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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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