us deeper into the abyss"
Joe Biden made an emotional appeal to Senate Republicans not to swiftly install a new Supreme Court justice, projecting himself as a unifying leader while sidestepping angry calls from Democrats for dramatic retaliatory measures.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 20, 2020

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she doesn't support filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat before the election
President Trump could unveil his pick ahead of the Sept. 29 debate with Joe Biden in Cleveland.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 20, 2020

Trump brags to Woodward that he has ‘broken every record' on appointing judges
The president's repeated remarks underscored his focus on the issue, which now takes center stage after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 20, 2020

The four political states of Arizona
How Barry Goldwater's home became a swing state, or the strength of Maricopa County.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 20, 2020

The Trailer: The four political states of Arizona
In this edition: The political geography of Arizona, the stakes and politics of the Supreme Court fight, and polls that give some clues to an unprecedented election event.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 20, 2020

Republicans prepare to move quickly on Supreme Court opening as Trump weighs top contenders
Democratic leaders, including presidential nominee Joe Biden, accused Republicans of political opportunism and hypocrisy and vowed to fight any effort to rush confirmation of a Trump nominee in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 20, 2020

Federal court issues preliminary injunction halting Trump administration's ban of Chinese app WeChat
The ruling means neither the ban on WeChat nor a separate one on the short-form video app TikTok will take place as originally scheduled.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 20, 2020

Attention to Biden's earlier pledge to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court increases
Concern about who will fill Ginsburg's spot is likely to become a central focus of the 2020 election as questions about the diversity of the court gain more urgency.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 20, 2020

Live updates: Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she doesn't support filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat before the election
Trump could unveil his pick ahead of the Sept. 29 debate with Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 20, 2020

When it comes to race relations, the left and the right are miles apart
Democrats and Republicans view race relations much differently — and President Trump notices.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Trump celebrates with his faithful over a chance to replace a liberal icon with a conservative on the Supreme Court
The raucous nature of the rally stood in contrast to the vigil held for Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington by the legions of the liberal justice's fans.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Graham — an institutionalist turned Trump loyalist — will play a central role in Supreme Court battle
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) will be at the center of what will likely be one of the most contentious confirmation battles in history, affording him an opportunity to demonstrate his loyalty to President Trump. But some Democrats say his position could help amplify the arguments against his reelection.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Trump says he will nominate woman to the Supreme Court next week
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that a nominee from President Trump would get a vote in his chamber, while leading Democrats, including the party's presidential nominee, Joe Biden, said a vote should not take place until the next president takes office.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Trump says he will announce court pick — ‘most likely' a woman — next week
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that a nominee from President Trump would get a vote in his chamber, while leading Democrats, including the party's presidential nominee, Joe Biden, said a vote should not take place until the next president takes office.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Where GOP senators stand on quickly filling Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat
Mitch McConnell and President Trump both signaled their support for swiftly nominating a successor. Here's where GOP senators stand.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Who is Amy Coney Barrett, the judge at the top of Trump's list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
Amy Coney Barrett tops President Trump's list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. The 48-year-old is a devout Catholic who is fervently antiabortion in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia. Her name was floated in 2018 to replace Anthony M. Kennedy.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

How the Supreme Court fight could shape the battle for the Senate majority
Senate Republicans and Democrats both see potential benefits.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Is it too close to the election to confirm a Supreme Court nominee?
Since 1975, it's taken about 71 days for a president's nomination to be confirmed in a vote on the Senate floor.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Fierce political battle heats up over whether to replace Ginsburg as tributes pour in
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that a nominee from President Trump would get a vote in his chamber, while leading Democrats, including the party's presidential nominee, Joe Biden, said a vote should not take place until the next president takes office.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

The Kavanaugh fight defined the 2018 election — until it didn't
The most recent Supreme Court nomination fight ended up not changing the midterm results very much.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Trump says he will move ‘without delay' to fill Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat
A ferocious political battle that could transform the court and alter the election is looming.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Trump signals swift nomination to replace Ginsburg as tributes continue to pour in
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that a nominee from President Trump would get a vote in his chamber, while leading Democrats, including the party's presidential nominee, Joe Biden, said a vote should not take place until the next president takes office.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Who Trump might pick for the Supreme Court
A look at Supreme Court nominee possibilities, starting with parlor game favorite Amy Coney Barrett.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Ginsburg's death crystallizes the choice in November as no other issue can
More than the balance of power on the Supreme Court will be wrapped up in a confirmation battle.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Battle over the replacement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg rages as tributes to late justice pour in
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that a nominee from President Trump would get a vote in his chamber, while leading Democrats, including the party's presidential nominee, Joe Biden, said a vote should not take place until the next president takes office.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

The GOP senators who will decide on Ginsburg's vacancy
What Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley and others said when a 2020 Supreme Court vacancy was just hypothetical.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Ginsburg's death jolts chaotic presidential race as both sides prepare for Supreme Court battle
Top Republicans signal push to vote on new justice nominated by Trump, while Biden and other Democrats say the decision should be delayed until after Inauguration Day.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Ginsburg's death sets off political battle over her replacement, Supreme Court's future
The 87-year-old dictated a statement to her granddaughter in recent days saying, ‘My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.'

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

McConnell vows Trump's Supreme Court nominee will get a Senate vote
The Senate leader, who blocked former president Barack Obama's nominee for much of 2016, is pressing ahead within weeks of the Nov. 3 election.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court justice and legal pioneer for gender equality, dies at 87
She rose to the top of her class at Columbia Law School in the 1950s, helped battle gender discrimination as an ACLU lawyer and, in 1993, became the second woman on the high court.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Why Mitch McConnell intends to confirm a new Supreme Court justice now, when he wouldn't in 2016
In 2016, Mitch McConnell wouldn't fill a Supreme Court opening. He confirmed he will this time with Trump as president.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Where polling stands as the Supreme Court vaults into the top tier of campaign issues
Recent polling shows Democrats were more likely than Republicans to say that the Supreme Court was an important factor in their 2020 vote.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 19, 2020

Trump, Clinton and Obama respond to Ginsburg's death as political fight looms
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sent shock waves through the country Friday night, igniting debate about the future of the high court.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Trump announces aid package for Puerto Rico in a campaign year reversal Democrats call brazenly political
The move underscores the importance of Florida in his reelection contest with Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Schumer, Roberts react to death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sent shock waves through the country Friday night, igniting debate about the future of the high court.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Short-term agreement to avert government shutdown uncertain after Pelosi tells Mnuchin they don't have a deal
A dispute over bailout money for farmers complicated talks on a stopgap bill to extend funding until Dec. 11.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87. The Supreme Court justice was a legal pioneer for gender equality.
She rose to the top of her class at Columbia Law School in the 1950s, helped battle gender discrimination as a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union and, in 1993, became the second woman on the high court. Her fierce opinions as a justice made her a hero to the left. On the court, […]

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Biden, Trump heading to Minnesota as early voting begins
The Democratic challenger will appear Friday at union hall in Duluth, Minn., while the Republican incumbent plans to stage a rally in Bemidji, Minn. They are appearing in a state Hillary Clinton narrowly won in 2016.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Biden, Trump wield class arguments as they vie for working-class voters in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest
The former vice president is trying to make inroads among a group that strongly favored Trump in 2016.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

CDC reverses controversial coronavirus guidelines for testing people without symptoms
The move comes after the White House coronavirus task force directed the agency last month to make changes that limited testing, sparking an outcry among medical and public health experts.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Ginsburg's death expected to set off political feud over her replacement
The 87-year-old dictated a statement to her granddaughter in recent days saying, "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Election live updates: Biden, Trump heading to Minnesota as early voting begins
The Democratic challenger will appear Friday at union hall in Duluth, Minn., while the Republican incumbent plans to stage a rally in Bemidji, Minn. They are appearing in a state Hillary Clinton narrowly won in 2016.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Long lines and hand sanitizer on the first day of early voting for general election
Many voters said they were unlikely to change their minds before Election Day and eager for their votes to count.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Three-quarters of Americans know only a few people who support the candidate they themselves oppose
Post-polling of the 2016 presidential election showed a similar gulf.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Trump hopes Biden's 1996 vote on a tax break will make Puerto Rican voters forget Hurricane Maria
It seems unlikely to work.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

U.S. bans WeChat, TikTok as China becomes major focus of election
The order banning the apps is unprecedented in the United States.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Where Trump and Biden stand on the issues
Compare where Trump and Biden stand on key issues in the 2020 presidential election, including healthcare, the economy, climate and the coronavirus response. Where do their stances differ and where do the candidates agree?

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

White House, Congress near agreement on short-term spending bill to avert October shutdown
A deal was close on stopgap measure extending government funding until Dec. 11 after Democrats backed down from dispute over bailout money for farmers.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Trump suggests he'd consider removing FBI director over unfavorable testimony
FBI Director Christopher A. Wray testified in Congress about Russian interference in the 2020 election and the threat of antifa to Americans. He gave answers Trump didn't like.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Trump's Puerto Rico aid reversal is very conveniently timed — for Trump
The Trump administration apparently is over whatever hang-ups it had about Puerto Rico's corruption.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Trump says, without evidence, every American will get coronavirus vaccine by April
Experts say the president's latest timeline is nearly impossible to confirm since none of the vaccines in development have been proved effective or safe.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

What will happen if there are millions of votes to be counted on Election Night? They'll count the votes.
Solving an apparently perplexing scenario for President Trump.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Trump campaign manager didn't vote for his boss in 2016 — or at all
Bill Stepien has not voted since 2015. He registered to vote in Washington, D.C., where he has lived since 2017, less than two months ago.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

No TV ads, no presidential visits: Virginia's era as a swing state appears to be over
A state that was a critical battleground for the past three cycles gets less love in 2020.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

CNN's Biden town hall at the drive-in: This is what a pandemic-era campaign looks like on TV
Pennsylvania voters posed questions from a socially distanced stadium parking lot.

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Sep 18, 2020

19 aides, allies and even family members who have spoken against Trump
Given the growing onslaught of Trump's internal critics, it can be difficult to keep them all straight.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Biden ad isolates the wrong Trump comments on coronavirus
A new Biden campaign ad uses misleading examples to make the case Trump played down the novel coronavirus publicly, while he was taking it seriously in private.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

No TV ads, no presidential visits: Virginia's era as a swing state appears to be over.
A state that was a critical battleground for the past three cycles gets less love in 2020.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Trump claims nothing more could have been done to defeat the coronavirus. He's wrong.
The coronavirus response we might have had.

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Sep 18, 2020

William Barr's habit of misleading
In less than two years as attorney general, William P. Barr has made false or misleading statements about mail-in voting, federal investigations and Justice Department personnel decisions.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

What the Trump and Biden town halls taught us about their upcoming debates
The big takeaway is that Trump struggles with tough questions.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Election live updates: Biden, Trump headed to Minnesota as early voting begins
The Democratic challenger will appear Friday at union hall in Duluth, Minn., while the Republican incumbent plans to stage a rally in Bemidji, Minn. They are appearing in a state Hillary Clinton narrowly won in 2016.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Watchdog group calls on FEC to investigate donations to Trump and others by relatives and associates of Louis DeJoy
In a new complaint to the Federal Election Commission, the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center said a pattern of contributions made by the family and employees of the postmaster general as recently as 2018 merits scrutiny.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Trump's Social Security-illegal immigration attack on Biden misses its mark
The Trump campaign uses deceptive editing and a confusing message on illegal immigration to attack Biden in swing states.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 18, 2020

Biden takes questions and criticizes Trump in drive-in town hall; Trump holds rally in Wis.
Former vice president Joe Biden held a drive-in town hall in Pennsylvania while President Trump spoke in Wisconsin.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Election live updates: Trump holds rally in Wisconsin after Biden town hall in Pennsylvania
The president's trip underscores the importance of Rust Belt states to his reelection bid. The Democratic challenger will appear before a socially distanced audience in Pennsylvania at an event broadcast by CNN

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Former model accuses Trump of assault during 1990s tennis tournament
Amy Dorris joins more than a dozen other women who have said the president kissed or groped them without their consent in the years before he was elected.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Joe Biden's CNN town hall: An occasional whopper
The former vice president had his moments of over-exuberance, but mostly stuck to the facts.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Trump contradicts health advisers on coronavirus vaccine timetable as death toll mounts
CDC Director Robert Redfield is the latest to run afoul of the president's upbeat message in the runup to the Nov. 3 election.

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Sep 17, 2020

Federal judge temporarily blocks USPS operational changes amid concerns about mail slowdowns, election
The decision could cast the Postal Service into more tumult just as states have begun to send out mail ballots for the Nov. 3 election.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Election live updates: Biden talks to voters in town hall ahead of Trump return to Wisconsin
The president's trip underscores the importance of Rust Belt states to his reelection bid. The Democratic challenger will appear before a socially distanced audience in Pennsylvania at an event broadcast by CNN

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Charge that Trump fumbled the pandemic is strongly supported by available evidence
A former Pence aide's assertions about the president's focus are validated by what we already know.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

A devastating picture of Trump's coronavirus response — from a firsthand witness
Olivia Troye isn't the first White House aide or ally to speak out against Trump. But she's one of the most important. And what she describes is bleak.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Eric Trump agrees to testify in New York investigation — but not until after election
The New York Attorney General's office has been seeking to interview the president's son as part of a probe into the Trump Organization's financial practices.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Former Pence aide says she will vote for Biden because of Trump's ‘flat-out disregard for human life' during pandemic
Olivia Troye, who worked as homeland security, counterterrorism and coronavirus adviser for Vice President Pence until August, said the administration's response has cost lives.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

How the Trump administration has tried to explain clearing protesters from Lafayette Square
The Trump administration has given differing and at times contradictory accounts of why protesters were cleared outside Lafayette Square on June 1.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Trump moves closer to Pelosi in economic aid talks, and House speaker must decide next move
Less than 50 days out from Election Day, the California Democrat and her most vulnerable members are at loggerheads over how to handle talks of pandemic relief.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Trump claims ‘rigged election' after some N.C. voters got two ballots. They can still only vote once.
A mixup in one county in North Carolina led to fewer than 500 voters receiving duplicate ballots.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

The Trailer: The big takeaways from 2020's primaries
In this edition: What we learned from hundreds of primaries, an interview with a QAnon-curious candidate, and the war over Joe Biden's words.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

The White women turning away from Trump
The White women who regret putting President Trump in office. Attorney General William Barr lambasts his own Justice Department. And introducing "Canary," a Washington Post investigative podcast.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

In 160 words, Trump reveals how little he cares about the pandemic
Despite Trump's obvious eagerness to limit deaths and to return the economy to normal, he has consistently refused to offer a strong endorsement of mask-wearing.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

FBI director affirms Russia's aim to ‘denigrate' Biden ahead of election
Lawmakers pressed Christopher Wray to address politically motivated violence and foreign election interference.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Federal judge issues temporary injunction against USPS operational changes amid concerns about mail slowdowns
The decision could cast the Postal Service into more tumult just as states have begun to send out mail ballots for the Nov. 3 election.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Former Pence aide says she will vote for Biden because of Trump's ‘flat out disregard for human life' during pandemic
Olivia Troye, who worked as homeland security, counterterrorism and coronavirus adviser for Vice President Pence until August, said the administration's response cost lives

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Election live updates: Trump returns to Wisconsin; Biden to face live audience at town hall
The president's trip underscores the importance of Rust Belt states to his reelection bid. The Democratic challenger will appear before a socially distanced audience in Pennsylvania at an event broadcast by CNN

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is working with Pence on debate preparations, people familiar with sessions say
Walker is effectively playing the role of Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, in practice sessions, the people say.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Trump and his campaign try to allay concerns about trailing Biden in television ads
Aides point to their focus on in-person contact with voters, which the Biden campaign is doing virtually. Biden is spending far more on TV ads than Trump.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Mark Meadows just epitomized the White House's stupefying position on masks
Now that Trump is again dubious of the necessity of masks, those around him must account for his stance. It's hard to do so in good faith.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Pennsylvania Supreme Court strikes Green Party presidential ticket from ballot, clearing the way for mail ballots to be sent out
The decision, like a similar ruling Monday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, came as a win for Democrats, who feared a third-party ticket could siphon votes from Joe Biden.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker works with Pence on debate preparations, people familiar with sessions say
Walker is effectively playing the role of Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, in practice sessions, the people say.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

An only-red-states America probably isn't one Trump would actually like
Poorer and smaller — and with far fewer places for Trump to golf.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Trump's businesses charged Secret Service more than $1.1 million, including for rooms in club shuttered for pandemic
Trump's Bedminster, N.J., club billed $188,000 in previously unknown charges for a period that coincided with a visit by Ivanka Trump.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

William Barr is the poster child for politicized law enforcement officials
Like his boss, Barr often stretches the truth to make a politically useful point.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

William Barr's eyebrow-raising ‘robber barons' metaphor for the Trump era
In a speech to a conservative audience Wednesday night, Barr likened our current situation to C.S. Lewis's quote pitting "robber barons" against "omnipotent moral busybodies."

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Vote by mail: Which states allow absentee voting
The coronavirus pandemic will change how millions of Americans vote in November, as states expand access to vote-by-mail as a safer alternative to voting in person.

Washington Post Politics
Sep 17, 2020

Poll: Sharp partisan differences now exist on foreign policy, views of American exceptionalism
Foreign policy differences once were mostly at the margins. In the Trump era, Republicans and Democrats are far apart on priorities and how to engage with the world.

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