Politics

When Tribalism First Entered American Politics

THE RED AND THE BLUE The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism By Steve KornackiIllustrated. 497 pp. Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers. $29.99. It can be a strange experience these days to read a book about modern American politics and divisions that is not about Donald Trump. Steve Kornacki’s “The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism” ...

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Conservative Lawyers Say Trump Has Undermined the Rule of Law

WASHINGTON — The annual convention of the Federalist Society, the conservative legal group, has long been a glittering and bustling affair. In the Trump era, though, the group has become more powerful than ever, supplying intellectual energy and judicial candidates to an assertive administration eager to reshape the legal landscape. But as the group prepares to gather on Thursday for ...

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Something Happened to U.S. Drug Costs in the 1990s

There was a time when America approximated other wealthy countries in drug spending. But in the late 1990s, U.S. spending took off. It tripled between 1997 and 2007, according to a study in Health Affairs. Then a slowdown lasted until about 2013, before spending shot up again. What explains these trends? By 2015, American annual spending on prescription drugs reached ...

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‘It Could Happen,’ Trump Says of Democratic House Takeover: 4 Days to Go

Welcome to The Tip Sheet, a daily political analysis of the 2018 elections, based on interviews with Republican and Democratic officials, pollsters, strategists and voters. “It Could Happen” President Trump, at the rally Friday afternoon in West Virginia, acknowledged four days before the midterm election that Republicans could lose the House. “It could happen, could happen. We’re doing very well, ...

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