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The New Republicans of Pennsylvania

Local Republicans have eroded the traditional Democratic lead in Pennsylvania, mostly by picking off Democrats who have become disaffected.Photograph by Shannon Stapleton / Reuters / AlamyOn a Wednesday afternoon in August, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Lance Stange, the chair of the local Republican Party, led a dozen volunteers and campaign staffers...

The Case to End the Supreme Court as We Know It

People line up at the Supreme Court to hear arguments in Brown v. Board of Education. Although the decision was celebrated, it merely undid policies and practices that the Court had set in motion earlier.Photograph from Bettmann / GettyLast week, Donald Trump was confronted with a new accusation of sexual assault (Trump, as always, denied it), and then...

The Troubling State of Medical Care in ICE Detention

Immigration detention has expanded under the Trump Administration, with many immigrant women now facing poor medical care at remote detention facilities.Photograph by Gerald Herbert / AP / ShutterstockLast week, a nurse at a privately run immigration-detention facility in Irwin County, Georgia, filed a whistle-blower complaint alleging that women at...

The TikTok Fiasco Reflects the Bankruptcy of Trump’s Foreign Policy

President Trump’s strong-arm effort to force a sale of the Chinese social platform’s U.S. operations has resulted in little discernible improvement in data security.Photograph by Kiyoshi Ota / Bloomberg / GettyAt first glance, the Trump Administration’s decision to ban the popular Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat had the look of hard-nosed diplomacy....

Here Are Twenty Other Disturbing, Awful Things That Trump Has Said This Month, and It’s Not Over Yet

Donald Trump has succeeded in conditioning us to believe that the week’s news, while awful, is less so because the awfulness is so consistent.Photograph by Saul Loeb / GettyWe already knew that this fall’s campaign, with Donald Trump fighting for his political survival, would be crazy, overwhelming, and exhausting. But, no matter how much we’ve come...

Donald Trump’s Campaign Rallies Are Pointless

President Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Dayton International Airport, in Ohio, on Monday.Photograph by Doug Mills / NYT / ReduxThis summer, Donald Trump went almost two months without holding a standard campaign rally. Even as he downplayed the coronavirus pandemic, obstructed the government’s response to it, and pressed departments of...

Donald Trump Is Attacking American Democracy at Its Core

The President is transparent about his effort to stack the Supreme Court in his favor for an anticipated challenge to the election results.Photograph from Storms Media Group / AlamyOne thing you cannot accuse Donald Trump of is trying to disguise his nefarious intentions. For months now, legal experts and Democratic campaign officials have warned that...

A Post-Ginsburg Court Could Be One More Climate Obstacle

Ginsburg’s death shows that established channels cannot address our greatest crisis. Any chance we still have will require abnormal action.Photograph by B. Christopher / AlamyA technical problem prevented last week’s newsletter from reaching some subscribers. If you missed it, you can read it here.Among its many other tragic consequences, the death...

The FinCEN Files Shed New Light on a Scandalous Episode at Deutsche Bank

Documents show that the bank used mirror trades to help major criminal organizations, terrorist groups, and drug cartels launder and transfer a geyser of dirty money.Photograph by Thomas Lohnes / GettyIn January, 2019, I received a tip from someone who worked in a Japanese mountain resort. He told me that an American named Tim Wiswell had arrived on...

Can the Democrats Win Back Pennsylvania?

The Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris at an in-person campaign stop in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, on Thursday.Photograph by Michael Perez / AP / ShutterstockKamala Harris arrived at midday Thursday on the 7600 block of Forrest Avenue in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, and exited a campaign Suburban wearing...

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