The importance of race-specific voting blocs will take on increasing significance in the next few presidential elections, according to demographer William H. Frey. At an AEI-Brookings Event, Frey presented a new analysis of 2008 results from Census surveys and polling data that underlines how race-specific voting affected Obama’s victory. The increased turnout and voter shares of Hispanics, blacks and other minorities, especially in a new set of “rapidly growing” purple states, helped to secure Obama’s victory in 10 states where whites voted for McCain. At the same time the number of states where whites voted Democratic, mostly on the coasts and in the heartland, increased from 10 to 19, underlying their continuing importance in slower growing parts of the country.
Today’s sanctions were predictable after the Mueller indictment, which identified specific Russians involved with the troll factory...However, these individuals are small fish. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the so-called ‘Putin’s chef’ in charge of the Internet Research Agency, was already on the U.S. sanctions list for his activities in Ukraine. The administration deserves credit for following through on their promise to impose new sanctions, but much more still needs to be done to realistically deter Russia.