Congressional Typologies

Grouping House Members by their voting patterns.

Maine Joins ‘National Popular Vote’ Compact

A longstanding project inches forward.

Congress Passes Budget, Averts Government Shutdown

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

Working From Everywhere is Getting Harder

The pandemic ruined everything.

The Outrage Machine

Punditry, complexity, and democracy.

Trump Ballot Eligibility Ruling Could Come Today

If so, he’ll almost surely win bigly.

The Enshittification of . . . Couches?

They don’t make ’em like they used to.

Speaking of Impeachment Threats

There’s one in Maine.

Tit, Meet Tat

The inevitable threats to remove Biden from the ballot emerge.

The Maine Ruling

A compelling document.

Donald Trump Removed From Maine Ballot

Another state has declared him an insurrectionist.

Where The Gays Are

A breakdown of new survey data.

On the Median Voter

A David Brooks column inspires some thoughts.

Government Shutdown Looms With No Deal in Sight

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

Mike Johnson is Very Religious

His critics are focused on the wrong problem.

The Senate Dress Code

Much ado about nothing?

9/11 at 22

Generations of young Americans weren’t alive or have no real memory of the event.

The Injustice of Place

A new book looks at the confluence of geography and disadvantage.

Some Electoral College Thoughts

It really is rife with problems.

Fear of a Third Party

The Electoral College is holding a nation of millions back.

Another Reason to Dislike the Electoral College

“Red States” and “Blue State”

Rural Hospitals Not Offering Obstetric Care

A growing trend has healthcare professionals and communities concerned.

Zealots and Pluralists

A moderate Republican almost diagnoses the problem.

Election Reform Through the Back Door

Electoral Count Act reforms are “hidden” in the bipartisan budget bill.

On Labels and Caucuses

Regarding the newly independent Senator Sinema.

Authorities Urge Masking Against ‘Tripledemic’

Will anyone listen this time?

Kyrsten Sinema Leaving Democratic Party

Because of course she is.

Minority Rule Isn’t a Myth

The will of the majority can prevail even in a skewed system.

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Bipartisan Bill Protects Same-Sex and Interracial Marriages

Congress is poised to legislate protections previously mandated by the courts.

Calcified Democracy

A deep dive into why our politics are so broken.

Liz Cheney’s Future

She’ll almost certainly be out of a job in January. Then what?

Call Her Senator Misled

Concerned no more, Senator Collins is now dismayed that she was misled.

Senate Passes Bipartisan Gun Bill

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

Takeaways From the Takeaways

It’s not all about Trump.

Maybe Susan Collins Isn’t The Best Judge Of Character

The Senator from Maine once against demonstrates that she shouldn’t be prognosticating about people’s future actions.

A Modest Step on Voting Integrity

It’s Manchin-approved.

Trump Wanted to Seize Voting Machines

Drip. Drip. Drip.

The Myth of Picking the Best

And yes, it is political (and always has been).

Which Black Woman Will Biden Appoint to the Supreme Court?

The 46th President will follow the lead of the 40th in making a historic appointment.

The Politics of Abortion

What happens if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade?

Defense Bill Stalled Over Amendments

Every now and again, it’s not Mitch McConnell’s fault.

Most Politics Is National

Tip O’Neil’s famous saying hasn’t been true in a long, long time.

SCOTUS Denies Emergency Injunction Against Maine Vaccine Mandate

There will be no religious exemptions. For now, at least.

Line of the Day

Get vaccinated edition

Oh, Look, Vaccinations Rates Matter

The evidence is pretty clear: vaccinations are key, not weather (but that won’t stop people from trying to say otherwise).

Republicans Playing Chicken with Debt Ceiling. Again.

They shall not submit to blackmail!

Southernification of Rural America

Rural-urban is now a bigger divide than North-South.

COVID Schadenfreude Journalism

A new story archetype is all too common.

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Ranked Choice Voting for Everyone?

It’s not perfect but it beats our usual approach to picking winners and losers.

Bipartisan Commission Dies From Lack of Bipartisanship

The country is in peril.