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A fear grows in Trumpworld: Have we gone too conspiratorial?

A fear grows in Trumpworld: Have we gone too conspiratorial?

There is growing worry that talk of stolen elections, machine rigging and foreign plots will hurt election reform efforts and sap turnout.Some Republicans have expressed fears that talk of “audits,” machine rigging and foreign plots will depress voter turnout and discourage some people from seeking office. | Paula Bronstein/AP PhotoFor months, conspiracies about the 2020 election being stolen from Donald Trump have fueled Republican efforts nationwide to rewrite election laws. But now, some GOP operatives and Trumpworld luminaries are worried that the truly wild conspiracists may be mucking...

Oct 27
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Trump holds fast to his election lies as the GOP establishment hugs him tighter

Trump holds fast to his election lies as the GOP establishment hugs him tighter

Nine months ago, Republicans were questioning Donald Trump’s place as the lead fixture of their party. Saturday night provided the clearest evidence yet that they want him right there. Not one year removed from surviving a second impeachment, the former president rallied before thousands of his most loyal supporters across the Iowa State Fairgrounds on a balmy Midwestern evening. He regaled them with his stories from the White House, his falsehoods and complaints about the 2020 election results, and his criticisms of the Biden administration on everything from immigration to the withdrawal...

Oct 13
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Mike Pompeo takes his own arrows over the Afghanistan collapse

Mike Pompeo takes his own arrows over the Afghanistan collapse

Trump’s former secretary of State played a key role in the deal with the Taliban. He says Biden botched it. Other Republicans aren’t letting him off the hook.Few GOP officials have been more intimately involved with U.S.-Afghan relations than Mike Pompeo, who as secretary of State helped lead negotiations with the Taliban to lead to an end of the 20-year-old war. | Gabriel Kuchta/Getty ImagesWhile the chaotic drawdown of the war in Afghanistan has taken a toll on President Joe Biden's standing back home, it's also complicated political matters for one prominent Republican with eyes...

Aug 31
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Gaetz-tied group threatens to sue reporters writing on his Trump relationship

Gaetz-tied group threatens to sue reporters writing on his Trump relationship

The Logan Circle Group warned journalists they risked a lawsuit if they didn’t retract reports that Trump was distancing himself from the embattled congressman.Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fa.). | Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty ImagesA boutique conservative consultancy group working on behalf of Rep. Matt Gaetz is threatening to sue journalists for their coverage of the embattled congressman.The entity, Logan Circle Group, is run by Harlan Hill, a former Democrat who became a top Trump surrogate during the 2016 presidential election. The official behind the recent legal threats is Erin Elmore, a...

April 9, 2021
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Republicans on Biden’s Covid bill: We bungled this one

Republicans on Biden’s Covid bill: We bungled this one

The party didn’t think it could stop passage. But with nearly three-quarters of Americans approving of the law, some luminaries can’t believe how little a dent they made.President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan into law on March 11. | Doug Mills-Pool/Getty ImagesAs President Joe Biden embarks on an ambitious plan to sell his massive coronavirus relief package to the public, conservatives are starting to ask: Did we botch this?The overwhelming sentiment within the Republican Party is that voters will turn on the $1.9 trillion bill over time. But that wait-and-see approach has...

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March 17, 2021
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Trump encourages Americans to get the Covid vaccine

Trump encourages Americans to get the Covid vaccine

The former president was notably absent from a recent ad campaign. But he told Fox News that getting shots in arms was important.President Donald Trump said in the Fox News interview: "it is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine and it is something that works." | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesFormer President Donald Trump on Tuesday recommended Americans get vaccinated to help fight the Covid pandemic, engaging on the issue after months of relative silence.“I would recommend it,” Trump said during an interview on Fox News. “And I would recommend it to a lot of people that don't want to get it...

March 16, 2021
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Trump was supposed to be a political Godzilla in exile. Instead, he’s adrift.

Trump was supposed to be a political Godzilla in exile. Instead, he’s adrift.

Even allies say the president is lacking an apparatus and direction as he sorts out just what he wants to do in his post-presidency.The version of former President Donald Trump that has emerged in the month and a half since he left office is far from the political godzilla many expected him to be. | Mary Altaffer/AP PhotoHe backed away from creating a third party and has soured on the costly prospect of launching his own TV empire or social media startup.His vow to target disloyal Republicans with personally-recruited primary challengers has taken a backseat to conventional endorsements of...

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March 14, 2021
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Biden World gives a shoulder shrug to the raging culture wars

Biden World gives a shoulder shrug to the raging culture wars

Can arguments over children’s books and kids' toys really turn the political needle? Is there a wocket in my pocket?And yet, even as it becomes all consuming on the right, White House advisers and Biden aides insist they’re unbothered by the culture-wars-du-jour. | Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty ImagesThere’s a war on The Muppets. And “The Cat and the Hat!”But Biden is busy. He has no time for all that.Over the past few weeks, Republicans have simmered over the “cancellation” of seemingly innocent family favorites, including the venerated Mr. Potato Head toy and Dr. Seuss books. Glenn Beck has...

March 5, 2021
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Trump gears up for war with his own party

Trump gears up for war with his own party

Cocooned in Mar-a-Lago, the newly acquitted ex-president is stepping up his political activities.Supporters of former President Donald Trump gather along Southern Blvd. near Trump's Mar-a-Lago home on Monday in West Palm Beach, Fla. | Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesThere’s no longer a chief of staff to screen his calls and he keeps no predictable working hours. So an unspoken rule has governed Donald Trump’s calendar since he left Washington last month: To sit down with the former president, you must belong to his posh Palm Beach club or know how to contact him directly.But even that won’t always...

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February 20, 2021
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Trump attacks McConnell in fiery statement

Trump attacks McConnell in fiery statement

The Senate minority leader publicly soured on the former president after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, breaking four years of loyal support.Then-President Donald Trump looks on as Sen. Mitch McConnell speaks in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 6, 2019. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesFormer President Donald Trump issued a caustic and highly personal statement against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, effectively declaring war on the Kentucky Republican for failing to back his attempts to undermine the 2020 election.“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political...

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February 16, 2021
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