Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Democratic Party woke up this morning with a clear signal from Tuesday’s primary elections: The #Resistance means business. The more progressive candidate won in Democratic primaries around the country. The question, however, is whether those more liberal candidates will hurt the party's chances in November.
HOUSTON -- The NBA Finals are the crown jewel of the playoffs for obvious reasons, but it’d be hard to argue with anyone who views this vaunted Western Conference finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, which opens Monday night, as this year’s main event.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Five years ago tonight, the Pacers needed a hero.
Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited.
It’s a big day for Robert Mueller and his team: One year ago today, Mueller was appointed to lead the special counsel investigation into possible ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials. It’s a miracle, in some ways, that Mueller has lasted this long. President Trump’s relationship with the investigation has grown increasingly adversarial, and at many moments over the course of the past 12 months, it seemed like Mueller’s job was in jeopardy.
Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup.
Ahh, flowering trees, brilliant sunshine, abundant campaign ads, lawn signs poking out of the bright green grass. Primary season has sprung, and it’s coming to a state near you. This week’s contests are in Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon and Pennsylvania, and there are several races you should care about.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have plenty of problems right now, and many of them concern their struggles on defense. Through two games in these Eastern Conference finals -- both losses -- they’re allowing 112.8 points per 100 possessions against a Boston Celtics team that averaged only 105.2 during the regular season (according to Advanced NBA Stats). They’ve been torched by Jaylen Brown (who’s scored 23 each game) and they have no answer for the threat Al Horford poses from both the inside and outside.
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Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has survived the growing Republicanism of her state by being good at politics. But she’s also been a bit lucky. And that combination may save her again this November.