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The “Putin Is Bad, But” Republicans

At a recent conference, some members of the right identified foreign-policy hawks and neoconservatives, rather than Democrats, as their biggest enemies. → Read More

The GOP’s Trumpy Bet on California Doesn’t Pay Off

Gavin Newsom was surely vulnerable, but Republicans made the recall a binary choice between him and a MAGA-style radio show host. It didn’t work. → Read More

Bidenizing the Democrats

In a special election for an open House seat in Ohio, the president scores a victory against his party’s Sanders wing. → Read More

There’s No Coming Back From the Norm-Breaking at the RNC

How many Hatch Act violations can one gathering include? The Trump White House seems determined to find out. → Read More

What Happens If Donald Trump Refuses to Accept the Results of the Election?

All your most paranoid transfer of power questions, answered. → Read More

Can Joe Biden Successfully Run a Campaign Out of His Delaware Basement?

The former vice president is reviving the 19th century “front porch” style of campaigning to connect with voters amidst the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Your Most Paranoid Pandemic Election Questions, Answered

Will the election be canceled? Is mail-in voting really safer? All your questions, answered. → Read More

Bullock: Bernie Sanders is “flat wrong” on Israel

Montana Governor and 2020 presidential candidate Steve Bullock told Jewish Insider Tuesday that Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was “just flat wrong” when the Vermont senator said the United States should condition aid to Israel. Speaking at the J Street Conference in Washington last week, Sanders insisted that Israel would have to “fundamentally change” its relationship... Read More → Read More

Harris laying off campaign staff in New Hampshire

Kamala Harris has laid off a number of field staffers in New Hampshire as the California senator refocuses her presidential campaign on Iowa, Jewish Insider learned Friday. The layoffs leave the campaign with only a handful of staffers in the state. In a memo released earlier this week, campaign manager Juan Rodriguez said some staff... Read More → Read More

Pete Buttigieg: College football is ‘problematic’

ELKADER, IOWA — Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said he had moral qualms about being a college football fan and found it “problematic” on Monday. In response to a question from Jewish Insider about the issues with following a sport where unpaid athletes risk serious injury, Buttigieg said, “First, you need to look at what we... Read More → Read More

Cory Booker: Israel is less safe under Trump

New Jersey senator and 2020 contender declines to say if Netanyahu is a racist → Read More

Neo Nazis boast 'We got Tulsi in the debates'

A neo-Nazi website took credit for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-HI) qualification for the first two Democratic primary debates. The Daily Stormer, a notorious white supremacist and antisemitic website, proclaimed in April “we did it” — after the Hawaii congresswoman reached the 65,000 donor threshold needed to participate in the first two debates. Andrew Anglin, the... Read More → Read More

Democratic Majority for Israel to launch PAC

Democratic Majority for Israel, (DMFI), an organization that supports pro-Israel Democrats has established a hybrid political action committee to support congressional incumbents facing primary challenges for their pro-Israel stance. In an interview, Mark Mellman, the group’s leader, told Jewish Insider, that the PAC would play an active role in the 2020 elections. The top Democratic strategist… → Read More

'Our mantra is chaos': Republican researchers target 2020 Democrats

The America Rising committee monitors everything the candidates do, hoping the large field will work in Trump’s favor → Read More

Trump threatens to close border with Mexico

Mexico must ‘immediately stop ALL illegal immigration’ but foreign minister responds: ‘Mexico does not act on the basis of threats’ → Read More

Trump to sign order to protect free speech on college campuses – live news

Advisers to Joe Biden are reportedly debating tapping Stacey Abrams as a vice presidential pick when Biden announces his 2020 campaign → Read More

Trump heads to Ohio as critics condemn his attack on McCain – live

Trump to visit America’s last remaining tank plant in Canton and tout his economic message – follow the day’s politics news live → Read More

Trump issues first veto to protect border emergency declaration

Trump announces first veto since taking office in 2017 and claims resolution that rejected was ‘dangerous’ and ‘reckless’ → Read More

Paul Manafort apologizes to court ahead of sentencing – live

As we await Manafort’s sentencing, this is not Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s first high profile trial. An Obama appointee, Jackson has presided over the public corruption trial of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr as well as that of Alex Van Der Zwaan, the first person to go to prison in the Mueller probe. → Read More

Cory Booker: Ivy League elite or hunger-striking hero?

The New Jersey senator wants to be the liberal hero who takes on Trump in 2020, but what sort of president would he be? His background offers many mixed clues → Read More