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Words matter. They’re critical tools for debate, inspiration, and understanding. We take them seriously at Medium. We know you take them seriously, too — 200 million words were published in January, Medium’s biggest month in history. Driving that growth are people well-known and unknown, sharing their insight into what’s happening in American politics and the world at-large. Your posts reveal that substance, candor, and credibility more than ever, from people who can deepen our perspectives and challenge our biases, are paramount.

To get you started, here are five top important topics rounded-up from January:

1. The travel ban for refugees and immigrants

Donald Trump issued a flurry of…


1. Hillary Clinton says “thank you” to her supporters and urges them not to give up and grow weary.

2. Elizabeth Warren declares she will work with President-elect Trump if he wants to help middle-class families, but she and Democrats will fight bigotry and work to protect Americans’ human rights.

3. Senator Jeff Flake shares his thoughts on election day, promising to sustain and support whomever his new president is.

4. In his successful race for Missouri governor, Eric Greitens hits back on his record of military service.

5. Senator-elect Kamala Harris thanks her supporters for their help in winning…


1. Senator Tim Kaine shares a story on Labor Day about his experience growing up and working in his father’s ironworking shop in Kansas City. He also details a plan to address the mental health crisis.

2. Senator Pat Toomey and former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge make the case for maintaining U.S. sanctions against Iran and put a fine point on their grievances with the Iran Deal.

3. President Barack Obama joins Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hangzhou to sign the Paris Agreement, citing it as “the most ambitious climate change agreement in history,” while Ambassador Susan Rice…


1. Gov. Gary Johnson makes the case for his candidacy, talking to voters “who want a candidate to vote for — not just someone to vote against.”

2. Hillary Clinton writes to young people who are undocumented, encourages them to apply for DACA benefits, and says she plans to introduce immigration reform in her first 100 days in office.

3. Rep. John Shimkus writes about the importance of the NATO alliance and how it has preserved freedom and security for countries around the world.

4. United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro writes about expanding the nation’s…


The last two weeks in politics on Medium

1. Hillary Clinton announces her vice presidential pick and shares why she chose Tim Kaine. Senator Tim Kaine responds and introduces himself to the world.

2.The second half of July brought us the GOP Convention and the DemConvention, with tons of speeches and plenty of red, white and blue. The RNC published all the speeches from Cleveland here, and the DNC shared most of their speeches in their publication here.

3.Meanwhile, Libertarian presidential candidate Gov. …


Hello again from Cleveland, where the Medium team (Jack, Bridget, Matt and I) are on the ground and taking over the (mini) oval office.

Facebook’s Mini Oval Office at the GOP Convention

“Are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?”

Ben Carson

So, it’s official: Trump is the nominee?

Yep, the deal is done. But now what? First it’s the coronation, then on to the battle royale. But the party’s still divided — there were more delegates against Trump than any nomination in the past 40 years, and #NeverTrump can’t quite give it up. …


Greetings from Cleveland!

The Medium DC crew (including myself, Jack, Bridget, and Caroline) are on the ground all week for the GOP Convention. We look like this:

The delegate revolt:

Things unravelled pretty fast; raucous scenes on the convention floor; delegates attempting one final, last-ditch effort to prevent Donald Trump from securing the nomination. (If you want to know how it started, Jon Ward has the details.) But by the end of the day, the last hopes of the #NeverTrump movement looked buried. Is this the “Mistake by the Lake”? Maybe. Conservative commentator Ben Domenech says it’s the week that…


1.Senator Ben Sasse hosts a #YouTellMe, initiating a conversation about the presidential race, the candidates and what voting means.

2.Ending his campaign for president, Bernie Sanders writes to his supporters to endorse Hillary Clinton and urge them to keep their “political revolution” going.

3.Senator Tim Scott gave three speeches on the Senate floor following the events in Dallas, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge, sharing his personal experiences in dealing with law enforcement as an African-American man.

4. In addressing the shootings in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas, Hillary Clinton says “there is too much violence, too much hate, too much senseless…

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