Trump scrambles to reverse Rust Belt slide

Trump scrambles to reverse Rust Belt slide

Supporters of President Donald Trump demonstrate last month in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Trump's reelection team is looking to fortify his standing there and in parts of the industrial Midwest. | Mark Makela/Getty Images 2020 Elections His campaign is moving to shore up his standing in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — where its own polling shows him…
How a full-scale trade war could slam Trump in 2020

How a full-scale trade war could slam Trump in 2020

If President Donald Trump fails in his promised fundamental reorganization of trade, the U.S. economy is likely to suffer as the stimulus from his tax cuts and spending hikes fades. | Alex Wong/Getty Images Trade The president is heading into a reelection battle with his promise of challenging China unfulfilled. By BEN WHITE 05/20/2019 05:01…
Buttigieg finds friends on Fox as he calls out ‘grotesque’ Trump attacks

Buttigieg finds friends on Fox as he calls out ‘grotesque’ Trump attacks

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is one of the few 2020 prominent Democratic presidential candidates to do a Fox News town hall so far. | Jessica Hill/AP Photo 2020 elections His remarks, at a Fox News town hall, emphasized his unorthodox approach to the 2020 campaign. By DANIEL STRAUSS 05/19/2019 09:29 PM EDT Updated 05/19/2019…
No ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Veep’? Here’s What To Watch Next.

No ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Veep’? Here’s What To Watch Next.

Zack Stanton is digital editor of Politico Magazine and the co-author of Politico’s Westeros Playbook. Derek Robertson is a contributor to Politico Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @afternoondelete. Americans hate politics, right? The disingenuousness, the backstabbing, the sycophancy, the preening and posturing, the empowered elite, the way wealth buys influence, its dynastic nature, the sense…
Trump team convinced court overhaul will drive 2020 win

Trump team convinced court overhaul will drive 2020 win

Justices Neil Gorsuch (left) and Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s two Supreme Court appointees, await Trump’s State of the Union address in February 2019. | Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP White House Aides think judicial appointments galvanize the base, demonstrate the president's ability to deliver on a campaign promise and will help win…
Mitch McConnell embraces his dark side

Mitch McConnell embraces his dark side

“[Mitch McConnel's] enemies have given him more personality than he’s given himself,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham. “And he’s smart enough to play the game.” | Drew Angerer/Getty Images congress The Senate majority leader is relishing his turn as villain of the left. By BURGESS EVERETT 05/19/2019 07:06 AM EDT Call him “Cocaine Mitch,” “Nuclear Mitch,”…
O’Rourke stocks campaign with Obama and Clinton alums

O’Rourke stocks campaign with Obama and Clinton alums

Beto O’Rourke’s efforts to bring veteran staffers on board has come as a relief to supporters who feared his unorthodox campaign in Texas. | John Locher/AP Photo Beto O’Rourke is adding a pair of seasoned strategists to his campaign, injecting a measure of establishment credibility lacking in his improvisational Senate bid against Ted Cruz last…
How Democrats are failing on legalized marijuana

How Democrats are failing on legalized marijuana

Marijuana advocates point out that they are making progress, including in parts of the country that have previously been hostile, even if this year didn’t live up to their hopes. | Seth Perlman/AP Photo This was supposed to be the big year for marijuana legalization. But in many state capitols across the country, efforts have…
As some 2020 rivals forgo corporate cash, de Blasio imposes few limits

As some 2020 rivals forgo corporate cash, de Blasio imposes few limits

Bill de Blasio has drawn criticism for the way he raises money for campaigns. | Scott Olson/Getty Images 2020 elections The mayor told POLITICO earlier this year that he would not rule out taking money from real estate executives in a potential presidential bid. By LAURA NAHMIAS and SALLY GOLDENBERG 05/19/2019 07:27 AM EDT NEW…
Michigan GOP congressman says Trump’s conduct impeachable

Michigan GOP congressman says Trump’s conduct impeachable

Rep. Justin Amash argued that Congress is failing to live up to its constitutional duties in part because of “extreme partisanship” that has worsened under President Donald Trump. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo congress “Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,”…

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‘This is not a peace plan’: Palestinians shun Bahrain conference

‘This is not a peace plan’: Palestinians shun Bahrain conference

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Some Republicans unsettled by Trump’s sweeping claims of immunity

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