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What It Took

How a lifetime of compromises and concessions brought one woman to the brink of history.<p>In early 1979, on a community access television program called <i>In Focus</i>, the wife of the new governor of Arkansas was peppered with question after question about all the ways in which she was an untraditional …

‘Mrs. G, He Said the P-Word!’

In classrooms across the country, an unprecedentedly nasty—and lewd—election has prompted discussions that go far beyond plain old civics.<p>Presidential campaigns have always been a civics teacher’s most reliable lesson plan—an every-four-years, plucked-from-the-headlines romp through the ultimate …

How Howard Stern Owned Donald Trump

The Donald fancied himself a player in the ’90s, but the shock jock knew just how to play him. Now that’s back to haunt the candidate.<p>To anyone who’s listened to “The Howard Stern Show” since it hit the national airwaves in 1986, Stern’s name still conjures the snicker of adolescent dirty talk, and …

Donald Trump’s Shortest Attribute Isn’t His Fingers

People who know him well are starting to ask: Can he focus enough to run the Oval Office?<p>In the late 1980s, Jack O’Donnell, one of Donald Trump’s Atlantic City casino executives, devised a special strategy for talking to the in-and-out owner. “I would know Donald was coming to town,” O’Donnell said …

Why My Daughter Isn’t Excited About Hillary

Steeped in empowerment culture, young women don’t see a female president as that big a deal. Have they given up the fight too soon?<p>The night Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination, as TV anchors gushed about the penultimate crack in the highest glass ceiling, I tried to lure my …

Donald Trump’s Better Half

How Ivanka rose to the top of the Trump clan, became her dad's indispensable adviser and was picked to introduce him at the RNC.<p>Back in 1990, when her parents broke up, a split that spawned hundreds of headlines in the tabloids of New York, Ivanka Trump was eight years old. Her younger brother …

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Party of Two

How Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (with help from Elizabeth Warren) are trying to save the Democratic establishment.<p><b>Joe Biden wouldn’t take the hint, and Barack</b> Obama wouldn’t take “yes” for an answer.<p>It was the fall of 2015, Donald Trump was rocketing up in the polls, Hillary Clinton was …

Did Trump Just Make a Huge Mistake?

Mike Pence was billed as a great communicator and smart political player. But in Indiana, his repeated fumbles nearly cost him his political career.<p>It was a clear Indiana day last spring, and Gov. Mike Pence was at a podium watching his presidential ambitions disappear. Days earlier, Pence had …

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Will Trump’s Nomination Be the End of the Religious Right?

Conservative Christians have long aligned with the Republican Party. But never before has a GOP nominee so flouted evangelical beliefs.<p>Michael Farris was one of the early leaders of the Moral Majority, the conservative Christian political group formed in 1979 with a mandate to elect Ronald Reagan. …

The Strange Gaps in Hillary Clinton’s Email Traffic

An analysis of the released emails raises questions about whether Clinton deleted a number of work-related emails—and if she did, why.<p>The past few weeks have brought a myriad of revelations about the private server Hillary Clinton used while she was secretary of state. First, there was the State …

Hillary Clinton’s Rust Belt Ambassador

In one way, Sherrod Brown is more like Donald Trump than any of Clinton’s other possible running mates. And it could help her win.<p>As Donald Trump scrambles and realigns American politics, it’s a strangely good time to be Sherrod Brown. Ohio’s senior senator is, suddenly, Hillary Clinton’s …

Government

The Left’s Beef With Tim Kaine

Bernie’s supporters see a rebuke in Clinton's ‘safe’ VP pick.<p>Everyone assumes Senator Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton’s “safe” pick for vice president. He’s geographically safe: hailing from the swing state of Virginia, where a Democratic governor can name his replacement. He’s demographically safe: a …

The Believer

How Stephen Miller went from obscure Capitol Hill staffer to Donald Trump’s warm-up act—and resident ideologue.<p>Before Donald Trump took the stage in Dallas on a June evening, a string of warm-up acts—mostly local politicians and conservative personalities—took their turns addressing the crowd. A …

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Is Trump Losing the GOP?

Never before have so many leading Republican figures questioned the nominee’s basic fitness for office.<p>Surely this time it would be different. Surely, after the worst mass shooting in American history, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would choose his words carefully. He would make …

Paul Manafort’s Wild and Lucrative Philippine Adventure

As Ferdinand Marcos used his fortune to cling to power, he found an ally in Trump’s campaign chairman.<p>When Paul Manafort met Ferdinand Marcos in the 1980s, each had something the other wanted.<p>Marcos, then in his third decade as leader of the Philippines, had developed a reputation in Washington as …

How Trump’s Favorite Movie Explains Him

The GOP nominee-presumptive is an American archetype out of Citizen Kane. If only he understood the film’s point better.<p>Citizen Trump didn’t come out of nowhere. He’s a character type with a long history in America—the narcissistic, acquisitive magnate who, in the words of Orson Welles, is …

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Slovenians for Trump

In Melania’s home country, the political far-right loves The Donald—and hopes he’ll reciprocate.<p>LJUBLJANA, Slovenia—In the gray drizzle of the Slovenian capital, a crowd of hundreds gathered in February to protest the flow of foreign refugees through their tiny country. Confronted with riot police, …

Donald Trump Is a 2-Year-Old. It’s Time for the Press to Treat Him Like One.

Yesterday during a nationally televised news conference, the Republican presidential nominee experienced a towering meltdown. Reporters asked Donald Trump to account for the millions he claimed to have raised for veterans several months ago. Waving his hands in fury and just a few blinks away from …

Can the World Survive A Perpetually Combative President Trump?

Trump’s view of humanity as uniformly hostile and vicious is unrealistic—and possibly dangerous.<p>Can a perpetually combative man who—despite his career successes (or perhaps because of them)—sees life as a series of fights to be won, scores to be evened and counterpunches to be delivered, be trusted …

LBJ’s Ad Men: Here’s How Clinton Can Beat Trump

We talked to two of the geniuses behind the greatest ad campaign in political history. Here’s what they’d do in 2016.<p>It’s rare for a political ad to go viral, and rarer yet for an ad 52 years old, but that’s just what happened in March with “Confessions of a Republican.” The theme of the spot from …

How Donald Trump Destroyed the Interview

A century-old political institution may have met its match.<p>The interview is the Niagara that fills the news ocean. A quick check of the front page of the <i>New York Times</i>, a scan of any 30-minute block of CNN, or a few clicks on the POLITICO home page establish it: For generations, the interview has …

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How Hillary Loses

Donald Trump can actually win if Clinton makes these four mistakes. Spoiler alert: She’s already making all of them.<p><b>It’s a terrifying moment for Democrats</b>: Hillary Clinton’s double-digit lead in national polls has evaporated and panic is beginning to set in. Polls now show Donald Trump ahead of …

The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter

And it’s not gender, age, income, race or religion.<p>If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated?<p>You’d be wrong.<p>In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and …

Political Science

Why I Hosted Trump’s Foreign-Policy Speech

After his son-in-law contacted us, we decided to give him a chance to deliver, at last, a coherent view of the world. I wasn’t converted.<p>Ever since the news broke that the magazine I edit, <i>The National Interest</i>, would host Donald Trump for a big foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in …

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Confessions of a Trump Tabloid Scribe

How New York's gossip pages helped turn a lying real estate developer into a celebrity phenom.<p><b>I have a confession to make, and please don’t</b> shoot when you hear it: I helped make the myth of Donald Trump. And for that, I am very, very sorry.<p>If you worked for a newspaper in New York in the 1980s, you …

Why George Washington Would Have Agreed With Donald Trump

Watch Out, Hillary: The Founding Fathers would have loved “America First,” and they might have been right.<p>For all the lamentation about the level of rhetoric in this Trumped-up election year, the race between Donald Trump and all-but-certain Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is already shaping up …

Geopolitics

Did Donald Trump Just Hand the Senate to Elizabeth Warren?

Progressives are sad she didn’t run for president. But she’s playing a long game no one is talking about.<p>For Elizabeth Warren, maybe not running for president wasn’t such a bad idea after all.<p>One of the great disappointments for fans of the Massachusetts senator—a huge, devoted following of …

Government

Just What Were Donald Trump's Ties to the Mob?

I've spent years investigating, and here's what's known.<p>In his signature book, <i>The Art of the Deal,</i> Donald Trump boasted that when he wanted to build a casino in Atlantic City, he persuaded the state attorney general to limit the investigation of his background to six months. Most potential owners …

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Donald Trump Is Shocking, Vulgar and Right

And, my dear fellow Republicans, he's all your fault.<p>About 15 years ago, I said something nasty on CNN about Donald Trump’s hair. I can’t now remember the context, assuming there was one. In any case, Trump saw it and left a message the next day.<p>“It’s true you have better hair than I do,” Trump …

Donald Trump’s Greatest Self-Contradictions

The many, many, MANY sides of the likely Republican nominee, in his own words.<p>Donald Trump likes to say that he “tells it like it is,” and his blunt style has won him the Republican nomination, buoyed by voters who like feeling they know just where a candidate stands on the issues. So where <i>does</i> he …

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