New York’s Gerrymandering Disarmament

When doing the right thing is the wrong thing.

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A Lament and The Reality of Politics

A illustration from the Senate race in Georgia.

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Institutions Matter, French Edition

How rules shape the game.

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Prosecutor Drops All Charges Against Pamela Moses

And yet the state still extracted their pound of flesh

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?

An Action-Oriented Prescription

A follow on from yesterday.

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.

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.

Chip Roy’s Texts

More willingness to subvert the election.

Mike Lee’s Texts

He was clearly willing to subvert the election.

Is this Cancel Culture? (Unicorn Edition)

An irregualr, ongoing series.

Musk, Twitter, and “Legal Speech”

A brief obeservation.

French Presidential Elections Today

The first round is currently being held.

A “Fairer” Map for the 2022 House?

A potentially more representative map that still underscores deep flaws in our system.

Democratic Backsliding and the American Right

The only way to save our freedom is to destroy it.

Santa’s a Socialist

And other tales from the AK special election.

Garland Under Pressure to Indict Trump

Democrats want the DOJ to act more quickly.

Multiparty Presidentialism

No, presidentialism does not lock us into two parties.

Judge: Trump Committed Crimes

His conversations with lawyers about stealing the election are not protected by privilege.

Biden Pleads for Regime Change in Russia

The President commits a Kinsley gaffe.

Christian Nationalism and American Democracy

A Manichean struggle between good and evil.

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An Update On Pamela Moses, Plea Bargains, & The Trial Tax

A new trial that might not have happened with a plea

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The Right Is Having A Hard Time Framing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson As An Extremist

If this is the best they have, they don’t have a lot

On Respect and SCOTUS

The Court is out of balance–and it is a design flaw.

Putin’s War Gets Closer to NATO

Strikes near the Polish border show the real possibility of escalation.

America’s Four Parties

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans truly represent most Americans. Fixing that is exceedingly unlikely.

Russia Sanctions Itself in Retaliation for Western Sanctions

Vladimir Putin is banning commodity exports.

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Putin’s Offramp?

It’s hard to see how this crisis ends.

Prelim Data on Texas’ New Voting Rules

As predicted, rejections of ballots is up.

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.