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The Note: Policy choices outweigh political posturing as coronavirus threats grow

Policy choices Trump and his administration make from here are more likely to be remembered than any political sniping.
April 4, 2020, 11:19 PM
The Note: Policy choices outweigh political posturing as coronavirus threats grow

The Note: Voting in age of coronavirus gets uncertain test runs

Life will presumably return to normal someday. Voting, though, is likely to never look the same.
April 4, 2020, 12:40 AM
The Note: Voting in age of coronavirus gets uncertain test runs

The Note: Campaigns seek elusive political normalcy

This crisis that has shaken the nation has blown up all assumptions about each campaign.
April 3, 2020, 10:06 AM
The Note: Campaigns seek elusive political normalcy

The Note: Biden battles perceptions as campaign’s pause stirs concerns

Even as BIden moves toward locking down the Democratic nomination, his hold on his party’s passions appears to be lagging.
April 2, 2020, 5:00 PM
The Note: Biden battles perceptions as campaign’s pause stirs concerns

The Note: Andrew Cuomo and fellow governors loom over presidential race

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is among those emerging as a star -- in ways that could signal concern about Joe Biden’s candidacy.
April 1, 2020, 12:44 PM
The Note: Cuomo and fellow governors loom over presidential race

The Note: Biden digs in as Trump inches toward stark choices

Elections are always about choices and those choices could hardly be starker.
March 29, 2020, 10:24 PM
The Note: Biden digs in as Trump inches toward stark choices

The Note: Trump draws comfort out of confrontation amid national emergency

Even now, with the nation at war with an unprecedented kind of enemy, this week has shown that President Trump is drawing strength from raw political combat.
March 27, 2020, 11:41 AM
The Note: Trump draws comfort out of confrontation amid national emergency

The Note: Sanders keeps Biden and Democratic Party in limbo

Bernie Sanders has been brushing aside questions about his campaign, saying he is focused on responding to the coronavirus crisis.
March 26, 2020, 10:04 AM
The Note: Sanders keeps Biden and Democratic Party in limbo

The Note: Primary race lingers for Democrats despite coronavirus crisis

The Democratic primary race isn’t over -- despite the national emergency, the canceled primaries, uneven presidential leadership and partisan battles on Capitol Hill
March 24, 2020, 11:33 AM
The Note: Primary race lingers for Democrats despite coronavirus crisis

The Note: Congress hits partisan snags as diagnoses bring fresh urgency

Congress hits partisan snags as diagnoses bring fresh urgency. No, coronavirus did not and will not kill off partisanship on Capitol Hill.
March 23, 2020, 10:33 AM
The Note: Congress hits partisan snags as diagnoses bring fresh urgency

The Note: 'Wartime president' gets polling boost as election scripts get rewritten

No one can know what this country -- to say nothing of this race -- will look like come November.
March 20, 2020, 10:06 AM
The Note: 'Wartime president' gets polling boost as election scripts get rewritten

The Note: Sanders-Warren wing gets another moment, amid coronavirus crisis

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign is signaling that he is clear-eyed about the road ahead, amid the coronavirus crisis.
March 19, 2020, 9:58 PM
The Note: Sanders-Warren wing gets another moment, amid coronavirus crisis

The Note: Biden gets closer to nomination, but clinching may have to wait longer

Biden gets closer to nomination, but clinching may have to wait longer. States that delayed voting keep him short of the 1,991 delegates needed to win.
March 18, 2020, 12:14 PM
The Note: Biden gets closer to nomination, but clinching may have to wait longer

The Note: Race in limbo as voting continues with caveats attached

Campaigning as we know it may be over. But the Democratic primary campaign may not end for a good long while now.
March 17, 2020, 2:04 PM
The Note: Race in limbo as voting continues with caveats attached

The Note: Sanders digs in on coronavirus as Democratic race marches on

Biden came into the debate touting some moves to the left, and half-joked that Sanders is “making it hard for me right now” to reach out to progressive voters.
March 16, 2020, 10:48 AM
The Note: Sanders digs in on coronavirus as Democratic race marches on

The Note: Why 2020 may not end like 2016 for Democrats

A range of factors are pointing toward a cleaner and earlier exit by Sen. Bernie Sanders than anything the party witnessed in 2016.
March 16, 2020, 7:40 AM
The Note: Why 2020 may not end like 2016 for Democrats

The Note: Biden promises stability as national crisis freezes campaign

Who would have guessed that the most stable thing going would be the race for the Democratic nomination?
March 13, 2020, 11:24 AM
The Note: Biden promises stability as national crisis freezes campaign

The Note: Sanders battles Biden and brutal news environment

If Sanders can't come back, he really will have only voters -- and all their complicated motivations -- to blame.
March 13, 2020, 9:10 AM
The Note: Sanders battles Biden and brutal news environment

The Note: Biden gets presidential moment as campaign pauses amid health crisis

The Democrats don’t have a presumptive nominee, but neither do they have an active fight for the nomination at the moment.
March 12, 2020, 10:04 AM
The Note: Biden gets presidential moment as campaign pauses amid health crisis

The Note: Sanders' 'revolution' confronts Michigan realities

Michigan was perhaps the signature victory of Sen. Bernie Sanders' last campaign.
1 month ago
The Note: Sanders' 'revolution' confronts Michigan realities

The Note: Sanders balances tactics as Biden's delegate edge takes hold

Surrendering front-runner status and a delegate lead has consequences. For Sen. Bernie Sanders, it brings new campaign contortions.
1 month ago
The Note: Sanders balances tactics as Biden's delegate edge takes hold

The Note: Super shakeups rock Super Tuesday as delegate math looms large

Presidential campaign collide Tuesday in a nationwide explosion of voting that has already narrowed the field in staggering ways.
1 month ago
The Note: Super shakeups rock Super Tuesday as delegate math looms large

The Note: Democrats have two-man race, for all that means for diverse party

This week changed everything in politics. Somehow, for a great number of Americans, it also changed nothing.
1 month ago
The Note: Democrats have two-man race, for all that means for diverse party

The Note: Eyes turn to Warren and Bloomberg as two-way race takes hold

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s huge Super Tuesday reorders the race but doesn’t come close to locking anything down.
1 month ago
The Note: Eyes turn to Warren and Bloomberg as two-way race takes hold

The Note: Sanders' rivals look to slow down accelerating primary process

The challenge now for the candidates is to slow the clock and start winning, while not running out of money in the process.
1 month ago
The Note: Sanders' rivals look to slow down accelerating primary process

The Note: Biden boom forces Buttigieg out but faces Super Tuesday reality check

What took Joe Biden three decades to achieve could disappear in days.
1 month ago
The Note: Biden boom forces Buttigieg out but faces Super Tuesday reality check

The Note: Biden seeks South Carolina breakthrough that could reorder Democratic race

With South Carolina's primary on Saturday, the cleanest immediate scenario for Democrats also happens to be what is to many the scariest.
1 month ago
The Note: Biden seeks South Carolina breakthrough that could reorder Democratic race

The Note: Divided field makes it easier for Sanders to conquer Democratic Party

If the Democratic nomination is now Sen. Bernie Sanders’ to lose, might his rivals wind up helping him win?
1 month ago
The Note: Divided field makes it easier for Sanders to conquer Democratic Party

The Note: Biden banks on Obama legacy as South Carolina closes in

The former vice president has company as he enters the last few days of his must-win state, out of a messy debate that showed the conflicting impulses in a crowded field.
1 month ago
The Note: Biden banks on Obama legacy as South Carolina closes in

The Note: Biden gets last best shot in final debate before campaign goes national

Amid Democratic panic about Sanders' momentum and whether anyone can challenge him, Biden faces a defining moment in the last debate before the campaign goes national.
1 month ago
The Note: Biden gets last best shot in final debate before campaign goes national

The Note: Focus on Bloomberg could widen opening for Sanders

It’s not clear who wants Bloomberg on the debate stage more -- the former New York City mayor or the candidates who want to contrast themselves with him and his billions.
1 month ago
The Note: Focus on Bloomberg could widen opening for Sanders

The Note: Fear of 'insurmountable' Sanders lead influences in Nevada and beyond

With a big chunk of early votes already banked in Nevada, and California early voting already well underway, it may already be too late to bank on a whole new race.
1 month ago
The Note: Fear of 'insurmountable' Sanders lead influences in Nevada and beyond

The Note: Campaign takes late turn toward sharp contrasts

A largely tame primary has been jolted by the twin and somewhat related developments of Sen. Bernie Sanders' early rise and former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s early spending.
2 months ago
The Note: Campaign takes late turn toward sharp contrasts

The Note: Bloomberg set for debate spotlight amid Sanders' rise

Michael Bloomberg gets his very expensive wish in Las Vegas Wednesday night: a Democratic debate where he can draw direct contrasts with rivals like Sen. Bernie Sanders.
2 months ago
The Note: Bloomberg set for debate spotlight amid Sanders' rise

The Note: Slog of a race confronts Democrats as delegate realities sink in

Sen. Bernie Sanders sits atop FiveThirtyEight’s forecast of which candidate is likeliest to win more than half the pledged delegates. In second place: "No one."
2 months ago
The Note: Slog of a race confronts Democrats as delegate realities sink in

The Note: Biden's fade creates vacuum in front-runner-less race

Joe Biden's fade has created a vacuum that represents a challenge to Democrats as they sort through the early stages of the primary race.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden's fade creates vacuum in front-runner-less race

The Note: Bloomberg spends and hacks his way into campaign conversation

Michael Bloomberg is looming large in ways that his bank account only begins to reflect.
2 months ago
The Note: Bloomberg spends and hacks his way into campaign conversation

The Note: Biden slashes but may not burn New Hampshire front-runners

In the past week Democrats witnessed Iowa caucus chaos, a State of the Union, an impeachment acquittal, a debate and the first attack ads of what had been a tame primary.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden slashes but may not burn New Hampshire front-runners

The Note: Broad field means race for narrow slices in New Hampshire

A split and delayed decision in Iowa could lead straight into a splintered outcome in New Hampshire.
2 months ago
The Note: Broad field means race for narrow slices in New Hampshire

The Note: Unity and electability haunt Democrats on eve of New Hampshire debate

Seven candidates have qualified for the ABC News/WMUR-TV/Apple News Democratic Debate in New Hampshire, and all have their own challenges Friday night.
2 months ago
The Note: Unity and electability haunt Democrats on eve of New Hampshire debate

The Note: Iowa debacle serves as wake-up call for Democratic Party

Contests in Iowa that were supposed to clarify have now confused the race for president -- or worse.
2 months ago
The Note: Iowa debacle serves as wake-up call for Democratic Party

The Note: Romney, Biden confront powerful forces inside changing parties

Romney and Biden are struggling with the political identities of their parties, as they fight strong political tides in ways that could define this election and beyond.
2 months ago
The Note: Romney, Biden confront powerful forces inside changing parties

The Note: Buttigieg rises at Biden’s expense in messy wake of Iowa

Sen. Bernie Sanders remains strong going into home-turf voting, and the messy Iowa finish could keep all the major candidates in the race.
2 months ago
The Note: Buttigieg rises at Biden’s expense in messy wake of Iowa

The Note: Iowa caucuses pose huge questions for Biden, Bernie

A win for Sanders or Biden would show what direction the party is leaning.
2 months ago
The Note: Iowa caucuses pose huge questions for Biden, Bernie

The Note: Sanders rises as Democrats fret more than act

Somehow Sen. Bernie Sanders is surging in the run-up to Iowa without taking harsh attacks from his rivals.
2 months ago
The Note: Sanders rises as Democrats fret more than act

The Note: Biden, Sanders hope late attacks make them stronger in Iowa

Big questions loom large over an unusual caucus run-up in Iowa, with two front-runners separated only by polling assumptions, ground-game build-out and turnout guesswork.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden, Sanders hope late attacks make them stronger in Iowa

The Note: Trump, McConnell tag team to keep witnesses from trial

The unlikely and uneasy alliance of President Trump and Mitch McConnell has the Senate impeachment trial moving toward a conclusion with witnesses not feeling likely.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump, McConnell tag team to keep witnesses from trial

The Note: Campaign back in split-screen, as Biden plays big on both

Political attention is divided these days and will remain so, particularly as there is the possibility of the Senate impeachment trial spilling into voting season
2 months ago
The Note: Campaign back in split-screen, as Biden plays big on both

The Note: Polls stoke electability concerns for Democrats in week before Iowa

A blizzard of late national and early-state polling does virtually nothing to clarify the race one week before the Iowa caucuses -- though does plenty to worry Democrats.
2 months ago
The Note: Polls stoke electability concerns for Democrats in week before Iowa

The Note: Democrats target audience of 4, while GOP focuses on audience of 1

Democrats main goal is to keep an investigation alive and, as a practical matter, that means convincing four Republicans to call witnesses from the Trump White House.
2 months ago
The Note: Democrats target audience of 4, while GOP focuses on audience of 1