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July 15, 2020, 9:00 AM

The Note: Trumpism battles itself in GOP runoffs

Sessions and Jackson are defined politically by their time alongside Trump. But factors beyond the president’s control could dictate whether they have a political future.
July 15, 2020, 9:00 AM
The Note: Trumpism battles itself in GOP runoffs
July 13, 2020, 11:29 AM

The Note: Trump vs. Fauci eclipses Trump vs. Biden

Which showdown matters more for the presidential campaign at the moment -- President Donald Trump vs. former Vice President Joe Biden, or Trump vs. Dr. Anthony Fauci?
July 13, 2020, 11:29 AM
The Note: Trump vs. Fauci eclipses Trump vs. Biden
July 10, 2020, 10:07 AM

The Note: Dismal polling stalls Trump's comeback efforts

An ABC News/Ipsos poll shows 67% disapproval of Trump’s handling of COVID-19 and an equal share disapproving of his handling of race relations.
July 10, 2020, 10:07 AM
The Note: Dismal polling stalls Trump's comeback efforts
July 9, 2020, 10:12 AM

The Note: Democrats' unity complicates GOP efforts to define Joe Biden

Democrats appear uncommonly united at the moment, together in what they view as the urgent task of defeating President Donald Trump.
July 9, 2020, 10:12 AM
The Note: Democrats' unity complicates GOP efforts to define Biden
July 9, 2020, 3:34 AM

The Note: Talk of 2024 infects 2020 race

Four months before this election, the election four years from now is either on the minds of the candidates or not far from it.
July 9, 2020, 3:34 AM
The Note: Talk of 2024 infects 2020 race
July 7, 2020, 11:56 AM

The Note: Trump counterprograms for his base, as COVID-19 continues its spread

With COVID-19’s spread unchecked, and with now more than 130,000 fatalities in the United States, President Donald Trump is focused on his political base.
July 7, 2020, 11:56 AM
The Note: Trump counterprograms for his base, as COVID-19 continues its spread
July 6, 2020, 11:41 AM

The Note: 'Wartime president' wages different wars

At July 4th celebrations over the weekend, Trump declared his commitment to "defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters."
July 6, 2020, 11:41 AM
The Note: 'Wartime president' wages different wars
July 2, 2020, 10:12 AM

The Note: Trump craves a race about race

President Donald Trump is focused rather singularly on race -- and with particular language that may alienate more than it unites any perceived base.
July 2, 2020, 10:12 AM
The Note: Trump craves a race about race
July 2, 2020, 12:19 AM

The Note: Comeback bids test Trumpism -- and its backlash

There was a time when Hickenlooper-for-Senate and Huntsman-for-governor might have felt like automatic wins. That time is not the Trump era.
July 2, 2020, 12:19 AM
The Note: Comeback bids test Trumpism -- and its backlash
July 1, 2020, 10:04 AM

The Note: Biden turns Trump messaging against him

Criticism Joe Biden faced for going quiet in recent months has long since faded. It's President Donald Trump who is strangely absent from this moment.
July 1, 2020, 10:04 AM
The Note: Biden turns Trump messaging against him
June 29, 2020, 7:01 PM

The Note: Republican alarms grow as Trump's slide continues

President Trump has downplayed and even mocked COVID-19 at times, searching for a message while the country backslides amid a pandemic he asserted would be passed.
June 29, 2020, 7:01 PM
The Note: Republican alarms grow as Trump's slide continues
June 27, 2020, 5:30 AM

The Note: Bad polls for Trump worry … Democrats

President Donald Trump doesn’t like -- and says he doesn’t believe -- the polls these days. Neither do Democrats.
June 27, 2020, 5:30 AM
The Note: Bad polls for Trump worry … Democrats
June 26, 2020, 10:02 AM

The Note: Polls suggest Trump misreads a moment on COVID-19

A new ABC News/Ipsos poll out Friday morning shows a country growing more concerned about contracting COVID-19 -- and less ready to get back to everyday life.
June 26, 2020, 10:02 AM
The Note: Polls suggest Trump misreads a moment on COVID-19
June 24, 2020, 10:02 AM

The Note: Split screen reveals campaigns operating in different worlds

Trump and Biden continue to inhabit different realities -- both making a bet on where the country will land this fall.
June 24, 2020, 10:02 AM
The Note: Split screen reveals campaigns operating in different worlds
June 23, 2020, 10:01 AM

The Note: Progressive challengers rewrite rules for new political era

Tuesday’s long-delayed series of primaries matter not at all in the presidential race that many progressives once hoped would be dominated by progressive figures.
June 23, 2020, 10:01 AM
The Note: Progressive challengers rewrite rules for new political era
June 22, 2020, 12:23 PM

The Note: 'Testing' line haunts Trump more than crowd size

The realities of rally attendance sting, but Trump's heralded return to the campaign trail could be remembered for something the president said rather than the crowd size
June 22, 2020, 12:23 PM
The Note: 'Testing' line haunts Trump more than crowd size
June 21, 2020, 12:01 AM

The Note: Trump’s Tulsa rally falls on defining weekend for campaign

President Trump's Tulsa rally is either a celebration of a nation coming back, or it’s a statement on how far parts of the nation are falling behind.
June 21, 2020, 12:01 AM
The Note: Trump’s Tulsa rally falls on defining weekend for campaign
1 month ago

The Note: Bolton backs up Biden’s ‘readiness’ challenge to Trump

The message John Bolton carries in "The Room Where it Happened" is powerful, of course, because he was actually there -- taking notes, to the annoyance of his boss.
1 month ago
The Note: Bolton backs up Biden’s ‘readiness’ challenge to Trump
1 month ago

The Note: Progressives put Biden on warning -- again

Former Vice President Joe Biden was largely spared of can-he-heal-the-party anxieties due to the unusual timing of him wrapping up the nomination during a pandemic.
1 month ago
The Note: Progressives put Biden on warning -- again
1 month ago

The Note: Trump’s threats could boost Bolton’s book

President Donald Trump threatens legal action to prevent his former national security adviser’s memoir from being released, with a lawsuit expected as soon as Tuesday.
1 month ago
The Note: Trump’s threats could boost Bolton's book
1 month ago

The Note: Movement politics elevates new faces in congressional primaries

This extraordinary moment, featuring the convergence of a pandemic and a social-justice movement, is being felt all over the presidential race and down-ballot primaries.
1 month ago
The Note: Movement politics elevates new faces in congressional primaries
1 month ago

The Note: Trump vs. military opens new lane for Biden

Recent comments from former military leaders present a leadership challenge for President Donald Trump.
1 month ago
The Note: Trump vs. military opens new lane for Biden
1 month ago

The Note: GOP seeks to drag reluctant Trump to action on race

Republicans on Capitol Hill are not-so-quietly crafting legislative responses to the issues raised by the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.
1 month ago
The Note: GOP seeks to drag reluctant Trump to action on race
1 month ago

The Note: Leadership challenge for Biden on day marked by mourning

Does the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party get to lead the party now? What about a movement that may not be looking to be led?
1 month ago
The Note: Leadership challenge for Biden on day marked by mourning
1 month ago

The Note: Democrats confront 'defund' debate as protests point toward policy

Calls to "defund the police" stemming from protests over George Floyd's death could put Biden and other Democrats in a political tough spot.
1 month ago
The Note: Democrats confront 'defund' debate as protests point toward policy
1 month ago

The Note: Trump looks to move on from crises as nation mourns

President Donald Trump's campaign ended the week looking to resume in-person campaigning, while the rest of the nation grappled with fallout from George Floyd's killing.
1 month ago
The Note: Trump looks to move on from crises as nation mourns
1 month ago

The Note: Obama, Esper try to calm Trump's anxious America

Former President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Mark Esper both seemed eager Wednesday to calm anxious Americans.
1 month ago
The Note: Obama, Esper try to calm Trump's anxious America
1 month ago

The Note: Biden finds a voice – with a mask on

For the first time in more than two months, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president emerged publicly. And yes, he wore a mask.
1 month ago
The Note: Biden finds a voice – with a mask on
1 month ago

The Note: Biden banks on calm against Trump’s chaos

Amid unrest and uncertainty, former Vice President Joe Biden has relaunched his campaign.
1 month ago
The Note: Biden banks on calm against Trump’s chaos
1 month ago

The Note: Trump's quick response to protests highlights slow response to coronavirus

President Donald Trump was quick to press for what would be a remarkable use of military force within our own borders.
1 month ago
The Note: Trump's quick response to protests highlights slow response to coronavirus
1 month ago

The Note: After days of silence, Trump's words fan the flames of unrest

It took days for President Trump to acknowledge the obvious fact that George Floyd’s death was compounding pain and anger nationwide.
1 month ago
The Note: After days of silence, Trump's words fan the flames of unrest
2 months ago

The Note: Trump’s conspiracy-mongering draws only scattered GOP pushback

President Donald Trump has chosen to spend this moment of his presidency pursuing conspiracy theories and renewing grudges. Most of his Republican Party is just watching.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump’s conspiracy-mongering draws only scattered GOP pushback
2 months ago

The Note: Trump vulnerabilities revealed through masks, convention messaging

Trump and Biden are acting as they imagine a president should in a crisis, but may see their actions judged by a changed nation.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump vulnerabilities revealed through masks, convention messaging
2 months ago

The Note: Biden, Trump and the uneven politics of outrage

It’s the latest example of a dynamic Republicans have learned to relish and Democrats can’t help but lament.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden, Trump and the uneven politics of outrage
2 months ago

The Note: Trump’s war on mail-in voting is more bark than bite

It was just another pair of presidential tweets -- riddled with errors of fact and law, but just tweets nonetheless.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump’s war on mail-in voting is more bark than bite
2 months ago

The Note: Trump pins campaign hopes on return to 'normal'

A most unusual president is pinning his hopes on the usual.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump pins campaign hopes on return to 'normal'
2 months ago

The Note: GOP aids Trump in programming around COVID-19

Trump is making clear that he’s ready and eager to move on from COVID-19 as a political storyline.
2 months ago
The Note: GOP aids Trump in programming around COVID-19
2 months ago

The Note: Public not seeing pandemic realities Trump is describing

What's evident is that COVID-19 is defining realities on its own, without depending on political messaging.
2 months ago
The Note: Public not seeing pandemic realities Trump is describing
2 months ago

The Note: Trump vs. Obama gets new amplification

President Donald Trump has never needed an excuse to go after his predecessor.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump vs. Obama gets new amplification
2 months ago

The Note: Biden runs his own race — with caveats

Biden's campaign wants Dems to know that he can fight as well as fight back. But doing so requires him being right in a way that vanquished Trump opponents were wrong.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden runs his own race — with caveats
2 months ago

The Note: COVID-19 drives alternate political realities

A nation headed in different directions in the midst of a pandemic has a political climate where events may as well be popping up in alternate realities.
2 months ago
The Note: COVID-19 drives alternate political realities
2 months ago

The Note: Another strange day of voting tests enthusiasm and vote-by-mail

The traditional over-reading of special-election results will take on greater importance, as party strategists learn how voting can and will take place amid the pandemic.
2 months ago
The Note: Another strange day of voting tests enthusiasm and vote-by-mail
2 months ago

The Note: Stimulus 'pause' makes for perilous politics as grim numbers roll in

In this moment of unease and uncertainty, it's becoming clear that there are limits to what the federal government can do to help.
2 months ago
The Note: Stimulus 'pause' makes for perilous politics as grim numbers roll in
2 months ago

The Note: Biden balances lessons of 2016 against realities of 2020

The presumptive Democratic nominee has to be careful about how much he can presume about his party.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden balances lessons of 2016 against realities of 2020
2 months ago

The Note: Trump on offense tests Biden's campaign assumptions

The president seems ready to move on from the coronavirus pandemic.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump on offense tests Biden's campaign assumptions
2 months ago

The Note: Inequalities enhanced along uneven road to recovery

The COVID-19 crisis has been defined by inequalities. The road to recovery could feature more of the same.
2 months ago
The Note: Inequalities enhanced along uneven road to recovery
2 months ago

The Note: Trump the 'warrior' vs. Trump the 'cheerleader'

Even in the president's optimism comes acknowledgments that there won't be a return to normalcy any time soon.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump the 'warrior' vs. Trump the 'cheerleader'
2 months ago

The Note: Biden faces 'tempo' challenge from allies

President Donald Trump has perhaps never looked this vulnerable as a candidate. The same might be said of former Vice President Joe Biden.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden faces 'tempo' challenge from allies
2 months ago

The Note: #MeToo questions loom over Biden veepstakes

Democrats can point out that far more women have accused Trump of sexual improprieties than have accused Biden.
2 months ago
The Note: #MeToo questions loom over Biden veepstakes
2 months ago

The Note: Biden, Trump confront pivotal moments 6 months out from election

The country may not be focused on politics, but as that aspect of life comes back with all the rest, candidates are facing key choices with new layers of complications.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden, Trump confront pivotal moments 6 months out from election