11.08.2018 | The Editors
ESSENTIAL #1: “THE REPUBLICAN PARTY GOES ALL-IN ON TRUMPISM” MCKAY COPPINS, THE ATLANTIC
From the article: “Party strategists acknowledged that losing the House was a significant setback, effectively killing the GOP legislative agenda for the next two years, and opening the door to an onslaught of subpoenas aimed at the White House. But they also noted that such a loss two years into a president’s first term was not uncommon historically—and it could have been worse.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “THIS COULD BE THE END OF THE ROAD FOR PRO-LIFE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS” RUTH GRAHAM, SLATE
From the article: “Shortly after the anti-abortion group Democrats for Life of America was founded in the late 1990s, its website listed more than 40 members of Congress it had identified as pro-life. Back then, it wasn’t hard to find Democrats in public office who opposed abortion legislation, or at least spoke comfortably about their own anti-abortion convictions. As late as 2009, anti-choice Democrats had enough sway in Congress to hold up the Affordable Care Act until they were allowed to vote on a ban on taxpayer-funded abortions.
Times have changed. This year, Democrats for Life found only seven candidates to endorse in both chambers of Congress combined. And the ranks of pro-life Democrats in Congress dwindled yet again on Tuesday night, when Sen. Joe Donnelly lost decisively to Republican businessman Mike Braun in Indiana.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “JEFF SESSIONS IS FORCED OUT AS ATTORNEY GENERAL AS TRUMP INSTALLS LOYALIST” PETER BAKER, KATIE BENNER AND MICHAEL SHEAR, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, replacing him with a loyalist who has echoed the president’s complaints about the special counsel investigation into Russia’s election interference and will now take charge of the inquiry.
Mr. Sessions delivered his resignation letter to the White House at the request of the president, who tapped Matthew G. Whitaker, Mr. Sessions’s chief of staff, as acting attorney general, raising questions about the future of the inquiry led by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “‘DEMOCRAT. FIGHTER. MOTHER.’ LUCY MCBATH IS REDEFINING SOCIAL JUSTICE IN POLITICS” ASTEAD HERNDON, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “More than anyone else running for Congress, Ms. McBath, the Democratic nominee in a Republican-leaning race, is redefining social justice in politics this year, in large part through her deep personal connection to the Black Lives Matter movement. Yet she is also far from the only candidate this election cycle to explicitly discuss issues of racial injustice and violence against minorities.”
ESSENTIAL #5: “IN THE SENATE, DEMOCRATIC FEARS HAVE COME TO PASS” DAVID FRENCH, NATIONAL REVIEW
From the article: “As I write this piece, Republicans have picked up two Senate seats and lead in Florida, Arizona, and Montana. They will likely end the midterms with a 54-seat majority. A 55-seat majority is still possible. As much as the Democrats rightly celebrate their House win, the Senate results are quite possibly more significant. They result an enduring challenge for progressives, a roadblock in front of all their political and judicial dreams.”