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Don McGahn leaves Trump with big wins — and big risks

The White House’s top lawyer leaves behind a legacy of conservative judges and regulatory rollback. But critics say he also left the president exposed to a Democratic reckoning in November.

McGahn exits as White House counsel

He departs after a meeting with President Donald Trump.
Without a larger vision for 2019, Senate Republicans are laser-focused on the judiciary.
The secretary of state's amiable tone toward the Saudis in public following the suspected murder of a journalist has drawn criticism.
She is ‘still defending that vote’ to repeal the health law, says her Democratic rival for Congress.

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The Poisonous Allure of Right-Wing Violence

Gavin McInnes claims to be a defender of normality—he’s not.

By Rich Lowry

Bernie Sanders is pictured.

Washington And The World

Bernie Sanders Is Quietly Remaking the Democrats’ Foreign Policy in His Own Image

The gadfly senator suddenly finds himself in an unfamiliar role: consensus-builder.

By Derek Robertson

Stormy Daniels

Fourth Estate

Let’s Get Donald and Stormy Back Together Again!

They’re hopelessly in love, aren’t they?

By Jack Shafer

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How Trump’s Trade War Is Driving China Nuts

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has reacted to American pressure with a level of desperation that is good for neither Washington nor Beijing.

By William Pesek

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How Red and Green Slime (Really) Could Swing Florida’s Senate Race

If Rick Scott knocks Bill Nelson out of the U.S. Senate, the Republicans probably hold the chamber. But there’s trouble in the water—literally.

By Michael Grunwald

Robert Mueller

Swamp Diary

Week 73: Without Russia Indictments to Feast on, Scandalmongers Feast on Scraps

Mueller’s team has been quiet of late, so reporters are warming up the leftovers.

By Jack Shafer

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The Friday Cover

Trump May Not Be Crazy, But the Rest of Us Are Getting There Fast

Psychologists’ couches are filling up as Americans seek relief from Trump Anxiety Disorder.

By John F. Harris and Sarah Zimmerman

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoogi sits, dressed in white.

Washington And The World

The Tragedy of Jamal Khashoggi

The sad irony of the Saudi journalist’s disappearance: His fate may seal that of the reckless leader he criticized.

By Kristian Ulrichsen

Beto O'Rourke is pictured.

Fourth Estate

Stop the Press Before It Profiles Beto O’Rourke Again

Fine, he’s not Ted Cruz. But can we move on?

By Jack Shafer

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is pictured.

Washington And The World

Did Nikki Haley Do a Good Job?

Trump’s U.N. ambassador handled a tough assignment surprisingly well.

By Richard Gowan

The front page of the New York Times from Oct. 3, 2018: a big story about the Trump family using likely illegal schemes to avoid paying taxes.

Fourth Estate

The New York Times Bombshell That Bombed

And what the Grey Lady can still do to find an audience for its Trump tax story.

By Jack Shafer

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Glass Ceiling

Is Trump Driving Women Away From the GOP for Good?

Female voters have slowly drifted away from the Republican Party for decades. Under Donald Trump, that trend has accelerated.

By E.J. Graff


Warren stumbles with ‘Native American’ rollout

The likely 2020 candidate is getting flak from the left and right after trying to defuse a Trump-driven controversy.

By Alex Thompson , and


Diplomatic crisis spotlights Saudi Arabia's spending in Washington

Lobbying firms, think tanks and investors all are coming under scrutiny over their ties to the kingdom.

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Jodi Picoult: Justice Kavanaugh should read my book

Picoult offers book recommendations for Justice Brett Kavanaugh and President Donald Trump’s supporters


Big advertisers still shunning Ingraham’s Fox News show months after boycotts

The sustained loss of advertising minutes and big, nationally recognized brands shows the power of activist-led boycotts in the Trump era.


Inside the race to hack-proof the Democratic Party

The DNC’s chief technology officer has led a massive cybersecurity overhaul at the committee and its sister organizations.


The Deciders

The great American health care panic

In Pennsylvania’s iconic Philadelphia suburb, there’s one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on: The country’s health care system is broken and getting worse.

The other spending war: Appropriations race gets ugly

The fight over who leads the powerful committee could be a major headache for Kevin McCarthy.

Who wins 2018? Predictions for every House & Senate election

POLITICO race ratings and key election analysis in every state. See our dashboard and find your local races.

DIY Congress: Can you predict who will win the 2018 midterms?

POLITICO analyzed every midterm race for the House and Senate to determine who we think will win. Now it’s your turn.

Brexit shrug from E.U. leaders as May offers nothing new

The British are now open to extending the transition period, but that won't solve central issue in the talks.

By David Herszenhorn and Charlie Cooper