January 6 Committee Public Hearings: Day 1

The laying out of the case begins.

Merriman Smith ‘Canceled’ Posthumously

A man most have never heard of is being reassessed more than a half-century after his death.

Biden’s January 6 Anniversary Speech

A necessary but likely irrelevant gesture.

Where Do the Republicans Go From Here?

This man is the face of the post-Trump party.

photo of view, thinking, zoo, mammal, fauna, primate, chimpanzee, ape, vertebrate, mimic, western gorilla, great ape, common chimpanzee photo of view, thinking, zoo, mammal, fauna, primate, chimpanzee, ape, vertebrate, mimic, western gorilla, great ape, common chimpanzee

Election Results Validate Everyone’s Priors

Too woke! Not woke enough!

The Stupid, Evil Party

It’s not getting any better, folks.

Juneteenth to be National Holiday

It passed the Senate unanimously.

President Joe Biden signs two executive orders on healthcare Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. President Joe Biden signs two executive orders on healthcare Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House.

Biden’s First 50 Days

A way-too-early assessment of how it’s going.

Biden’s Christianity, Lincoln, and the Truth of Who We Are

Biden’s America is a place and idea in which the trappings of empire or glory are ephemera in comparison with perennial human relationships—families; friendships; communities; schools; neighbors; partners.

1776 Report Should be 86’d

A parting shot from the Trump administration.

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

America’s Slow Presidential Transitions

Why isn’t Joe Biden President already?

Competing Visions For a Biden Presidency

Will he be a uniter or a divider?

Police Shouldn’t Be Anonymous

Cops aren’t soldiers or spies but fellow citizens.

Business people using their phones Business people using their phones

Demography is Destiny

It’s just not immediate.

Trump’s Mount Rushmore Diatribe

The President is desperate and unwell and the press is making no bones about it.

Fort Benning honors the nation's fallen service members with a Memorial Day ceremony at the post's cemetery May 27. The 9 a.m. ceremony at the Main Post Cemetery went forward under bright but partly cloudy skies, with an audience of some 200 Soldiers and civilians seated outdoors. The ceremony included remarks by a speaker, and a wreath-laying in tribute to "all the nation's veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice." The wreath-laying was followed by the firing of a three-volley rifle salute and the playing of "Taps." (U.S. Army photos by Patrick Albright, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs) Fort Benning honors the nation's fallen service members with a Memorial Day ceremony at the post's cemetery May 27. The 9 a.m. ceremony at the Main Post Cemetery went forward under bright but partly cloudy skies, with an audience of some 200 Soldiers and civilians seated outdoors. The ceremony included remarks by a speaker, and a wreath-laying in tribute to "all the nation's veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice." The wreath-laying was followed by the firing of a three-volley rifle salute and the playing of "Taps." (U.S. Army photos by Patrick Albright, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs)

Whose Deaths Should We Honor?

The line between “hero” and “victim” is blurry and rendered meaningless when the former is over-used

Our Constitutional Crisis

To defang impeachment is an invitation for presidents to ignore the rule of law.

As Impeachment Gets Closer, Trump Becomes Even More Unhinged

Despite denials and dismissals, it is clear that being an impeached President is getting under Trump’s skin.

House Set To Debate And Vote On Impeachment

By the end of today, Donald Trump will most likely be the third President of the United States to be impeached by the House of Representatives.

Nikki Haley’s Revisionist History

With her eyes on her political future in a GOP dominated by Trumpism, Nikki Haley is attempting to rewrite the history of one of the most significant events of her time as Governor of South Carolina.

Poll Finds Republicans Think Trump Is A Better President Than Lincoln

Further evidence that the Republican Party has turned into a cult of personalty built around Donald Trump.

Happy Thanksgiving From Outside The Beltway!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thinking About Arguing About Politics Over Thanksgiving Dinner? Don’t

Given the times we live in, you may be tempted to argue about politics tomorrow. Here’s my advice — don’t do it.

Pursuing Impeachment Is A Moral Imperitive

The time for sitting on the sidelines is over. Donald Trump cannot be allowed to get away with his usurpation of power, his disdain for the law, or his continued policies that have damaged the country.

Reactions to 1619

In this case, Rich Lowry’s.

Trump: I Am “The Chosen One”

Donald Trump’s delusions of grandeur are getting more and more bizarre.

Tensions Increasing Again In The Persian Gulf

Tensions are increasing in the Persian Gulf thanks to a collection of actions by Iran, the United States, and United Kingdom.

The Reparations Debate Reaches Capitol Hill

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

Iran Downs American Reconnaissance Drone As Tensions Continue To Increase

As if the situation in the Persian Gulf weren’t already tense enough, the Iranians shot down an American reconnaissance drone late yesterday

Tensions Increasing Amid Talk Of Military Action Against Iran

Tensions are increasing in the Persian Gulf as the Iran war hawks seem to be winning the battle for the President’s support.

Trump’s Phony Call For Negotiations With Iran

The White House claims to want to talk to Iran but the President’s actions make clear that negotiation is the furthest thing from his mind.

Trump Taking Ill-Advised Militaristic Position Regarding Iran

The Trump Administration is taking an unnecessarily militaristic approach toward Iran, and that poses real dangers for the country and for the Middle East.

Capitalizing ‘President’

An argument for an exception to the style guides.

Pelosi: Impeachment ‘Not Worth it’

The Democratic Speaker of the House says there will be no charges against the Republican President barring an “overwhelming and bipartisan” consensus.

Lyndon LaRouche, Conspiracy Kook And Perennial Presidential Candidate, Dies At 96

Lyndon LaRouche, an eight-time Presidential candidate who ran a cult-like organization that spread bizarre conspiracy theories, has died at 96.

Bush Funeral Inevitably About Trump

Honoring the 41st President cast a poor light on the 45th.

Washington Pays Tribute To George H.W. Bush

Washington said farewell to George H.W. Bush today in a service that both remembered his spirit and his heroism, and stands as a sharp rebuke to what politics has been reduced to in America today.

Happy Thanksgiving From Outside The Beltway!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Seven Score And Fifteen Years Ago

155 years ago today, President Lincoln delivered one of the greatest addresses in American history.

Birthright Citizenship Isn’t Just The Law, It’s A Good Idea Too

In addition to being mandated by the Constitution, birthright citizenship goes to the core of what it means to be an American.

Obama Hits The Campaign Trail

Former President Obama took on his successor in his first major political speeches since leaving office.

Replacing the Republican Party?

Jennifer Rubin wants to build a new political party from scratch.

Corey Stewart Caught Praising The Confederacy In 2017 Campaign Video

The Republican Party’s nominee for Senator in Virginia really is as bad as you’ve heard, probably worse.

Mike Pence Thinks A Year Is Long Enough For The Russia Investigation

Mike Pence’s obsequiousness to his master knows no limits.

Andrew Cuomo to Pardon All Parollees to Restore Their Vote

Unable to get his way with the legislature, New York’s governor is taking a provocative step.

Of Course Donald Trump Wants A Military Parade

Of course Donald Trump wants a military parade, it would be consistent with his delusions of grandeur.

John Anderson, Independent Candidate For President in 1980, Dies At 95

Most Americans are unlikely to remember John Anderson, but he was a harbinger of things to come.

Happy Thanksgiving From Outside The Beltway!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Charlottesville Reopens The Debate Over Confederate Symbols

It’s time to stop honoring the symbols of a nation of racist traitors.

The Buck Stops Elsewhere?

A new Pentagon proposal would place more discretion in the hands of field commanders, removing the need for Presidential approval.