Trump’s Run Exasperates GOP Elite, Thrills Dems

Some of the early reactions to the inevitable announcement tell the tale.

Trump Special Counsel Likely

The Justice Department is looking to inoculate itself against charges of partisanship.

The ‘Crime of the Century’ Didn’t Happen

Three-and-a-half years and almost 6 million tax dollars have produced nothing.

Thursday Tabs

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Justice Department Calls Trump’s Bluff

This is as close as we get to Garland saying “Eff around, find out!”

FBI Raids Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home

The former President and his supporters are crying “weaponization of the justice system.”

January 6 and the Collusion Trap

What is the right measure of success for the Committee investigating the Capitol riot?

Judicial Supremacy vs Popular Constitutionalism

Who should have the final say on the law of the land?

Resetting Our Politics

Did Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony change anything?

Kavanaugh Stalker Charged with Attempted Murder

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

The Least Dangerous Branch?

The apparently eminent demise of abortion rights has reignited an old debate.

COVID Normalcy and the American Gerontocracy

Speaker Pelosi has it. Is President Biden next?

FBI Preempted Russian Cyberattack

The US conducted a preemptive strike against the GRU’s systems.

Garland Under Pressure to Indict Trump

Democrats want the DOJ to act more quickly.

Judge: Trump Committed Crimes

His conversations with lawyers about stealing the election are not protected by privilege.

Ilya Shapiro’s Inartful Tweet

Outrage over the outrage is outrageous.

McConnell Seems to Rule out Confirming Biden SCOTUS Pick after 2022

He’s in the minority but promises to start obstructing again if that changes.

Stephen Breyer’s Retirement Timing

Should he be worried about the appearance of partisan gaming?

Trump, the Rule of Law, and Normalization

Even incredibly abnormal Presidents are Presidents.

Joe Manchin’s Weird Filibuster Defense

It doesn’t work like the movies, Senator.

President Joe Biden signs two executive orders on healthcare Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. President Joe Biden signs two executive orders on healthcare Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House.

Biden’s Slow Appointment Process

Key posts across the government remain unfilled.

Most January 6 Rioters Won’t Go to Jail

Judges are pressuring prosecutors to strike deals, most of which will be for misdemeanors.

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Merrick Garland Ready to Take on Domestic Extremists

The man most famous for getting screwed out of a Supreme Court seat has a more interesting backstory.

Competing Visions For a Biden Presidency

Will he be a uniter or a divider?

They Had the Votes

Disconnected representation in action.

Susan Collins’ Meaningless ‘No’ on Barrett

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

Judiciary Approves Barrett Despite Democratic Boycott

Chuck Schumer and company sent a signal to their base against a fait accompli.

Biden Open to SCOTUS Expansion

After weeks of evasion, the frontrunner hints at a compromise policy.

Hypocrisy on SCOTUS Confirmations?

An unconvincing attack on the Democratic position.

Amy Coney Barrett Nomination Coming Today

Multiple reports have the Notre Dame graduate replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

A Court-Packing Plan I Could Support

A Solomonic solution from the commentariat.

Is the American Government Legitimate?

A long-winded and esoteric discussion about an elusive idea.

Ginsburg, Garland, and Court Packing

Two related discussions.

Trump’s Acquittal and American Democracy

Has this precedent permanently damaged the country? Or is it just politics as usual?

Trump Has Already Fixed His Impeachment Trial In The Senate

The trial phase of the Trump impeachment is set to be an absolute partisan joke.

You Bet Republicans Would Break The “Garland Rule” To Fill A SCOTUS Seat

Anyone who doubts that Republicans would fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020 is being incredibly naive.

This is What Support for Authoritarianism Looks Like

Rich Lowry puts preferred outcomes over constitutional process.

Conservatism without Originalism

A defense of a modest philosophy of judicial interpretation.

While Democrats Debate, Republicans Push Forward On Judges

While Democrats debated among themselves about health care plans that will likely never become law, Republicans were pushing forward with judicial confirmations.

RBG Speaks Out Against Court Packing Schemes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t very impressed by the proposals made by several liberal politicians lately to increase the size of the Supreme Court to counterbalance the conservative tilt created by the Gorsuch and Kavanaugh confirmations.

Joe Biden Says He’d Consider Appointing Merrick Garland To SCOTUS. No, He Won’t.

Joe Biden recently said that he’d consider nominating Merrick Garland again if there were a Supreme Court vacancy while he was President. Don’t count on it.

People For The American Way STOP GORSUCH FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RALLY in front of the United States Supreme Court on First Street, NE, Washington DC on Tuesday night, 31 January 2017 by Elvert Barnes Protest Photography People For The American Way STOP GORSUCH FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RALLY in front of the United States Supreme Court on First Street, NE, Washington DC on Tuesday night, 31 January 2017 by Elvert Barnes Protest Photography

Gorsuch Confounding Expectations

President Trump’s first Supreme Court appointment has joined the liberal bloc on several cases.

McConnell Says Senate Would Fill SCOTUS Vacancy In 2020

Mitch McConnell has had an unsurprising change of heart on the issue of Senate consideration of Supreme Court nominees in a Presidential election year.

McConnell Would Fill Court Vacancy in 2020

Hypocritical? Sure. Surprising? No.

Louisana’s Democratic Governor to Sign Abortion Ban

Jon Bel Edwards is a reminder that our divide is cultural, not just partisan.

The Do Nothing Senate

Other than confirming a lot of Trump Judges, the Senate has not been getting much work done so far this year.

Reforming the Supreme Court

A novel proposal for making SCOTUS appointments more responsive to election outcomes.

Packing the Courts with Young Judges

The Senate yesterday confirmed a 37-year-old to a lifetime Court of Appeals seat.

Another Possible Supreme Court Retirement?

Supreme Court watcher Jeffrey Toobin speculates that Clarence Thomas could be the next Supreme Court Justice to step aside.