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California

How Gavin Newsom survived the recall

Larry Elder's ascent in the Republican field helped propel Newsom to victory, GOP strategist says.

“It was about making the campaign a referendum on the opposition, not just a kind of a dunking booth exercise on the incumbent."

Sean Clegg, senior Newsom strategist

Newsom beats California recall

The governor will remain in office after crushing a conservative-driven effort in the blue state.

The Fifty

How Wisconsin is ruled by a Republican shadow governor

Robin Vos has used his GOP majority to block, thwart or resist nearly every significant move made by Wisconsin’s governor.

By Daniel C. Vock

Congress

Democrats grapple with faltering filibuster push

As progressives re-coalesce around election reform as a vehicle to nix the filibuster, they're running into the same obstacles.

Dems’ fiscal endgame could require punting on debt limit

They want to force the GOP to vote against a government funding plan that also averts U.S. default. What happens next might be a conscious uncoupling.

Sept. 15, 2021

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Opinion | Can the Foreign Policy Elites Survive Biden’s Rejection?

The president’s Afghanistan withdrawal has pushed the nation-builders to the margins. But the ‘Blob’ always finds a way to adapt.

Opinion by Jack Shafer

Letter From Nevada

Vaccine Mandates Crash Into America’s ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Do’ State

Pummeled by unemployment, Las Vegas tried to reopen without widespread vaccination. Here are the lessons the city learned — and the challenges ahead.

By Megan Cassella

Trumpology

Boxing, ‘Moonies’ and Firefighter Selfies: Trump’s Strange 9/11 of One

On the 20th anniversary of the attacks, Trump found ways to keep the spotlight on him. And make a little money.

By Ruby Cramer

politics

Opinion | Gavin Newsom and the Revenge of California’s ‘Anger’ Lobby

The strange story of how progressive reforms put power in the hands of the state’s most aggrieved voters.

Opinion by Jeff Greenfield

The Big Idea

Opinion | It’s Time to Dismantle America’s Residential Caste System

America is starkly divided between neighborhoods that benefit from overinvestment and those that suffer from disinvestment. But identifying the geography of racial inequality also offers a mechanism for change.

Opinion by Sheryll Cashin

History Dept.

The World Trade Towers Collapsed on Will Jimeno. How Did He Survive?

The Port Authority police officer spent 13 hours trapped in the rubble of the Twin Towers before he was rescued. But the most remarkable thing might be what happened afterward.

By Garrett M. Graff

Culture Club

Kanye West and the New Politics of Shock

The rapper’s controversial album rollout illustrates exactly how much our cultural conversation about morality has changed.

By Derek Robertson

War Room

Opinion | The CIA Spent 20 Years on the Front Lines of the War on Terror. It's Time For That to Change.

An enduring legacy of the global war on terror is an approach to intelligence that doesn't serve U.S. national security interests as it once did.

Opinion by Amy Zegart

war room

‘We Never Got It. Not Even Close’: Afghanistan Veterans Reflect on 20 Years of War

Five veterans who served in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2020 discuss how their thoughts about the conflict have evolved, from their first deployments to Biden's decision to withdraw U.S. forces to the Taliban takeover.

By POLITICO Magazine

the friday cover

They Created Our Post-9/11 World. Here’s What They Think They Got Wrong.

Seventeen prominent players reflect on the decades of war they helped wage and the domestic defenses they helped erect.

By Bryan Bender and Daniel Lippman

soapbox

Opinion | Biden Is the Most Pro-Family President in Decades. So Why Is the Catholic Church Attacking Him?

Rather than criticizing the president over abortion, the Catholic Church should learn from his agenda.

Opinion by Tom Perriello

How 9/11 shaped Joe Biden’s approach to the politics of national tragedy

A moment of chaos turned into a frantic attempt to address the nation, and gave the public a hint of how Biden would operate in the Oval Office.

GOP's Jan. 6 problem returns to its doorstep

So far, top Republicans are staying quiet about the Sept. 18 protest on the Hill in defense of some Capitol riot defendants.

STATES

California’s recall election, in photos

A look at Republicans’ longshot effort to oust Democrat Gavin Newsom.

Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate faces headwinds

The potential for legal challenges, union contract disputes and the logistical hurdles underscore the difficulty for the administration to quickly implement a sweeping mandate.

Biden to withhold, restrict some military aid to Egypt

The move is a compromise that may disappoint some activists but nonetheless is arguably more human-rights-friendly than in the past.

6 Capitol Police officers facing discipline for Jan. 6 actions, dozens absolved

Three of those six officers, who the department did not identify, were flagged for "conduct unbecoming."