The USA at 246

The Nation is unusually divided and melancholy on its birthday.

The Capitol Riot and Fox News

A large plurality of the network’s viewers think left wingers trying to make Trump look bad are to blame.

Saturday Afternoon Tabs

It’s been more of a reading than writing morning.

The Weak Case Against the January 6 Committee

Republicans killed their parents and demanding mercy for being orphaned.

Resetting Our Politics

Did Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony change anything?

Trump Ordered the Code Red

You’re goddamn right he did.

Dems Lose One Million Voters!

They should panic, right?

SCOTUS Upholds High School Coach’s 50-Yard-Line Prayers

The Supreme Court has reversed decades of precedent on church-state separation.

Minority Rule in a Winner-Take-All System

How long can the unsustainable be sustained?

Taking Notes on a Criminal Conspiracy

The Proud Boys, Trump family, and Alex Jones all filmed documentaries of their actions leading up to January 6.

A Key Role of Parties

Top Four likely makes things worse.

Fixing the Primary Problem

Could Alaska point the way to a solution?

Herschel Walker and the Perils of Celebrity Candidates

More ugly revelations about the football hero turned politician.

CNN Boss Eschews ‘Big Lie’ Branding

The new honcho at the original 24 hour news network wants to be more subtle and less alarmest.

Takeaways From the Takeaways

It’s not all about Trump.

Observations on Day Two of the Hearings

Basically: Trump is a liar or delusional (perhaps both?).

Fox Tried to Derail the ‘Big Lie’ Before Going All In

Chris Stirewalt takes a victory lap.

Watergate at 50

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

The January 6 Committee’s Audience

It was yuuuge! And nobody saw it!

Unity My Ass

Are you going to believe this index or your own lyin’ eyes?

January 6 Committee Public Hearings: Day 1

The laying out of the case begins.

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.

John Allen, Illegal Lobbying, and Foreign Influence

The retired general and think tank president is in hot water.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Earth Day prior to signing an executive order strengthening the nation’s forests, resilience to extreme weather events, and local economies, Friday, April 22, 2022, at Seward Park in Seattle. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Earth Day prior to signing an executive order strengthening the nation’s forests, resilience to extreme weather events, and local economies, Friday, April 22, 2022, at Seward Park in Seattle. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

The Messaging is Medium

The Democrats have lots of problems. Salesmanship is pretty far down the list.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on lowering the cost for American families Friday, April 22, 2022, at Green River College in Auburn, Washington. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks on lowering the cost for American families Friday, April 22, 2022, at Green River College in Auburn, Washington. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden Less Popular Than Worst President Ever

He’s underwater and not going to take it anymore.

Speaking of Bad Political Analysis

A recurring genre about presidents.

An Example of Utterly Awful Elections Analysis

The NYT and CA41 and yet another example of telling the wrong story.

Time for a New Generation to Lead?

The Silents and Boomers have been in charge too long.

Clinton Lawyer Acquitted in RussiaGate Case

What does it all mean? It depends on who you ask.

Round One in Colombia

The first round produced two very different candidates.

A Fascistic and Authoritarian Response

Donald Trump and friends speak to the NRA.

Two Republican Parties?

Some GOP governors are taking a stance against Trump.

America’s Gun Problem is Here to Stay

The obstacles to fixing the problem are many.

Trump Loses Big in Georgia, Again

Two incumbents roared to victory despite his opposition.

Two Years After George Floyd

Very little progress has been made towards racial justice.

Maximal Angst Despite Minimal Cause

Quite often, political fights are about attitudes rather than issues and polices.

Mass Shootings, Ideology, and Mental Illness

We know a lot less about the motives of spree killers than the public discourse suggests.

January 6 Committee Subpoenas Republican Leaders

An unprecedented manuever in response to unprecedented obstruction.

The Least Dangerous Branch?

The apparently eminent demise of abortion rights has reignited an old debate.

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A Lament and The Reality of Politics

A illustration from the Senate race in Georgia.

Elon Musk Buys Twitter

It’s happened. What does it mean?

Voting Underway in French Presidential Runoff

The incumbent should win easily but turnout is low and the consequences dire.

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.

Republican Efforts to Steal Election Were Widespread

Did we not already know this?

60% of US COVID-19 Deaths Preventable

Some 230,000 Americans have died needlessly since vaccinations became widely available.

Trump Judge Tosses Airline Mask Mandate

The Biden administration’s mandate has been lifted immediately.

Capitol Rioter Convicted of Six Felonies

A former Virginia police officer has been found guilty, partly on the testimony of a former colleague.

Has Trump Finally Gone Too Far?

Republicans are aghast that he’s abandoned his principles.

COVID Normalcy and the American Gerontocracy

Speaker Pelosi has it. Is President Biden next?