South Dakota Wildfires Prompt Mount Rushmore to Close

Gov. Kristi Noem said the monument was not under threat but that gusting winds could cause conditions to change quickly.

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Transgender Girls in Sports: G.O.P. Pushes New Front in Culture War

Lawmakers in a growing number of Republican-led states are advancing and passing bills to bar transgender athletes in girls’ sports, a culture clash that seems to have come out of nowhere.

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Ambitious Republicans’ Dance: Embrace Trump, but Don’t Try to Be Him

As jockeying begins for 2024, rank-and-file Republicans say they are most drawn to leaders who both pledge fealty to the former president and appear to showcase a distinct political identity.

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Trumpism Grips a Post-Policy G.O.P. as Traditional Conservatism Fades

Despite falling from power in Washington, the Republican Party has done little soul-searching or reflection on a new agenda, instead focusing on attacking Democrats and the news media.

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CPAC Takeaways: Trump, Kristi Noem, Ron DeSantis, ‘Cancel Culture’

At their three-day gathering, pro-Trump conservatives tried to turn “cancel culture” into their new “fake news” and spent little time on policy (either their own or President Biden’s).

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Trump Wins CPAC Straw Poll, but Only 68 Percent Want Him to Run Again

The Conservative Political Action Conference, made up largely of far-right Trump supporters, held two 2024 presidential straw polls. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida won one that did not include Mr. Trump.

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At CPAC, a Golden Image, a Magic Wand and Reverence for Trump

The faithful who flocked to the annual conference of conservatives made it clear that their allegiance was to the former president far more than to the Republican Party.

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A Day Before He Speaks, Conservative Gathering Is Mostly About Trump

At CPAC on Saturday, the focus was on praise for Mr. Trump in advance of his speech there on Sunday.

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South Dakota Attorney General Faces Calls to Resign and Impeachment Over Crash

State officials released videos that show investigators confronting the attorney general, Jason Ravnsborg, with descriptions of his car hitting a man: “His face came through your windshield.”

#impeachment, #noem-kristi, #ravnsborg-jason, #south-dakota, #state-legislatures, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Is South Dakota’s Kristi Noem the Worst Pandemic Governor?

South Dakota’s public health isn’t a matter of “personal responsibility.” It’s her job.

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Vaccines Are Coming, but Pandemic Experts Expect a ‘Horrible’ Winter

With vaccines and a new administration, the pandemic will be tamed. But experts say the coming months “are going to be just horrible.”

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A Motorcycle Rally in a Pandemic? ‘We Kind of Knew What Was Going to Happen.’

Infectious-disease experts warned about the risk of cramming revelers into the Black Hills of South Dakota. But it was the annual Sturgis rally, and bikers were coming no matter what.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #festivals, #motorcycles-motor-bikes-and-motorscooters, #noem-kristi, #south-dakota, #sturgis-sd, #trump-donald-j

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Trump Tells Coronavirus, ‘I Surrender’

The president plays the climate-denial playbook on a pandemic.

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How Many Americans Will Ayn Rand Kill?

Liberty doesn’t mean freedom to infect other people.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #noem-kristi, #quarantines, #rand-ayn, #trump-donald-j

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Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota’s Attorney General, on Crash: ‘I Discovered the Body’

Jason Ravnsborg, the attorney general, elaborated on what happened after his car struck something on a dark highway, saying he returned in the morning to find the dead man, Joe Boever, 55, nearby.

#attorneys-general, #boever-joe-1964-2020, #deaths-fatalities, #noem-kristi, #politics-and-government, #ravnsborg-jason, #south-dakota, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Republican Convention: Best and Worst Moments From Mike Pence Night

Our columnists and contributors give their rankings.

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With Wisconsin Unrest as Backdrop, Republicans Intensify Law-and-Order Message

On the third day of the convention, Vice President Mike Pence and other Republicans portrayed Democrats as tolerant of violence and riots. And they continued to try to soften President Trump’s image.

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Republicans Insist Only Trump Can Stop This Chaos. But He’s in Charge Now.

The convention seems engineered to prove that the president is in control of the good and not responsible for the bad, worthy of praise for the nation’s successes and exoneration for its struggles.

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How Kristi Noem, Mt. Rushmore and Trump Fueled Speculation About Pence’s Job

After Ms. Noem, the South Dakota governor, flew to Washington on Air Force One, rumors about her ambitions ensued. She made a second trip to smooth things over with Mike Pence.

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Trump Delivers Divisive Culture War Message at Mount Rushmore

Down in the polls and failing to control a raging pandemic, the president cast himself as waging battle against a “new far-left fascism” that imperils American values and seeks to erase history.

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Tribe in South Dakota Seeks Court Ruling Over Standoff on Blocking Virus

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe set up checkpoints to limit the spread of the coronavirus. After the state objected, the White House got involved. Now the tribe has asked a federal judge to intervene.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indian-health-service, #interior-department, #native-americans, #noem-kristi, #south-dakota, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mutineers, Raise Your Hands

Almost every movie reminds Trump of … something it’s not.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #florida, #georgia, #governors-us, #kemp-brian-p, #noem-kristi, #quarantines, #south-dakota, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Food Chain’s Weakest Link: Slaughterhouses

A relatively small number of plants process much of the beef and pork in the United States, and some of them have closed because workers are getting sick.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jbs-sa, #meat, #noem-kristi, #pork, #slaughterhouses, #smithfield-foods-inc, #tyson-foods-inc

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