‘Vandalism With a Purpose’ and the Future of the G.O.P.

Ross Douthat returns with Michael Brendan Dougherty to tell Jane she’s wrong about Trump’s populist rhetoric.

#coaston-jane, #conservatism-us-politics, #debates-political, #douthat-ross-g, #national-review, #new-york-times, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trumpism Has No Heirs

The king is dead, long live the king.

#conservatism-us-politics, #conservative-political-action-conference, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Empty Office Buildings Squeeze City Budgets as Property Values Fall

A looming hit to tax revenues puts pressure on Congress to deliver relief.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #federal-state-relations-us, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #local-government, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #recession-and-depression, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #republican-party, #senate, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #stimulus-economic, #taxation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Georgia Takes Center Stage in Battle Over Voting Rights

Two bills moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature would place new restrictions on voting access, in ways Democrats say would have an outsize impact on Black voters.

#abrams-stacey-y, #absentee-voting, #black-people, #democratic-party, #elections, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Can Republicans Make Populism Work Without Trump?

Ross Douthat returns with Michael Brendan Dougherty to tell Jane she’s wrong about Trump’s populist rhetoric.

#coaston-jane, #conservatism-us-politics, #debates-political, #douthat-ross-g, #national-review, #new-york-times, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#conservatism-us-politics, #conservative-political-action-conference, #cotton-tom, #desantis-ron, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #noem-kristi, #pompeo-mike, #republican-party, #scott-richard-l, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Supreme Court Seems Ready to Sustain Arizona Voting Limits

The case was the court’s first on the key remaining provision of the Voting Rights Act in the context of voting restrictions.

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Will the Supreme Court Gut the Voting Rights Act?

The court is being asked how hard it should be for states to pass what might be voter-suppression laws.

#arizona, #georgia, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Put Working Families at the Front of the Line for Help

A policy that sustains people in joblessness is not ultimately anti-poverty.

#income, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #republican-party, #romney-mitt, #unemployment, #welfare-us

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What a More Responsible Republican Party Would Look Like

The conservative wonk Ramesh Ponnuru and Ezra Klein discuss child allowances, Trump’s legacy and the future of the G.O.P.

#bittman-mark, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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After Stimulus, Biden to Tackle Another Politically Tricky Issue: Infrastructure

Strengthening the country’s highways, bridges and broadband networks has broad popular support, but Washington remains bitterly divided on the details.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #obama-barack, #republican-party, #senate, #stimulus-economic

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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.

#conservatism-us-politics, #conservative-political-action-conference, #desantis-ron, #noem-kristi, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Virus Did Not Bring Financial Rout That Many States Feared

Grim forecasts held up for a few states, but many took in about as much tax revenue as before the pandemic — sometimes a lot more.

#brookings-institution, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #income-tax, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #republican-party, #sales-and-excise-taxes, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #tax-policy-center, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Trump Holds a Grip on the G.O.P.

Republicans still embrace the power of the ex-president’s agenda to galvanize voters and drive turnout.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruz-ted, #desantis-ron, #haley-nikki-r, #immigration-and-emigration, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump 2.0 Looks an Awful Lot Like Trump 2020

Are we really going to do this again?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-reopenings, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #republican-party, #romney-mitt, #third-party-politics-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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Cuomo in Crisis, Republicans Emerging: Updates From New York’s Mayoral Race

Several major candidates called for an investigation into Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, as two Republicans vied for key endorsements.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #endorsements, #mateo-fernando, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #sexual-harassment, #sliwa-curtis, #yang-andrew-1975

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How Pro-Trump Forces Pushed a Lie About Antifa at the Capitol Riot

On social media, cable networks and even in the halls of Congress, supporters of Donald J. Trump tried to rewrite history in real time, pushing the fiction that left-wing agitators were to blame for the violence on Jan. 6.

#antifa-movement-us, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fox-news-channel, #house-of-representatives, #ingraham-laura-a, #limbaugh-rush, #news-and-news-media, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Voter Suppression Is Grand Larceny

We are watching another theft of power.

#black-people, #democratic-party, #elections, #law-and-legislation, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Trump, Addressing Conservatives, Plans to Claim Leadership of G.O.P.

In his first public appearance since leaving office, Donald J. Trump also planned to assert that there were no divisions in his party, according to excerpts of his speech, even as he plotted vindication against his enemies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cheney-liz, #conservative-political-action-conference, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Statehouses, Stolen-Election Myth Fuels a G.O.P. Drive to Rewrite Rules

Republican legislators want big changes to the laws for elections and other aspects of governance. A fight over the ground rules for voting may follow.

#arizona, #georgia, #iowa, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Covid Stimulus Bill Heads to the Senate

The $1.9 trillion pandemic aid bill narrowly passed the House, but now must maneuver through a procedural and political thicket in the Senate.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #minimum-wage, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Will Return to Spotlight With Appearance at CPAC

Most presidents leave the White House and adopt low profiles. Donald Trump is returning to the national stage with a prominent appearance at a conservative conference on Sunday.

#carville-james, #conservative-political-action-conference, #nunberg-sam, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Trump Loyalists Spurn ‘Failed Republican Establishment of Yesteryear’

At an annual gathering of conservatives, devotees of Donald J. Trump pledged their fealty to him and issued grave warnings about the political left.

#cheney-liz, #conservatism-us-politics, #conservative-political-action-conference, #cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #speeches-and-statements, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Republicans Grapple With Raising the Minimum Wage

The politics of a $15 minimum wage are increasingly muddled, but some Republicans are gravitating toward a higher base pay, citing the economic needs of working-class Americans.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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Top Senate Official Disqualifies Minimum Wage From Stimulus Plan

The parliamentarian ruled that the provision, which would gradually increase the wage to $15 an hour, violated the strict budgetary rules that limit what can be included in the package.

#democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #macdonough-elizabeth, #manchin-joe-iii, #minimum-wage, #republican-party, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Confirmation in Doubt for Neera Tanden, Biden’s Budget Director Pick

The struggle to gain support for the longtime Democratic aide whose combative Twitter posts have drawn criticism reflects miscalculations by the White House and its chief of staff, Ron Klain.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #center-for-american-progress, #federal-budget-us, #klain-ronald-a, #murkowski-lisa, #office-of-management-and-budget-us, #republican-party, #senate, #tanden-neera, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Lawmakers Clash Over Call for Special Panel to Investigate Capitol Assault

The disputes are reminiscent of the fight surrounding the creation of the independent commission that conducted an inquiry into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

#antifa-movement-us, #bush-george-w, #cornyn-john, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #johnson-ron-1955, #pelosi-nancy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #shelby-richard-c, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

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The Paradox of Pandemic Partisanship

Many Republicans consider Biden illegitimate — and support his plans.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #republican-party, #united-states-economy

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Neera Tanden: First Cabinet-Level Casualty of the Twitter Age?

Republicans have criticized her tweets, but Democrats say former President Donald J. Trump’s were much worse as they assail what they call a double standard.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #office-of-management-and-budget-us, #republican-party, #social-media, #tanden-neera, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Give Biden a Chance? On Covid Aid, Some Trump Voters Just Might

Republican leaders in Washington firmly oppose the president’s stimulus plan, but a sizable number of Trump voters support it, interviews and polls show.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #national-debt-us, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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Give Biden a Chance? On Covid Aid, Some Trump Voters Just Might

Republican leaders in Washington firmly oppose the president’s stimulus plan, but a sizable number of Trump voters support it, interviews and polls show.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #national-debt-us, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Get to Define ‘Bipartisan’

If 70 percent of Americans support a policy, including most Republicans, it is bipartisan — regardless of what some senators think about it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Get to Define ‘Bipartisan’

If 70 percent of Americans support a policy, including most Republicans, it is bipartisan — regardless of what some senators think about it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Full CPAC 2021 Guide: Trump, Cruz, Pompeo and More

Even more than usual, the Conservative Political Action Conference this year will be a barometer for the Republican Party, newly out of power in Washington and trying to chart a way back.

#conservatism-us-politics, #conservative-political-action-conference, #cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #speeches-and-statements, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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We Still Have to Worry About the Supreme Court and Elections

The justices are about to consider whether the Voting Rights Act applies to policies that restrict the vote.

#absentee-voting, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #florida, #gorsuch-neil-m, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #minorities, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2000, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #thomas-clarence, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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How to Keep Extremists Out of Power

Every political reform proposal must be judged by its ability to fuel or weaken extremist candidates.

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School Closures Have Failed America’s Children

As many as three million children have gotten no education for nearly a year.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #democratic-party, #dropouts, #education-k-12, #income-inequality, #republican-party, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mitch McConnell Would Like Trump to Fade Away

Good luck with that.

#cheney-liz, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #endorsements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #lowry-richard, #mcconnell-mitch, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2024, #public-religion-research-institute, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #tea-party-movement, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Stimulus Debate, Senate Parliamentarian Holds Broad Sway

Little known outside the Capitol, Elizabeth MacDonough could make or break key elements of President Biden’s stimulus plan. Senators are competing to win her over.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #byrd-robert-c, #congressional-record, #democratic-party, #macdonough-elizabeth, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Restrict the Vote!

If you can’t beat them fair and square, tilt the playing field.

#absentee-voting, #lewis-john-r, #mcconnell-mitch, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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State Lawmakers Defy Governors in a Covid-Era Battle for Power

Legislators across the country, mostly Republicans, are moving to strip the powers of governors, many of them Democrats, who have taken on extraordinary authority to fight the pandemic.

#beshear-andrew-g-1977, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #governors-us, #republican-party, #shutdowns-institutional, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vetoes-us

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Republican Party’s Future: Stay Loyal to Trump, or Disavow Him?

One reader likens the G.O.P.’s ties to the ex-president to an abusive marriage “doomed to end poorly.” Another cites a joke from “Annie Hall” to describe the Republicans’ dilemma.

#elections, #graham-lindsey, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wehner-peter

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The Legacy of Rush Limbaugh

The conservative radio host, who died last week, seeded an entire media ecosystem — and reshaped the American right.

#conservatism-us-politics, #deaths-obituaries, #limbaugh-rush, #radio, #republican-party, #rutenberg-jim, #television, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Donald Trump, the Untamable Shrew

Republicans are still trying to muzzle a smack-talking Trump.

#cruz-ted, #graham-lindsey, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #shakespeare-william, #the-taming-of-the-shrew-play, #trump-donald-j

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Rush Limbaugh’s Life as a Woman-Hater

Rush Limbaugh made the G.O.P. the party of misogyny.

#abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #fluke-sandra, #limbaugh-rush, #obama-michelle, #republican-party

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Where Will Rush Limbaugh’s 15 Million Listeners Go Now?

No one will have a megaphone like his again. But podcasters, “26-year-old conservatives on Instagram” and Sean Hannity all fill the void.

#beck-glenn, #conservatism-us-politics, #hannity-sean, #iheartmedia-inc, #jones-alex-1974, #limbaugh-rush, #national-review, #news-and-news-media, #radio, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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Neera Tanden, Biden’s Budget Nominee, Faces Challenge to Confirmation

Senator Joe Manchin III said he would oppose President Biden’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, a move that could scuttle her chances for her confirmation.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #manchin-joe-iii, #office-of-management-and-budget-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #social-media, #tanden-neera, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Relationship Between McConnell and Trump Was Good for Both — Until It Wasn’t

The unlikely alliance delivered results they both wanted but fell apart after the election once their political interests diverged.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j

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The Virginia G.O.P. Voted on Its Future. The Losers Reject the Results.

In a sign of the Trump era’s lingering alternate realities, Republicans in the struggling state party are refusing to move forward with a new system for choosing nominees.

#elections-governors, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia

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Ted Cruz’s Excellent Adventure

At least he didn’t bring up the Green New Deal.

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