An Observation or Two on SCOTUS

Well, more than two…

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Stupid Index Tricks

The United States has less press freedom than 54 countries. Or does it?

Campus Crackdowns Escalate

Police have been brought at universities across the country.

Israelis United Behind War Effort

This is only “one alternative, and this is being murdered.”

Politics, Memory, and Reality

Americans look back more fondly on the Trump economy than they did in 2020.

Trump’s Increasingly Fascistic Speeches

A disturbing dissection in the NYT Magazine.

Biden Has Lowest Approval in History, Should Still Win

A famed political forecaster doesn’t believe the polls.

Election Violence

It’s no longer just a Third World problem.

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Mass Behavior v. Individual Action

Part of an ongoing conversation.

Maine Joins ‘National Popular Vote’ Compact

A longstanding project inches forward.

Thursday Tabs

Some of these have been piling up for a while.

Faith In Democracy on the Decline

People around the world are more skeptical about governing institutions.

Age Inversion in American Politics?

Suddenly, old voters are aligning Democrat and young ones Republican.

It’s Not Rage, It’s Resentment?

Rural Americans are misunderstood!

Nebraska Considers Winner-Take-All Electoral Vote

Partisanship and representation in conflict.

Ronna McDaniel Likely to Sue NBC

There will be lawyers.

Third Parties and Ballot Access for 2024

And back to thoughts on section 3.

Biden Wargaming Stolen Election Contingencies

He may be fighting the last war.

Sunday Tab Clearing

So many intentions to write, so little time.

Should Sonia Sotomayor Retire?

Of party, duty, age, and political roulette.

Putin Wins Again!

He’s on a winning streak not seen since Stalin.

Deepfakes and Election Disinformation

A long-predicted threat has emerged.

Trump Guts RNC

A purge of the professional staff for, well, reasons.

Fixing the Schiff-Garvey Problem

The mess in California hides a more pressing issue.

Nikki Haley Drops Out

The last challenger to Donald Trump bows to reality.

SCOTUS Leaves Trump on Colorado Ballot

An unsurprising result.

Trump Ballot Eligibility Ruling Could Come Today

If so, he’ll almost surely win bigly.

GOP “Unity”

Data from the early primaries

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Burn it All Down

The politics of chaos.

California’s Weird Election Laws

The Top Two system has created perverse incentives.

The Non-Emergent Democratic Majority?

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

Trump Fatigue

Fighting a cult of personality is exhausting.

A Graph to Ponder

A fundamental flaw illustrated.

Trump’s Mounting Legal Bills

He owes over half a billion so far. That creates significant conflicts of interest.

Do Democrats Have a Better Option Than Biden?

Ezra Klein makes a compelling case.

Some Luke Warm Takes On NY3

Yes, every special election is a very special snowflake, but trends do emerge

Chris Christie Won’t Vote for Biden or Trump

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.

The Weird Politics of the SALT Deduction

There’s momentum for changing the most controversial Trump era tax change.

Pelosi Pleas for FBI to Probe Pro-Palestinian Protestors

A bizarre call from the former Speaker.

Affective Partisanship

Group dynamics and limited choices.

The Raft of the Medusa

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

Trump and Biden Win New Hampshire!

Shockingly, both “incumbents” are going to win their party’s 2024 nominations.

Germany Considering Ban of Far-Right AfD

Apparently, Making Germany Great Again is controversial.

Biden and Trump Are Apparently Old

Stop me if you’ve heard this one . . .

“Just Joking”

Some things shouldn’t be joked about (and they often aren’t jokes anyway).

Biden: “Is Democracy Still America’s Sacred Cause?”

Making 2024 about 2021 and 1777.

Biden, Harris, and Tha God

A powerful voice in Black media is a thorn in the administration’s side.

The Maine Ruling

A compelling document.

Donald Trump Removed From Maine Ballot

Another state has declared him an insurrectionist.