Latest from Michael Kranish

Trump’s pick in a key Senate race touts his agriculture ties. He doesn’t mention his role in a bankruptcy that cost farmers millions.

North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd’s campaign is a key test of whether candidates endorsed by Trump have been properly vetted and can turn the Senate to Republican control.
  • Aug 31, 2021

How Tucker Carlson became the voice of White grievance

With the defeat of former president Donald Trump and the death of Rush Limbaugh, the Fox News host has emerged as a dominant force shaping a Republican Party energized by racial resentment.
  • Jul 14, 2021

Democrats grapple with the enemy within: What to do about the filibuster rule that could kill their agenda

After Republicans kill Jan. 6 commission, next targets could include voting rights bill that Democrats say is needed to ensure election integrity and protect democracy.
  • May 29, 2021

Eight minutes with the president: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the lone Palestinian American in Congress, gains relevance in Israel debate

The Michigan congresswoman, who says Israel practices ‘apartheid,’ has not won broad support for her views but was hailed this week by President Biden as a ‘fighter.’
  • May 20, 2021

Republicans’ conflicting message: Embracing Trump election lie is key to prominence, just stop asking us about it

Many in the GOP fear that crossing Trump would rile the party’s base, costing them reelection.
  • May 15, 2021

Elise Stefanik said she was one of the ‘most bipartisan’ members of Congress. Then she went all-in on Trump’s false election claims.

The New York congresswoman is poised to become No. 3 House GOP leader, replacing Liz Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump and denounced the “big lie” of a stolen election.
  • May 12, 2021

Grievance, rebellion and burnt bridges: Tracing Josh Hawley’s path to the insurrection

From newspaper columns as a teenager to his support for false claims of election fraud, the senator has staked out a populist path.
  • May 11, 2021

N.C. Republicans censured their senior senator for voting against Trump. But they are silent on Rep. Madison Cawthorn.

The contrasting approach to Sen. Richard Burr and Cawthorn, a pro-Trump freshman, starkly illustrates the dichotomy within the Republican Party.
  • Mar 4, 2021

The making of Madison Cawthorn: How falsehoods helped propel the career of a new pro-Trump star of the far right

Cawthorn has emerged as one of the most visible figures among newly arrived House Republicans, who have promoted baseless assertions and pushed a radicalized ideology that has become a driving force in the GOP.
  • Feb 27, 2021

How Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, promoter of QAnon’s baseless theories, rose with support from key Republicans

Critical to Greene’s success was the early intervention on her behalf by some of the party’s most staunchly pro-Trump figures.
  • Jan 30, 2021