An Extreme Example of the Problem with Primaries

Nobody is keeping the gate.

A Photo for Friday

“1 WTC”

No, Congress Won’t Create an Abortion Right

At least not right away. But it’s quite possible by 2040.

Trump Pondered Mexico Missile Attack, Shooting BLM Protesters

The 45th President was a psychopath.

The Road to Here (and the Rocky Road Ahead)

The role of American political institutions.

Just Move If You Don’t Like it Here!

There are many barriers to true freedom.

The Least Dangerous Branch?

The apparently eminent demise of abortion rights has reignited an old debate.

Maybe Susan Collins Isn’t The Best Judge Of Character

The Senator from Maine once against demonstrates that she shouldn’t be prognosticating about people’s future actions.

Plagiarized News Reports

Another journalist has been fired for a cardinal sin.

Supreme Court Overturning Roe (Probably)

POLITICO has obtained what purports to be the 1st draft of the opinion.

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Working at the Office Ain’t Woke!

People are resisting going back to the office.

Tucker Carlson White Supremacist Messaging

The face of Fox News is not the bow-tied buffoon from his “Crossfire” days.

New York’s Gerrymandering Disarmament

When doing the right thing is the wrong thing.

Biden Wants to Waive Visa Requirements for Russian Scientists

A splendid idea but why stop there?

Neal Adams, 1941-2022

The legendary comic book artist is gone at 80.

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A Lament and The Reality of Politics

A illustration from the Senate race in Georgia.

Vice President Kamala Harris participates in a Build Back Better virtual event with mayors from across the country Thursday, October 28, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) Vice President Kamala Harris participates in a Build Back Better virtual event with mayors from across the country Thursday, October 28, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Unequal Medical Treatment

Vice President Harris gets better care than the average American. Cue the outrage!

Professional Politicians Poor Prognosticators

Mitch McConnell and other senior Republican Senators foolishly believed their colleagues would do the right thing.

A Photo for Friday

“Tufted Titmouse Says What?”

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Institutions Matter, French Edition

How rules shape the game.

Georgia Subpoenas Conservative Group Over Ballot Harvesting Allegations

Why would a group that claims it has evidence of ballot harvesting refuse to turn it over?

Pamela Moses [Center] attending a May Day Gathering, May 1st 2019. Credit: Joe Rondone/The Commerical Appeal Pamela Moses [Center] attending a May Day Gathering, May 1st 2019. Credit: Joe Rondone/The Commerical Appeal

Prosecutor Drops All Charges Against Pamela Moses

And yet the state still extracted their pound of flesh

General Breedlove’s Integrity

Are retired officers on defense boards presumed liars?

Most Americans Have Had COVID-19

Some 60% of us, including 75% of our children, have been infected.

An Observation about the 1980 Election

Added historical context to ongoing conversations about American democracy.

Elon Musk Buys Twitter

It’s happened. What does it mean?

Lived Experience in Art and Journalism

What are the limits of representation?

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Dividing the Christian World

The Pope is indeed Catholic. The rest is up for debate.

Macron Wins Re-Election

The boring moderate beat the neo-Nazi with 58% of the vote.

An Action-Oriented Prescription

A follow on from yesterday.

Voting Underway in French Presidential Runoff

The incumbent should win easily but turnout is low and the consequences dire.

Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Has the Internet made us more selfish?

EU Tries to Regulate Social Media

Brussels has gotten ahead of Washington in regulating mostly American-based Internet companies.

Utah Democrats Back Republican Evan McMullin in Bid to Unseat Trumper Mike Lee

Seeing no way to win under their own label, they’ve called a Hail Mary.

Orrin Hatch, 1934-2022

The longest-serving Republican Senator has died at the age of 88.

Will It Matter That Kevin McCarthy Was Caught Lying?

Anyone familiar with Betteridge’s law of headlines knows where this is going.

The Flawed Nature of Representation in the US

Our representation problems are far, far more about structure than they are about the messaging of the parties.