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November 20, 2020, 11:33 AM

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
November 20, 2020, 11:33 AM
The Note: Last throes of Trump legal efforts flirt with dangerous forces
November 19, 2020, 12:47 PM

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.
November 19, 2020, 12:47 PM
The Note: Damage from Trump's defiance grows
November 18, 2020, 1:42 PM

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.
November 18, 2020, 1:42 PM
The Note: Trump, GOP test limits as legal walls close in
November 17, 2020, 2:08 PM

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.
November 17, 2020, 2:08 PM
The Note: Biden tries end-around of defiant Trump
November 16, 2020, 12:51 PM

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.
November 16, 2020, 12:51 PM
The Note: Toll of Trump’s defiance comes into view
November 13, 2020, 1:54 PM

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.
November 13, 2020, 1:54 PM
The Note: Biden offers glimpses of new normalcy
November 12, 2020, 1:56 PM

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.
November 12, 2020, 1:56 PM
The Note: Slow-motion vote count is less than meets the eye
November 11, 2020, 11:34 AM

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.
November 11, 2020, 11:34 AM
The Note: Biden opts out of Trump’s dangerous post-election game
November 10, 2020, 12:00 PM

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.
November 10, 2020, 12:00 PM
The Note: Georgia races loom as tests of Trumpism and Trump’s GOP
November 9, 2020, 12:26 PM

The Note: Biden faces new fissures as president-elect

Biden’s efforts to heal divisions face complications from fast-moving events.
November 9, 2020, 12:26 PM
The Note: Biden faces new fissures as president-elect
November 6, 2020, 11:42 AM

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.
November 6, 2020, 11:42 AM
The Note: Delayed results bring biggest stress test yet
November 5, 2020, 11:48 AM

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.
November 5, 2020, 11:48 AM
The Note: Biden on the precipice, amid harsh realities
November 4, 2020, 11:23 AM

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.
November 4, 2020, 11:23 AM
The Note: Sleepless night sets up nightmare scenarios
1 month 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
1 month ago
The Note: A referendum election arrives, with no clean answers promised
1 month 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.
1 month ago
The Note: On election eve, Trump needs disruptions to pull off win
1 month 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.
1 month ago
The Note: Early vote explosion show system working, with stress tests ahead
1 month 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.
1 month ago
The Note: Contrasting images match competing themes in final election stretch
1 month 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.
1 month ago
The Note: COVID disconnect looms over Trump in Midwest
1 month ago

The Note: Battleground-state spikes keep campaign focused on COVID-19

If President Trump is tired of talking about COVID-19, his biggest problem one week from Election Day may be that voters he needs are still living it.
1 month ago
The Note: Battleground-state spikes keep campaign focused on COVID-19
1 month ago

The Note: Biden plays on expanded map as Trump tends to base

With just eight days until the election, both campaigns are traveling across the country.
1 month ago
The Note: Biden plays on expanded map as Trump tends to base
1 month ago

The Note: Trump still searching for Biden who isn’t

President Donald Trump still needs his Joe Biden to be someone and something that he isn't quite -- or hasn't yet been.
1 month ago
The Note: Trump still searching for Biden who isn’t
1 month ago

The Note: Foreign meddling becomes real on eve of final debate

The night before the final presidential debate the DNI director and head of the FBI announced that Iran and Russia are trying to meddle in the 2020 election.
1 month ago
The Note: Foreign meddling becomes real on eve of final debate
1 month ago

The Note: Why Obama still matters to both Biden and Trump

Former President Barack Obama is a potent political force -- something both former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump can agree on.
1 month ago
The Note: Why Obama still matters to both Biden and Trump
1 month ago

The Note: Trump's Fauci feud keeps campaign focus on COVID-19

By attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Donald Trump has kept the focus on COVID-19.
1 month ago
The Note: Trump's Fauci feud keeps campaign focus on COVID-19
1 month ago

The Note: For Democrats, 2016's memories mix with 2020's anxieties

With 15 days until the election, data suggests that this is Joe Biden’s race to lose.
1 month ago
The Note: For Democrats, 2016's memories mix with 2020's anxieties
1 month ago

The Note: Town-hall time arrives as early turnout smashes record

Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will both face voters Thursday night – albeit not in the way envisioned by the debate commission or really any actual voters.
1 month ago
The Note: Town-hall time arrives as early turnout smashes record
1 month ago

The Note: Road to Senate majority could run through SCOTUS hearings

While hearings on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination are unlikely to change the minds of senators, they could change the mind of voters.
1 month ago
The Note: Road to Senate majority could run through SCOTUS hearings
2 months ago

The Note: Republicans stuck on uneasy defense on health care

With three weeks of voting left, President Donald Trump and his Republican Party find themselves in an uneasy state of defense.
2 months ago
The Note: Republicans stuck on uneasy defense on health care
2 months ago

The Note: Campaign’s defining issue leaves Trump behind

While President Trump returns to the campaign trail Monday with a rally in Florida, the new ABC News/Washington Post finds a 54%-42% lead for former Vice President Biden.
2 months ago
The Note: Campaign’s defining issue leaves Trump behind
2 months ago

The Note: Trump campaigns in a bubble amid signs of GOP worry about race

President Donald Trump is stuck at the White House-- sidelined by a COVID-19 diagnosis that turned out not to have upended his campaign messaging much at all.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump campaigns in a bubble amid signs of GOP worry about race
2 months ago

The Note: Pence, Harris speak loudly in what they failed to answer at debate

Pence and Harris had plenty to say about each other, but they weren’t always quick to talk about their own takes.
2 months ago
The Note: Pence, Harris speak loudly in what they failed to answer at debate
2 months ago

The Note: Pence charged with sorting out Trump-centered chaos at VP debate

Now, amid the chaos of the moment and the relative stability of the campaign, Harris will bring a case that Pence might be uniquely equipped to defend.
2 months ago
The Note: Pence charged with sorting out Trump-centered chaos at VP debate
2 months ago

The Note: Biden sees masks as symbol and substance in drawing contrast with Trump

Former Vice President Joe Biden is calling out President Donald Trump's rejection of a mask as he pleads for science over showmanship.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden sees masks as symbol and substance in drawing contrast with Trump
2 months ago

The Note: Chaos in Washington but clarity in campaign

A campaign that’s long been all about President Trump now continues without the president, for at least a few days, signaling a moment of crisis and chaos in Washington.
2 months ago
The Note: Chaos in Washington but clarity in campaign
2 months ago

The Note: A campaign on pause, with new questions about Trump’s own behavior

There is no roadmap for what happens next.
2 months ago
The Note: A campaign on pause, with new questions about Trump’s own behavior
2 months ago

The Note: Trump brings old issue into new focus: Race

Race relations have been a through-line of the campaign since before it began.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump brings old issue into new focus: Race
2 months ago

The Note: Trump uses debate to sow mistrust in voting process

The first presidential debate was nothing short of chaotic.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump uses debate to sow mistrust in voting process
2 months ago

The Note: Erosion in base underscores debate’s stakes for Trump

An ABC News/Washington Post Pennsylvania poll shows Biden leading Trump 54-45 ahead of the first presidential debate in Cleveland.
2 months ago
The Note: Erosion in base underscores debate’s stakes for Trump
2 months ago

The Note: Stagnant race, battleground deficits highlight Trump debate-season challenges

The race for president keeps not changing and the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows a 53-43 Biden advantage among registered voters in the upcoming race.
2 months ago
The Note: Stagnant race, battleground deficit highlight Trump debate-season challenge
2 months ago

The Note: Focus on SCOTUS already fades as Trump changes subjects

Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in state at the Capitol Friday and on Saturday Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee.
2 months ago
The Note: Focus on SCOTUS already fades as Trump changes subjects
2 months ago

The Note: Trump seeks to undermine election’s legitimacy with voting already underway

President Donald Trump has crossed a new threshold in undermining the legitimacy of the election, refusing on Wednesday to simply commit to a peaceful transition of power
2 months ago
The Note: Trump seeks to undermine election’s legitimacy with voting already underway
2 months ago

The Note: Sun-belt strength shows path for Trump based on economy

A new ABC News and Washington Post poll shows voters believe the president handles the economy well, while Biden handles the coronavirus better.
2 months ago
The Note: Sun-belt strength shows path for Trump based on economy
2 months ago

The Note: Biden plays to purple amid deep reds and blues

In this charged political environment, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is playing toward a quieter middle.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden plays to purple amid deep reds and blues
2 months ago

The Note: Supreme Court vacancy crystallizes partisan stakes

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death gives President Trump an opportunity to rally Republicans and also a chance for Biden and Democrats to demonstrate the stakes.
2 months ago
The Note: Supreme Court vacancy crystallizes partisan stakes
2 months ago

The Note: Biden squares Scranton up vs. Park Avenue as in-person voting begins

Biden was not and is not the candidate Trump thought he would be running against. Part of what he brings to the campaign's final stretch will be where he is from.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden squares Scranton up vs. Park Avenue as in-person voting begins
2 months ago

The Note: Trump uses vaccine push as political weapon, as wars on science continue

The administration's push for a vaccine has put some Democrats in a potentially awkward spot.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump uses vaccine push as political weapon, as wars on science continue
2 months ago

The Note: Town hall shows Trump banking on 'hope' on COVID-19, race

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump participated in a town hall with ABC News.
2 months ago
The Note: Town hall shows Trump banking on 'hope' on COVID-19, race
2 months ago

The Note: Voters get direct say as Trump faces town-hall audience

An election, by definition, is about voters. President Trump sits down with uncommitted voters Tuesday night during an ABC News town hall.
2 months ago
The Note: Voters get direct say as Trump faces town-hall audience
2 months ago

The Note: Soft spots in GOP base highlight Trump credibility gap

Cracks may be appearing in the president’s base of support, as a different kind of campaign week begins.
2 months ago
The Note: Soft spots in GOP base highlight Trump credibility gap
3 months ago

The Note: Wild events play out across relative stability of race

President Trump’s words won’t move perceptions of this president and his leadership as the latest FiveThirtyEight public polling suggests relative stability in the race.
3 months ago
The Note: Wild events play out across relative stability of race