The Ohio Special Election Is a Warning to Republicans

By Russell Berman

Republicans look poised to eke out a victory in the last major congressional bellwether before the November midterm elections. But a razor-thin margin in a suburban Ohio district the GOP has held comfortably for decades confirms that the party’s grip on control of Congress is shaky.

Troy Balderson, a Republican state legislator who secured a late push from President Trump, appeared to hold off Democrat Danny O’Connor on Tuesday in a special House election in and around Ohio’s capital city of Columbus. With all precincts reporting, Balderson led 50.2 percent to 49.3 percent, although the race remained too close for the major networks and the Associated Press to call. Rather than explicitly concede, O’Connor rallied his supporters for a November rematch both candidates knew was coming regardless of the night’s result.

“We’re not stopping now,” he said late Tuesday. “Tomorrow we rest and then we keep fighting through to November.”

The race was the last in a series of closely watched special elections in House districts that Republicans have dominated for years. The GOP has won all but one of them—a narrow loss in Pennsylvania in March—but over-performance by Democrats in nearly every instance has buoyed the party’s hopes that it can …read more

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Special Featured

By Elaine Godfrey

Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)


Today in 5 Lines

  • After reimposing sanctions against Iran, President Trump warned in a tweet that “anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.”

  • On the sixth day of Paul Manafort’s trial, his former deputy, Rick Gates, described how Manafort skirted taxes and used offshore companies to accept millions of dollars from Ukrainian businessmen.

  • The Trump administration is expected to unveil a proposal that would make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens, according to NBC News.

  • Forbes reported that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross stole millions of dollars throughout his career as an investment banker.

  • Missourians are voting on an amendment that would outlaw mandatory union fees.


The Races We’re Watching

Keep an eye on the special election in Ohio’s 12th district, where President Trump won comfortably in 2016. The race has come down to Trump-backed Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor, and recent polling shows it as a tossup. If O’Connor wins, it’ll be a good sign of things to come for Democrats in November.

In Kansas, the Republican gubernatorial primary is one to watch. Against the recommendations of senior party officials, Trump endorsed Kris Kobach over current …read more

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Jim Acosta’s Dangerous Brand of Performance Journalism

By Todd S. Purdum

The verb to accost comes from the old French that meant “to sail up close to a ship or a shoreline.” CNN’s Jim Acosta lived up to his patronymic (which has comparable coastal roots in Portuguese and Spanish) when he confronted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders with guns blazing last week, demanding to know if she shared Donald Trump’s belief that the press is the enemy of the American people.

Stipulate that Sanders traduces the truth each waking or speaking hour. Stipulate, too, that Acosta had just been the object of threatening and abusive taunts at a Trump rally in Florida. Even stipulate, if you wish, that his question was a cri de coeur and not a showy bid for clicks and ratings in the debased ritual of performance art that the White House briefing has become.

But acknowledge this also, please: Whenever a reporter who has not been kidnapped by terrorists, shot by an assailant, or won a big prize becomes an actor in her own story, she has lost the fight. Or in this case, reinforced the corrosive, cynical, and deeply dangerous feedback loop that has convinced Trump’s most fervent supporters that his …read more

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The Ultimate Betrayal of Paul Manafort

By Franklin Foer You know what would be surprising? If Rick Gates and Paul Manafort had suddenly suspended their apparently deeply ingrained habits of fraudulence and thievery during the three months they ran the Donald Trump campaign. Other chapters of their recent history—the chapters bracketing the campaign—include alleged episodes of witness tampering, lying to federal […]

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Congress Finally Can Tell Hemp From Pot

By Olivia Paschal Hemp is currently a Schedule I federally controlled substance, in the same legal category as LSD, heroin, and Ecstasy. Like all forms of cannabis, it was criminalized in 1970, partially because Congress was worried that law enforcement couldn’t tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. “There was tremendous biological understanding of the […]

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What Rick Gates’s Testimony Means for Manafort—and Trump

By David A. Graham Robert Mueller cultivates a reputation as a staid, even dour, man of the law, but the special counsel’s team isn’t above a bit of courtroom showmanship. Last week, prosecutors trying Paul Manafort in federal court in Northern Virginia suggested they might not call Rick Gates, Manafort’s former partner and protege, to […]

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Gates-Crashing

By Madeleine Carlisle Written by Madeleine Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2) and Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal) Today in 5 Lines Rick Gates, Paul Manafort’s longtime business partner, testified in the fifth day of Manafort’s federal trial that the two men committed crimes. The first set of U.S. sanctions on Iran prompted by President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear […]

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Trump’s War With the Koch Brothers Makes No Sense

By Dick Polman It’s plausible to dismiss the current feud between Donald Trump and the mogul Charles Koch as merely an alpha-male ego-fest—in the words of the journalist and Koch-watcher Jane Mayer, “a plutocratic pissing match” for control of the Republican Party. Trump turned up the heat last week when he tweeted that the scion […]

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There’s Nothing Wrong With Black English

By John McWhorter The Nation recently published a poem in which a homeless narrator speaks a complex, nuanced variety of English with a long and interesting history. The variety of English is Black English, and the poet is Anders Carlson-Wee, a white man. In the wake of the controversy, The Nation’s poetry editors have appended […]

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Fear and Anxiety at Refugee Road

Fear and Anxiety at Refugee Road

By Jeremy Raff There are roughly 3,000 immigrants from Mauritania in Columbus, Ohio. They came to America fleeing persecution and slavery in the West African country. For years, ICE allowed even those with failed asylum claims to remain in the U.S. “Since Donald Trump has become president, more than 50 people I know have been […]

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What Did the President Just Admit?

By David A. Graham In an attempt to defend his son Donald Trump Jr. on Sunday, President Trump may instead have incriminated him—and himself. Responding to a Washington Post report that he is increasingly concerned about his eldest son’s legal exposure, the president denied that claim in a tweet Sunday morning: Fake News reporting, a […]

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