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Why politics follows geography

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Logan Veret, 23, and Huey Dugas, 79, discuss farming on Dugas’s fourth-generation family farm in St. Martinville, La., last summer. Dugas’s farm produces 75,000 tons of sugar cane a year. (Photo by Annie Flanagan for The Washington Post) Our polarized political climate has many causes, but arguably the most important is our self-sorting into two demographic universes. The Pew Research Center finds: Urban areas are at the leading edge of racial and ethnic change, with nonwhites now a clear majority of the population in urban counties while solid majorities in suburban and rural areas are white. Urban and suburban counties are gaining population due to an influx of immigrants in both types of counties, as well as domestic migration into suburban areas. In co...

Whites' Unease Shadows the Politics of a More Diverse America

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Economic SceneWhites’ Unease Shadows the Politics of a More Diverse AmericaImageDiners in Macomb County, Mich., watched coverage of Donald J. Trump’s meeting with President Barack Obama two days after his election victory. The county delivered majorities to Mr. Obama twice, then swung to Mr. Trump.CreditBrittany Greeson for The New York TimesBy Eduardo PorterMay 22, 2018In 1985, the pollster Stanley Greenberg went to Macomb County, Mich., to figure out how a traditionally Democratic suburban area could have delivered a landslide for Ronald Reagan. Last year, he was back with a similar question: How could voters in a county that turned out twice for Barack Obama have defected in such large numbers that they arguably delivered Michigan to Donald Trump?The research zeroed in on...

Trump wades into abortion politics as midterms approach

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President Donald Trump has long been an unlikely sweetheart for conservative and evangelical voters. Now, in the lead-up to the midterm elections, the thrice-married former Democrat who used to describe himself as "very pro-choice" is offering catnip to conservative voters with a new administration push to strip funding from Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics.The initiative, announced last week, has arrived just in time for Mr. Trump to highlight it Tuesday night when he speaks at the Susan B. Anthony List's annual "Campaign for Life Gala." It is aimed at resurrecting parts of a Reagan-era mandate banning federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, or sharing space with abortion providers.Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abo...

Oil Conspires With Politics to Drive Rupee Toward Record Low

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the rupee face a similar predicament -- old foes have re-emerged to keep them in check.Brent crude rose above $80 a barrel last week for the first time since 2014, and is looking ominous for the nation’s budget deficit, inflation and the currency. Meanwhile, Modi faces the prospect of rival parties uniting to block his re-election bid after their success at a recent state poll.Together, elevated oil prices and political uncertainty have sent the rupee 3 percent below the year-end analyst consensus targets, and some strategists expect the currency to weaken past a 2016 record low of 68.8650 per dollar. The combination couldn’t have come at a worse time, with rising Treasury yields spurring a selldown of emerging markets. ...

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Obama Pivots to Video

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-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)Today in 5 Lines Following a meeting between President Trump and top law-enforcement and intelligence officials, the White House announced that Chief of Staff John Kelly will convene a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI along with GOP congressional leaders to “review highly classified and other information” related to the FBI’s use of a confidential source to help investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that Washington will apply “unprecedented financial pressure in the form of the strongest sanctions in history” if Iran doesn’t change its behavior in the Middle East. In a 5–4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that businesses can pr...
With State Senate Bid, Cannabis Pro Leaps Into Politics

With State Senate Bid, Cannabis Pro Leaps Into Politics

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Before the 2016 presidential election catapulted Jessa Lewis into politics, she was an involved member of Washington state’s legal cannabis industry. She’d worked as general manager of retailer Dockside’s first Seattle-area retail store and, later, on the production side for brands Circanna and Nectar. But after serving as media coordinator for Bernie Sanders’ Washington state delegation, she found herself drawn to the work. She’s now running for state Senate, promising to be a friend to the legal cannabis industry.“I don’t know of anyone who has run and has been open about it and has the background I have.” She’s running as a Democrat in the state’s Sixth District, hoping to replace anti-cannabis Republican Mark Baumgartner, w...