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Feds push local election officials to boost security ahead of 2024

Some of the nation’s top cybersecurity leaders are warning state and local election officials of ongoing foreign and domestic national security threats to election systems, urging them to upgrade their defenses ahead of next year’s presidential election.

Fox News feared losing viewers by airing truth about election, documents show

In the weeks after the 2020 election, Fox News faced an existential crisis. The top-rated cable news network had alienated its Donald Trump-loving viewers with an accurate election night prediction for Joe Biden and was facing a terrifying ratings slide, not to mention the ire of a once-loyal president.

Felt more angry lately when talking about politics, or anything else? There’s reasons for that

The main cause, Johns Hopkins' Lilliana Mason said, is that political divisions have melded with other, more basic differences that define who we are. What religion we believe in, the area of the country where we live and our cultural norms have become more intertwined with our politics over the past 50 or 60 years, driven by political rhetoric and partisan media outlets. 

New Democratic presidential primary calendar keeps Washington’s primary in March

The Democratic National Committee last week approved changes to the 2024 Democratic presidential primary calendar, switching up which states get the first few primary dates. Under the new plan, South Carolina will hold the first primary on Feb. 3, followed by New Hampshire and Nevada on Feb. 6. Georgia would hold theirs next on Feb. 13, followed by Michigan on Feb. 27. 

Democrats vote to boost Georgia in 2024 lineup despite obstacles

National Democrats voted Saturday to overhaul the presidential primary process and put Georgia near the start of the schedule. But the party’s plan to elevate Georgia won’t mean anything without support from state Republicans so far unwilling to endorse the change.

Republicans itch to take on Trump: Here’s who’s in the mix so far

The field for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination is expanding. Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley is expected to announce her campaign in mid-February, and more contenders will likely follow. Although Donald Trump was the first to kick off the race by announcing his run just after last year’s midterm elections, he’s not dissuading ambitious Republicans.  

Trump’s path to GOP nomination is strewn with obstacles

Donald Trump may be the favorite to become the Republican nominee in 2024, but in venturing out this weekend to New Hampshire and South Carolina, he was confronted with some of the obstacles that lie in his path.

DeSantis advisers prepare for potential presidential run, explore staff options

Advisers to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are actively preparing for a possible presidential run, according to two Republicans with knowledge of the conversations who described meetings and preliminary staffing moves - the latest indication that DeSantis is laying a foundation for a national campaign.

Sen. Tim Kaine to seek a third term

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said he would seek a third term on Friday, a decision likely to provide some relief to fellow Democrats who face a difficult map in their effort to keep their majority in 2024.