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The Political Turnpike Runs Through Pennsylvania
Resignations, retirements and redistricting scramble the midterm calculus

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If you’re confused about what comes next in Pennsylvania, even after this week’s primary elections set the midterm slate, don’t worry. That just means you’re paying attention. 

Way Out in West Virginia, the Political Vortex
The Mountain State keeps taking the stage for U.S. politics

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The spectacle of politics and how it fits, or doesn’t, into the nation’s culture. Subscribe to our newsletter here.

West Virginia occupies a unique place in the political universe. A small state, it hosts one of the most tightly contested Senate races of the midterms. But it also finds itself in the political conversation again and again. 

Podcast: Joe Manchin and the Mountain State Midterm Melee
Political Theater, Episode 18

(Manchin, Morrisey, Energy CEO Don Blankenship and Rep. Evan Jenkins (CQ Roll Call)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Ready for Her Close-up
‘People ask me, don’t you feel uncomfortable, being with a name like Notorious B.I.G.’

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The spectacle of politics and how it fits, or doesn’t, into the nation’s culture. Subscribe to our newsletter here.

“RBG,” the documentary about the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, opens in theaters Friday. 

Podcast: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Unlikely Pop Icon
Political Theater, Episode 17

Ginsburg at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a bona fide pop icon, perhaps strange territory for an 85-year-old, diminutive, reserved constitutional scholar. In the latest Political Theater podcast, filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen speak about their documentary, “RBG,” including what it was like to be in the same theater when Ginsburg saw their movie at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary opens in theaters on May 4.

Blackburn, Himes Spar Over Diamond and Silk, Social Media at Judiciary Hearing
Democrats criticize Republicans for pushing ‘hoax’ of anti-conservative bias in social media filtering algorithms

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., testified before the House Judiciary Committee about censorship on social media platforms. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Jim Himes could not be farther away from each other on the issue of social media content algorithms.

Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican running for Senate this November, testified Thursday in front of the House Judiciary Committee that today’s social media titans — Facebook, Google, and Twitter — all deploy algorithms that appear to filter out conservative voices, hurting pro-Donald Trump content creators like the popular YouTubers Diamond and Silk (who also testified on Capitol Hill Thursday).

Special, Special, Special Elections
Gearing up for the midterms amid one special election after another

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Podcast: Midterm Takeaways From the Duel in the Desert
Political Theater, Episode 16

Arizona's special House election results offers some interesting data points for those watching the 2018 midterm elections. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Debbie Lesko won a close House race in an Arizona district that is usually very friendly to her party. As the midterm election season continues to heat up, Political Theater looks at the takeaways from this duel in the desert with Roll Call Elections Analyst Nathan Gonzales and Senior Political Reporter Bridget Bowman. 

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Congress’ Ch-Ch-Changes
Retirements, resignations and deaths around the Capitol

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The spectacle of politics and how it fits, or doesn’t, into the nation’s culture. Subscribe to our newsletter here.

Congress is going through one of those times when everything seems to be changing, especially the personnel, and that’s not even counting the mounting pile of retirements and resignations among lawmakers. 

Podcast: Tending to the Congressional Mind, Body and Spirit
Political Theater, Episode 15

House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy, blesses the walnut tree during the tree planting ceremony in memory of Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Conroy announced his retirement this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)