Senate Passes Bipartisan Gun Bill

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

Bipartisan Senate Gun Control Talking Points

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

Time for a New Generation to Lead?

The Silents and Boomers have been in charge too long.

Two Republican Parties?

Some GOP governors are taking a stance against Trump.

Protesting at Officials’ Homes

Is harassing judges, mayors, Senators, and the like in their private lives just free speech?

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A Lament and The Reality of Politics

A illustration from the Senate race in Georgia.

Professional Politicians Poor Prognosticators

Mitch McConnell and other senior Republican Senators foolishly believed their colleagues would do the right thing.

Elon Musk Buys Twitter

It’s happened. What does it mean?

Mike Lee’s Texts

He was clearly willing to subvert the election.

Has Trump Finally Gone Too Far?

Republicans are aghast that he’s abandoned his principles.

Voters in Sour Mood Ahead of Midterms

The polls do not bode well for Democrats.

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The Right Is Having A Hard Time Framing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson As An Extremist

If this is the best they have, they don’t have a lot

The Senate is Passing Legislation!

Do you believe in miracles?

America’s Four Parties

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans truly represent most Americans. Fixing that is exceedingly unlikely.

Why Would Anyone Want to be a Senator?

Two popular Republican governors have declined a chance to join the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.

McConnell Criticizes RNC Censure over 1/6

Better than nothing, but still not enough.

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.

Why isn’t Biden Magical?

Some pundits have high standards.

Harry Reid, 1939-2021

The longtime Senate leader is gone at 82.

The Non-ending Joe Manchin Saga

Is the stalwart of Senate bipartisanship interested in governing?

Warren’s Argument for Court Packing

It’s not compelling.

Bob Dole, 1923-2021

The longtime Senator and Vice Presidential and Presidential nominee is gone at 98.

Defense Bill Stalled Over Amendments

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

Infrastructure Politics

Politicians gonna politician, but still…

Where Do the Republicans Go From Here?

This man is the face of the post-Trump party.

Back to SCOTUS Reform and “Legitimacy”

Doing nothing is still a choice, and the legitimacy crisis is here, like it or not.

Irrelevant Republicans Being Ignored!

The liberal media is giving all their attention to the tax and spend Democrats!

The Power of Mythology

It does not create better deliberation.

Dems in Disarray, Deal Doubtful

The internecine fight over the budget is coming to a head.

President Joe Biden observes trainers and apprentices at work at the final assembly station during a tour of Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 5 Training Facility, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Lanham, Maryland. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden observes trainers and apprentices at work at the final assembly station during a tour of Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 5 Training Facility, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Lanham, Maryland. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Selling the ‘Build Back Better’ Plan

The Catch-22 of passing a massive spending bill in an undemocratic system.

Republicans Playing Chicken with Debt Ceiling. Again.

They shall not submit to blackmail!

There is No ‘Manchin Dilemma’

He beats the alternative.

President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, delivers remarks on the COVID-19 National Month of Action on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, delivers remarks on the COVID-19 National Month of Action on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden’s Vaccination Speech

The President hit all the right notes.

Money and Intra-Party Competition

More in a series of ongoing observations about the GOP primaries.

Book Review: Kill Switch

Discussing the filibuster.

Negotiating the For the People Act?

Kinda, sorta, maybe, but probably not really.

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?

Manchin Opposes Democracy

Or, at least, he’s willing to kill democracy in order to save it.

My Two Cents on a 1/6 Commission

We need what we aren’t going to get.

Bipartisan Commission Dies From Lack of Bipartisanship

The country is in peril.

The 6 January Commission and the Filibuster

Could this be the straw that broke the camel’s back?

The Big Lie Has Become a Litmus Test

Republicans who admit Joe Biden won the election fair and square are being driven from the party.

Biden Strikes Bipartisan Tone

The President used his first speech to Congress as an attempt to unite the country.

The Filibuster Isn’t The Problem

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

Republican Split with Big Business Greatly Exaggerated

Look at who’s lined up against H.R. 1.

McConnell’s Statement on Afghanistan

Yes, it’s complicated, but it is also time to stop relying on cliches.

Joe Manchin’s Weird Filibuster Defense

It doesn’t work like the movies, Senator.

Hypocrisy, Thy Name is McConnell

Another entry in the “stunning, but not surprising” category of political observations.

Transphobia, Academic Freedom, and the First Amendment

The 6th Circuit is allowing a professor fired for misgendering a transwoman to sue his state university.