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If D.C. Becomes a State, the National Mall Gets to Vote for President

If D.C. Becomes a State, the National Mall Gets to Vote for President

My Week in New York: A Saturday newsletter from the Editors.The presidency is the most powerful position in the country, but it could accidentally wind up with a new perk: the ability to cast electoral votes. That’s because, as a result of a constitutional quirk, the current push for would leave a remnant federal district in which the White House might be the only permanent residence. It’s one of the more bizarre features of the long-running fight to grant congressional representation to the 700,000 taxpaying residents of the District of Columbia.On Thursday, Democrats in the House passed a...

Apr 26
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The Slow Push to ‘Free the Capitol’ From Its Fencing

The Slow Push to ‘Free the Capitol’ From Its Fencing

For the past two months, Washington, D.C., has been part-fortress. Stepping out the grand marble entrance of Union Station, the typical vista of the U.S. Capitol remains marred by high fencing topped with razor wire, which stretches four miles around the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and various congressional office buildings. Behind the fence are armed National Guardsmen idly standing watch. Even during the Civil War, when the enemy was just across the Potomac and a military prison stood at the current site of the Supreme Court, there was not this level of...

Mar 14
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No One Likes Marjorie Taylor Greene, But Can Anyone Stop Her?

No One Likes Marjorie Taylor Greene, But Can Anyone Stop Her?

Everyone has had a co-worker who aggravates them, who posts on social media constantly and keeps on forcing awkward conversations about conspiracy theories. But what happens when your office is the House of Representatives? That’s the challenge for the 434 other members of Congress, who now have to spend the next two years working alongside Marjorie Taylor Greene.“Whenever I see her in the Capitol, she is trailed by staffers with cell-phone videos rolling as she spews her stream of consciousness for social media followers. It is the show all the time,” said Representative Jared Huffman, a...

Mar 7
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Adam Kinzinger’s Bold Prediction: Trump Will Fade Away

Adam Kinzinger’s Bold Prediction: Trump Will Fade Away

Adam Kinzinger was one of ten House Republicans to vote to impeach Donald Trump over his incitement of the January 6 attack on the Capitol, and for that he was personally attacked by Trump, censured by Republican activists in his Illinois district, and even. Yet the six-term congressman and Air Force veteran isn’t bothered. He spoke to Intelligencer about why he launched a to defend Republicans such as himself and move his party back toward the mainstream, and he made a bold prediction: Trump will fade away.Since you’ve gotten started with , what’s the response been like?It’s been really...

Mar 5
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The New Foreign Flavor of CPAC’s Red Meat

The New Foreign Flavor of CPAC’s Red Meat

The group that puts on the Conservative Political Action Conference is called the American Conservative Union, but the first two days of speeches at this year’s CPAC in Orlando suggest the right-wing activists who attend the annual conclave have embraced a foreign political ideology.It’s not that the event wasn’t patriotic. Each day began with the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem and countless speakers professed their love of country. Instead, it marked the further transition of the American right away from its libertarian roots to a more European model of populist politics....

Feb 28
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Marjorie Taylor Greene Is the ‘Worst Enemy’ for Her Causes

Marjorie Taylor Greene Is the ‘Worst Enemy’ for Her Causes

National Republicans long saw Majorie Taylor Greene, a first-term member of Congress from northwest Georgia, as . Few probably thought it would get this bad. Ever since Greene — who has expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory — last August in Georgia’s deep-red 14th congressional district, she has become a perpetual headache for the GOP. She championed former president Donald Trump’s stolen-election claims, which may have deterred Georgia Republicans from voting in the critical Senate runoffs earlier this month, helping Democrats retake control of the chamber. More recently, a...

Jan 31
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Even the Guy the MyPillow CEO Wanted to Enlist for a Coup Is Confused

Even the Guy the MyPillow CEO Wanted to Enlist for a Coup Is Confused

My Pillow CEO entered the West Wing of the White House on Friday bearing what appeared to be plans for something resembling a ahead of his meeting with President Trump. An eagle-eyed Twitter user of a piece of paper in the right hand of the mustachioed mattress topper mogul that included phrases such as “insurrection act now as a result of the assault” — apparently last week’s . It also clearly shows Kash Patel, a hardcore Trump loyalist, “as acting CIA” and references Trump’s former lawyer and noted conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell in some unknown context. In bold at the top it reads:...

Jan 16
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Ted Cruz’s Former Staffers Are ‘Disgusted’ by His New Low for Trump

Ted Cruz’s Former Staffers Are ‘Disgusted’ by His New Low for Trump

Ted Cruz h as an unctuous asshole. Even so, his staffers have tended to hold him in high regard as a kind and geeky man who treated his underlings well even while his fellow senators . Now though “most of Cruzworld is pretty disgusted” with the senator for choosing to back Donald Trump’s absurd claims of widespread election fraud, in the words of one former aide. As another former aide put it, “everyone is upset with the direction things have gone, and the longer they’ve been with the senator, the more distaste they are expressing.”Intelligencer spoke to more than half-a-dozen former Cruz...

Jan 15
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Experts Fear Trump’s Failed Coup Is a ‘Dress Rehearsal’

Experts Fear Trump’s Failed Coup Is a ‘Dress Rehearsal’

The United States has survived the 2020 election and its seemingly never-ending and increasingly bizarre aftermath. Efforts by Donald Trump to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the courts met abject failure at almost every turn even as a number of Republican elected officials and Republican voters embraced them. The that some scholars worried about before the election did not come to pass. But nothing that happened after November 3 can be considered normal — not the threats to election officials, not the concerted legal effort to invalidate millions of votes, and certainly notSome prominent...

Dec 27
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‘Socialism’ Is Haunting Democrats in Florida

‘Socialism’ Is Haunting Democrats in Florida

“It was a McCarthyism type of pounding,” said Congresswoman Donna Shalala, looking back on the election she narrowly lost this month. Shalala had spent eight years serving in the Cabinet of Bill Clinton, the paragon of Democratic moderates, but by the end of her reelection campaign, she told Intelligencer, people were coming up to her and saying, “You’re a communist.”“It was nasty, I’ve been in politics for a long time, this was vicious,” she said, as it was for a number of other Democrats in south Florida who lost their seats in races up and down the ticket in Miami-Dade County as it...

Nov 17
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