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By The Washington Post

Analysis of the biggest political stories of the day from Washington Post correspondent James Hohmann. Available every weekday morning.

  1. 1.
    Kavanaugh Will Testify Publicly on Sexual Assault Allegations18 September 2018
    8:10
  2. 2.
    Considering a Supreme Court nominee in the #MeToo era17 September 2018
    6:35
  3. 3.
    Dysfunction in the Trump administration emerges amid Hurricane Florence14 September 2018
    8:39
  4. 4.
    Preexisting conditions take center stage in Democratic attack ads13 September 2018
    8:09
  5. 5.
    Trump says the government is “absolutely and totally prepared” for Hurricane Florence12 September 2018
    6:31
  6. 6.
    Why NASA’s next rockets might say Budweiser on the side11 September 2018
    7:45
  7. 7.
    Trump's most loyal defender takes on the Sunday shows10 September 2018
    8:44
  8. 8.
    Kavanaugh won’t go as far as Gorsuch in defending the judicial branch from Trump’s attacks7 September 2018
    6:44
  1. 9.
    A New York Times column sends the West Wing into a panic6 September 2018
    7:56
  2. 10.
    Highlights from the contentious first day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing5 September 2018
    9:07
  3. 11.
    Trump shows disdain for the rule of law as Kavanaugh confirmation hearing begins4 September 2018
    7:10
  4. 12.
    Kavanaugh could offer the decisive vote to uphold Trump’s assault on affirmative action31 August 2018
    8:19
  5. 13.
    Trump allies fear ‘winter is coming’30 August 2018
    7:30
  6. 14.
    Florida primary upset sets the stage for a colossal fall battle29 August 2018
    8:50
  7. 15.
    A new inspector general report shows the swamp is getting swampier28 August 2018
    7:55
  8. 16.
    Trump won’t call McCain a ‘hero’27 August 2018
    7:43
  9. 17.
    Fox interview fallout shows why Trump’s lawyers don’t want him talking to Mueller24 August 2018
    8:08
  10. 18.
    Why Michael Cohen flipped23 August 2018
    8:11
  11. 19.
    Tuesday was perhaps the worst day in Trump's presidency thus far22 August 2018
    9:38
  12. 20.
    Melania Trump declares her independence, again, with a solo Africa trip21 August 2018
    9:21
  13. 21.
    Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 2020 August 2018
    3:45
  14. 22.
    Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 1717 August 2018
    3:29
  15. 23.
    Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 1616 August 2018
    3:29
  16. 24.
    Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 1515 August 2018
    4:24
  17. 25.
    Three headlines that should be on your radar for Aug. 1314 August 2018
    3:28
  18. 26.
    Three headlines that should be on your radar13 August 2018
    3:49
  19. 27.
    Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens through ‘chain migration’10 August 2018
    7:04
  20. 28.
    The swamp gets swampier9 August 2018
    9:41
  21. 29.
    Alarm bells ring for House Republicans8 August 2018
    7:26
  22. 30.
    An uncomfortable reunion in a Virginia courtroom7 August 2018
    6:21
  23. 31.
    Race continues to be a blind spot for Trump one year after Charlottesville6 August 2018
    6:25
  24. 32.
    Trump officials say they’re taking election security seriously3 August 2018
    9:29
  25. 33.
    Mueller agrees to narrow questions for Trump2 August 2018
    7:47
  26. 34.
    Exciting technological advances keep being used against us1 August 2018
    7:50
  27. 35.
    U.S. spy agencies are watching North Korea work on new missiles31 July 2018
    7:02
  28. 36.
    The Koch network threatens to turn on Republicans30 July 2018
    9:22
  29. 37.
    U.S. military takes possession of human remains from North Korea27 July 2018
    7:31
  30. 38.
    Inside the Trump-Cohen divorce26 July 2018
    7:48
  31. 39.
    Cohen tape suggests Trump knew about model’s deal to sell story of alleged affair25 July 2018
    8:49
  32. 40.
    Why U.S. v. Nixon matters – now more than ever24 July 2018
    9:46
  33. 41.
    Carter Page FISA warrants underscore the difficulty of disproving presidential falsehoods23 July 2018
    9:21
  34. 42.
    Trump advisers are mad at the intel chief for saying he didn’t know Putin was invited to D.C.20 July 2018
    8:23
  35. 43.
    Russia imbroglio deepens the disconnect between Trump and his own administration19 July 2018
    8:49
  36. 44.
    Simultaneous foreign trips by Trump and Obama showcase the contours of the ‘culture’ wars18 July 2018
    9:44
  37. 45.
    Trump ignored advisers in embracing Putin17 July 2018
    7:58
  38. 46.
    Trump complicates a special relationship13 July 2018
    8:10
  39. 47.
    Congress won’t stop President Trump’s trade war12 July 2018
    8:47
  40. 48.
    The human fallout of Trump’s family separation policy continues11 July 2018
    8:38
  41. 49.
    Trump picks a D.C. GOP insider for Supreme Court10 July 2018
    9:28
  42. 50.
    Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency9 July 2018
    9:12
  43. 51.
    Scott Pruitt is finally pushed out as Trump reaches his boiling point6 July 2018
    8:57
  44. 52.
    Trump thought about invading Venezuela last summer5 July 2018
    7:57
  45. 53.
    Three things that should be on your radar for July 44 July 2018
    4:17
  46. 54.
    Three things that should be on your radar for July 33 July 2018
    4:23
  47. 55.
    Three things that should be on your radar for July 22 July 2018
    4:56
  48. 56.
    The Bad Boys of Brexit had ties to Russia29 June 2018
    7:31
  49. 57.
    Kennedy’s retirement sets the stage for a big Supreme Court fight28 June 2018
    8:52
  50. 58.
    The No. 4 House Democrat going down foreshadows the party’s coming identity crisis27 June 2018
    8:56
  51. 59.
    Trump’s trade war is causing layoffs and sending jobs overseas26 June 2018
    7:02
  52. 60.
    Public shaming of Trump backers shows a growing political divide25 June 2018
    8:21
  53. 61.
    Confusion reigns at the border and in Congress on immigration22 June 2018
    7:53
  54. 62.
    President Trump is not surrendering his war on undocumented immigrants21 June 2018
    6:33
  55. 63.
    The political fallout of Trump splitting up immigrant families continues to cascade20 June 2018
    7:51
  56. 64.
    Trump passes the buck on breaking up immigrant families19 June 2018
    6:50
  57. 65.
    The Trump administration cannot get its story straight on breaking up immigrant families18 June 2018
    9:07
  58. 66.
    Trump is losing the debate over splitting up families at the border as faith leaders turn against it15 June 2018
    9:39
  59. 67.
    A GOP senator urges love for LGBT youths in a poignant Pride Month speech14 June 2018
    9:49
  60. 68.
    Mark Sanford’s primary loss shows why congressional Republicans won’t cross Trump13 June 2018
    9:01
  61. 69.
    In Kim he trusts12 June 2018
    6:52
  62. 70.
    Smiles in Singapore could mask the gulf between the U.S. and North Korea11 June 2018
    8:05
  63. 71.
    Why Bernie Sanders will never join the Democratic Party8 June 2018
    8:36
  64. 72.
    America alone7 June 2018
    9:05
  65. 73.
    Last night, the Democratic establishment struck back in Calif., N.J. and beyond6 June 2018
    8:26
  66. 74.
    RFK’s speech in apartheid South Africa remains relevant 50 years after his assassination5 June 2018
    9:29
  67. 75.
    Rudy Giuliani says Trump couldn’t get indicted for shooting James Comey4 June 2018
    7:25
  68. 76.
    Trump’s pardon talk shows he doesn’t see political crimes as a big deal1 June 2018
    8:45
  69. 77.
    Trump has lost confidence in his attorney general, but Jeff Sessions isn’t going anywhere31 May 2018
    8:29
  70. 78.
    Mitt Romney threads the needle on Donald Trump30 May 2018
    8:41
  71. 79.
    Addiction prompts a congressman to retire29 May 2018
    8:14
  72. 80.
    The Nixed North Korea summit shows the limitations of Trump’s me-first diplomacy25 May 2018
    7:26
  73. 81.
    Why Trump has started using the term “spygate"24 May 2018
    7:48
  74. 82.
    2018 is shaping up as a breakthrough year for Democratic diversity23 May 2018
    8:09
  75. 83.
    Who is Stefan Halper, the FBI source who assisted the Russia probe?22 May 2018
    8:04
  76. 84.
    Hillary Clinton is not over it21 May 2018
    10:12
  77. 85.
    Tillerson is the latest Trump aide to speak out after getting fired18 May 2018
    7:39
  78. 86.
    New documents reveal details about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting17 May 2018
    8:26
  79. 87.
    Far left candidates are winning the Democratic civil war16 May 2018
    8:30
  80. 88.
    The Iraq election results are bad news for the United States15 May 2018
    7:29
  81. 89.
    Feeling disrespected keeps many loyal to Trump14 May 2018
    7:27
  82. 90.
    The GOP’s uncivil war11 May 2018
    7:16
  83. 91.
    Why John McCain is voting against Gina Haspel to lead the CIA10 May 2018
    8:05
  84. 92.
    Primary results confirm 2018 is a terrible year to be a House Republican9 May 2018
    7:56
  85. 93.
    Watch what they do, not what they say8 May 2018
    8:56
  86. 94.
    Giuliani is riding high, but is he flying too close to the sun?7 May 2018
    8:47
  87. 95.
    Three things that should be on your radar for May 44 May 2018
    4:15
  88. 96.
    Three things that should be on your radar for May 33 May 2018
    3:42
  89. 97.
    Three things that should be on your radar for May 22 May 2018
    3:53
  90. 98.
    Three things that should be on your radar for May 11 May 2018
    4:25
  91. 99.
    Three things that should be on your radar for April 3030 April 2018
    4:11
  92. 100.
    Bill Cosby’s conviction is a watershed but shows how hard it is to hold alleged abusers accountable27 April 2018
    8:22
  93. 101.
    Michael Cohen will take the Fifth. Trump has said innocent people don’t do that.26 April 2018
    7:51
  94. 102.
    Trump is doubling down on his VA nominee25 April 2018
    7:54
  95. 103.
    Trump’s pick to lead the V.A. may be forced to withdraw24 April 2018
    8:46
  96. 104.
    Get ready for Macron-mania23 April 2018
    8:53
  97. 105.
    Jim Comey’s memos are released.20 April 2018
    7:32
  98. 106.
    Republicans are divided over trying to make the tax cuts permanent19 April 2018
    7:31
  99. 107.
    A new progressive coalition aims to improve Democratic messaging against Trump18 April 2018
    8:37
  100. 108.
    Trump fills the job of White House communications director – with himself17 April 2018
    8:50
  101. 109.
    James Comey says President Trump may be susceptible to Russian blackmail16 April 2018
    6:30
  102. 110.
    Trump’s plan to pardon ‘Scooter’ Libby sends a message to witnesses in the Mueller probe13 April 2018
    7:33
  103. 111.
    Paul Ryan’s party is over.12 April 2018
    7:23
  104. 112.
    Trump's fury after Cohen raids prods Hill Republicans to take sides on Mueller11 April 2018
    7:09
  105. 113.
    Mark Zuckerberg will be on the hot seat today10 April 2018
    8:09
  106. 114.
    Trump telegraphs military action against Syria9 April 2018
    7:33
  107. 115.
    More trouble for Scott Pruitt6 April 2018
    8:59
  108. 116.
    Trump is following through on his ‘America First’ campaign promises5 April 2018
    8:17
  109. 117.
    Lordy, there may be reports4 April 2018
    7:37
  110. 118.
    Remembering MLK’s final speech3 April 2018
    9:33
  111. 119.
    Trump’s Easter tweetstorm speaks volumes about his presidency2 April 2018
    8:06
  112. 120.
    Visuals, metaphors and ego motivate Trump to take a harder line on Putin30 March 2018
    8:17
  113. 121.
    Loyalty to Trump has emerged as a top issue in GOP primary campaign commercials29 March 2018
    7:44
  114. 122.
    How Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook is like Gutenberg’s printing press28 March 2018
    8:14
  115. 123.
    A conservative think tank is trying to tackle climate change27 March 2018
    7:18
  116. 124.
    How the marches for gun control are like the protests against Vietnam26 March 2018
    8:06
  117. 125.
    Trump continues to shake up the White House23 March 2018
    6:23
  118. 126.
    Congress reveals a spending deal that doesn't give Trump the money he wants for his wall22 March 2018
    6:48
  119. 127.
    Illinois primary results show angry bases in both parties demanding more ideological purity21 March 2018
    7:53
  120. 128.
    Trump is becoming more confrontational with Mueller20 March 2018
    7:35
  121. 129.
    A slain 18-year-old's family reminds us to remember all the victims of gun violence19 March 2018
    8:09
  122. 130.
    Trump may hire multiple cable news personalities as part of shake-up16 March 2018
    6:28
  123. 131.
    A center-left think tank makes an opening bid in the 2020 'ideas primary'15 March 2018
    8:26
  124. 132.
    Pennsylvania special election shows GOP still hasn’t found a winning midterms message14 March 2018
    8:56
  125. 133.
    How Trump caved to the NRA13 March 2018
    6:30
  126. 134.
    A Democratic senator is highlighting work with Trump in the first ad of his reelection campaign12 March 2018
    6:23
  127. 135.
    A rescue mission to save a Republican seat in a Pennsylvania special election9 March 2018
    7:55
  128. 136.
    Trump equivocation on tariffs highlights continuing chaos in the White House8 March 2018
    8:39
  129. 137.
    Trump is supercharging the celebrification of politics7 March 2018
    7:28
  130. 138.
    Trump's trade adviser is getting his 15 minutes of fame6 March 2018
    7:18
  131. 139.
    Democratic committees are divided over playing in primaries5 March 2018
    7:09
  132. 140.
    Trump triangulates on trade2 March 2018
    7:05
  133. 141.
    Trump’s rejection of due process for gun owners points to his disdain for the rule of law1 March 2018
    6:55
  134. 142.
    Hope Hicks's evasiveness highlights how far Trump is pushing the envelope on executive privilege28 February 2018
    8:33
  135. 143.
    Trump gets a seminar on federalism as governors push back on arming teachers27 February 2018
    7:12
  136. 144.
    Trump is driving a surge in public support for stricter gun laws since Florida shooting26 February 2018
    6:35
  137. 145.
    President Trump’s push to arm teachers gives the NRA what it wants23 February 2018
    7:56
  138. 146.
    Trump tries to show empathy for gun violence victims, but don’t expect him to cry22 February 2018
    7:07
  139. 147.
    Jury still out on Trump’s seriousness about banning bump stocks21 February 2018
    9:32
  140. 148.
    The kids are alright.20 February 2018
    8:49
  141. 149.
    Ideologues are ascendant in the Trump White House16 February 2018
    7:29
  142. 150.
    Trump still hasn’t nominated a director for the Violence Against Women office15 February 2018
    6:01
  143. 151.
    A pragmatic Bernie Sanders seeks out an immigration compromise to protect ‘dreamers’14 February 2018
    8:33
  144. 152.
    Trump budget highlights disconnect between populist rhetoric and plutocrat reality13 February 2018
    6:52
  145. 153.
    A freewheeling immigration debate in the Senate will test the power of conservative outside groups12 February 2018
    8:02
  146. 154.
    Republicans are all Keynesians now, but not Rand Paul9 February 2018
    8:39
  147. 155.
    Improving poll numbers give Republicans hope that the midterms might not be so bad8 February 2018
    7:39
  148. 156.
    Stopgap spending bills epitomize congressional dysfunction and hurt the military7 February 2018
    8:00
  149. 157.
    Trump's accusation of "treason" against Democrats debases discourse6 February 2018
    7:17
  150. 158.
    More memos are coming. Will they matter?5 February 2018
    7:54
  151. 159.
    Is Mitt Romney the future or the past of the Republican Party?2 February 2018
    7:20
  152. 160.
    Washington is consumed with the Nunes memo, which could come out today1 February 2018
    6:13
  153. 161.
    The State of the Union underscored why Trump is his own worst enemy31 January 2018
    9:20
  154. 162.
    The Koch network is getting very worried about 201830 January 2018
    7:21
  155. 163.
    How the Koch network learned to thrive in the Trump era29 January 2018
    7:55
  156. 164.
    Another data point for Mueller27 January 2018
    6:04
  157. 165.
    Trump says he's "looking forward" to speaking with Mueller25 January 2018
    7:36
  158. 166.
    Updates on the Russia investigation24 January 2018
    7:35
  159. 167.
    This is the way the shutdown ends23 January 2018
    6:52
  160. 168.
    This shutdown foreshadows a 2018 of inaction and gridlock22 January 2018
    6:39
  161. 169.
    A blame game begins as a government shutdown looms19 January 2018
    6:35
  162. 170.
    ‘Truth decay’ infected politics before Trump18 January 2018
    7:13
  163. 171.
    An unexpected defeat in a rural Wisconsin special election sets off alarm bells for Republicans17 January 2018
    6:21
  164. 172.
    Denials of a profane Trump comment encapsulate why people distrust politicians so much16 January 2018
    6:27
  165. 173.
    James will be back on Tuesday15 January 2018
    0:25
  166. 174.
    Trump has failed to nominate anyone for hundreds of important jobs in the executive branch12 January 2018
    7:32
  167. 175.
    Meet the Trump nominees who couldn’t get confirmed by the GOP Senate, but are still in government11 January 2018
    7:28
  168. 176.
    It’s perilous to have a president who doesn’t know history10 January 2018
    7:04
  169. 177.
    Trump is systematically alienating the Latino diaspora9 January 2018
    6:47
  170. 178.
    Why Trump and Republicans are suddenly talking up bipartisanship8 January 2018
    7:30
  171. 179.
    Trump's off-shore drilling and marijuana announcements anger Republicans5 January 2018
    7:11
  172. 180.
    Trump’s break with Bannon shows the limits of loyalty4 January 2018
    6:59
  173. 181.
    North Korea my-button-is-bigger brinkmanship again spotlights Trump’s fixation on size3 January 2018
    6:35
  174. 182.
    Trump’s true priorities revealed in holiday news dumps2 January 2018
    6:20
  175. 183.
    Political questions for 201830 December 2017
    4:23
  176. 184.
    Dec. 29 Headlines29 December 2017
    3:46
  177. 185.
    Dec. 28 Headlines28 December 2017
    4:06
  178. 186.
    Dec. 27 Headlines27 December 2017
    4:03
  179. 187.
    Dec. 26 Headlines26 December 2017
    3:19
  180. 188.
    Will President Trump’s second year go better than his first?22 December 2017
    7:13
  181. 189.
    Why Democrats are confident that the tax bill will be an albatross for Republicans21 December 2017
    6:11
  182. 190.
    The tax bill is likely to become more popular after it passes, because expectations are so low20 December 2017
    6:45
  183. 191.
    Why does a Louisiana GOP senator keeps bringing down Trump judicial nominees?19 December 2017
    6:32
  184. 192.
    Trump risks losing the last remnant of his populist street cred with GOP tax bill18 December 2017
    6:23
  185. 193.
    Democrats risk overplaying their hand by pushing for President Trump’s resignation15 December 2017
    6:35
  186. 194.
    Revolt against Trump in the suburbs continued in Alabama14 December 2017
    5:42
  187. 195.
    Jeff Sessions’s Senate seat will now be held by a Democrat13 December 2017
    7:07
  188. 196.
    Washington Governor Jay Inslee on the 2018 governor's races12 December 2017
    7:55
  189. 197.
    Alabama’s desire not to be embarrassed may be the best thing going for Democrats11 December 2017
    6:06
  190. 198.
    Democrats are struggling to activate black voters in the Alabama Senate race8 December 2017
    6:28
  191. 199.
    Women lawmakers in both parties are leading the push to address sexual harassment7 December 2017
    6:00
  192. 200.
    Why many Alabama women are still supporting Roy Moore in the Senate race6 December 2017
    6:21

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