The Framers Aren’t All They’re Cracked up to Be

The men who gathered in Philadelphia to write the Constitution were geniuses. But they couldn’t predict the future.

Checks and Balances are not What they are Cracked up to be

Alliance to party trumps alliance to branch.

Democrats Shift Focus To Bribery As Impeachment Inquiry Moves Forward

As the impeachment proceedings move forward, Democrats are shifting their focus to a specific, and powerful, charge.

Democrats Begin To Make Their Case In First Day of Public Impeachment Hearings

There were few fireworks during the first day of public impeachment hearings, but the ground work for a case against the President was laid.

The Rising Blue Tide

A conservative columnist explains how once-Republican states are switching sides.

Trump And The GOP Continuing To Implode Among Suburban Voters

Tuesday’s elections continued a trend in which Republicans have lost support among suburban voters, even in deeply red states. Guess who’s responsible for that.

Key Diplomat And Trump Supporter Confirms Existence Of Ukraine Quid Pro Quo

A key diplomat and close supporter of the President has essentially confirmed the existence of a quid pro quo between Ukrainian aid and negative information about the President’s political opponents.

Obama Calls Out ‘Woke’ Culture

Former President Obama called out so-called ‘woke’ culture in a talk late last week.

Trump Repeatedly Pushed Ukraine To Investigate Biden’s Son

The details about President Trump’s attempts to get Ukraine to investigate the son of one of his potential 2020 rivals keep getting worse for the President.

The President, The Whistleblower, And Ukraine

The latest allegations about exactly what the President may have been trying to do in a phone call with a foreign leader that caught the attention of a whistleblower are becoming more serious by the day.

Whistleblowing on the President

A Harvard law professor makes my case better than I did.

Trump Phone Call Triggered Whistleblower Complaint

A mysterious conversation with a foreign leader is at the center of a controversy between the intelligence community and Congress.

Beto O’Rourke Hands Republicans A Gift On Guns

At last week’s debate, Beto O’Rourke handed Republicans and gun rights advocates a nicely wrapped gift with his claim that he would seize guns from otherwise law-abiding Americans.

Democratic Contenders Call for Kavanaugh Impeachment

Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren are pandering to the base.

The US Nomination Process: Candidate over Party

In the US, the candidate defines the party, not the other way around.

Speaking of Corruption

Does it get much more swampy than this?

Americans Can’t Distinguish Satire from Reality

Stories from sites like The Onion are routinely shared on social media and perceived as real news.

This Reactionary Moment

Continuing the conversation from James Joyner’s post.

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Conservatives, Reactionaries, and Backlash

Is the left unwittingly fueling a reactionary moment?

You Can’t Accept Part Of Trumpism Without Endorsing The Entirety Of Trumpism

Donald Trump is a complete package, you can’t support part of it without at least implicitly endorsing all of it.

What is American Patriotism?

There’s an inherent tension in our national ethos.

Trump Condemned ‘The Squad’ For Doing Exactly What He Does

President Trump attacked four Democratic Congresswomen for engaging in exactly the same rhetoric that the President himself has over the years.

The Russia-Right Wing Talking Point Cycle

How insidious talking points spread in the modern media environment.

Trump’s Electoral College Advantage Growing

He could lose the popular vote by an even larger margin in 2020—and still coast to re-election.

Why Republican Leaders Won’t Condemn Trump

Some agree with him. Many others are cowards. But there’s more to it.

Republicans Learned Right Lesson from 2012, Went Wrong Direction

What happened to “building a lasting relationship within the African American community”?

Trump Doubles Down on Stupid

The President is defending his racist tweets against four Democratic Congresswomen, calling them Communists who hate America.

Mississippi Republican Refuses To Let Female Reporter Cover His Campaign

Citing the so-called “Billy Graham Rule,” a Republican candidate for Governor in Mississippi is refusing to let a female reporter accompany him on a campaign ride-along.

The Least of These

Christian doctrine actually has a lot to say that is of relevance to the border.

Justin Amash Leaves GOP with BothSides Op-ed

The Republican Party is ruining the country. But so are the Democrats?

Education Deserts a Fact of Life

Rural Americans are much less likely to go to college than their urban counterparts. Is there a solution?

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Should the LGB Separate from the T?

A leading same-sex marriage advocate is pushing back on the trans movement.

Should NeverTrumpers Become Democrats?

A considerable number of Republican have effectively left our party over Donald Trump. Should we go all the way?

Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg Come Under Fire On Second Night Of Democratic Debates

WIth the top two candidates in the race on the same stage, the second night of the first Democratic debate was much feistier than the first night.

Supreme Court Takes Federal Courts Out Of Partisan Gerrymandering Fight

In a significant setback for challenges to partisan gerrymandering, the Supreme Court has effectively ruled that Federal Courts do not have jurisdiction to hear challenges to redistricting based on partisan motivations.

The Politics of Ending Private Insurance

Is the Sanders-Warren position too extreme for the general election?

Elizabeth Warren: Lecturer or Explainer?

Is her professorial skill a liability or an asset?

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Bernie Sanders Wants Taxpayers to Pay Off All College Loans

The Democratic Socialist wants to absorb $1.6 trillion of student debt.

The Reparations Debate Reaches Capitol Hill

Congress is considering a bill that would establish a commission to examine the issue of reparations for slavery.;

Trump Says He’d Accept ‘Dirt’ About Opponents From Foreign Sources

President Trump says in a new interview that he would be willing to break the law to get “oppo research” on an opponent.

What Really Motivates The “Pro-Life” Movement?

At least some segments of the “pro-life” movement seem more concerned with policing morality than they do with protecting life.

To Impeach Or Not To Impeach? That Is The Question

I continue to be opposed to impeachment of the President, but I’m slowly moving in that direction thanks primary to the Administration’s own actions.

The Power of the Spoken Word

Yesterday’s press event with Robert Mueller underscores the importance of congressional testimony.

Biden and the Crime Bill

The Democratic frontrunner is being wrongly blamed for an explosion in the prison population.

Conservatism Has Become A Haven For Grifters And Frauds. No Wonder We Got Trump

At some point, what we call conservatism turned into a racket. It’s not surprising that this led directly to Trump.

Republicans Distancing Themselves From New Abortion Laws

Republicans have spent the past week putting as much distance as they can between themselves and the latest round of radical anti-abortion laws.

Buttigieg vs Booker

Two youngish Rhodes Scholars turned mayors are getting covered differently.

Trump Laying Impeachment Trap?

An absurd theory for an absurd time.

Mnuchin Tells Congress He Will Not Turn Over Trump’s Tax Returns

The Treasury Secretary is declining to comply with a Congressional request for the President’s tax returns. Whether this is proper is a question that will have to be resolved by the courts.