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Ron Elving is Senior Editor and Correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News, where he is frequently heard as a news analyst and writes regularly for

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Trump's Attempt To Refocus Campaign Gets Obscured By One Blinding Final Debate Moment

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:47:00 -0400

Donald Trump refused to say he would honor election results and was unsuccessful in changing the narrative that is enveloping his campaign. Hillary Clinton fired as many taunts as Trump landed blows.

Dark Talk Of A Rigged Election Signals New Emphasis For Trump Campaign

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:01:00 -0400

For as long as tales of voter fraud have had currency among conservatives, the notion of liberal media bias has been an article of faith for even longer. The combination has become central for Trump.

Round 2 Of Clinton-Trump Proves Combative — But Provides No Knockout

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:47:00 -0400

While it could be said Donald Trump upped his game in Sunday's debate, he still did not reach the level at which the carefully prepared and rehearsed Hillary Clinton has functioned in both debates.

Here's Why So Many Republicans Deserted Trump This Time Around

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 20:37:00 -0400

Blame the substance, the tape, the timing or the "tipping point," but the surge of Republican desertions happened because Trump's offense hit them where they live — both personally and politically.

Trump Responds Amid Backlash To His 2005 Crude Comments About Women

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 08:29:00 -0400

Donald Trump is facing withering criticism for crude sexual comments he made with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush in 2005 before an interview for the show.

VP Debate Throws Another Curve Into 2016's Long And Winding Road

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 05:01:00 -0400

All thoughts of a mild-mannered and orderly VP debate were soon abandoned. Instead of elevating the discussion, Tim Kaine and Mike Pence submerged their better natures in uncharacteristic bickering.

Vice Presidential Debates Have Mattered Before. Here's A Look Back

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400

The winning presidential ticket has come away with no worse than a draw in eight of the nine vice presidential debates to date. Here's what you need to know.

Vice Presidential Debates Provide Memorable Moments Of Campaigns Past

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:28:00 -0400

Vice presidential debates are rarely consequential in elections, but they have provided some of the most indelible moments from campaigns in the past.

Who Came Out Ahead In The First Clinton-Trump Debate?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0400

On this occasion, the often dour Clinton gave way to beaming smiles and occasional chuckles. Trump had just one salient objective — to project a calm and presidential air — yet struggled with it.

Clinton, Trump To Face Off At New York's Hofstra In First Presidential Debate

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:46:00 -0400

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in their first debate Monday night, with high stakes for both candidates.

Live! From New York! It's Monday Night! And Possibly The Most-Watched Debate

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400

This campaign cycle's primary debates grew heated as the contests on each side became more competitive but those debates map pale in comparison to Monday's general election debate.

With Donald Trump's Birther Spin, He's Crossed A Line

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400

Donald Trump has found it possible not only to circumvent the media and defy them, but to exploit their power and discredit their judgment at the same time.

Trump Makes Nice In Mexico, Talks Tougher Than Ever Just Hours Later In Phoenix

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 05:16:00 -0400

If this was the opportunity for a turnaround speech that changed the broad public perception of the candidate, it was a moment not only missed but thrust away with both hands.

Explaining Clinton's 'Rope-A-Dope' Strategy Vs. Trump's Whistle-Stopping

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 06:00:00 -0400

Hillary Clinton seems to be running an almost closeted campaign in the "front porch" style of the late 19th century, while Donald Trump personifies the "whistle-stopping" style that came next.

Channeling Sinatra? Trump Says He Has Regrets, But Too Few To Mention

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0400

Do Donald Trump's comments about regret signal a new phase in the phenomenon? They might as easily be heard as a variation on what Trump has sounded from the beginning: Same song, different verse.