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    The Electoral College’s Real Problem: It’s Biased Toward the Big Battlegrounds

    The Electoral College’s Real Problem: It’s Biased Toward the Big Battlegrounds


    An Electoral College map from the 1976 Carter/Ford campaign that was used by the 1980 Reagan campaign to strategize. In those days, the blue states represented Republican states and the red ones Democratic...

    A winner-take-all system within states can produce results counter to the majority for no high-minded reason.

    On Politics: Trump’s Tweet Reverses Decades of Policy on Israel


    The president said the U.S. should recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights, one of the world’s most disputed areas, reversing long-held American...

    The president said the U.S. should recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights, one of the world’s most disputed areas, reversing long-held American policy.
    From a Swimsuit Model to the Trump Megaphone: The Genesis of ‘Jexodus’

    From a Swimsuit Model to the Trump Megaphone: The Genesis of ‘Jexodus’


    “We left Egypt, and now we’re leaving the Democratic Party,” Elizabeth Pipko...

    At 23, Elizabeth Pipko is better known as a model than a political operative, if she’s known at all. But through the president, she has become the face of a push to woo Jews to the Republican Party.
    A Brief History of the Golan Heights, Claimed by Israel and Syria

    A Brief History of the Golan Heights, Claimed by Israel and Syria


    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, center right, visited the Golan Heights this month with Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, center left, and David Friedman, right, the United States’ ambassador to...

    On Thursday, President Trump tweeted about a hilly plateau beside the Sea of Galilee that has been one of Israel’s quieter frontiers for 52 years.
    In Golan Heights, Trump Bolsters Israel’s Netanyahu but Risks Roiling Middle East

    In Golan Heights, Trump Bolsters Israel’s Netanyahu but Risks Roiling Middle East


    Israeli soldiers looking toward Syria from an observation point in the Golan Heights last year. Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria in...

    Mr. Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy by declaring that Israel should have sovereignty over the Golan Heights — a move that has never been recognized internationally.
    Coast Guard’s Top Officer Pledges ‘Dedicated Campaign’ to Improve Diversity

    Coast Guard’s Top Officer Pledges ‘Dedicated Campaign’ to Improve Diversity


    The Coast Guard has struggled to attract women and minorities: Out of its 41,159 members, just 14.6 percent are women, 13.7 percent are Hispanic and 5.9 percent are...

    The commandant said the service, which has struggled to attract minorities, would bolster its efforts, though he admitted the military’s transgender policy could create a challenge.
    Re-emergence of Trump Aide Accused of Abuse Is ‘Deeply Troubling,’ Ex-Wife Says

    Re-emergence of Trump Aide Accused of Abuse Is ‘Deeply Troubling,’ Ex-Wife Says


    Rob Porter, who was one of President Trump’s most influential aides, resigned last year amid domestic abuse accusations from both of his former...

    After the publication of an op-ed article by Rob Porter, the former White House staff secretary, Jennifer Willoughby wrote that he “has yet to publicly show regret or contrition for his actions.”
    Trump Signs Executive Order Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses

    Trump Signs Executive Order Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses


    President Trump’s executive order links some higher education funding to the protection of “free inquiry” on college...

    The order links some higher education funds to how colleges enforce free speech rights, a cause célèbre for conservatives who argue their voices have been silenced.
    Drug Company Protections Are Latest Stumbling Block for Nafta Rewrite

    Drug Company Protections Are Latest Stumbling Block for Nafta Rewrite


    Although former President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, left, President Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada signed off on the new trade pact last year, it must be ratified by legislators in their...

    Democrats say intellectual property provisions in the deal are a boon to the pharmaceutical industry and could undermine their push to make American health care more affordable.
    Trump Imposes North Korea Sanctions Amid Stalled Talks

    Trump Imposes North Korea Sanctions Amid Stalled Talks


    Ships docked in the Rajin port of North Korea. The sanctions linked to North Korea were the first that the Treasury Department has imposed since late last...

    The Treasury Department is punishing two Chinese shipping companies for helping North Korea evade sanctions.
    A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments

    A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments


    NSO, a private company based in Herzliya, Israel, has hired former government hackers to ply their trades for foreign governments and wealthy private...

    Sophisticated surveillance, once the domain of world powers, is increasingly available on the private market. Smaller countries are seizing on the tools — sometimes for darker purposes.
    Trump Wants Robert Kraft at White House Super Bowl Celebration Despite Charges

    Trump Wants Robert Kraft at White House Super Bowl Celebration Despite Charges


    The charges against the New England Patriots owner, Robert K. Kraft, came after the police used video surveillance to observe activity inside several day spas and massage...

    Mr. Trump has brushed aside worries about any negative effect that the Patriots owner’s presence at an official event could have, according to people close to the president.
    Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation Into Hackers for Hire

    Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation Into Hackers for Hire


    DarkMatter, an Emirati company, has hired Americans who honed their hacking skills at the National Security...

    Companies that hired former intelligence operatives are selling sophisticated hacking tools to government officials, who in some cases use them for nefarious purposes.
    Faster Tax Cuts Could Be Backfiring on Republicans

    Faster Tax Cuts Could Be Backfiring on Republicans


    President Trump with the tax bill at a signing ceremony at the White House in December...

    Polling shows those getting smaller refunds are less likely to view the tax overhaul favorably, even if their take-home pay grew.
    Joe Biden Weighing Unique Steps to Reassure Voters Concerned About His Age

    Joe Biden Weighing Unique Steps to Reassure Voters Concerned About His Age


    Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden earlier this month. He and his aides are discussing naming a running mate early, if he decides to run for...

    The former vice president is considering naming a running mate earlier in the primary than is customary, and the possibility of serving only one term.