Red and Blue States Aren’t Permanent

The margins for 2024 are likely to be slim. But that hides a larger story.

Democratic Ratfucking Worked

Boosting weak candidates in the Republican primaries paid off.

Why Not Direct Democracy?

Would bypassing politicians altogether make the system more just?

Bernard Shaw, 1940-2022

CNN’s original anchorman is gone at 82.

Anti-Zionism Isn’t Anti-Semitism

Many young, progressive Jews are feeling unwelcome in young, progressive circles.

Democrats Punt on Primary Order

They’re going to wait until after the midterms to decide whether Iowa and New Hampshire stay at the front of the line.

Monkeypox ‘Emergency of International Concern’

A disease spreading mostly among gay men is now infecting small children.

President Joe Biden welcomes ASEAN leaders to the White House,Thursday, May 12, 2022, on the South Lawn. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott) President Joe Biden welcomes ASEAN leaders to the White House,Thursday, May 12, 2022, on the South Lawn. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)

Joe Biden is Aging (Developing Story)

The 79-year-old will be 80 on his next birthday.

White House Rudderless, Aimless, and Hopeless?

Some Democrats are less than pleased.

Antiquated Laws Restored in Wake of Roe Reversal

Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban may or may not be back in effect.

Americans Having More Abortions

A decades-long decline has ended.

A Modest Step on Voting Integrity

It’s Manchin-approved.

Kyle Rittenhouse Wants His Gun Back

The Kenosha Police Department is still holding his weapon, clothing, and other property for no apparent reason.

Biden’s January 6 Anniversary Speech

A necessary but likely irrelevant gesture.

Abbott and the Border Wall

The governor of Texas vows to finish what Trump started.

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Vigilante Politics

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

Unilateral Disarmament on Gerrymandering

Democrats and Republicans are playing by different rules.

Democrats Frustrated They Can’t Pass Biden’s Build Back Better Bill

They’re searching for good times. But just wait and see.

Gerrymandering State Legislatures

Representatives Choosing Their Voters Rather than Vice Versa, Chapter 412.

The House of “Representatives”

The erosion of representativeness continues.

Rittenhouse, Competence, and Crusade

A contrast in styles.

Kyle Rittenhouse Acquitted on All Counts

The expected has occurred.

Kyle Rittenhouse Judge Allows Those He Killed to be Called ‘Rioters’ Not ‘Victims’

Pretrial rulings strengthen his self-defense claims.

Backwards: When Politicians Choose Their Voters

Voters are suppose to choose elected officials, not the other way around.

McCarthy’s Continued 1/6 Investigation Obstruction

Short-term politics and long-term harm.

Census Results Likely a Boost for GOP

The long shift of population from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt continues—with the unusual exception of California.

Duckworth and Hirono Holding Biden Nominees Hostage

Appoint more Asian American and Pacific Islanders. Or else!

Still the Party of Trump

The disgraced loser remains as popular as ever with his base.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Stripped of Committee Assignments

House Democrats have done what their Republican colleagues refused to do.

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.

Ousting Trump Early Incredibly Unlikely

The President of the United States is a national security threat. Can we get rid of him now?

Are “Liberal” States Shrinking?

Thinking about unsupported narratives and a little bit about data usage.

The Republican Party’s Shame

The Party of Lincoln went over the cliff like lemmings in support. It’s tough to see how they recover.

The Flynn Pardon

Perhaps the most normal thing President Trump has done.

House Democrats and Dashed Expectations

Who’s to blame for the Blue Wave not materializing?

Making it Harder to Vote

Lots of places in the US don’t make it easy.

The Senate’s Rural Skew

Injecting data into the conversation.

Big Ten Football Back October 24

Yet another twist in an ongoing saga.

Andrew Sullivan’s Complicated Legacy

The one-time wunderkind, blogging pioneer, and same-sex marriage champion is now on the outs.

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Perspective on the Current Contentiousness

This is not even close to the worst it’s ever been.

President Trump at the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies President Donald J. Trump listens to a reporter’s question during a press conference Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in Morrisville, N.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) President Trump at the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies President Donald J. Trump listens to a reporter’s question during a press conference Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in Morrisville, N.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Trump’s Free Fall Over?

The President has hit rock bottom.

Harris’ VP Chances Redux

She would hardly be the first running mate who criticized the nominee in a debate.

President Trump Departs for Florida President Donald J. Trump salutes as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of White House en route to Joint Base Andrews Md. Saturday, May 30, 2020, for his trip to Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) President Trump Departs for Florida President Donald J. Trump salutes as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of White House en route to Joint Base Andrews Md. Saturday, May 30, 2020, for his trip to Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

Trump Threatens Troops to ‘Dominate’ and ‘Put Down’ Movement

The President of the United States is on the precipice of fascism.

WSJ Chastises Trump’s Slander

The President’s unhinged Twitter rants have drawn a rebuke from an unlikely source.

What We Don’t Know About COVID-19

Two new studies bring more questions than answers.

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John Prine Succumbs to COVID-19

A great songwriter is gone at 73.

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, takes questions from the press at a coronavirus update briefing Saturday, March 14, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, takes questions from the press at a coronavirus update briefing Saturday, March 14, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Trump and the Governors

This isn’t what leadership looks like.

Biden Sweeps Florida, Illinois, and Arizona

It’s time to end this thing.

Trump Packs Airports with Potentially Sick People

You can’t make this stuff up.

Sanders Not Quitting Just Yet

The race is over but Bernie’s still running.