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“We’re Not Selling Hysteria”: Inside the Cold Calculation and Unyielding Optimism of the Biden Brain Trust

By Chris Smith, Vanity Fair, May 7, 2024. In Wilmington, Joe Biden’s reelection team is tackling stubborn polls, Gaza protests, and third-party threats as it assembles a sophisticated machine to defeat Donald Trump. And the stakes couldn’t be higher: “We could lose the thing that matters most to me,” says campaign chair Jen O’Malley Dillon,

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Many Democrats Are Worried Trump Will Beat Biden. This One Isn’t

By Adam Nagourney, New York Times,  April 3, 2024 Simon Rosenberg was right about the congressional elections of 2022. All the conventional wisdom — the polls, the punditry, the fretting by fellow Democrats — revolved around the expectation of a big red wave and a Democratic wipeout. He disagreed. Democrats would surprise everyone, he said

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Credit Mike Pence for speaking the truth about Trump

By Scot Leigh, Boston Globe, March 20, 2024. The prospect of being hanged concentrates the mind wonderfully, Samuel Johnson once observed. If the great English wordsmith and wag had chosen “belatedly’’ as the operative adverb, why, he would have anticipated Mike Pence’s recent declaration that he won’t endorse Donald Trump for president in 2024. Loyal

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The responsibility of Republican voters

Editorial, New York Times, January 15, 2024. Republicans who will gather to cast the first votes of the 2024 presidential primary season have one essential responsibility: to nominate a candidate who is fit to serve as president, one who will “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Donald Trump, who has proved

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Why Trump May Find Himself in Jail Sooner Than He Thinks

By Jose Pagliery, The Daily Beast, December 29, 2023 The countdown is on for Donald Trump’s D.C. trial in March. And while Trump has faced jail threats over his inability to abide by gag orders with his recent bank fraud trial in New York, the charges he’s facing for his attempts at overturning the 2020

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Trust is on the ballot in 2024

By Kimberly Atkins Stohr, The Boston Globe, December 28, 2023. What can we learn from George Bailey in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’? Without leaders who encourage us to trust in each other, our nation — and our democracy — is in deep danger. As the most consequential election year in recent history looms, a scene

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Mad Poll Disease is making Democrats misread voter opinion

By Michael Podhorzer, the Guardian, December 1, 2023. Horserace polling can’t tell us anything new about who will win the electoral college – but the existence of an anti-Maga majority is clear Now that Thanksgiving has passed in America, and everyone’s Trumpy uncle is on his way back to his conservative state, we still have

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MEMO: Democrats Could Win a Trifecta in 2024

By  Mike Lux and Celinda Lake, Mike Lux Media, May 12, 2023 TO: Interested Parties FROM: Mike Lux + Celinda Lake RE: Democrats Could Win a Trifecta in 2024 If we do the basic blocking and tackling of great field and GOTV work, and focus on executing an effective strategy for working-class voters, all the

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7 reasons to be optimistic about the future of democracy

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post Columnist, November 13, 2022. The midterm elections could have gone badly. Really badly. There were serious concerns that right-wing groups would resort to voter intimidation, violence or other antics at polling places. But none of that came to fruition. In fact, while threats to democracy remain, 2022 might be seen as the point

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Opinion: Even the DeSantis bubble may burst

Opinion by Nicole Hemmer CNN– “Can’t we just lie to ourselves for a while?” Glenn Beck, the right-wing talk radio host, was half-joking when he made this suggestion the day after Tuesday’s elections, but he voiced a longing that a number of Republicans had after the midterms: a hope to linger with the visions of

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