Congressional Typologies

Grouping House Members by their voting patterns.

The Toll of Abortion Politics

Simplistic solutions to complex problems lead to human suffering.

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Mass Behavior v. Individual Action

Part of an ongoing conversation.

Republican Dysfunction

It is a bit of a mess.

Trump and the Politics of Abortion

The GOP caught the car and now doesn’t know what to do.

Line of the Day

“State’s rights” edition.

Arizona Republicans Block Abortion Ban Fix

They can’t help themselves.

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Biden Declares Easter Trans

Calendars, How Do They Work?

Senator Joe Lieberman, 1942-2024

The 2000 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee turned maverick is gone at 82.

Supreme Court to Hear Abortion Pill Case Tomorrow

The ruling could be more impactful than Dobbs. Or render Dobbs less impactful.

Whither Freakonomics?

The book spawned a cottage industry. But did it change the study of economics?

Should Sonia Sotomayor Retire?

Of party, duty, age, and political roulette.

Ending Judge Shopping

A long-overdue reform is meeting resistance.

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Biden and Trump Secure Their Party Nominations

The inevitable is all but official.

Fixing the Schiff-Garvey Problem

The mess in California hides a more pressing issue.

Biden Delivers ‘Fiery’ Campaign Speech

The state of the union is apparently fiery.

Mitch McConnell’s Legacy

There is no denying that he was consequential.

Biden and Trump Cruise Despite Discontent

Reading the tea leaves in Michigan.

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Burn it All Down

The politics of chaos.

Alabama Says Frozen Embryos Are Children

A narrow ruling in a civil case could have huge consequences.

The Non-Emergent Democratic Majority?

The realignment of America’s political parties wasn’t quite what was hoped.

The Raft of the Medusa

The Washington Post proves that, no matter how hard you try, you can’t cover some stories neutrally.

Porn, Public Employees, and the First Amendment

I know a fireable offense when I see it.

Saturday Late Morning Tabs and Takes

Trump and Trump-adjacent stories for this round of Tabs.

Early 2024 Polling

Election year is upon us, but the polling is still a bit fuzzy.

SCOTUS Denies Fast Track of Trump Immunity Claim

They’ve punted to the DC Circuit.

The Limits of Ideology

John Fetterman says he’s not a progressive.

Supreme Court to Hear Trump Immunity Case

The highest court has agreed to expedite a ruling on a novel question.

Norman Lear, 1922-2023

A television icon is gone at 101.

Tuberville (Mostly) Ends Military Promotion Hold

400-plus general and flag officer promotions went through almost instantaneously.

Sandra Day O’Connor, 1930-2023

The first woman to serve on the Supreme Court is gone at 93.

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Old Man Biden and Young Would-Be Voters

The President has tepid support in the 18-29 demographic.

On the Median Voter

A David Brooks column inspires some thoughts.

What’s ‘Political Dysfunction’?

I know it when I see it.

Objectively Pro-Trump!

Can’t a pundit fantasize about an alternative to the two major parties?

Tabs/Takes

A Few Thoughts on the Election and Poll Interpretation

And, not surprisingly, about parties.

Dueling Election Takes

Let the punditry begin.

Democrats Win Key Off-Year Elections

Abortion, an unrepresentative electorate, and candidate idiosyncracy ruled the off-off-year election.

The Polls Are Skewed!

Survey research is not without flaws. But we dismiss it at our peril.

One Year Out

Looking ahead to November 5, 2024

Lisa Franchetti Becomes First Woman to Lead Military Service

We finally have a Chief of Naval Operations but the crisis in the top ranks continues.

Mike Johnson is Very Religious

His critics are focused on the wrong problem.

Swing State Voters Prefer Trump

Bidenomics is dragging Biden’s approval.

Jim Jordan Wrestling His Way to Speaker [Updated]

The crazies are this close to a complete takeover.

Senate Confirms Army, Marine Chiefs

Congress is doing something, at least.

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Charles “CQ” Brown Confirmed as Joint Chiefs Chairman

The Senate is voting one-by-one in the face of the Tuberville hold on top nominees.

Trump Meets The Press

It turns out, he wasn’t all that truthful.

Fight Over Military Promotions Intensifies

There’s no end in sight to an absurd standoff.