Racial Equity and America’s Roads

A new initiative aims to right decades-old wrongs.

Minority Rule in a Winner-Take-All System

How long can the unsustainable be sustained?

Myths of American Democracy

Tweaking the message and getting out the vote don’t matter as much as strategists think.

Watergate at 50

Half a century have passed since a botched burglary changed history.

Time for a New Generation to Lead?

The Silents and Boomers have been in charge too long.

Star Trek Goes Woke!

Has a franchise that’s always been political gone too far?

Just Move If You Don’t Like it Here!

There are many barriers to true freedom.

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CRT? Tired. Groomers? Wired!

The latest strategic moral panic from the far right

Respectability Politics

A Black columnist argues that Will Smith set back a whole race.

The Senate is Passing Legislation!

Do you believe in miracles?

Double Jeopardy in All But Name

Two notorious cases indicate a policy shift on federal prosecutions of cases already tried in lower courts.

Example of Why Individual Defense Advocates Are Rare on the Federal Bench

Republicans competing to see who can be the toughest on crime

Supreme Court Wikiality

Did you know that the elephant population has tripled over the last six months?

Photos for Friday

John Robert Lewis Hall (plus the soapiest fountain of them all).

Clarence Thomas’ Continuing Conflict

Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion. Alas.

Stevie Wonder feeling the White House Bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr during a visit to the Oval Office in 2016 by White House Photographer Peter Souza. Stevie Wonder feeling the White House Bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr during a visit to the Oval Office in 2016 by White House Photographer Peter Souza.

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

Republicans Take Over Virginia

Elections have consequences: Old Dominion Edition

Sidney Poitier, 1927-2022

A pioneering Black actor is gone at 94.

A Reminder of the Gutless and Feckless

A number of GOP politicians criticized Trump over 1/6 and some resigned.

Mayberry and White America

When life doesn’t imitate art.

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The Breyer Patch

The 83-year-old Justice is playing a dangerous game.

End of the Week Tabs

Some stories of possible interest.

Warren’s Argument for Court Packing

It’s not compelling.

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Vigilante Politics

We’re likely to see more instances like the Capitol Riot and the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings.

Bob Dole, 1923-2021

The longtime Senator and Vice Presidential and Presidential nominee is gone at 98.

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

A just verdict—but just a verdict.

Is Autocracy Really Winning?

A depressing magazine piece argues it is.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks before signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Monday, November 15, 2021, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith) President Joe Biden delivers remarks before signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Monday, November 15, 2021, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)

Biden Preparing for 2024 Run

Will America re-elect an 82-year-old to the White House?

Where Do the Republicans Go From Here?

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

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The Middle Ain’t Woke

The average American is neither progressive nor all that interested in politics.

Racial Impacts of the Interstate in Montgomery, AL

Another example for the conversation.

Max Cleland, 1942-2021

The Vietnam War hero and one-term Georgia Senator has died at 79.

Minority Power in the Senate

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

Evangelical Politics in the Time of Polarization and Covid

A piece in The Atlantic inspires thoughts.

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)

President Charlie Brown

Joe Biden has bet his presidency on a caucus that may simply be irreconcilable.

Mort Sahl, 1927-2021

The first modern stand-up comedian has died at 94.

Colin Powell, 1937-2021

The trailblazing soldier-statesman has died at 84.

The Power of Mythology

It does not create better deliberation.

Religious Exemptions From Vaccine Mandate

What malarkey is this?

Covid Quick Hits

News of the ongoing pandemic.

Who Decides American History?

Legislatures and school boards politicize what our kids are taught.

Heir’s Property and FEMA Relief

Another example of structural racism.

An Example of Illegal Voting

An arrest underscores what the problem isn’t.

SCOTUS Strikes Down Disclosure Law

Another 6-3 decision along ideological lines.

SCOTUS Upholds Arizona Voting Rules

A completely unsurprising 6-3 decision.

Book Review: Kill Switch

Discussing the filibuster.

How Critical Race Theory Suddenly Hit the Mainstream

A pandemic and the rise of Zoom meetings unleashed an academic theory into the wild.

SBC Picks a New Leader

And linkages to broader US politics.

Some CRT Theory/Politics of Race Thoughts

You know, some light weekend thoughts.