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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 ...
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A House Republican Rebellion on Two Fronts
A deepening rupture within the House Republican ranks over immigration policy has claimed another casualty: the farm bill, a far-reaching priority of Speaker Paul Ryan that would impose ...
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An Ominous Night for House Republicans
An incumbent Republican congressman lost his primary on Tuesday night, and three sitting GOP members of the House were defeated in their bids for promotions to the Senate. ...
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How to Survive a Republican Primary
The most revealing answer in last week’s Senate Republican primary debate in West Virginia was a silent one—but it said a great deal about the popularity of the ...
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There’s a particular moment Representative Tom Rooney can see in his mind, when his fifth and final term in the House comes to an end and he leaves ...
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Mike Pompeo Barely Avoids an Unprecedented Reproach
Never in its 202-year history had the Senate Foreign Relations Committee given a public thumbs-down to a presidential nominee for secretary of state. Until a few minutes before ...
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The Humbling of Mike Pompeo
Updated on April 17 at 5:46 p.m ET President Trump’s second round of Cabinet picks haven’t drawn the attention his original selections did last year, but they aren’t ...
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Paul Ryan’s Unrealized Conservative Vision
Paul Ryan’s dream for much if not all of his time in Congress was to leave a deeply conservative imprint on American social and fiscal policy—to reshape and ...
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Why President Trump Is Going It Alone on Infrastructure
If recent history is a guide, President Trump won’t be getting much infrastructure money from Congress anytime soon. Republicans stiffed former President Barack Obama’s repeated requests to splurge ...
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Updated on March 26 at 10:57 a.m. ET If you want to see a political wave forming a year before an election, watch the retirements. They’re often a ...
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