Trump’s defense of Putin finds few supporters in Congress

Republicans who usually avoid criticizing the president joined with Democrats to upbraid him.

If Trump is itching for a fight, Elizabeth Warren is happy to give it to him

The Massachusetts senator hones her pitch in a reelection campaign that could be a tuneup for a presidential run.

The worst thing to be in many Democratic primaries? A white male candidate.

Democratic voters have brushed aside ideology to embrace identities of class, age, gender and ethnicity.

The main election strategy of vulnerable House Republicans: Prove they’re not Trump

Control of the House will be decided in GOP districts where voters often are more irked by the president than supportive of him.

Family separation debate shows Trump worries most about showing strength, not ‘heart’

The president’s decision to change his policy came after many supporters had echoed his false claim that Democrats were to blame for migrant children being removed from their parents’ care.

As Republicans flee Trump border policy, Democrats see a November benefit

Trump used immigration to his benefit in 2016, but the issue is alienating 2018 voters.

Trump cites as a negotiating tool his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents

Democrats and Trump’s evangelical base have both criticized the administration’s border policy.

Pence turns VP’s office into gateway for lobbyists to influence the Trump administration

Numerous lobbyists leverage personal ties to the vice president, including one fundraiser who has been a guest on Air Force Two.

Should Democrats find a Trump of their own? Political outsiders find little room in 2020 presidential field.

Howard Schultz of Starbucks is exploring “public service,” while other corporate titans such as Oprah Winfrey and Disney’s Bob Iger have considered White House bids but ruled them out for now.

Democrats strengthen hand in seeking control of House, even if odds of a blue wave are diminishing

The party has limited internal divisions and emerged with candidates deemed strong challengers in November.

Stacey Abrams, Democrats’ newest Southern hope, looks to Virginia, Alabama for path to victory in Georgia

Abrams could become the first African American woman elected governor in the nation’s history, but only if she beats steep odds in a persistently red state.

Primary elections: Democrats embrace candidates with compelling life stories

Fresh faces with compelling life stories beat out candidates with deeper political pedigrees in Democratic primaries across several southern states.

‘No one has a leg up’: In wide-open 2020 presidential field, Democrats jockey to define their party — and gain an advantage

Dozens of potential White House contenders, from politicians to business executives, are road-testing messages and policies.

In Senate primaries, Republicans avoid their worst-case fears

Voters nominated a slate of candidates party strategists as electable against Democratic incumbents.

GOP primaries gauge the anti-establishment fervor Trump helped unleash

Republicans fear a Don Blankenship win in West Virginia’s Senate primary will cost them a shot at the seat in November, with Trump urging voters to reject the former coal baron.

West Virginia GOP candidate says McConnell created jobs for ‘China people’

Former coal executive Don Blankenship is closing the campaign attacking Washington

Crimes are no longer a disqualification for Republican candidates

Trump’s criticism of law enforcement provides an opening for candidates in New York, Arizona and West Virginia to rail about legal overreach.

In private chat with senator, Trump hints at policy shift in Afghanistan

The president’s growing relationship with Sen. Rand Paul reflect a point of tension between Trump and his military leaders.

Fealty to Trump has become the coin of the realm for GOP Senate candidates

The rapprochements and fawning reflect two elements of Senate midterms: Trump is enormously popular with primary voters, and contested races are in states he won in 2016.

Paul Ryan’s GOP swept away by a Trumpian revolution he could neither contain nor control

Republicans strategists worry that Ryan retirement will make it harder for the GOP to hold onto the House.