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Newly revealed PowerPoint suggests Trump’s chief of staff was making the case that China rigged the election for Biden

The most hair-raising revelation in the 36-slide PowerPoint deck that former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows refers to in an email he has shared with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection, titled “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 JAN,” is not its assertion…

There’s Trump’s America and Biden’s America, and here’s where the lines are drawn

The world remains a scary, perilous place and we remain in a period of grave danger. But it is undeniable that whatever your politics, the last two weeks have been so pleasant, so quiet. It turns out not having an attention-famished monster obsessed with authoritarianism and social media in the…

After four seemingly endless years in power, the end of the Trump era is upon us

There was no adoring throng of supporters wishing him well from the White House lawn. There were no final goodbye tweets. There was no friendly welcome to the Bidens, no participation in the pageantry of the peaceful democratic transition of power. A president who never called his successor to concede…

Trump Corruption Index

Some acts were criminal, others impeachable. But it’s important to remember the little things.

Last June, my editors tasked me with an interesting, if arduous, assignment — compile a weekly record of the graft and double-dealing of the Trump administration. The dishonesty had started on day one, so we were admittedly late to the game. (But GEN began in 2019, so cut us some…

TRUMP CORRUPTION INDEX

Trump faces blowback after he incited a mob to storm the Capitol, and even loyalists doubt he can self-pardon his way out of this one

Is there enough graft, double-dealing, and self-interested chicanery in the Trump administration to publish this column every week? Only time — and Trump — will tell. (But we feel pretty confident.) Presenting this week’s installment of the Trump Corruption Index.

Impeachment round 2

House Democrats are planning to vote on Wednesday to once…

The election that never, ever ends

You know how you felt the Friday after Election Day, when you couldn’t believe this was still going on? That the endless election season had somehow extended well past when we were all supposed to move on with our lives? Now imagine the fevered pitch of the election never relented…

Why George W. Bush succeeded where Trump failed

Over the past five weeks, Donald Trump has led a series of bumbling, incompetent, and spectacularly unsuccessful efforts to undo the results of an election he has clearly and decisively lost.

His increasingly unhinged attempts have sparked a wave of apprehension. …

The president-elect was a tepid compromise candidate in an era when politics runs on wild-eyed fandom. It’s a relief.

The most promising thing in American politics right now is that no one really likes Joe Biden. My only hope is that Joe Biden doesn’t try to fix this anytime soon.

To be clear: I don’t hate Joe Biden. He does nothing to inspire the visceral anger and fear I…

The youth vote helped Democrats win the White House. Can it deliver the Senate too?

“We were born into the tragedy protest movement,” says Reshad Daniels, a 22-year-old senior at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, summing up his generation’s perspective.

Daniels is an intern with Rev. Raphael G. Warnock’s runoff campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, having completed another internship with Jon Ossoff’s…

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