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99 Ways to Fix American Politics

Everyone agrees something is broken. Can we make it better? POLITICO Magazine asked dozens of big thinkers to tell us their most out-of-the-box solutions to America’s problems.
A power play by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ousted the woman responsible for winning Trump Florida in 2016.

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Roy Cohn testifies in court in 1971.

Trumpology

The Final Lesson Donald Trump Never Learned From Roy Cohn

The unrepentant political hitman who taught a younger Trump how to flout the rules didn’t get away with it forever.

By Michael Kruse

President Donald Trump and new national security adviser Robert O'Brien board Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Washington And The World

The Dangers of a Weak National Security Adviser

A lesson for Robert O’Brien: When the person in that role lacks authority, disorder follows.

By John Gans

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Opinion

The Ridiculous Campaign Against Vaping

Vaping is almost all upside in comparison with traditional smoking, and yet the nation is in the grips of a panic about e-cigarettes.

By Rich Lowry

Marshall Billingslea

washington and the world

Trump Wants a Torture Proponent to Lead U.S. Human Rights Policy. The Senate Should Say No

Marshall Billingslea involvement in Bush-era torture should be disqualifying.

By Rob Berschinski and Benjamin Haas

Hillary Rodham (C), a lawyer for the Rodino Committee and John Doar (L), Chief Counsel for the committee

law and order

Hillary Clinton’s Zombie Impeachment Memo That Could Help Fell Trump

A congressional report Clinton helped pen during Watergate was later used to justify impeaching her husband. Now it's guiding Democrats angling to oust Trump.

By Darren Samuelsohn

Building 470 on the campus of Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md.

History Dept.

The Secret History of Fort Detrick, the CIA’s Base for Mind Control Experiments

Today, it’s a cutting-edge lab. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was the center of the U.S. government’s darkest experiments.

By Stephen Kinzer

Joe Biden

2020

The Ticking Time Bomb in Biden’s ‘Record Player’ Answer

It’s not about his age. It’s about whether he has offended black voters.

By Jeff Greenfield

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History Dept.

The Nasty Political Fight Over the First Weather Forecasts

Long before Donald Trump, lawmakers in Victorian England quashed early scientific storm predictions—with deadly consequences.

By Cynthia Barnett

Sanders, Biden, Warren

2020

‘There Is No Longer a Front-Runner’

What really changed after Biden, Sanders and Warren finally debated on the same stage? According to our experts, the second tier shone—with one really big exception.

By POLITICO MAGAZINE

A POLITICO illustration of Warren, Obama, Geithner and Summers

The Friday Cover

‘Why Are You Pissing In Our Face?’: Inside Warren’s War With the Obama Team

Interviews with Warren’s inner circle reveal a combative relationship between her and the Obama administration.

By Alex Thompson

Pete Buttigieg

Analysis

The Buttigieg Money Pit

Mayor Pete is the latest in a long line of presidential candidates to learn that dollars aren't votes.

By Bill Scher

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sits down for an interview following the  first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland.

Opinion

Why Only a Woman Can Win a Debate Against Trump

I was Hillary's sparring partner during debate prep. Here's why she handled Trump so well—and why most men in the 2020 field probably won't.

By Philippe Reines

White House abruptly cancels meeting with vaping advocates

The Trump administration had on Wednesday morning invited outside conservatives to a meeting with senior officials, framed to hear out their concerns.

Why Justin Trudeau’s party is sticking with him — for now

Two party lawmakers and three un-elected party officials argued to POLITICO that there was no chance of Trudeau being dumped as leader.

Yang dishes on why Trump won, Asian jokes and how he'll 'shock the world'

Read key excerpts from a broad ranging interview from the unconventional Democratic candidate for president.
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Why a pro-Trump Republican is fighting to limit the president’s war powers

Pro-Trump Republican Matt Gaetz and Democrat Ro Khanna are teaming up in the House to "stand against forever wars."

DHS walks back decision to halt medical deportation relief

The decision reverses an earlier move by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to put a freeze on the requests, known as “deferred action.”

There’s a reason we don’t know much about AI

The U.S. government used to study new technologies to flag ethical or social problems. Not anymore.

By Arthur Allen

PAC operator pleads guilty to fraud

Kelley Rogers, who raised millions with red-meat conservative pitches but spent little on politics, admits he cheated donors.

By and Derek Willis

nerdcast

Trump’s Turnberry resort and a zombie impeachment memo

Air Force crews have stayed overnight at President Trump's Scottish resort Turnberry up to 40 times. What's the backstory?

By , and Annie Rees

Get to know your own super power

It's an important skill to have, says Jamie Jones Miller, the top lobbyist for the Defense department.

How Vocational Education Got a 21st Century Reboot

With schools across 10 states, the P-TECH program prepares its students for good jobs that corporations pay well for.

By Erick Trickey

Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit bind

Labour leader finds himself in unfamiliar territory: The middle ground.

By Charlie Cooper

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