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A voter and her child cast a ballot during the midterm primary elections in Virginia in June 2022. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Name-calling in politics grabs headlines, but voters don’t like it – and it could backfire in the 2022 midterm elections

A record amount is being spent on political advertising in the midterm elections. But evidence shows that negative ads might work counteractively, discouraging voters from casting ballots altogether.
Couy Griffin, a former county commissioner in Otero County, N.M., rides a horse in New York City in May 2020. Gotham/Getty Images

A New Mexico official who joined the Capitol attacks is barred from politics – but the little-known law behind the removal has some potential pitfalls for democracy

Other countries disqualify political officials and prevent them from holding office more often than the US does. There are benefits and potential risks to using this kind of legal tactic.
Mar-a-Lago is shown on Aug. 16, 2022, a week after the FBI’s raid. Nathan Posner/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago lawsuit spotlights how difficult search warrants are to challenge – by a criminal suspect or an ex-president – until charges are brought

Trump’s lawsuit against the FBI has been criticized as baseless. But it spotlights a loophole in federal law that doesn’t protect people’s rights when they are subjected to a search warrant.
Supporters of former President Donald Trump rally in Bedminster, N.J., on Aug. 14, 2022. Kyle Mazza/Andalou Agency via Getty Images

GOP ‘message laundering’ turns violent, extremist reactions to search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago into acceptable political talking points

Threats to law enforcement have risen in the aftermath of the FBI raid on former President Trump’s Florida estate. Does ‘message laundering’ by top GOP figures have something to do with it?
A police officer drives by Mar-a-Lago on August 9, 2022. Giorgio Viera/AFP via Getty Images

Unsealed court documents show the FBI was looking for evidence Trump violated the Espionage Act and other laws – here’s how the documents seized show possible wrongdoing

A legal scholar analyzes the unsealed warrant for the FBI’s recent search of Donald Trump’s home and the list of materials seized there. The implications for Trump are potentially grave.
Palm Beach police officers stand near the Florida home of former President Donald Trump on Aug. 8, 2022. Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images

Why searching an ex-president’s estate is not easily done – 4 important things to know about the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago

There’s a high bar for a federal judge to grant a search warrant, indicating there is probable cause that Trump committed a crime by holding classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has promised to hold accountable all those involved with the Jan. 6 assault on U.S. Capitol. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

With Trump’s role on Jan. 6 becoming clearer, and potentially criminal, GOP voters are starting to look at different options

Former President Donald Trump is facing mounting criminal evidence against him and his attempt to overturn the 2020 election. Trump is also seeing GOP voters turning elsewhere.
Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021. Brent Stirton/Getty Images

The Jan. 6 Capitol attacks offer a reminder – distrust in government has long been part of Republicans’ playbook

The Republican Party has a decadeslong relationship with using distrust to incite its base and draw in more supporters – the Jan. 6 Capitol attacks just offer the latest example of this tactic.
In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo, Donald Trump supporters gather outside the U.S. Capitol as protesters begin to raid the building. Protesters waving Trump signs stand outside the U.S. Capitol.

Strategic extremism: 4 insights on the U.S. Capitol siege from established insurgencies

In the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, how political violence has been organized in other areas of the world that can help us anticipate the future of right-wing extremism.
Trump yells while visiting a portion of the border wall in Alamo, Tex. on Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump impeached a second time – but Trumpism will live on

Donald Trump has become the first U.S. president to be impeached twice. But the ignorance and lawlessness of Trumpism will have a dangerous afterlife even after Trump has left Washington.
A Trump supporter and an anti-Trump demonstrator shout at each other near Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., Nov. 14, 2020. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images

Can Joe Biden ‘heal’ the United States? Political experts disagree

Biden’s winning campaign message was one of unity. But even the people who study polarization can’t agree on whether it’s possible to unify the United States.
U.S. President Donald Trump removes his mask as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after spending time in hospital with a COVID-19 infection. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

How COVID-19 led to Donald Trump’s defeat

New research suggests that if Donald Trump had handled the COVID-19 pandemic better and kept outbreaks under control, he might have won the Nov. 3 election.

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