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Past articles by Sam:

16 of the Zillion Crazy Things That Happened in Politics This Year

Are we in some kind of wormhole or did all of this really take place in the last 12 months? → Read More

Trumpworld Wants to Primary GOP Gov. Brian Kemp

It’s a “fait accompli,” said one veteran adviser, that the Georgia Republican will face a challenge in 2022. → Read More

Proud Boy Leader Says He Was Invited to White House. White House Says It Was Actually a Public Xmas Tour.

Enrique Tarrio suggested on Saturday that he had a top secret invite. The White House says it was a public tour. → Read More

The Hottest Campaign Ads on Twitter Didn’t Really Work: Study

Going viral was nice. But it didn’t appear to actually move persuadable voters in swing states. → Read More

Trump Cheers ‘Terrific’ Rise in COVID Cases During Off-The-Rails Vaccine Summit

Trump’s vaccine summit morphed into an unspooling of grievances and a bizarre assertion that it was worth celebrating millions of Americans getting COVID. → Read More

Trumpworld Keeps Raising Cash for Rudy’s Legal Fight. But Key Figures Are Fleeing.

Top donors are not writing checks. Super PACS are dormant. Lawmakers are growing skeptical. But the grassroots cash is still coming in. → Read More

Trump and Fox News Are at War and Democrats Can't Decide What to Do About It

The rift between Trump and his favorite cable network has Biden allies and former White House aides debating whether it’s time for Democrats to engage Fox. → Read More

Donald Trump Becomes What He Deeply Feared: A One-Term President

A White House roiled by controversy, scandal, and blatant mismanagement of a deadly pandemic now has an end date. → Read More

Local GOP Pushes Trump Voters to Cast Ballots After Election

Local Republican officials were recruiting volunteers on Thursday to call Pennsylvania voters and urge them to send in their ballots—two full days after Election Day. This plea was emailed out just hours before President Donald Trump went on national television Thursday to declare the inherent illegitimacy → Read More

National Republican Party Formally Backs QAnon Supporter

A $5,000 September donation formalizes the GOP’s acceptance of Marjorie Taylor Greene’s candidacy after top officials in the party had signalled hesitancy in backing her. → Read More

Even Parts of Trumpworld Are Like: Rudy, WTF Are You Doing?

Some Republicans fear that far from aiding the president, Giuliani’s attacks on Hunter Biden will backfire. → Read More

Rudy Giuliani Posts Footage of Himself Mocking Asians to YouTube

Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was caught mocking Asians and even pantomiming a bow in video footage his team accidentally posted to his YouTube page on Wednesday.The remarks came well after Giuliani had finished interviewing former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for his podcast, Common → Read More

Trump’s COVID Task Force Is Now Openly Rebelling Against Him

Standing outside one of the main buildings on the University of Connecticut campus last week, Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, let out an exasperated sigh through her peach-colored face mask.Birx had been traveling almost non-stop since June, working with local and state → Read More

Trump's 11th Hour Campaign Gambit: Give Voters Cash

The president ran successfully as a populist in 2016. But as he tries to recapture the formula, he’s running into some hurdles—mainly, his record. → Read More

White House Quietly Told Vets Group It Might Have Exposed Them to COVID

On the same day President Trump acknowledged contracting the coronavirus, the White House quietly informed a veterans group that there was a COVID-19 risk stemming from a Sept. 27 event honoring the families of fallen U.S. service members, the head of that charitable organization told The Daily Beast.The → Read More

Amy Coney Barrett Signed Letter Urging End of ‘Barbaric’ Roe v. Wade

The letter may be in line with conservative thinking. But it could complicate her Supreme Court fight. → Read More

Trump Campaign Spent Nearly Half a Million on Fireworks

The Trump campaign finds itself in an unexpected financial crunch heading into the election’s homestretch: substantially behind Joe Biden in the cash it has on hand despite years of advanced preparation. If the president is looking to cast blame, however, the receipts suggest that it starts with himself.During → Read More

Kushner Thought Trump Wasn’t Campaigning Enough During COVID Crisis: Book

The president’s son-in-law comes under scrutiny in Bob Woodward’s latest book. And the portrayal isn’t all that flattering. → Read More

The Left Secretly Preps for Violence After Election Day

The progressive coalition Fight Back Table has been meeting to game out what happens if Joe Biden doesn’t win by a landslide. It’s not pretty. → Read More

Trump White House Warns Colleges: Don’t Send Your COVID-Infected Students Home!

Top White House officials rang the alarm bell during a call with the nation’s governors on Monday, pleading with them to advise college presidents in their states to keep COVID-infected students on campus or risk another major outbreak. “We know that what happened across the South [in June] was primarily → Read More