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The Validation Brigade Salutes Trump

The Validation Brigade Salutes TrumpSenator Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia, officially endorsed Donald Trump’s campaign for reelection two Saturdays ago. The news landed as an afterthought, which is probably how she intended it. “Today at the @WVGOP Winter Meeting Lunch, I announced my support for President Donald Trump,” Capito wrote on X, as if she were making a dutiful entry in a diary.Republicans have reached the point in their primary season, even earlier than expected, when the party’s putative leaders line up to reaffirm their allegiance to Trump. Several of Capito’s Senate colleagues joined the validation brigade around the same time: the GOP’s second- and third-ranking members, John Cornyn of Texas and John Barrasso of Wyoming, along with Trump’s long-ago rivals Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida. None of their endorsements caused much of a ripple. Perhaps some mischief-maker surfaced the old video of Cruz…


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South Carolina Is About to Reprise Its Historic Role for Republicans

South Carolina Is About to Reprise Its Historic Role for RepublicansFor more than four decades, South Carolina has been the decisive contest in the Republican presidential primaries—the state most likely to anoint the GOP’s eventual nominee. On Saturday, South Carolina seems poised to play that role again.Since the state moved to its prominent early position on the GOP presidential-primary calendar in 1980, the candidate who has won there has captured the nomination in every contested race except one. Given Donald Trump’s overall lead in the GOP race, a victory for him in South Carolina over Nikki Haley, the state’s former governor, would likely uphold that streak.“We all underestimate how deeply ingrained the Trump message is in the rank and file of our party,” Warren Tompkins, a longtime South Carolina–based GOP strategist and lobbyist, told me. “Take the personality out of it: What he stands for, what he says he’ll do,…


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‘They Are Truly a People Without a Land or a Refuge’

‘They Are Truly a People Without a Land or a Refuge’Israel is poised to launch a ground operation in the city of Rafah on Gaza’s border with Egypt, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees have fled in the four months since Israel began retaliating for the Hamas attack on Oct. 7, 2023. Some members of Israel’s conservative government are now openly advancing the idea of expelling the Palestinian population from Gaza altogether. If that were to happen, they would have nowhere in the Arab world to go, says former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker. Despite public support for Palestinian rights, in truth nearly every Arab state has long viewed the Palestinians with “fear and loathing,” Crocker says. This is especially true of Egypt, which will continue to refuse to admit Palestinians from across the border, he says. Perhaps no American diplomat has seen more history unfold in the Middle East…


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‘Why Are You Here?’: Liz Truss Gets a Mixed Reaction at CPAC

‘Why Are You Here?’: Liz Truss Gets a Mixed Reaction at CPACOn Thursday, an ousted world leader went to a far-right political conference in the United States to rage about how they and the conservative movement were betrayed by enemies within. No, it wasn’t Donald Trump. It was Liz Truss. The former British prime minister who lasted just seven weeks in office spoke in a hotel conference room that was less than half full, sandwiched between a social conservative activist who insisted “there is no such thing” as transgendered children and a far-right author who insists that the January 6 attack on the Capitol was “the biggest instance of police brutality” in the United States since the Civil Rights movement. Needless to say, she was a long way from South West Norfolk. Truss’s appearance was perhaps the most incongruous part of the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual…


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Erin Hawley Might Just Be More Influential Than Her Senator Husband

Erin Hawley Might Just Be More Influential Than Her Senator HusbandThe woman who has helped secure two of the religious right’s biggest recent Supreme Court victories doesn’t get a lot of respect from certain headline writers. Behold: The Independent: “Josh Hawley congratulates his wife for her work on Dobbs case overturning Roe.” Salon: “Ayanna Pressley publicly schools Josh Hawley’s wife on abortion…” Washington Examiner: “Georgetown receives backlash for hosting Sen. Hawley’s wife on post-Roe litigation” The wife in question is Erin Morrow Hawley, Yale Law grad, former Supreme Court clerk, and for the past three years a senior counsel at the conservative advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom. There, in 2022, she was part of the team that got Roe v. Wade overturned, in the most consequential Supreme Court abortion case in the 50-odd years since Roe itself was decided. She is now a lead attorney on the next-most important abortion…


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Elise Stefanik’s Trump Audition

Elise Stefanik’s Trump AuditionElise Stefanik and I had been speaking for only about a minute when she offered this stark self-assessment: “I have been an exceptional member of Congress.”Her confidence reminded me of the many immodest pronouncements of Donald Trump (“I would give myself an A+”), and that’s probably not an accident. Stefanik has been everywhere lately, amassing fans among Trump’s base at a crucial moment—both for the GOP and for her future.Stefanik spent October presiding over the leaderless House GOP’s search for a new speaker—a post that Stefanik, the chair of the conference, conspicuously declined to seek for herself. In a congressional hearing last month, she pressed three of America’s most prominent university presidents to say whether they’d allow students to call for Jewish genocide; directly or indirectly, her interrogation brought down two of them. And for the past several weeks, Stefanik has been making an enthusiastic case for…


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