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‘We are not bullsh—ing around’: Democrats make last push to turn out Black men

‘We are not bullsh—ing around’: Democrats make last push to turn out Black men

Democrats are still shell-shocked from Donald Trump’s 2016 upset, even as early-vote numbers in 2020 reach a historic high. That’s why they are pulling out all the stops to make sure that a key constituency — Black men — votes. And this time, they’re being more explicit with their ask: Don’t just cast a ballot. Vote for Joe Biden. The Democratic Party is inundating Black male voters with the Biden-Harris message on radio, television and digital platforms. Meanwhile, the NAACP,…

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How ActBlue has transformed Democratic politics

How ActBlue has transformed Democratic politics

For four years, President Donald Trump and allies have dismissed signs of opposition, from rough polling numbers to big protests. But there’s no denying the overwhelming force of millions of people hitting ActBlue’s “donate” buttons. Democrats from Joe Biden all the way down the ballot have buried Republican opponents under a remarkable avalanche of campaign ads, fueled by billions donated this year through ActBlue, the ubiquitous online fundraising processor for Democratic campaigns. Their wild success in 2020 has reshaped the…

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Trump may just keep campaigning after Election Day

Trump may just keep campaigning after Election Day

Even if there isn’t a clear winner the day after the election, President Donald Trump may still take his MAGA message on the road. Top surrogates for the Trump campaign have been told to keep their Novembers clear for potential campaign events. And Trump campaign advisers said not to rule out the possibility Trump continues his rallies even as election officials continue to count ballots after the Nov. 3 election, according to a campaign surrogate and two Trump advisers. With…

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‘There Are No Boundaries’: Experts Imagine Trump’s Post-Presidential Life if He Loses

‘There Are No Boundaries’: Experts Imagine Trump’s Post-Presidential Life if He Loses

Being an ex-president can be a cushy and quiet life for the most part. Jimmy Carter builds homes; George W. Bush paints. After leaving the White House, Barack Obama went kite-surfing with Richard Branson on his private island in the British Virgin Islands. None of that, though, seems likely to be in the cards for Donald Trump if he loses reelection Tuesday and in just 80-odd days leaves the White House. A restless figure with few interests outside his own…

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Trump’s chances hinge on a polling screw-up way worse than 2016

Trump’s chances hinge on a polling screw-up way worse than 2016

President Donald Trump still has a path to a second term. But it would take a polling debacle that would make 2016 look like a banner year. According to a series of battleground state polls conducted and released in the week following the last Trump-Biden debate, the president’s chances of winning a second term now require winning states where he still trails with only days to go until voting concludes. In most of the core swing states, Joe Biden has…

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‘People Are Going To Be Shocked’: Return of the ‘Shy’ Trump Voter?

‘People Are Going To Be Shocked’: Return of the ‘Shy’ Trump Voter?

With Nov. 3 racing toward us, it can be tempting to see the 2020 election as a done deal. For months, Joe Biden has consistently and convincingly led Donald Trump in polls. Swing states in the industrial Midwest and Sun Belt appear to be heading Biden’s way, and if you trust the polls, it’s not a leap to imagine him winning 330+ electoral votes. But what if you shouldn’t trust the polls? In 2016, months of national polls confidently showed…

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The man who created the modern presidential transition now faces an extraordinary one

The man who created the modern presidential transition now faces an extraordinary one

The man who literally wrote the laws on presidential transitions is now running one — and it could be the country’s most difficult handover of power since the Great Depression, with dueling health and economic crises as well as an unpredictable incumbent who may throw wrenches into the process. Ted Kaufman, Biden’s longtime chief of staff in the Senate and head of his 2020 transition effort, likely has more control over a future Biden administration than anyone other than the…

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Exclusive: Warren will make case to be Biden’s Treasury secretary

Exclusive: Warren will make case to be Biden’s Treasury secretary

Elizabeth Warren wants to be Joe Biden’s Treasury secretary and will make her case for it if he wins next week, according to three Democratic officials who have spoken with her inner circle. “She wants it,” two of them said matter-of-factly. Warren’s moves could set up the marquee fight between the party’s left and its center over what will be one of the most consequential Cabinet roles in the next administration. The Treasury Department will be tasked with steering the…

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‘We’ve got to stop the bleeding’: Democrats sound alarm in Miami

‘We’ve got to stop the bleeding’: Democrats sound alarm in Miami

MIAMI — Democrats are sounding the alarm about weak voter turnout rates in Florida’s biggest county, Miami-Dade, where a strong Republican showing is endangering Joe Biden’s chances in the nation’s biggest swing state. No Democrat can win Florida without a huge turnout and big winning margins here to offset losses elsewhere in the state. But Democrats are turning out at lower rates than Republicans and at lower rates than at this point in 2016, when Hillary Clinton won by 29…

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45 Self-Evident Truths About Donald Trump

45 Self-Evident Truths About Donald Trump

Ever since he rode down that escalator, Donald Trump has been the most paid-attention-to person on Earth. Perhaps no other political figure in American history has generated such reams of coverage trying to decipher patterns of behavior. It has been well-documented that the 45th president operates with evident disregard for norms and rules. But over the past 5 ½ years of reporting I have determined that he abides by a firm code of conduct as predictable as it is confounding….

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