Analysis & Comment

Opinion | The Skull in My Backyard

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — For 20 years, off and on, I’ve lived in this small, blue-collar town about 30 minutes west of Cincinnati. My grandparents, immigrants from Germany, bought my old farmhouse, on 15 acres, during World War II. I’ve always felt that this town embodies much of what I love about the Midwest: friendliness, a […]

Analysis & Comment

Opinion | The 2020 Election: What’s Your Prediction?

Readers, take out your crystal ball and write the script for what you think (not wish) will happen on Election Day and in its aftermath. Possible plot elements: Will the same candidate win the popular vote and the Electoral College? Will there be challenges and chaos? Will courts get involved? We plan to publish a […]


Around Atlanta, Many White Suburbanites Are Sticking With Trump

Nationwide, such voters are tilting toward Biden. But in Georgia, the president’s law-and-order message seems to be keeping the bulk of them in his column. By Elaina Plott Natalie Pontius is an interior decorator, married with two children and a University of Georgia alumna. She was born and raised in Atlanta, but moved to the […]

World News

U.S. election: Trump holds rally, Biden does prep ahead of final presidential debate

U.S. President Donald Trump pushed into arguably the most important state on the electoral map on Tuesday, opting for a rally in Pennsylvania instead of formal debate practice two days ahead of the final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign. Democrat Joe Biden took […]


‘Please Like Me,’ Trump Begged. For Many Women, It’s Way Too Late.

The white suburban voters the president needs to carve a path to victory have turned away from him, for deeply personal reasons. By Lisa Lerer WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Kate Rabinovitch doesn’t call herself an activist. A few weeks ago, the 29-year-old real estate agent wrote personalized messages to voters in her home state of Ohio […]


Biden Leads Trump in Ratings Battle of the Network Town Halls

Early Nielsen figures showed Joseph R. Biden Jr. drawing 13.9 million viewers, against 13.1 million for President Trump, a ratings obsessive. By Michael M. Grynbaum and John Koblin Television ratings matter to President Trump. So these numbers may sting. In a result that few in the TV and political arena predicted, Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s […]


Why Trump’s Efforts to Paint Biden as a Socialist Are Not Working

A barrage of attacks trying to link the Democratic nominee to policies like Medicare for All aren’t hurting him, polls show, as many of the policies remain popular with most Americans. By Jim Tankersley WASHINGTON — President Trump delivered a familiar warning at his rally on Tuesday night, telling supporters that his opponent, Joseph R. […]


Dodge City

Hi. Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. I’m Giovanni Russonello, switching places today with Lisa Lerer. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. There was something a little reassuring about the return-to-normal feeling of last night’s vice-presidential debate. But in that reassurance, was there […]


Oh, the Memories of Normal Debates

Hi. Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. I’m Lisa Lerer, your host. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. Normal feels so strange right now. The vice-presidential debate last night was notable for many reasons: The largely useless plexiglass shields. The specter of a […]


Mike Pence Resists Use of Plexiglass Safety Barriers at Debate

The nation’s political divide is no longer just a metaphor. Aides to Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday criticized plans for their candidate to sit behind plexiglass dividers at this week’s vice-presidential debate, rejecting a safety measure that the organizers said would help prevent any viral transmission between Mr. Pence and his Democratic opponent, Senator […]