On Politics: Is Obama’s Idealistic Style Outdated?

Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.


Does former President Barack Obama’s signature idealism have a place in today’s flame-throwing political climate? Some Democrats are wrestling with that question.

The Hub Project, a Democratic organization, has spent nearly $30 million on the midterm elections. But the group, which does not reveal its donors, is a mystery even to some of those involved.

On both sides of the Atlantic, a loose right-wing network has spent years trying to cast George Soros, the billionaire investor and Democratic donor, as the shadowy leader of a radical global movement. Here’s how it happened.

House Democratic leaders — for the first time — spelled out what they intend to do if they win a majority on Tuesday. Their plan includes an overhaul of campaign and ethics laws, infrastructure investment and controlling prescription drug prices. Read about it.

President Trump lashed out at Paul Ryan on Twitter just days before the midterms, elevating a fight within the Republican Party over his intent to end birthright citizenship. Here’s more on the continuing internal battle.

Nonexistent riots, conspiracy theories about migrants, false claims about his popularity and his job-creating record: The president has offered a litany of falsehoods in the midterm campaign. We break them down.

Major sanctions against Iran go into effect on Monday, part of the Trump administration’s plan to besiege the country’s economy. But the campaign is facing serious challenges.

If Beto O’Rourke stands a chance of winning Ted Cruz’s Senate seat, it is in the small towns of East Texas, which once voted for Democrats.

Democratic leaders are scrambling to rescue Senator Robert Menendez’s candidacy in New Jersey and preserve their long-shot dreams of a Senate majority.

The long-planned final debate Sunday between Georgia’s candidates for governor has been canceled. Brian Kemp, the Republican, wanted the schedule changed so he could campaign with Mr. Trump.


Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Margaret Kramer in New York.

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