An Observation or Two on SCOTUS

Well, more than two…

Congressional Typologies

Grouping House Members by their voting patterns.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks announcing CHIPS and Science Act grants to Intel to expand U.S. semiconductor production, Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at the Intel Ocotillo Campus in Chandler, Arizona. President Joe Biden delivers remarks announcing CHIPS and Science Act grants to Intel to expand U.S. semiconductor production, Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at the Intel Ocotillo Campus in Chandler, Arizona.

Biden: We Welcome Immigrants!

A minor gaffe is overshadowing a more complicated story.

The ‘Outside Agitator’ Trope

It’s been around for a very long time.

Is Our Problem a Lack of Public Virtue?

Are we betraying the Founders?

The Two Speakers

MAGA Republicans have owned themselves whilst trying to own the libs.

TikTok Ban Close. Is it Constitutional?

The courts would likely allow restricting a Chinese data mining operation popular with American teenagers.

Johnson Risks Speakership for Foreign Aid

A set of bills would fund Ukraine, Israel, and other bipartisan priorities while ticking of the MAGA crowd.

Republicans Are Again Threatening To Remove Their Speaker

It must be another day that ends in a “Y”

Nebraska Considers Winner-Take-All Electoral Vote

Partisanship and representation in conflict.

Youngkin and the ‘Government as a Business’ Trope

Virginia’s governor is finding running a state harder than running a venture capitalist firm.

Trump’s Massive Truth Social Windfall

He’s suddenly a billionaire after all.

President Joe Biden takes his mask off to deliver remarks on COVID-19 and the economy, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden takes his mask off to deliver remarks on COVID-19 and the economy, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden’s Covid Malaise?

A pandemic hangover may be clouding American politics.

Congress Passes Budget, Averts Government Shutdown

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

Fixing The Credit Card System

It’s great for the well-off but increasingly problematic for the larger economy.

The Outrage Machine

Punditry, complexity, and democracy.

Keeping Insurrectionists Out of Office

It’s easy if you try.

SCOTUS Leaves Trump on Colorado Ballot

An unsurprising result.

Stopping Deepfake Porn

A growing scourge may be next to impossible to stop.

The Weird Politics of the SALT Deduction

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

House Passes Bipartisan Tax Bill

Will wonders never cease?

Young Blacks Souring on Biden?

A credulous report strings together some anedotes and dubious polling.

The Impulse to Want a Strong Man

And the intuition that things aren’t really working.

Jefferson Davis and Section 3

Some historical context.

Immigration Roiling Politics Globally

Those seeking to escape the global south are facing resistance from DC to London to Paris.

Senate Approves Back Pay For Delayed Military Promotions

Doing the right thing after doing the wrong thing.

Transgender Teachers Suing Florida Over Pronoun Restrictions

The inevitable pushback against the pushback has begun.

Dozens Quitting Congress

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

On the Median Voter

A David Brooks column inspires some thoughts.

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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.

What’s ‘Political Dysfunction’?

I know it when I see it.

Dueling House Votes

Politics makes strange bedfellows.

Mike Johnson is Very Religious

His critics are focused on the wrong problem.

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.

House GOP Drowning [UPDATED]

In a bathtub?

Two GOPs

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

Israel at War: It’s a Reckoning

A roundup of news and opinon.

House Passes 45-Day Continuing Resolution

It appears a shutdown has been averted after all.

Dianne Feinstein, 1933-2023

A trailblazer is gone at 90.

Republican Crazies Forcing Government Shutdown

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

A Different Democracy, Indeed

A trip through comparative democratic reform.

Fight Over Military Promotions Intensifies

There’s no end in sight to an absurd standoff.

Bill Richardson, 1947-2023

The longtime politician and statesman is gone at 75.

France’s Crackdown on Religious Garb Expands

The abaya is now banned as well.

When Allies Become Heretics

Call-out culture has become a circular firing squad.

First Republican Debate of 2024 Season

Vivek Ramaswamy’s national coming out party was, well, interesting.

14th Amendment Solutions

One weird trick could save us from Trump.