The Most Inflammatory Ads of the Midterms

Scores of campaigns — particularly Republican ones — have leaned in on divisive themes throughout the election cycle. When a fledgling Republican group released an inflammatory ad in Arkansas last week warning that “white Democrats will be lynching black folk again” if liberals came to power, it was immediately criticized on social media by members of both parties. “I condemn ...

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Trump and Women: Another Writer Looks for Answers

WASHINGTON — Should Americans be shocked that President Trump called a woman “Horseface” this week? Not if they know anything about Mr. Trump’s words and behavior over the past four decades, according to a growing subgenre of books that have chronicled in wincing detail the president’s relationships with the women in his life. The books — written by authors from ...

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Republicans Are Suddenly Running Ads on Pre-existing Conditions. But How Accurate Are They?

It’s a sign of the issue’s importance that several candidates in close races are feeling pressure to respond. ImageThe longtime California congressman Dana Rohrabacher with his family in his recent health care ad. His stated commitment to protecting pre-existing conditions is not a great match with his legislative record. For months, Democratic candidates have been running hard on health care, ...

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Joe Manchin’s Yes on Kavanaugh Finds Sympathy in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When Senator Joe Manchin III became the lone Democrat to support Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court on Saturday, protesters in the Capitol screamed “shame.” But in his home state of West Virginia, voters were, if not encouraging, at least understanding: He had saved himself from political suicide. “Joe Manchin knows that the people ...

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