By Nick Miroff  – – – – – – . Ecuador treated Julian Assange like a trophy in 2012 when it opened the doors of its London embassy to the WikiLeaks founder, sheltering him from extradition to Sweden over rape allegations and, possibly, to the United States. Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s leftist president, seemed to bask in Assange’s bad-boy glow, […]


By JOHN PODHORETZ – – – – – – . In mid-October, after the revelation that Donald Trump had bragged about his compulsion to make unwanted physical advances on women, a Wisconsinite named Marybeth Glenn took to social media and published a “tweetstorm,” a series of 17 Twitter entries, that encapsulate and personify a little-noted aspect of […]


By PAUL STARR – – – – – . One of the great advantages of liberal democracy is the potential for self-correction. If an election works out badly, the next one offers an opportunity to make a better choice, and in the meantime constitutional guarantees keep the winners from abusing their power. But sometimes elections fail so […]


    By Josh Israel – – – – – Only 17 states and the District of Columbia have Democratic-controlled electoral systems. Donald Trump continued on Monday to push his claims that the election is “rigged” against him, falsely suggesting widespread voter fraud and raising the specter of a conspiracy of media outlets scheming to provide negative […]

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waits for a pro-Trump rally to begin near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTSIKWZ

Sending goons to the polls is a crime. By Ian Millhiser – – – – – . “You’ve got to go out,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told his supporters in Pennsylvania earlier this month. “You’ve got to get your friends. And you’ve got to get everyone you know. And you got to watch your polling booths.” […]


By Juan Williams – – – – – – . A recent “Saturday Night Live” featured a “Weekend Update” skit with Tina Fey playing the role of an undecided, middle-aged female voter from a suburban town in Pennsylvania. It was a funny sketch, at one point skewering GOP nominee Donald Trump as “a drunk clown […]

In this Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during a campaign rally in Altoona, Pa. The Republican Party could be nearing a breaking point with Trump. As the celebrity businessman skips from one gaffe to the next, GOP leaders in Washington and top battleground states have begun openly contemplating turning their backs on their party’s presidential nominee to prevent what they fear will be wide-scale Republican losses on Election Day. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By Jonathan Swan – – – – – . Campaign operatives who competed against Donald Trump in the Republican primaries are bristling at suggestions they failed to fully investigate the businessman during his march to the nomination. Trump’s campaign has been rocked by multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, which came to light after a damaging […]

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are seen in a combination of file photos taken in Henderson, Nevada, February 13, 2016 (L) and Phoenix, Arizona, July 11, 2015.  REUTERS/David Becker/Nancy Wiechec/Files

by JEFFREY H. ANDERSON – – – – – – . On the issues, Hillary is losing. For all of the recent talk about inevitability, the presidential race is still very much up for grabs. As of Sunday afternoon, the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls shows Hillary Clinton with just 48 percent support […]


Donald Trump is accelerating a process that began half a century ago. By Jamelle Bouie – – – – – – . For most of the now almost-forgotten vice presidential debate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence kept his cool, ignoring, deflecting, or outright denyingany effort by Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to tie him to his running mate, […]