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.

Contractor Illegally Funneled $150K to Susan Collins’ Re-election Fund

An over-eager supporter or something more sinister?

The Filibuster Isn’t The Problem

It’s undemocratic and we should get rid of it. But doing so isn’t a panacea.

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Deal-making in Washington is next to impossible.

Manchin Opposes Tanden for OMB

The Senate’s last conservative Democrat is taking President Biden’s call for unity seriously.

Did House Impeachment Managers Make Their Case?

Most agree that it was good theater. But it’s not clear what they’ve proven.

6 Senate Republicans Vote Trump Trial Constitutional

As expected, the second impeachment trial of the 45th President will proceed.

Trying an Impeached Former President

The legal debates are unsettled but we can all agree that Rand Paul is a moron.

The Next Attempt to Subvert

January 6th, when the electoral votes are counted.

Republicans Stuck Between Trump and a Hard Place

Explaining the continuing cowardice of GOP Senators.

Joe Biden’s Cabinet

The transition is on pace despite President Trump’s best efforts.

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The Election Proved I Was Right All Along

The Pundit’s Fallacy meets opportunism.

Sullivan Re-elected to Senate

The slow Alaska count came out as expected.

Fraudsters

A One Act Play

Susan Collins Wins Re-Election

Her Democratic opponent has conceded.

Maine Gives Biden 3, Trump 1

Biden inches closer to 270.

Wisconsin Officially Biden’s

10 more Electoral votes.

Supreme Executive Power Derives from a Mandate from the Masses

Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!

Weird Fundraising Appeals

A FiveThirtyEight-inspired message from the Democrats doesn’t compute.

They Had the Votes

Disconnected representation in action.

Peek Hack

Up is down. Down is up.

Susan Collins’ Meaningless ‘No’ on Barrett

A desperate re-election gambit that has no impact on the outcome.

Ranked Choice Voting Could Determine Maine Winner

The rules for counting votes matter.

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Trump On ‘Peaceful Transition’

Whether the delusions of a madman or a deliberate scheme to poison the waters, there’s cause for concern.

Who’ll Control the Senate?

Forecasters give Democrats better than even odds of a majority.

The Senate’s Rural Skew

Injecting data into the conversation.

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Trump’s Free Fall Over?

The President has hit rock bottom.

Democrats Likely to Retake Senate

A hundred days out, a wave election is the best bet.

#NeverTrump Democrats

A movement that has grown beyond recognition.

A Democratic Tsunami?

Even Republicans are wondering if President Trump is at his “Katrina moment.”