Impeachment in a System of Checks and Balances

What should be the bar? Can it ever be reached?

[Documents taken in August Mar-A-Lago search] [Documents taken in August Mar-A-Lago search]

[Updated] – DOJ Appeals To 11th Circuit

The Department of Justice takes an utterly unsurprising, but important step in the Mar-a-lago document case

[Judge Cannon's decision] [Judge Cannon's decision]

Trump’s Reliable Cannon

The former president shopped for the right judge.

[Documents taken in August Mar-A-Lago search] [Documents taken in August Mar-A-Lago search]

District Judge Grants Trump’s Request For Special Master

I warned you all, my predictions are notoriously wrong.

Mar A Lago Mar A Lago

The Latest on the Mar-A-Lago Document Case

Both sides have had their say and now we wait for a ruling.

Biden: MAGA Republicans Threaten Republic

The President delivered a rousing stump speech from Independence Hall.

[Updated unexpectedly] Three Questions Brought Up By The DOJ Filing & Trump’s Reaction

Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in again… [update: x2]

[The weakest of tea] [The weakest of tea]

When This Is The Best Defense Turley Can Raise, Things Are Really Bad

I mean, really, really, really bad for the former President and his legal team.

[Documents taken in August Mar-A-Lago search] [Documents taken in August Mar-A-Lago search]

Initial Analysis Of Yesterday’s DOJ Filing In Trump Document Investigation

It appears that the DOJ has enough evidence to indict someone.

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[Update] Analysis of NARA’s Letter to Former President Trump

Why would the Trump team release a document that casts them in such a bad light?

[Updated x 2] The Latest On The Trump Document Investigation

Running down the latest “known knowns” with just a bit of analysis

[Merick Garland] [Merick Garland]

Justice Department Calls Trump’s Bluff

This is as close as we get to Garland saying “Eff around, find out!”

Stupid Takes From “Smart” People: Trump/FBI Edition

Tell us you don’t know anything about Federal Warrants without telling us you don’t know anything about Federal Warrants

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the passing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the passing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

How Low Can Joe Go?

Approval is down (again).

Biden Continuing Trump Foreign Policy?

Normalcy is not a bad thing.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Medal of Valor ceremony, Monday, May 16, 2022, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Medal of Valor ceremony, Monday, May 16, 2022, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

The News is Bad for Biden

The nature of American political reporting distorts our perception of reality.

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More Numbers (Trump and Biden)

More intraparty support numbers.

Trump’s Support is Down

Signs and portents?

What’s the Plan, Man?

Another comment on the American presidency and its critics.

A Quick Comment on Presidential Power

The pressure and expectations of a king, but with considerably less power.

Democrats in Disarray, Abortion Edition

Here we go again . . . .

President Joe Biden prepares to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 25, 2021, en route to Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden prepares to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 25, 2021, en route to Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

White House Staff Turnover!

Much ado about a perfectly normal phenomenon.

Podcast Recommendation (Plus: More on US Democracy)

Ezra Klein discusses the dynamics of American conservatism in historical perspective. Plus, he helps illustrate a key problem that we have in thinking about American politics (IMHO).

The Road to Here (and the Rocky Road Ahead)

The role of American political institutions.

An Observation about the 1980 Election

Added historical context to ongoing conversations about American democracy.

President Joe Biden calls New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in the Oval Office Study. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden calls New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in the Oval Office Study. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Presidents Aren’t Magicians

We expect far more from the Oval Office than is reasonable.

More Details On 7 Hours “Missing” From 1/6 White House Phone Logs

They’re not missing and that points to a systemic issue

Multiparty Presidentialism

No, presidentialism does not lock us into two parties.

On Respect and SCOTUS

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

Of Laws and Men

Our system lacks accountability.

Pence and the Whirlwind

Doing the right thing on 1/6/20 doesn’t absolve him of being a key Trump enabler.

January 6 vs BLM Riots

Shockingly, they’re not remotely equivalent.

Back to Court Expansion

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

The House of “Representatives”

The erosion of representativeness continues.

Vice President Kamala Harris talks on the phone with French President Emmanuel Macron Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at the Blair House in Washington, D.C. Vice President Kamala Harris talks on the phone with French President Emmanuel Macron Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at the Blair House in Washington, D.C.

Kamala Harris’ Frustrating Start?

A weird new narrative has emerged.

DC Circuit Delays Trump Paper Release

The matter of Executive Privilege and former Presidents is settled law.

Minority Power in the Senate

Senator Romney and the latest edition of the senatorial pro-filibuster op/ed.

Saving American Democracy

The Politician’s Syllogism rears its ugly head.

DeSantis: No Mask Mandates in Florida

His executive order blocks schools from having masking rules.

Biden Fires ‘Independent’ Social Security Administrator

President Trump’s destruction of longstanding norms continues under his successor.

Congress May Repeal Iraq AUMF

A meaningless gesture that’s long overdue.

SBC Picks a New Leader

And linkages to broader US politics.

Taking Moot to a Whole Moot Level

Overruling every case President Trump was involved in is getting silly.

Georgia Passes New Election Law

It makes voting harder.

President Biden’s First Press Conference

The media became the story but the President was the news.

President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room. President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room.

Judging Presidents and Presidencies

We tend to focus on the wrong qualities in our early assessments.

Yale Fires Prof for Trump Mental Health ‘Diagnoses’

What at first blush appears a case of hypocrisy and cancel culture is a violation of professional ethics.

The GOP’s Trump Primary Problem

Nonhierarchical parties strike again.

Yes, Presidential Approval Matters

An explanation to a question you likely weren’t asking.

Biden’s Lack of Press Conferences

On the one hand, true. On the other, so what?