Congressional Typologies

Grouping House Members by their voting patterns.

Iran’s Intent and Israel’s Next Move

Two related questions.

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Biden Ratchets Up Pressure on Israel

A two-level game where unconditional support has conditions.

Netanyahu Doesn’t Care About World Opinion

Israel’s prime minister is defying red lines and humanitarian concerns.

Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Imminent?

The war could be ending soon.

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A Decades-Long Stock Market Bubble?

The S&P and Nikkei are at all-time highs. Economists warn that it won’t last.

A Proportional Response

It’s what we do. I mean this is what we do.

U.S. Strikes Against Iranian Targets Coming

The Secretary of Defense has outlined the parameters.

Iranian Proxies Kill Three American Soldiers

Further escalation is inevitable.

Wider Middle East War Appears Inevitable

Israel and Iran’s proxies are on a collision course.

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The Internet Isn’t Dead

It’s just resting.

Mickey Mouse Entering Public Domain (Sort Of)

Steamboat Willie is about to be ripe for exploitation.

College Football Playoff Chaos

The four-team Playoff will go out making a lot of folks mad.

Israel Presses On Amid Calls for Ceasefire

Hamas continues to cynically manipulate the world’s humanitarian impulses.

Mike Johnson is Very Religious

His critics are focused on the wrong problem.

US-Iran Tensions Escalate

The war in Israel is in danger of expanding.

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Mike Johnson (Who?) for Speaker?

Could the fourth time be the charm?

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?

Two GOPs

A policy-leaning wing and a political-leaning wing make for an unworkable coalition.

Down Goes Jordan! Down Goes Jordan! [Updated]

He’s losing by a bigger margin in Round 2

Will Jim Jordan Bullying Backfire?

Will at least four Republicans have a spine?

Biden in Israel in Aftermath of Hospital Explosion

The timing is not auspicious.

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President Biden to Visit Israel

A high-stakes move.

Jim Jordan Wrestling His Way to Speaker [Updated]

The crazies are this close to a complete takeover.

House Leadership Crisis Continues [Updated]

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

Scalise Drops Out of Speaker Race. What Now?

The clown show still lacks a ringmaster.

“David Duke Without the Baggage”

Some thoughts on the Speaker contest.

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.

Israel at War: It’s a Reckoning

A roundup of news and opinon.

McCarthy Won’t Run For Speaker. Now What?

We won’t have Kevin to kick around anymore.

The Biden Impeachment Tantrum

The inmates are running the asylum.

(Last) Sunday’s Discussion Question Revisited

Wherein I finally reveal my answer (spoiler: it is hardly surprising). And, also, wherein despite the goal of brevity, I fail at that goal.

Televising Trump’s Trial

His lawyers and Democratic lawmakers are urging an exception.

The Depressing State of House Republicans

We all suffer if the the unserious have power.

“Politicizing” Sports

A reminder that all choices are political to one degree or the other.

Young Men Becoming More Right-Wing?

Some interesting (and potentially disturbing) polling trends.

Digital Blackface!

Inventing outrage in an already outrageous world.

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Banning Junk Fees

Some of these things are not like the other.

LeBron James Becomes NBA’s All-Time Scoring Leader

What was once impossible, then inevitable, has now happened.

Chip Roy’s Call for Debate

He is proving the opposite of his argument.

The GOP Clown Show

Just when you thought they couldn’t get more incompetent.

Some Tabs and Quick Takes

Some tab plus some tabs equals some tabs.

Buttigieg Responsible for Flight Delays?

Should Secretary Pete have done more?

Single-Family Zoning and Housing Diversity

They’re all made out of ticky tacky. And they all look just the same

The Centrist Fantasy

Can moderate Republicans take back their party?