Ukraine Invasion Sending History in a New Direction?

The ferocity of the global reaction to Putin’s invasion is stunning.

Jan 6 Committee Alleges Trump Criminal Conspiracy

The former President should have known that his claims of election fraud were baseless.

Putin Getting Desperate?

The Russian leader is isolated and under tremendous pressure.

Biden’s State of the Union Speech

Most people liked it more than I did.

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President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson For The Supreme Court

The front-runner was indeed the pick

It’s Like 1939, But Better In Some Ways, And Also Worse

The military threat is smaller, but the political one is bigger.

Virginia’s Youngkin Already ‘Underwater’

The Commonwealth’s undemocratic political system is, shockingly, unrepresentative of the will of its people.

Elections with Foregone Conclusions

Greatest democracy in the world, right?

A Note on Primary Elections

Data from Texas underscore a frequent point about primaries.

Of Laws and Men

Our system lacks accountability.

More Rogan (but not Just Rogan)

Musings about US politics and culture.

McConnell Criticizes RNC Censure over 1/6

Better than nothing, but still not enough.

A Modest Step on Voting Integrity

It’s Manchin-approved.

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Secrecy and Democracy

How do we know when our government is telling us the truth?

Normalizing Political Violence

In their censure of Cheney and Kinzinger the GOP wants to rewrite history.

Yes, it is Voter Suppression

When procedures lead to more rejected ballots and fewer voters, what else is there to call it?

Banning ‘Insurrectionists’ Redux

Lawyers in North Carolina are trying to get a Congressman off the ballot.

Game of Chicken Kiev

The United States and its NATO allies are in a dangerous standoff.

On Moderate Legislative Power and Other Political Dreams

A bloc of moderates is not coming to a Senate near you.

Why Are Biden’s Polls So Awful?

A pretty good President has numbers comparable to his historically bad predecessor.

The Abuse of Power in a Small Town Police Force

Not Mayberry. Not even close.

Speaking of Moderates and Independents…

More on self-identification and partisan ID.

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In honor of MLK, some dubious tweets & a lesser-known speech

Once again, today marks a day where folks who would never have supported Dr. King decide they should praise him

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Monday Tab Clearing

Let the browser be cleared!

SCOTUS Mythology Exposed

We deserve better.

Republicans Take Over Virginia

Elections have consequences: Old Dominion Edition

Why isn’t Biden Magical?

Some pundits have high standards.

What exactly is ballot harvesting? And what happened in Georgia?

While there is an investigation, it doesn’t appear ballots were sold for “$10 a piece”

Stupid 2024 Fantasies

The silly season has commenced a mite early.

Monday Morning Clearing of the Tab

Items for your consideration.

January 6th Yeah But-ism

Yes the riots were a disgrace but the Democrats . . . .

If It Was an Insurrection, Why Hasn’t Anyone Been Charged with ‘Insurrection’?

It doesn’t matter what I believe. It only matters what I can prove.

Biden’s January 6 Anniversary Speech

A necessary but likely irrelevant gesture.

Still no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election

After more than a year and countless investigations into election fraud, the big lie continues to be a big lie

Capitol Riot: One Year Later

A roundup of reflection on a somber anniversary.

Podcast Recommendation

SLT guests on Peaceful Political Revolution in America to talk American democracy.

Government Cases and the Federal Courts

A lone judge has halted the military’s vaccine mandate.

Are Americans Over January 6?

A new poll offers mixed results.

Some Tabs

Some tabs plus some tabs equals some tabs.

On the Number of Parties, Part 3: More Sophisticated Counting

The effective number of parties.

On the Number of Parties: Basic Counting, Part 2

This time: some multi-party examples.

Podcast Recommendation

Arend Lijphart on the “Peaceful Political Revolution in America” podcast.

On the Number of Parties: Basic Counting, Part 1

Counting is not necessarily as straightforward as it may seem.

Warren’s Argument for Court Packing

It’s not compelling.

A Quote to Ponder

A somber thought about this present moment.

Revisiting Stacey Abrams’ Nonconcession

Assessing her actions in 2018 in light of 2020 and onward.

Back to Court Expansion

Two members of the presidential commission reach the conclusion that expansion is needed.