The Democrats’ ‘blue wave’ is drying up

Don’t count your elections before they’ve hatched. That’s the lesson of the past couple of weeks. Now, the so-called “fundamentals” that supposedly govern the 2018 midterm elections still point, as they always have, to a good-to-great night for Democrats. They are the out-party and the out-party generally does better than the party in power. The special elections since Donald Trump’s […]

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Key GOP senator threatens NO on Kavanaugh, putting survival in doubt

Key Republican senator threatens to vote NO on Kavanaugh: Sen. Jeff Flake calls for delay in confirming Trump’s pick for Supreme Court until sex assault accuser is heard Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican whose vote could break Kavanaugh’s nomination, threatened to vote no if they don’t hear from the accuser Flake: ‘If they push forward without any attempt with hearing […]

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Highest primary turnout in two decades topples IDC members

The liberal tsunami that swamped moderate, Republican-aligned Democrats in the state Senate was fueled by unprecedented voter turnout. More than 1.5 million Democrats — 27 percent of all those registered to vote — flocked to polls around the state, the highest in a Democratic primary in at least two decades, records show. “We have a truly energized electorate and that […]

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Obama denounces Trump and demands a return to ‘decency and lawfulness’

Obama denounces Trump as a bully devoid of ‘honesty, decency and lawfulness’ Obama ends his silence on Trump in excoriating attack on ‘bully’ who ‘cozies up to Russia’ and won’t even say ‘Nazis are bad’ – as ex-president puts himself at center of Democrats’ mid-term election campaign Former President Barack Obama went after President Trump as a ‘symptom’ of social […]

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Longtime Dem loses to left-wing challenger in primary upset

An African-American Boston city councilwoman ousted a 10-term congressman on Tuesday in a historic upset in the Democratic primary for a Massachusetts congressional seat. Ayanna Pressley, 44, beat veteran politician Mike Capuano, 66, after mounting an insurgent campaign in Massachusetts 7th Congressional District. Pressley was endorsed by fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. There is no Republican challenger in the November […]

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Five midterm races to watch

The last time Joe Biden walked in the Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade in 2016, he caused wild speculation about whether he would run for president. His return to one of the largest Labor Day parades in the country on Monday — flanked by several Democrats running for office in this state — signals yet another big moment in politics. This […]

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Republicans on track to survive in Ohio despite big swing to Democrats

New York: The Republican Party appears to have narrowly survived a hotly contested congressional race in Ohio on Tuesday night, although Democrats were heartened by their strong showing in a district President Donald Trump easily carried at the 2016 election. Hanging on: Democrat Danny O’Connor speaks during an election night watch party. The special election in Ohio's 12th congressional district was […]

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For all his antics, Jumaane Williams could still win

Maybe it’s time for New York’s Democratic voters to start taking a closer look at the statewide primary for lieutenant governor, now less than 50 days away. For one thing, the race is remarkably close: A new Siena Poll finds incumbent Kathy Hochul leading by just nine points — with nearly half of all voters still undecided. And then there’s […]

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Why Trumpism beats Democratic socialism

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory in a Queens congressional race has been taken to signal a revolution in American politics, the emergence of Democratic socialism as a serious political movement. But while that overstates things, her victory does say something about the two holes in American politics, holes where the votes are to be found. The first hole concerns social welfare, […]

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