It’s clear that Hillary Clinton is winning. Beyond that, things get tricky. By Charlie Cook – – – – – – This pres­id­en­tial race seems to have sta­bil­ized at a point where the prob­ab­il­ity of Hil­lary Clin­ton beat­ing Don­ald Trump is very high, but the mar­gin is tough to pre­dict—as is the rate of voter turnout. Sure, […]


If the collective impression is that Trump’s campaign is failing, does it mean Democratic voters won’t be motivated to go out and vote? By ALEX WAGNER – – – – – – – For many Democrats, this week has been a rapture of Republican dysfunction. Just since Sunday, the Trump campaign has been buffeted by scandals involving possible […]


By HADAS GOLD – – – – – – – The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Monday the five polls it will use to determine which candidates will make the stage in the fall’s general election debates. The polls will be those conducted by ABC-Washington Post, CBS-New York Times, CNN-Opinion Research Corporation, Fox News, and […]


Steve Bannon had some strong feelings about Republican leadership in Congress two years ago which may complicate any further campaign charm offensives on Capitol Hill. By BETSY WOODRUFF – – – – – – – – Donald Trump’s new campaign boss—the guy white supremacists are so excited about—once described D.C.’s top Republicans as “cunts.” Stephen […]


By NICK GASS – – – – – —  Donald Trump laced into the hosts of MSNBC’s morning show anew on Monday, accusing one of co-hosts of being “neurotic” and a “mess” and both of them as being “two clowns.” “Tried watching low-rated @Morning_Joe this morning, unwatchable! @morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not […]

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By Bill Hoffmann – – – – – — Hillary Clinton’s campaign has launched a fundraising pitch bashing Donald Trump’s hiring of Steve Bannon, the former chair of Breitbart News, which it says attracts the “most openly xenophobic and conspicuously race-conscious nationalists in the conservative movement.” In a fundraising email sent out Thursday and obtained […]


By JONATHAN V. LAST – – – – – I admire Tom Edsall a ton. Like Robert Putnam and Phil Longman, he’s smart and honest and interesting and you don’t have to be a fellow-traveler to profit from reading him. Edsall had an interesting piece last week. There’s a provocative headline—“Is Trump Wrecking Both Parties?”—but what […]

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By DAVID WESSEL – – – – – — David Wessel is director of the Brookings Institution’s Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy and a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal. He is on Twitter: @davidmwessel. Policy differences aren’t going to decide the presidential election, much to the dismay of think-tank scholars. The overwhelming differences between Donald Trump […]

In this Sept. 28, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses while speaking about his tax plan during a news conference in New York. Republicans came into this presidential campaign with painful memories of how, in the last one, Democrats blasted Mitt Romney's tax plan as a giveaway to the rich. Yet the release of Trump’s tax plan adds to the number of major GOP presidential candidates who propose to cut all taxes, but especially the wealthy’s, as deeply, or deeper, than Romney proposed.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

In polls, he trails Clinton in all battleground states and some, like Virginia and Colorado, seem already beyond his reach. By Steven Shepard – – – – – – Donald Trump’s path to the presidency is closing off, state by state. More than a half-dozen traditional, must-win battleground states are falling off the map as Hillary […]


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