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The Political Magic of Us vs. Them

By THOMAS B. EDSALL

Encouraging and exploiting division has worked for Trump, as far as his own electoral prospects are concerned. Can he keep it up?

Democrats Unite to Begin Push to Protect Pre-Existing Condition Coverage

By ROBERT PEAR

No issue united Democrats in the 2018 campaign as much as protecting the Affordable Care Act’s guaranteed insurance coverage of people with pre-existing conditions.

Trump’s Campaign Spent Heavily as He Hit the Midterm Trail

By RACHEL SHOREY and KENNETH P. VOGEL

The president’s campaign spent $23 million in the final quarter of 2018 as he stumped aggressively for Republican candidates. It reported $19 million in cash on hand.

A First in Over a Century: Only One State Has a Split Legislature

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS

Only a single state — Minnesota — has a legislature under divided party control, a sign of growing polarization.

Border Wall Is Out of Sync With the Southwest’s Changing Politics

By TRIP GABRIEL

The wall might have helped Republicans in places like Montana and North Dakota, but all nine House members whose districts touch the southern border oppose it.

Why Trump Will Lose in 2020

By RACHEL BITECOFER

The president is running hard on a strategy of riling up his base. But by doing that, he riles up the Democratic base, too, and that one is bigger.

Joe Biden Defends Praise for Embattled Republican During Midterms

By ALEXANDER BURNS

The former vice president defended his decision to laud an embattled Republican lawmaker during a paid speech, saying it reflected his view of how to “get things done.”

Biden’s Paid Speech Buoyed the G.O.P. in Midwest Battleground

By ALEXANDER BURNS

A paid speech by Joe Biden in October helped Fred Upton, a vulnerable Republican, win re-election in Michigan. Biden earned $200,000 for the address.

Kansas Lawmakers Defect to Democrats as G.O.P. Struggles in Suburbs

By MITCH SMITH

Four moderates from the Kansas City metro area have changed parties in the last month, reflecting a national realignment on a key partisan battleground.

As Beto O’Rourke Weighs 2020 Run, Democrats Chafe at His Go-It-Alone Style

By MATT FLEGENHEIMER and ALEXANDER BURNS

Some Democrats still blame Mr. O’Rourke for his embrace of a Texas Republican, Will Hurd, and wonder whether he can be counted on as a liberal ally.

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