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Why does Trump love playing 'Fortunate Son' at rallies? John Fogerty has a pretty good theory

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It seems impossible to miss the message of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 hit "Fortunate Son." "Some folks are born, made to wave the flag," John Fogerty sings during its opening salvo against the class divides in the Vietnam War era. "Ooh, they're red, white and blue / And when the band plays 'Hail to the Chief' / Ooh, they point the ...Read more

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Trump's fate rests with lifelong Republicans. Will they save him on Election Day?

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WASHINGTON — Lifelong Republicans may not like him, but President Donald Trump thinks they'll show up when it matters on Election Day to stop Democrats from taking the White House.

His inner circle and family members firmly believe that he has the correct read on the electorate. Trump's instincts led to a win four years ago, to the surprise ...Read more

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Destroying or defending America? Campaigns paint opposite pictures of McConnell

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — The final days of the race for U.S. Senate in Kentucky are about U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Depending on who's giving the stump speech, McConnell has either destroyed democracy or he is the last line of defense against a radical mob hell bent on bending the country toward socialism.

In their final push ...Read more

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Trump says he'll 'probably' cancel election night party at his DC hotel

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It's checkout time for the president.

President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that he will "probably" scrap a planned election night party at his namesake Washington, D.C., hotel and blamed the city's mayor for the likely cancellation.

"You know, Washington, D.C., is shut down. The mayor shut it down," Trump said on the White House lawn ...Read more

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COVID-19 deaths could swing the election to Democrats, study says

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Donald Trump has called himself a "wartime president" for leading the fight against COVID-19. He has called Americans "warriors" for showing up at their jobs, shopping in stores and generally getting the economy back on track despite knowing that these activities increase the risk of a coronavirus infection.

The metaphor is apt, in that our war...Read more

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Jeff Van Drew and Amy Kennedy are in a 'dead heat' in their South Jersey House race

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Republican Congressman Rep. Jeff Van Drew and Democratic challenger Amy Kennedy are in a "dead heat" in their closely watched campaign in South Jersey's 2nd Congressional District, according to a new poll.

The survey released Friday by Stockton University showed Kennedy with a statistically insignificant lead over Van Drew, the Republican ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: Shaming? Absolution? Jail? How to treat those complicit in Trump's wrongdoing

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Among the glories of democratic government, the historian Jill Lepore wrote recently, are that after an election "the loser concedes without violence, and the winner accepts without vengeance."

Lepore was right in her observation, but wrong in assessing its current implications for the U.S. She was arguing against a reckoning of Trump ...Read more

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Commentary: A 'man's man': Why some Black men are drawn to Trump's toxic masculinity

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I often wonder how Vernon Jones, a Georgia state representative, went from being the Democratic leader of the majority-Black county I grew up in to crowd surfing at a rally for President Donald Trump.

Jones was a fixture in DeKalb County's Democratic Party for much of my childhood. He dodged various scandals, including complaints about his ...Read more

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A populist strongman? Democrats struggle with labeling Trump a 'caudillo' in Spanish ads

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MIAMI — In the one-minute, Spanish-language campaign ad, a Kissimmee woman named Cecilia reminisces about Venezuela, her homeland. As she drives a black car with Biden-Harris painted in white on her back window, she speaks of her grandmother, her childhood home and her friends.

"Socialism ... was one of the key things that destroyed my ...Read more

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Lil Wayne is the latest rapper to support Trump, much to Twitter's ire

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Lil Wayne is feeling the heat after he became the latest prominent rapper to endorse President Donald Trump for reelection.

Before Trump jetted to Miami for last-minute campaigning, he met privately with the "A Milli" artist.

"Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he's done so far with criminal reform, the platinum...Read more

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Barack Obama is making the argument for Joe Biden -- by roasting Trump

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WASHINGTON — Barack Obama is uncorked and letting it fly.

For 3 1/2 years, he mostly honored the tradition that former presidents do not criticize their successors, even as his norm-breaking successor attacked him relentlessly. Verbally and in more than 3,000 tweets, President Donald Trump ranged from falsely claiming in early 2017 that the "...Read more

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Trump and Biden in Midwest, aiming to expand their electoral maps; Harris heads to Texas

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PHILADELPHIA — As the days of the presidential campaign dwindle to a final few, the battleground of states up for grabs has expanded, with both the Democratic and Republican tickets on Friday pressing into territory once considered solidly in their opponent's columns.

No state represents the broadening playing field more than Texas, the ...Read more

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GOP fights to hold Los Angeles-area congressional seat that Katie Hill flipped blue in 2018

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LOS ANGELES — California's Republican Party is fighting to hold onto a congressional seat in a large suburban swath north of Los Angeles — an election that could hinge on President Donald Trump's popularity in the area.

Republican Rep. Mike Garcia, 44, won the May special election to represent the 25th Congressional District, which includes...Read more

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Commentary: A justice of our own

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When I look back at my time in college, in law school and as a young attorney, my legal heroes were always men: Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and the "great dissenter," John Marshall Harlan. This never really struck me as odd, though. The most important thing to me was seeing my personal legal philosophy represented at the highest ...Read more

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Editorial: Memo to the Supreme Court — Let the people vote

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At a time when its legitimacy as an apolitical institution is being questioned, the Supreme Court has been dragged into partisan disputes about when and how ballots should be counted in an election upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Too often it has responded in ways that will make it harder for Americans to vote.

On Oct. 26, the court blocked a...Read more

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Philly firefighter union stands by controversial Trump endorsement as members remain divided

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PHILADELPHIA — The union representing firefighters in Philadelphia will stand by its endorsement of President Donald Trump, following a month of controversy and a series of angry protests.

But this conflagration promises to keep burning well past Tuesday's election for Local 22 of the International Firefighters and Paramedics Union.

Club ...Read more

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Commentary: No matter who wins the election, artists will be called upon to repair a broken nation

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There's a small yet potent scene tucked away in the sprawl of "The Inheritance," Matthew Lopez's epic gay drama that arrived on Broadway last year, which re-creates the experience of the 2016 election returns, when Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest upsets in modern political history. For progressive theatergoers, this part of the play ...Read more

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GOP increasingly worried about losing Senate control

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WASHINGTON — Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst won her Senate seat and Republican Party stardom six years ago on a promise to go to Washington and "make 'em squeal," just like the pigs she castrated on her family farm growing up.

If anyone's squealing this year, it is Ernst and other Senate Republicans who are locked in neck-and-neck races against ...Read more

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Stock bulls embracing Biden find ways to live with tax threats

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Joe Biden has put American companies on notice: he's coming for their tax breaks, a promise with the potential to dent profits just when they're showing signs of revival. Wall Street firms have convinced themselves the position is more campaign slogan than policy pledge.

The Democratic presidential candidate will walk back Donald Trump's ...Read more

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These comedians made their names poking fun at Trump. The election may change that

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I am not about to make any predictions as to the results of Tuesday's election — if there will even be a Tuesday result — but I can say with some assurance that if the incumbent loses, we will be entering a different era of Web-based comedy.

This long moment has created at least one bona fide star in Sarah Cooper, who famously embodies ...Read more