Posts by Steven L. Taylor

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

A Photo for Friday: “Final Goal”

Not only is it Saturday, but this is a diversion from normal entries.

Return to the Axis of Evil: The Legend of Curly’s Gold

Does the administration know what it is doing?

Kerry Seeks to Preserve Iran Deal

The former SecState is engaging in some shadow diplomacy.

The “Post-Truth” Era?

General (Retired) Michael Hayden has some harsh, and concerning, criticisms of the Trump administration.

Are we Really on the Brink of a New Era in Korea?

There are reasons to be skeptical about the dawning of a new age on the peninsula.

A Photo for Friday: “From Behind”

The theme continues.

Trump and Violating the Norms of Political Speech

An essay from earlier in the year by Jacob T. Levy underscores some of the points I recently tried to make about democratic norms in the current era.

On Denuclearization and North Korea

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

A Photo for Friday: “Inner Space”

The spring theme continues, even if spring is not cooperating nationwide.

On Discussing and Analyzing the Trump Presidency

An attempt at defining the conversation.

A Photo for Friday: “Spiderwort”

The spring flower theme continues.

Back to the TPP?

Trump suggests US might seek to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Will Mexico Pay for the Wall?

The answer is, of course, no. Really, this is a post about the wall as policy.

Teaching Political Science and the Trump Administration

Dan Drezner notes some challenges on this topic, and I add some of my own thoughts.

China and Trade War Tactics

The great negotiator in the White House is likely underestimating the tools available to Xi.

New Fed Chair Overshadowed by Trade War Rhetoric

Speaking of trade war talk…

The DJIA and a Potential Trade War

The DJIA (and other markets) are not too happy about all of this trade war talk.

A Photo for Friday: “Sprinkled”

Sticking with the spring theme.

A Photo for Friday: “Untitled”

Yes, one of those “on Saturday” entries…

Proposal to Tie Some Visas to Social Media Checks

Under the proposal certain visa-seekers (such as China and India) would have to have their social media presence scrutinized.

Toensing and diGenova will not Join Trump Legal Team

So, not conspiracy theory lawyer after all.

A Photo for Friday: “Remains of the Past”

This week’s photo.

Tough Talk on Drugs is Empty Talk

President Trump is not being bold on drugs. Instead, he is just recycling old, failed idea.

Trump Hires Conspiracy-Theory Lawyer

Joseph E. diGenova has touted the theory that rogue FBI elements have tried to frame Trump in the Russia probe.

A Worthwhile Read on the McCabe Firing

Lawfare provides a balanced piece on the firing of Andrew McCabe.

In Case There Were Doubts about the Politics of the McCabe Firing…

Less than 24 hours after the McCabe firing, the president’s attorney explicitly connects the move to the Mueller probe.

A Photo for Friday: “Eye”

This week’s photo.

The Cable TV Presidency

The Trump presidency is the latest step in treating commentators like policy experts. It is all a manifestation of how the modern GOP is a populist party.

Tillerson out at State

Next up: Pompeo

Talking to North Korea is a Good Idea, but…

Talking to adversaries is a good idea. Of course, it matters how it is done.

Is Trump not that Bad?

It is a fair question. But judging the Trump administration on tax cuts, Gorsuch, and the DJIA is to ignore a lot of profound problems.

A Photo for Friday: “The Plaza de Bolívar”

A photo in honor of Colombian congressional elections this weekend.

Kilgore Wants out of the US

Texas has an unusually named (and, well, unusual) candidate for the GOP nomination for governor.

Kushner and Corruption

The circumstantial case for corruption by Kushner is growing.

Budget Surplus in California

Responsible governance from the Golden State?

The Italian Elections

The latest, and most grave, example of the current tide of right-wing populism can be found in Italy.

Increased Turnout in Texas Primary Early Voting

Both parties are up compared to 2014, but Democratic votes are way up.

A Photo for Friday: “iPaw”

I almost let the day slip by.

Economic Illiteracy from POTUS

The President provided a contender for most ignorant tweet this morning, as he makes a proposal that would disrupt the global economy.

Some Messages from CPAC

What is CPAC telling us about the contemporary conservative movement?

Some Thoughts on Russian Interference in US Elections

A few key observations on the bigger picture.

Trump is Right

The Russian government likely is quite pleased.

Trump’s Most Despicable Tweet to Date

There are no adequate words.