Trump Loses Altitude in Ohio Ahead of Midterms

Voters in Ohio — the electoral bellwether that’s picked the winner of every presidential race since 1964 — have generally positive views of international trade and want the U.S. to play a leading role in world affairs, according to a new POLITICO/AARP survey. But the poll of voters in the key swing state also shows the complicated nature of public opinion about the country’s place in the world in the era of President Donald Trump. Just a quarter of voters,

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Clinton signs assault weapons ban, Sept. 13, 1994

After three prior presidents lobbied Congress for passage of an assault weapons ban, President Bill Clinton on this day in 1994 signed the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act into law over the vociferous opposition of the National Rifle Association. Earlier on this day, the Senate voted 52 to 48 in favor of its passage, clearing the way for Clinton’s signature. On May 3, 1994, Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan co-authored a letter to the

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Is the Left Ready to Handle National Security?

The phrases “progressive politics” and “national security” rarely appear together. When “national security” shows up in the pages of leftist political publications at all, it’s usually as an object of criticism. Yet, were the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party to take over Washington – Elizabeth Warren, for one, seems to be burnishing her foreign policy credentials – the burden of national security would be on their shoulders. Which is why it’s important to acknowledge that ideological friction between

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‘I’m Not Necessarily Some Soft Yoga Guy’

WARREN, Ohio—U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan wants you to know: Just because he meditates doesn’t mean he’s soft. He’s from Ohio’s blue-collar Mahoning Valley, the steel valley, home of Youngstown, a district where 45,000 people voted for both him and Donald Trump. So if you’ve read that Congress’ foremost advocate of mindfulness wants to run for president in 2020 by winning the “yoga vote”—and if that seems risky against an incumbent with a Triumph-the-Insult-Comic-Dog attack style—well, that’s only part of Ryan’s

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#NeverTrump Republicanism Can Still Matter

During the 2016 presidential election, a vocal minority of Republicans resisted the inexorable rise of President Donald Trump without ever being able to support Hillary Clinton. We weren’t Democrats. We were Never-Trump Republicans. In 2018, many of my fellow Never-Trumpers broke ranks. Some—George Will, Max Boot, Steve Schmidt, to name three—have advocated switching sides, at least for one November. Others made their peace with Trump because they like his judicial nominees or his tax cuts; some in the GOP consulting and

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