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Past articles by Toluse:

Biden’s closing argument: Republicans would trash the economy

Democrats for months boasted of their economic wins. Now their argument is starker — the GOP would ruin the economy and gut Social Security and Medicare. → Read More

Biden, DeSantis meet in Florida, pledging bipartisanship on Ian relief

The president and the governor, potential opponents in the 2024 presidential campaign, put politics aside during the trip, instead focusing on the urgent matter of recovery from Hurricane Ian. → Read More

Biden, in London, honors the queen and avoids diplomatic disputes

President Biden met with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss as well as King Charles III while in London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth. → Read More

Chauvin defense team attempts to put George Floyd’s drug addiction on the stand

Defense attorney Eric Nelson faces the complex and delicate task of cross-examining a deceased man’s drug abuse. → Read More

In George Floyd’s old neighborhood, Biden’s war on poverty faces a crucial test

Whether the largest antipoverty effort in a generation produces lasting change or becomes a cautionary tale about the limits of governmental largesse will play out in communities such as Cuney Homes. → Read More

Trump’s election fraud falsehoods have cost taxpayers $519 million — and counting

Donald Trump’s claims that the election was stolen have forced local, state and federal agencies to spend millions enhancing security, fending off lawsuits and repairing property damage. The costs are mounting daily. → Read More

Trump upends GOP’s renewed focus on deficits, splitting party with push for $2,000 checks

Republican lawmakers are torn between fealty to Trump and a desire to reestablish their small-government orthodoxy ahead of Biden’s presidency. → Read More

Republicans lob accusations of elitism at ‘Middle Class Joe’ — a sign of the upended politics of populism

The burgeoning dynamic underscores how Trumpism is likely to animate the nation’s politics even after a billionaire president is replaced by Biden in the White House. → Read More

Disarray and defeats mark post-election period as Trump struggles to govern and fails to change vote results

As he has embraced denial about his election loss and the surging coronavirus crisis, the concluding weeks of his presidency have been marked by rudderless and haphazard governance. → Read More

Biden inches closer to presidential victory as Trump’s chances of victory fade

As Biden made plans to address the nation, Trump and his campaign continued to make unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud while disputing the election results in multiple states where he was losing. → Read More

As Election Day nears, Trump ponders becoming one thing he so despises: A loser

In unscripted remarks, the president laments a potential defeat and complains about the pandemic’s impact on his political fortunes. → Read More

Trump returns to public campaigning, falsely claiming that the virus that infected him is ‘disappearing’

After being confined to the White House and hospital since Oct. 1, the president is scheduled to begin a frenetic stretch of rallies up through Election Day. It remains unclear how he will do so safely as the coronavirus rages nationwide. → Read More

Acrimonious debate sparks calls for new rules to rein in Trump and questions about the format’s usefulness for voters

Debate organizers pledged swift action to help “maintain order” going forward. One area of agreement? Something needs to change. → Read More

After years of promising his own health care plan, Trump settles for rebranding rather than repealing Obamacare

A speech and an executive order stood as a tacit admission that the president had failed to keep his 2016 promise to replace his predecessor’s signature achievement with a conservative alternative. → Read More

GOP convention spins alternate reality with torrent of falsehoods aimed at rebooting Trump’s flagging campaign

While all political confabs involve some level of spin and revisionism, the Republican National Convention this year has stood out for its brazen defiance of facts, according to experts on propaganda and misinformation. → Read More

Trump uses Republican convention to try to rewrite coronavirus history, casting himself as lifesaving hero

With the pandemic still ravaging the country just 10 weeks before Election Day, the president is relying on his background in reality television and show business to create an alternative reality that edits out his mistakes and magnifies those of his opponents. → Read More

Democrats plan emergency hearing on Postal Service ‘sabotage’ as Republicans allege ‘conspiracy theory’

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy agreed to testify before Congress about the operational changes that have led to mail delivery delays and raised concerns about the election. → Read More

Calling it a ‘peaceful protest,’ Trump flouts coronavirus guidelines with golf club gathering

With coronavirus cases nearing 5 million in the United States and average daily deaths topping 1,000, the president’s retreat to the confines of his private club offered him an opportunity to create a kind of alternate reality in which his presidency is not being beset by numerous crises. → Read More

Pandemic likely to 'get worse before it gets better,' Trump says in somber return to coronavirus briefing

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump walked to the lectern in the White House briefing room alone Tuesday, attempting to single-handedly hit the reset button on the public blame he is facing for not controlling the novel coronavirus pandemic. Three months after he abandoned the daily virus briefings and attempted to turn the country's attention to what he described as the "great American… → Read More

Pandemic likely to ‘get worse before it gets better,’ Trump says in somber return to coronavirus briefing

The president appeared to acknowledge that the virus he once said would disappear continues to pose a serious threat to the country, as well as to his reelection chances. → Read More