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Whatever you call it - voter suppression, depression, targeted campaign messages - the tactic worked for Trump

By Gary Jacobson

December 5, 2016 at 3:27pm

Looking back, it was a remarkable story, perhaps the most remarkable of the entire presidential campaign. As much as anything before or after, it helps us understand how we elected Donald Trump president.

A basket of billionaires

By Laurie Bennett

November 30, 2016 at 9:00am

Today’s billionaires-in-the-cabinet count: One and a fraction, not including the boss.

Mnuchin picked as Treasury secretary

By Laurie Bennett

November 30, 2016 at 6:53am

Steven Mnuchin, the national finance chairman for the Trump presidential campaign, is Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary, the New York Times reports.

Thank Robert Mercer and Zuck for Donald Trump, our first Facebook president

By Gary Jacobson

November 22, 2016 at 6:03am

In the old media world, we would have headlined this story: “The Making of the President 2016.”

The moneyed, conservative universe of Betsy DeVos

By Laurie Bennett

November 19, 2016 at 8:49am

Betsy DeVos, former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a vocal advocate of charter schools, reportedly is under consideration for education secretary.

Flynn tapped as national security adviser

By Laurie Bennett

November 18, 2016 at 8:07am

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn has reportedly accepted Donald Trump’s offer to become the next national security adviser.

The many barriers to Secretary of State Rudy Giuliani

By Laurie Bennett

November 16, 2016 at 10:44am

Rudy Giuliani as secretary of state? Beyond his combustible behavior in recent months, his business dealings present an array of potential conflicts.

Trump rearranges the chairs

By Laurie Bennett

November 16, 2016 at 5:30am

All is not copacetic in the Trump camp.

Bannon appointment a frightening first step

By Laurie Bennett

November 15, 2016 at 7:06am

Donald Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon to be his chief strategist has sparked widespread denunciatiations from civil rights groups.

Trump’s potential conflicts

By Laurie Bennett

November 9, 2016 at 6:06pm

Donald Trump’s myriad business interests, the Washington Post points out, present potential conflicts without precedent in the White House.

Theo Epstein ends another baseball curse

By Laurie Bennett

November 3, 2016 at 5:56am

Who you going to call? Theo Epstein!

The interconnected characters of ‘Hamilton’

By Laurie Bennett

October 22, 2016 at 6:47am

Who could have foreseen, in the country’s nascent days, that generations would learn or re-learn American history through a Broadway musical in which the founding fathers sing hip-hop?

The importance of the foreign-policy elite

By Laurie Bennett

October 20, 2016 at 6:00am

Surprisingly, in a debate addressing international affairs, the word “elite” was never uttered Wednesday night.

State dinners and campaign bundlers

By Laurie Bennett

October 19, 2016 at 4:28pm

Tuesday’s state dinner honored not only America’s relationship with Italy, Italian culture and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, but wealthy Americans who have supported the presidential campaigns of Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Debate commission gets unaccustomed attention

By Laurie Bennett

October 17, 2016 at 7:38am

In quieter election years, being a presidential debate commissioner is almost as ho-hum as being a CPA counting Oscar ballots.

Trump, Clintons, banks & conspiracies

By Laurie Bennett

October 14, 2016 at 6:11am

When Donald Trump delivered a speech Thursday in Palm Beach, describing a “Clinton machine” that colludes “in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of US sovereignty,” we recognized the cues.

The Bush behind the Trump tape uproar

By Laurie Bennett

October 9, 2016 at 7:36am

As Alec Baldwin’s version of Donald Trump noted on SNL Saturday, “You have to admit it’s kind of funny that the only Bush that matters in this general election is Billy.”

Peterson Institute: Trump’s trade policies would be terribly destructive for the U.S.

By Laurie Bennett

September 20, 2016 at 10:34am

In a new study, the Peterson Institute says Donald Trump’s proposals on trade “could unleash a trade war that would plunge the US economy into recession and cost more than 4 million private sector American jobs.”

Immigrant detention company backs Trump

By Laurie Bennett

August 25, 2016 at 1:30pm

At least until Wednesday night, when he suggested a possible change in his hard-nosed stance on immigration, Donald Trump was enjoying support from the for-profit detention industry.

Mapping the Clinton money stream

By Laurie Bennett

August 23, 2016 at 8:43am

As an illustration of how money and influence flow in and out of Clinton Inc., we’ve mapped a name unfamiliar to most voters.



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