15
Dec

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Friday that Republicans’ decision to leave a pair of provisions in the tax reform legislation that experts say will hammer Puerto Rico’s already struggling economy was “unconscionable.” “It is devastating and unconscionable that Congress would do this at this juncture,” Rosselló told NBC News after it was clear the provisions remained […]

15
Dec

Congressional Republicans are likely to push through their tax policy legislation next week — but they should be getting a little nervous. Here’s the most likely scenario for the next few days, one that should comfort Republicans and President Trump. House and Senate Republicans already have the outlines of a compromise bill that would reconcile […]

15
Dec

That was embarrassing. Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council and one of the “Big Six” Republicans behind President Trump’s tax rewrite, was on stage at The Wall Street Journal’s annual gathering of business executives in Washington last month defending the plan. He looked happy to be there. Both the House and the Senate […]

14
Dec

Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): For your consideration today: Can Republicans find a way to stop nominating toxic (perhaps fatally flawed) candidates? The immediate spark for this question is, of course, the GOP managing to lose a Senate seat in Alabama, one […]

13
Dec

Democrat Doug Jones’s stunning victory in Alabama on Tuesday should send a shiver down the spine of GOP elected officials everywhere. Yes, Jones likely would have lost the special election for a U.S. Senate seat had his Republican opponent, Roy Moore, not been an extremely flawed candidate. But Moore’s defeat is part of a larger […]

13
Dec

The Democrats thought that December was the month they could use the threat of a government shutdown to force congressional Republicans to pass a law that offers protections from deportation and other benefits for some young undocumented immigrants. But the passage this month of such a law, along the lines of the Obama administration’s Deferred […]

12
Dec

Follow our live coverage of Alabama’s special election for U.S. Senate. Alabama’s long and strange special election for U.S. Senate comes to a close on Tuesday. Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore face off in their bids to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the remainder of the term. Moore […]

11
Dec

The polls have varied significantly heading into Tuesday’s special Senate election in Alabama. The FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast team discusses why turnout is so difficult to predict and how different groups of voters could affect the outcome. The crew also assesses how Sen. Al Franken’s resignation has shaped the political conversation surrounding sexual misconduct allegations — […]

11
Dec

Follow our live coverage of Alabama’s special election for U.S. Senate. Somebody’s going to be wrong in Alabama. We’ve already urged caution when interpreting polls of Alabama’s special election to the U.S. Senate, which will be held on Tuesday. Some of that is because of the media’s usual tendency to demand certainty from the polls […]

8
Dec

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Today’s theme song is “The Critic — Main Theme” from the television show “The Critic.” Poll of the week Congress on Thursday postponed its fight over government funding for a couple of weeks. But Democrats may still try to make future funding contingent on replacing former President Obama’s […]

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