Congressional Typologies

Grouping House Members by their voting patterns.

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A Return of National Security Republicans?

Several glimmers of hope from the Ukraine funding bill.

Republican Dysfunction

It is a bit of a mess.

Biden Wargaming Stolen Election Contingencies

He may be fighting the last war.

Congress Passes Budget, Averts Government Shutdown

Five months too late, we’re back to the Biden-McCarthy deal.

Afghanistan Blame Game

Congressional Republicans are reminding voters of a dark hour in the Biden presidency.

Mitch McConnell’s Legacy

There is no denying that he was consequential.

Trump Fatigue

Fighting a cult of personality is exhausting.

FBI Informant Charged with Lying about Bidens

An unsurprising twist.

Some Luke Warm Takes On NY3

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

Tit, Meet Tat

The inevitable threats to remove Biden from the ballot emerge.

Saturday Late Morning Tabs and Takes

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

Republicans Start Biden Impeachment Inquiry

A shameful farce.

Dozens Quitting Congress

Take this job and shove it. I ain’t workin’ here no more.

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House Passes Laddered CR with Democratic Support

A second Republican Speaker has reached across the aisle to avert a government shutdown.

Weak Parties With Strong Partisanship

More on an ongoing saga.

Government Shutdown Looms With No Deal in Sight

House Republicans still can’t get out of their own way.

Dueling House Votes

Politics makes strange bedfellows.

Mike Johnson is Very Religious

His critics are focused on the wrong problem.

The Toddler Caucus

Sigh.

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Mike Johnson (Who?) for Speaker?

Could the fourth time be the charm?

I Guess the Whip Can’t Count

Emmer drops out.

An Observation about American Democracy

The ongoing Republican debacle and what it says about representative democracy in the US.

Jordan Strikes Out

Three increasingly-embarrassing defeats is all you get, apparently.

House GOP Drowning [UPDATED]

In a bathtub?

Will Jim Jordan Bullying Backfire?

Will at least four Republicans have a spine?

House Leadership Crisis Continues [Updated]

Jim Jordan is trying to bully his way into office. It almost certainly won’t work.

Ending Hamas

What does “complete victory” look like?

Scalise Drops Out of Speaker Race. What Now?

The clown show still lacks a ringmaster.

Steve Scalise Nominated for Humiliation

McCarthy lost it. Turned in his gavel. You, guy, are number 1.

Could Kevin McCarthy’s Replacement be . . . Kevin McCarthy?

One of the worst movies in memory may be getting a sequel.

McCarthy Won’t Run For Speaker. Now What?

We won’t have Kevin to kick around anymore.

Motion to Vacate McCarthy Speakership Succeeds

A weak leader has been ousted. Now what?

The Coming Government Shutdown

Why it’s inevitable and what it means.

Republican Crazies Forcing Government Shutdown

The House is in recess as the exasperated GOP leadership tries to figure a way out.

Impeachment Toothlessness

A political trial for political crimes always yields a political result.

The Clown Car Has No Brakes

The MAGA wing is driving us over a cliff.

The Biden Impeachment Tantrum

The inmates are running the asylum.

House and Senate on Defense Bill Collision Course

A standoff over social issues may derail a $900 billion budget bill.

Intra-Party Fight Over SALT Cap

Some New York Republicans are fighting for their constituents and against the GOP leadership.

Neither Trump Nor DeSantis?

An unconvincing column from an old pro.

The Depressing State of House Republicans

We all suffer if the the unserious have power.

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Price Transparency

Should businesses have to include taxes and other fees in their advertised price?

The Never-Ending Hunter Biden Saga

Yet more allegations.

On Winners, Losers, and the Debt Ceiling

Horse race coverage in all the things.

Manchin Won the Debt Ceiling Fight

Neither Republicans nor Democrats are happy. But one man is.