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Ari Winkleman

History has its eyes on US

In the run-up to the 2020 election, Europe was preoccupied with the future of the transatlantic relationship. In London, almost every conversation among think tanks, civil society, and diplomatic circles eventually came around to the so-called special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, just then wrestling with its Brexit bet.

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US Capitol under attack on January 6th.

Leslie dela Vega

Ian Bremmer: American democracy at risk thanks to conspiracy theories

American democracy is in crisis, says Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer, largely because “one thing not in short supply this election season: conspiracy theories.”

Trust in institutions – from the Supreme Court to public schools – is at an all-time low, and only 44% of Americans have confidence in the honesty of elections. Distrust and election-related disinformation are leaving society vulnerable to conspiracy theories.

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A woman attends a campaign rally by former President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Crotona Park in the Bronx borough of New York City, on May 23, 2024.

REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Trump gambles to woo Black voters

This GZERO 2024 election series looks at America’s changing voting patterns, bloc by bloc.

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Donald Trump was trapped in New York City until the jury reached a verdict in his hush money trial last week, but he made the most of his time in his hometown – visiting a bodega in Harlem, dropping by a construction site, hosting a photo op at a local firehouse, and becoming the first Republican candidate to host a campaign rally in New York City since Ronald Reagan.

His choice of rally location – a deep-blue district in the Bronx where 95% of the population is Black or Hispanic and 35% live below the poverty line – was no accident. While Black voters remain the most loyal bloc of the Democratic coalition that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris stitched together four years ago, that support appears to be waning.

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Former US President Donald Trump leaves the courthouse after a jury found him guilty of all 34 felony counts in his criminal trial at the New York State Supreme Court on May 30, 2024.

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No one above the law?

Speaking at a campaign rally in Iowa in December 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump speculated, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

Among the many Trump remarks that jolted the news cycle over the past eight years, this one springs to mind in the aftermath of Trump’s conviction in New York state court on 34 felonies relating to falsified business records.

As is clear from the counts, this is purely a paper crime, as no violence was alleged to have been committed. Still, observers from abroad are left to wonder if the verdict will be just another dynamic of US politics that Trump normalizes – and whether a candidate convicted of felonies could now become the American president.

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Former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters Connect

Nikki Haley: I will vote for Trump

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haleyannounced Wednesdaythat she will vote for Donald Trump in November despite their rivalry in the Republican primary. Her endorsement marks her first public statement since exiting the race and highlights the growing trend of Republicans who once opposed Trump aligning behind him – a completion of Trump’s near-total takeover of the GOP.
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in their first 2020 presidential campaign debate held on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., September 29, 2020.

REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Trump vs. Biden: Let’s get ready to rumble

It’s on. We don't mean the Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson boxing “match” but an even higher profile smackdown that might not be a whole lot more substantive: President Joe Biden and Donald Trump have agreed to two head-to-head presidential debates.

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President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Pullman Yards in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 9, 2024.

REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo

Biden vs. Trump redux is official

They did it again. President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have mustered enough delegates in the primaries to secure their respective party nominations heading into this November’s presidential election — not that anyone expected otherwise.

For Biden, it was his win in Georgia last night that clinched it for the Democrats, while for Trump it was the GOP tally in Washington state. The rematch of 2020 comes despite both men’s unpopularity: Recent polling has Biden’s disapproval rating at 56.5%, while Trump’s unfavorable rating is nearly as high at 52.5%.

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A voter takes a sticker after casting their ballot during early voting, a day ahead of the Super Tuesday primary election, at the San Francisco City Hall voting center in San Francisco, California, U.S. March 4, 2024.

REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Why Super Tuesday still matters

Happy Super Tuesday! It’s the end of the beginning (or the beginning of the end, depending on your preferred candidate) of the 2024 election season. After tomorrow, when 15 states hold their primaries and approximately 36% of delegates are allocated, Donald Trump and Joe Biden are expected to have unbeatable leads.
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