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Recent articles by David:

The Trailer: The candidates who are already missing Iowa

In this edition: Iowa versus the impeachment trial, what we learned from two wonky candidate forums, and polls that reveal how little we know about the horse race. → Read More

The Trailer: Two weeks before Iowa's presidential caucuses, fights are breaking out all over.

In this edition: The Democratic family feud in Texas, the long-awaited Social Security fight between Sanders and Biden, and the new, new, new debate rules. → Read More

The Trailer: Fights, foreign policy and future confusion from Iowa. Your questions, answered.

In this edition: Answering some burning questions about the primary, checking in with the candidate who's been running longer than anyone, and watching what the first candidate who dropped out does next. → Read More

The Trailer: What changed in Democrats' seventh debate

In this special post-debate edition: What changed for Democrats last night, what ads Iowans are seeing now and where the candidates are going next. → Read More

The Trailer: The dynamics — including the fights — to watch for in tonight's debate

In this debate day edition: The fights that may or may not unfold, what life is like for the candidates who got clipped, and polling that explains why Biden and Sanders have taken command. → Read More

The Trailer: Mike Bloomberg's transactional campaign pitch

In this edition: Mike Bloomberg buys a grassroots campaign, Democrats start to go negative on Bernie Sanders, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finds another way to make moderates furious. → Read More

Tom Steyer appears to have qualified for the seventh Democratic debate

Steyer, who has spent more than $115 million on his campaign so far, hit 12 percent in the network’s poll of Nevada, which holds its caucuses Feb. 22, and 15 percent in South Carolina, which holds its “first in the South” primary one week later. That was more than enough for Steyer to meet the Democratic National Committee’s standards, which required candidates to poll at 5 percent in any four… → Read More

The Trailer: Their candidates lost. Here's what they say about the race now.

In this edition: What veterans of the shuttered presidential campaigns think of the race now, why a new Senate candidate in Kentucky says he can run left to win, and why this Iran fight doesn't sound like previous foreign policy disputes. → Read More

The Trailer: Who's voting for Tom Steyer?

In this edition: Tom Steyer on the trail, the Democrats debate Iran by agreeing with each other, and Republicans take aim at seats they'd drawn to be Democratic. → Read More

The Trailer: How history, and Trump, affect Iowa Democrats' war fears

In this edition: How war fears are (and aren't) affecting the race in Iowa, how impeachment could affect the next Democratic debate, and how two conservative Democrats are making life easier for left-wing challengers. → Read More

The Trailer: The calm vs. change primary, or why moderate candidates are sticking around

In this edition: Why "calm" and "change" are the ways to look at the 2020 primary, how the polls actually changed in the last 365 days, and what we learned from the first round of campaign finance numbers. → Read More

The Trailer: How to win (or lose) New Hampshire

In this edition: How New Hampshire will be won, the fast-moving history of the Democrats' donor wars, and how impeachment didn't really change anything in the race for Congress. → Read More

The Trailer: Sanders is trying to make his electability case

In this edition: Bernie Sanders's electability quest, Pete Buttigieg's straight talk strategy, and the many kinds of Democrats wrestling with impeachment. → Read More

The Trailer: Going negative doesn't seem to be working for 2020 Democrats

In this edition: Why no Democrat can afford to go negative, the conservative vaping panic, and the steak fry ticket primary. → Read More

Biden and Sanders take fight over health care to union workers

The former vice president and the Vermont senator clashed in separate appearances before Philadelphia AFL-CIO members, repeating their debate disagreement. → Read More

Working Families Party, which backed Sanders in 2016, endorses Warren for 2020

The labor-aligned group, whose influence in liberal politics is growing, vowed to help the Massachusetts Democrat build a “mass movement.” → Read More

The Trailer: The 2020 field revisits the Kavanaugh fight

In this edition: Why Democrats are fighting about Kavanaugh again, why Beto O'Rourke is betting on gun buybacks, and why Bernie Sanders has become a feel-your-pain candidate. → Read More

The insurance industry hates the public option, too

Something getting lost in this Medicare-for-all exchange (30 minutes and counting) is that the insurance industry considers every Democratic proposal a threat to the private market. In its TV and digital ads, the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future warns that expanding Medicare in any way would ruin what Americans are comfortable with. → Read More

The Senate math on gun control

One of the more esoteric but important debates in this primary is about the filibuster. Elizabeth Warren wants to eliminate it; Bernie Sanders wants to drive around it by using the budget process to pass his major priorities; Joe Biden and most of the rest of the field doesn’t want to mess around with it. → Read More

The Trailer: The questions tonight's Democratic debate will answer

In this debate day edition: What to look for on the Houston stage, the lessons of North Carolina's urban/rural special election, and polls that will give Democrats even more to worry about. → Read More