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The Democratic Party Apologizes to Black Voters
ATLANTA—Swanky fund-raisers don’t often begin with an apology to the well-heeled donors who shelled out thousands of dollars to sip wine, eat steak, and listen to pep-rally speeches. ...

Andrew Cuomo Bids to Avoid Joe Crowley’s Fate
BROOKLYN, N.Y.—“Do you love me?” Andrew Cuomo, his arms outstretched, bellowed these four words to a gymnasium filled, mostly, with his supporters last week. The response was a ...

How Some Immigrant Families Are Avoiding Separation
MCALLEN, Tex.—Angel Bonilla spent eight days in an immigrant-detention facility with his five-month-old daughter, Selene Alanis, after trekking for nearly a month through Mexico from his home in ...

Mark Sanford’s Unforgivable Sin
Republicans in South Carolina eventually forgave Mark Sanford after he deserted the state they elected him to govern to carry on a love affair in Argentina. They would ...

San Francisco Still Doesn’t Know Who Its Mayor Will Be
Updated on June 12 at 7:27 p.m. ET A week has passed since San Franciscans went to the polls to choose their next mayor, and the only thing ...

‘This Was Litigated 20 Years Ago’
Somehow, Bill Clinton didn’t see the question coming. The former president, now 20 years removed from the time congressional Republicans tried unsuccessfully to expel him from office, was ...

The Outrage Over Trump’s Market-Shaking Tweet
On its face, the tweet was one of the most innocuous President Trump has ever sent—a plain-vanilla reminder early Friday morning that the monthly federal jobs report was ...

‘This Is Not a Reform. It Is Terrible.’
There isn’t much that unites Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy these days, but the two most powerful Californians in American politics agree wholeheartedly on this: They both despise ...

Rival Candidates Try an Unusual Election Message: Vote for Both of Us
The joint press conference that Jane Kim and Mark Leno, two Democratic candidates for mayor of San Francisco, held together earlier this month looked like the kind of ...

Is the ‘Cynthia Effect’ Real?
NEW PALTZ, N.Y.—“I’m Cynthia Nixon, standing in the mud!” the candidate declared by way of introduction to a rally of students, professors, and activists near a State University ...