Lyndsay Duncombe

Senior Washington editor

Lyndsay Duncombe is senior Washington editor for CBC News. She travelled extensively throughout the historic 2016 U.S. election campaign, and co-ordinates coverage of U.S. politics for all CBC platforms.

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Analysis

Trump's approval ratings are hovering around 40%. Here's how he could win in 2020 anyway

Only one U.S. president in recent history had lower approval ratings than Donald Trump at this point in his first term, and that president lost his re-election bid. As Trump kicks off his own campaign Tuesday, CBC's Lyndsay Duncombe explains what he has working in his favour.

Alabama anti-abortion legislation part of wave of state bills 'attacking' Roe vs. Wade

The Alabama state legislature voted yesterday to criminalize abortion. It's the most restrictive such legislation in the country, and other U.S. states are looking to do something very similar, writes Lyndsay Duncombe.
Analysis

Trump speech calls for bipartisanship — but focuses on rallying his base

The vision U.S. President Donald Trump presented in his state of the union address Tuesday night suggests Americans can expect more uncertainty and division — with a few potential bolts of bipartisanship. Here's a look at some key moments.

'I wouldn't trade it for the world': Grandparents increasingly becoming primary caregivers

An apartment building in downtown Washington, D.C., is catering to a new kind of family unit that is becoming more common in the U.S. and Canada in part because of the devastating toll of the opioid crisis: families where the primary caregiver is a grandparent.
Analysis

Melania Trump shows U.S. may expect too much of its first ladies

Melania Trump has been a comparatively low-key first lady, prompting suggestions that the role might not have to be such a weighty one.

More women than ever are on the ballot in U.S. midterms: Cue the trolls

More women than ever are running for office in the U.S. this campaign cycle. But no matter how candidates try to prepare for it, the vile insults from nameless, faceless agitators are often hurtful — and sometimes terrifying. And the best way to deal with trolls isn't always clear.

'The big tent has been shrinking': Why these Republicans are pushing for more women in office

At a time when there's a flood of women running for U.S. Congress, a stark contrast remains between Democrats and Republicans.

Trump's tariffs proposal leaves U.S. keg factory owner 'horrified'

Scott Bentley, owner of the American Keg Company, says his employees are wrong in thinking steep tariffs on steel would be good for the company.
CBC in Missouri

'We're a long way from Washington': A Missouri corn farmer frets about NAFTA talks

A Missouri corn farmer is worried about NAFTA and what could happen to his farm, his family and his community if the U.S. pulls out of the trade agreement, as President Donald Trump has threatened to do.
CBC IN TEXAS

Flooded toxic dumps pose threat to Texas communities hit by Harvey

People in a Texas community that borders dumping grounds for hazardous waste fear flooding by tropical storm Harvey could affect their water supply and livelihoods.
Analysis

Is it time to switch off the daily White House press briefing?

The importance (or lack thereof) of the daily White House press briefing has been fiercely debated over the past few weeks — the result of the Trump administration's decision to move toward shorter, less frequent briefings, before taking some of them off-camera completely.

Want to see Mar-a-Lago? Forget the press pass, bring money

Mar-a-Lago, U.S. President Donald Trump's lavish private club and residence, hosts international leaders such as Thursday's visitor, Chinese President Xi Jinping. You can also pay to host a happy hour event there.

High anxiety over U.S. election drives a wedge through communities

The relentless barrage of advertising and social media is making some people physically sick, a doctor says, stress compounded because many Americans believe that the world will fall apart if the wrong party wins. Politics is disrupting life everywhere, Lyndsay Duncombe reports, including the sanctuary of the barber's chair.

U.S. moms tackle concussions at pro-safety football camp

In midst of pro football's 'concussion crisis,' USA Football, the body that oversees amateur sport, is offering safety clinics for moms to teach them — literally — how to tackle.

HIV crisis in Austin, Ind., is a sign 'we failed,' its lone doctor says

There's long been an intravenous drug problem in rural Indiana, but sharing needles has resulted in a recent outbreak of 150 HIV cases, Lyndsay Duncombe writes. Officials are worried it could be the canary in the coal mine.