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Trump is the Leader of the GOP, not an “Independent”

Trump And GOP Elephant

No, the deal thid week is not Trump becoming an independent.

Trump, The Arpaio Pardon, And The Constitution

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The pardoning of Joe Arpaio was distasteful and an affront to the Rule of Law, but it was completely within the powers of the President and should not be a ground for impeachment.

The Limits of Free Speech

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The dangers of the tyranny of the majority have only magnified.

Did Police Do Too Little to Stop Charlottesville Violence?

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Authorities are being second-guessed over their handling of Saturday’s protests. Virginia gun laws are the more obvious problem.

Donald Trump’s Words On Charlottesville Were Weak, Inadequate, And Cowardly

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Donald Trump has had harsher things to say about Rosie O’Donnell than he did about the people responsible for yesterday’s violence. That says something about him.

Trump Thanks Putin For Expelling 755 American Diplomats

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Donald Trump kowtows to Vladimir Putin yet again.

After 200 Days In Office, Trump’s Job Approval Continues To Slump

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After 200 days, President Trump’s job approval numbers are hitting new lows.

On Repeal of the 17th Amendment

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Ignorance of history and process is a hallmark 17th Amendment repeal arguments.

Senate Blocks Trump’s Ability To Make Recess Appointments

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Even members of his own party don’t trust Donald Trump enough to make it possible for him to make recess appointments.

Federal Judge: Official Violated First Amendment By Blocking User From Her Facebook Page

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A Federal Judge has ruled against an elected official who blocked a constituent from accessing her Facebook page.

Reflections on the Passing of Will Moore

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When a prominent political scientist committed suicide yesterday, I was deeply struck by how much he was like not only me but most of the people in my professional circle.

Trump Orders Syria Strikes. So Now What?

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It’s not at all clear that there is a useful strategy at work here.

Donald Trump And The Inevitable Foreign Policy Crisis

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Donald Trump is historically unpopular for a new President. What does that mean when his first foreign policy crisis comes, as it inevitably will?

Senate Committee Advances Gorsuch Nomination As ‘Nuclear Option’ Becomes Inevitable

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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch even as it became inevitable that Republicans would be forced to invoke the ‘nuclear option’ to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

The Politics of Gorsuch

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The ordinary and the extraordinary with the latest SCOTUS nomination.

So Far, There’s No Sign Of A ‘Trump Bump’ In The Economy

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So far, there’s no sign that Donald Trump is having much of an impact on the economy.

No, Donald Trump Isn’t Going To ‘Pivot’

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Donald Trump isn’t going to change, and that’s bad news for all of us.

Trump Budget Blueprint Would Eliminate 18 Agencies

President Trump's "America First" budget blueprint was released on Thursday.

The president’s skinny budget would eliminate most funding for science and the arts to fund more Defense spending.

Rachel Maddow Hypes Trump’s 2005 Tax Return, But There’s No Real News There

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Rachel Maddow hyped the fact that she had obtained a copy of Trump’s 2005 tax return last night. It turned out to be much ado about nothing.

Trump’s Best Speech Was Still Pretty Awful

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It was both the best speech Trump has ever given and the worst presidential address I can recall

Trump Supporters Starting To Lose Faith?

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One month in, some Trump supporters are starting to wonder if he will actually deliver on what he promised.

Milo Yiannopoulos And The State Of American Conservatism

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Milo Yiannopoulos was a troll and a peddler in offensiveness, but the fact that he became a star on the American right was the result of a transformation of American conservatism that has been entirely unhealthy.

Washington Supreme Court Rules Against Florist Who Refused Service To Same-Sex Wedding

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The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled against a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding.

Donald Trump Is President, America Will Survive This

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While vigilance is called for, America will survive Donald Trump just as it has survived everything else we’ve faced since the nation’s founding.

Will Donald Trump be a “Legitimate” President?

Trump And GOP Elephant

The answer is pretty straight-forward.

Electoral College Fantasies

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No, the EC is not going to elect Clinton.

Gratitude for the Art of Losing Graciously

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Democracy produces good rulers, right?  Sometimes.  What good democracies actually produce best is good losers. Let us then be grateful for gracious losers, for our losers no less than our winners carry forward the American experiment in self-rule.  

This is the alt-Right

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Calling it neo-fascist is not hyperbole.

The Whitelash Backlash

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So what’s wrong with the Whitelash Backlash thesis?  Not everything, actually.  But plenty.

President Trump’s Unprecedented Conflicts of Interest

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The incoming president’s business interests are a yuuuge problem.

Vice President-Elect Pence Visits Broadway, Gets A Post-Performance Message

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Mike Pence’s night at the theater included a message from the cast. Good for them.

Trump, Hamilton, and the Presidency

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If one believes the electoral college is awesome, one cannot make an argument from the position of “the wisdom of the Founders” nor from a viewpoint based on original intent.

Donald Trump: Establishment Candidate

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On Tuesday night the Establishment won and won yuge. (From new OTB contributor, Michael Bailey)

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Clinton, Gates, And Mullen Testify Before Senate Foreign Relations Cmte

It has become necessary to destroy the party in order to save it.

Electoral College Wargames And Paths To Victory

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A look at the Electoral College shows that It is far more likely that Hillary Clinton will win the election than that Donald Trump will.

Your Ballot Selfie May Or May Not Be Legal

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Depending on what state you live in, taking a picture of your ballot and yourself on Election Day may or may not be legal.

Bush Family Member Says Bush 41 And 43 May Vote For Clinton

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Are these the faces of Clinton voters? George P. Bush thinks so.

I’m A Political Junkie, But 2016 Has Burned Me Out

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I’ve been something of a political news junkie for 40 years now. This year has burned me out.

Clinton, Inc.

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The personal, the political, and the Foundation are so intertwined as to be one enterprise.

Most Damaging Presidential Run, Ever?

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Has any major party nominee for president ever damaged his reputation in this manner?

Trump’s Damaged Brand

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Donald Trump is losing something much more important to him that an election.

The Third And Thankfully Last Presidential Debate of 2016

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Last night’s debate, sadly, lived down to my expectations.

The Republican Dilemma

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Candidate trumps party in a presidential system.

Even If Trump Loses, Trumpism Will Remain A Powerful Force In The GOP

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Even if Donald Trump loses next month, the political forces inside the GOP he tapped into are likely to remain very powerful.

Trump Gaining With Less Educated Whites, Losing With College Grads

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Donald Trump is doing worse with white voters than Mitt Romney did in 2012.

This Election May Not be as Weird as we Think

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Political Science research suggests that the election is, in basic ways, about what we would expect.

On the Potential Global Consequences of a Trump Presidency

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The reputation of the US matters in global affairs.

First Clinton-Trump Debate and Low Expectations Redux

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Judging 2016 by historical standards hasn’t worked out well thus far.

Clinton And Trump Clash In First Presidential Debate

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It wasn’t exactly Lincoln-Douglas but, in the end, Hillary Clinton clearly outperformed Donald Trump last night.

First Clinton-Trump Debate Confirms Low Expectations

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Trump had a much lower bar than Clinton going in. Neither cleared it.

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