The Tip O’Neill Era and Why Governing was Easier

A reminder of how things (specifically the party system as a whole) have changed.

A Consensus Speaker of the House!

More centrist fantasies.

Gun Control Around the Anglosphere

Our English-speaking brethren have much less tolerance for massacres than we do.

The Centrist Fantasy

Can moderate Republicans take back their party?

Democrats Keep Senate Control

With a win in Nevada, the party will retain at least 50 seats.

Biden Getting Little Credit for Infrastructure Bill

Most don’t even know it passed!

Calcified Democracy

A deep dive into why our politics are so broken.

Junk Fees and People of Color

Not everything is racially-motivated but most things have a disparate impact.

Apple Not Happy About USB C Mandate

The company is begrudgingly complying with the EU’s requirement.

NFL and College Football Going Head to Head

The most popular television product is running out of room to expand.

Democrats’ Messaging Challenges

Touting the accomplishments of the last two years isn’t working.

Liz Truss Resigns

She is the shortest-tenured Prime Minister in British history.

Democracy and ZIP Codes

The rules for voting in America vary widely.

Supreme Court Poised to Upend Everything

The term that kicks off today could undermine our entire system of government.

Lindsey Graham’s Abortion Stunt

He’s proposed a bill with no chance of passage seemingly timed to hurt his own party in the midterms.

Roberts and the Court’s Legitimacy

Roberts may not like it, but SCOTUS is political and does have a legitimacy problem.

Federal Employees Take Another Pay Cut

What’s being billed as the largest hike in years is anything but.

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Constitution

Is it time to call the whole thing off?

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Inflation Reduction Act Doesn’t Reduce Inflation?!

A bill that was never about the thing it’s called doesn’t do that thing.

Inflation Reduction Act Passes Senate

And a comment on news coverage of the passage.

Feelings Don’t Care About Facts

“America can survive the demagogues themselves, it’s their audience that will kill us.”

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Coming IRS Crackdown?

The Schumer-Manchin compromise includes a massive increase in the tax collection budget.

Learning From Joe Manchin

Has the frustrating process of securing his vote taught Democrats anything?

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What’s Politics For, Anyway?

Capitol Hill Republicans are turning the concept on its head.

Build Back Better Than Nothing

Joe Manchin has come around on a pared back BBB, surprising just about everyone.

The January 6 Hearings Didn’t Change Entrenched Opinion

Can American democracy survive its information bubbles?

On Senate Reform

A proposal by Jamell Bouie

Independent State Legislature Theory

A theory floated in Bush v Gore could radically change American elections.

South Carolina Outlaws Speech Related to Abortion

States emboldened by Dobbs are testing just how far the Supreme Court will let them go.

The Respect for Marriage Act Versus The Filibuster

Another example of why the filibuster needs to go.

House Passes Marriage Protection Bill

The symbolic vote attracted a handful of Republican votes.

Democrats Even Madder at Manchin

The West Virginia Senator has pulled away the football yet again.

Abortion and the Filibuster

Assuming they had the votes, should Democrats carve out yet another exception?

White House Rudderless, Aimless, and Hopeless?

Some Democrats are less than pleased.

Democrats in Disarray, Abortion Edition

Here we go again . . . .

Dueling Takes on the End of Roe

So, what now?

Minority Rule in a Winner-Take-All System

How long can the unsustainable be sustained?

Senate Passes Bipartisan Gun Bill

The most expansive firearms legislation in decades is likely to become law.

SCOTUS Strikes Down NY Gun Law

The 6-3 ruling broke down on predictable lines.

Watergate at 50

Half a century have passed since a botched burglary changed history.

Bipartisan Senate Gun Control Talking Points

Calling it a “deal” is vastly over-selling it.

Replacing Biden in 2024?

From the Cliché File.

Kavanaugh Stalker Charged with Attempted Murder

A man who claims he was going to kill the Supreme Court Justice is in jail.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on lowering the cost for American families Friday, April 22, 2022, at Green River College in Auburn, Washington. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks on lowering the cost for American families Friday, April 22, 2022, at Green River College in Auburn, Washington. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden Less Popular Than Worst President Ever

He’s underwater and not going to take it anymore.

January 6 Committee Divided on Which Non-Starter Recommendations to Make

They’re taking their eye off the ball.

Speaking of Bad Political Analysis

A recurring genre about presidents.

A Fascistic and Authoritarian Response

Donald Trump and friends speak to the NRA.

What Gun Laws Work?

The research is not as robust as you’d think.

America’s Gun Problem is Here to Stay

The obstacles to fixing the problem are many.