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January 26, 2021, 11:14 AM

Amid absence, Trump sets up new intra-party battles for GOP: The Note

Trump's brand was built on disruption and the force of his own personality. Even through a quiet period, that disruption is set to continue into at least 2021 and 2022.
January 26, 2021, 11:14 AM
Amid absence, Trump sets up new intra-party battles for GOP: The Note
January 25, 2021, 6:25 PM

Partisan logjams loom for Biden: The Note

As President Joe Biden heads into another week in office, his message of unity may not pan-out the way he hoped.
January 25, 2021, 6:25 PM
Partisan logjams loom for Biden: The Note
January 22, 2021, 3:19 PM

Middle has its moment as Biden pitches plans: The Note

It will always be instructive to watch the progressive react to President Joe Biden.
January 22, 2021, 3:19 PM
Middle has its moment as Biden pitches plans: The Note
January 21, 2021, 11:10 AM

Biden opens deal-making window in bid for new unity: The Note

President Joe Biden is operating in a rare political sweet spot. Now he wants to cut some deals.
January 21, 2021, 11:10 AM
Biden opens deal-making window in bid for new unity: The Note
January 20, 2021, 7:40 PM

Unity themes will get early tests in flurry of Biden actions: The Note

Whether Joe Biden can govern the way he has promised -- despite or even because of all the challenges -- could determine the health of the nation in more ways than one.
January 20, 2021, 7:40 PM
Unity themes will get early tests in flurry of Biden actions: The Note
January 19, 2021, 1:11 PM

Political divides deepen Biden's COVID challenge: The Note

The political divides so evident at this moment are likely to enhance the difficulties President-elect Joe Biden will face.
January 19, 2021, 1:11 PM
Political divides deepen Biden's COVID challenge: The Note
January 18, 2021, 1:17 PM

Biden seeks early momentum on COVID and more: The Note

The hope is that addressing the pandemic through fast, bold action will lead to a broader national healing.
January 18, 2021, 1:17 PM
Biden seeks early momentum on COVID and more: The Note
January 15, 2021, 11:33 AM

Seeds of 3rd party grow in Capitol siege’s wake: The Note

President Donald Trump made the party his own -- and it’s still his as this week closes, despite signs that it’s slipping from his grips.
January 15, 2021, 11:33 AM
Seeds of 3rd party grow in Capitol siege’s wake: The Note
January 14, 2021, 6:53 PM

Impeachment vote sets up challenge for Biden and new Senate: The Note

President Donald Trump was impeached for the second time. That may cause challenges for Biden at the beginning of his presidency.
January 14, 2021, 6:53 PM
Impeachment vote sets up challenge for Biden and new Senate: The Note
January 13, 2021, 11:08 AM

GOP dam breaks as impeachment vote takes on greater meanings: The Note

President Donald Trump is about to become the first president to be impeached twice. The second one will almost certainly be the one that matters the most.
January 13, 2021, 11:08 AM
GOP dam breaks as impeachment vote takes on greater meanings: The Note
January 12, 2021, 2:14 PM

Trump’s fate lands with Pence again as GOP fissures grow: The Note

Vice President Pence appears stuck where so many Republicans are at the moment, after having reached the limits of his loyalty to President Trump.
January 12, 2021, 2:14 PM
Trump’s fate lands with Pence again as GOP fissures grow: The Note
January 11, 2021, 6:21 PM

Shaken Washington mulls Trump’s fate and more: The Note

The president will almost certainly be impeached again by the House early this week.
January 11, 2021, 6:21 PM
Shaken Washington mulls Trump’s fate and more: The Note
January 8, 2021, 11:14 AM

Truths and consequences remain for Trump and GOP: The Note

President Donald Trump effectively broke the Republican Party before making it his own. It won't be nearly so easy for Republicans to break Trumpism.
January 8, 2021, 11:14 AM
Truths and consequences remain for Trump and GOP: The Note
January 7, 2021, 10:11 PM

Threats that will outlast Donald Trump exposed in siege of Capitol: The Note

Until Wednesday, there seemed to be little cost to Republicans indulging Trump.
January 7, 2021, 10:11 PM
Threats that will outlast Trump exposed in siege of Capitol: The Note
January 6, 2021, 1:40 PM

Trump’s losing streak sets up lasting loyalty test for GOP: The Note

The final public act of the post-election spectacle will mark just a starting point for the broader debate over the future of the Republican Party.
January 6, 2021, 1:40 PM
Trump’s losing streak sets up lasting loyalty test for GOP: The Note
January 5, 2021, 12:08 PM

Big stakes for Biden as Georgia settles Senate races: The Note

Tuesday's races will determine control of the Senate for the first half of Biden’s first term.
January 5, 2021, 12:08 PM
Big stakes for Biden as Georgia settles Senate races: The Note
January 4, 2021, 1:49 PM

Trump exposes costs of loyalty as high-stakes week begins: The Note

It’s going to take at least the first full week of 2021 to settle some of 2020’s highest-profile political business.
January 4, 2021, 1:49 PM
Trump exposes costs of loyalty as high-stakes week begins: The Note
1 month ago

Washington brings rare rays of hope for the holidays: The Note

Washington heads into the holidays with some of the best news it’s been able to deliver in some time.
1 month ago
Washington brings rare rays of hope for the holidays: The Note
1 month ago

Friendly and unfriendly fire confronts emerging Biden agenda: The Note

The president-elect continues to face pressure from Democrats.
1 month ago
Friendly and unfriendly fire confronts emerging Biden agenda: The Note
1 month ago

Kamala Harris assumes critical role – now and later: The Note

Harris will be a key figure in convincing communities of color to trust the COVID-19 vaccine.
1 month ago
Kamala Harris assumes critical role – now and later: The Note
1 month ago

Biden plays hardball as he seeks a mandate: The Note

Final defeat of President Donald Trump won’t bring the kind of victory President-elect Joe Biden really wants.
1 month ago
Biden plays hardball as he seeks a mandate: The Note
1 month ago

Electoral College voting brings crossroads for Trump and his GOP: The Note

Trump looms large over the future of the Republican Party. But his interests and those of his party are already diverging.
1 month ago
Electoral College voting brings crossroads for Trump and his GOP: The Note
2 months ago

The Note: Trump plants time bombs for GOP with refusal to admit realities

President Donald Trump's term is destined to end with falsehoods about the election he lost, distilled into a final plea to the Supreme Court.
2 months ago
Trump plants time bombs for GOP with refusal to admit realities: The Note
2 months ago

The Note: Trump makes loyalty list that GOP will check before joining

President Donald Trump is defeated but not changed. The same may not hold for the Republican Party, which he has become used to dominating.
2 months ago
Trump makes loyalty list that GOP will check before joining: The Note
2 months ago

The Note: Cabinet rumblings preview intra-party fights for Biden

Intra-party rumblings about diversity and experience are more than background noise as President-elect Joe Biden builds out his governing team.
2 months ago
The Note: Cabinet rumblings preview intra-party fights for Biden
2 months ago

The Note: Vaccine gets Trump’s hype but will test Biden

President Donald Trump will host what's billed as a "vaccine summit" at the White House on Tuesday, just days before the FDA holds its first hearing on a COVID-19 vaccine
2 months ago
The Note: Vaccine gets Trump’s hype but will test Biden
2 months ago

The Note: Trump brings GOP along in dangerous final acts

The process that so many Republicans have been saying they want to play out is rather thoroughly exhausted already.
2 months ago
Trump brings GOP along in dangerous final acts: The Note
2 months ago

The Note: Trump deepens GOP rifts as Georgia races heat up

With action heating up in Georgia's run-off races, the contradictions the president is leaving Republicans to sort out will be more urgent than ever.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump deepens GOP rifts as Georgia races heat up
2 months ago

The Note: Biden’s bid for bipartisanship faces lame-duck tests

If a coronavirus deal does come together, it’s more than possible that President-elect Joe Biden has more to do with it than President Donald Trump.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden’s bid for bipartisanship faces lame-duck tests
2 months ago

The Note: Amid threats of violence, Trump loyalty tests haunt GOP

To not believe Trump and his lawyers is to potentially sacrifice your future in the Republican Party -- and maybe a whole lot more.
2 months ago
Amid threats of violence, Trump loyalty tests haunt GOP: The Note
2 months ago

The Note: Biden turns to insiders, but COVID relief will have to wait

President-elect Joe Biden is rolling out a team meant not to inspire so much as bring confidence. But they're out of power another seven weeks amid a spiraling pandemic.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden turns to insiders, but COVID relief will have to wait
2 months ago

The Note: Deadlines and dead ends pile up losses for Trump

What Trump is pleading for is as improbable as it is breathtaking.
2 months ago
Deadlines and dead ends pile up losses for Trump: The Note
2 months ago

The Note: Last throes of Trump legal efforts flirt with dangerous forces

Trump's post-election legal, political efforts are testing the foundations of democracy, flirting with dangerous forces that appear increasingly likely to undermine Biden
2 months ago
The Note: Last throes of Trump legal efforts flirt with dangerous forces
2 months ago

The Note: Damage from Trump's defiance grows

A cascading series of deadlines will almost certainly lead to Biden becoming president on Jan. 20, whether Trump admits it or not.
2 months ago
The Note: Damage from Trump's defiance grows
2 months ago

The Note: Trump, GOP test limits as legal walls close in

From here, if the president and his legal team want to hold out, it could get lonely as well as costly.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump, GOP test limits as legal walls close in
2 months ago

The Note: Biden tries end-around of defiant Trump

President-elect Joe Biden is making clear that he wants President Donald Trump's help with the transition.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden tries end-around of defiant Trump
2 months ago

The Note: Toll of Trump’s defiance comes into view

The president’s refusal to acknowledge that he lost the election has now extended into a second full week, and now come warnings of more significant consequences.
2 months ago
The Note: Toll of Trump’s defiance comes into view
2 months ago

The Note: Biden offers glimpses of new normalcy

Joe Biden continues to appear unbothered by the noise. That, in a way, was his appeal from the start.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden offers glimpses of new normalcy
2 months ago

The Note: Slow-motion vote count is less than meets the eye

Nine days after voting ended, it’s clear that the election could take a while to wind down. President Donald Trump continues to hope as Georgia issues a recount.
2 months ago
The Note: Slow-motion vote count is less than meets the eye
3 months ago

The Note: Biden opts out of Trump’s dangerous post-election game

While Biden may have more reason than most to be offended by the behavior of Trump and some Republicans, he isn't sounding particularly concerned about the hold-up.
3 months ago
The Note: Biden opts out of Trump’s dangerous post-election game
3 months ago

The Note: Georgia races loom as tests of Trumpism and Trump’s GOP

As the Biden administration prepares for the transition, all eyes are on the Georgia Senate runoff races.
3 months ago
The Note: Georgia races loom as tests of Trumpism and Trump’s GOP
3 months ago

The Note: Biden faces new fissures as president-elect

Biden’s efforts to heal divisions face complications from fast-moving events.
3 months ago
The Note: Biden faces new fissures as president-elect
3 months ago

The Note: Delayed results bring biggest stress test yet

Friday dawns with no new states having been projected, after a day marked by tension and occasional disbelief.
3 months ago
The Note: Delayed results bring biggest stress test yet
3 months ago

The Note: Biden on the precipice, amid harsh realities

An election that held out hope of clarity and unity might not wind up being particularly close, but it will be remembered as more complicated than it might have been.
3 months ago
The Note: Biden on the precipice, amid harsh realities
3 months ago

The Note: Sleepless night sets up nightmare scenarios

There was no wave, there was no finality, and the “blue wall” looked shakier than ever. But there is even more than that at stake now.
3 months ago
The Note: Sleepless night sets up nightmare scenarios
3 months ago

The Note: A referendum election arrives, with no clean answers promised

It's a referendum on Trump, who has dominated the national conversation for four-plus years. Of course, even that doesn't guarantee a clean verdict or a drama-free ending
3 months ago
The Note: A referendum election arrives, with no clean answers promised
3 months ago

The Note: On election eve, Trump needs disruptions to pull off win

The ultimate disruptor needs one last shocker in order to succeed at the polls.
3 months ago
The Note: On election eve, Trump needs disruptions to pull off win
3 months ago

The Note: Early vote explosion show system working, with stress tests ahead

Voters are voting -- smashing records, adjusting behaviors and recalibrating expectations -- in ways that show the nation is many things but definitely not apathetic.
3 months ago
The Note: Early vote explosion show system working, with stress tests ahead
3 months ago

The Note: Contrasting images match competing themes in final election stretch

After the election, the images of the closing days of this election will be held out as evidence that of course things would turn out they way they did.
3 months ago
The Note: Contrasting images match competing themes in final election stretch
3 months ago

The Note: COVID disconnect looms over Trump in Midwest

The president is 20 points underwater on his handling of the pandemic in Wisconsin and Biden is trusted more than Trump on the subject by a similar 20 points.
3 months ago
The Note: COVID disconnect looms over Trump in Midwest