"Speaker Mike Johnson and I just had a great meeting. We’re committed to meeting our nation’s biggest challenges with strong Republican leadership." - 26 October 2023 "Speaker Mike Johnson and I just had a great meeting. We’re committed to meeting our nation’s biggest challenges with strong Republican leadership." - 26 October 2023

A Return of National Security Republicans?

Several glimmers of hope from the Ukraine funding bill.

Should Sonia Sotomayor Retire?

Of party, duty, age, and political roulette.

Mitch McConnell’s Legacy

There is no denying that he was consequential.

McConnell to Step Down in November

The longest serving Republican Leader is passing the torch.

Some Luke Warm Takes On NY3

Yes, every special election is a very special snowflake, but trends do emerge

Iranian Proxies Kill Three American Soldiers

Further escalation is inevitable.

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Biden Approval at Record Low

He’s at 61 percent disapproval in the lastest Monmouth poll.

Tuberville (Mostly) Ends Military Promotion Hold

400-plus general and flag officer promotions went through almost instantaneously.

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House Passes Laddered CR with Democratic Support

A second Republican Speaker has reached across the aisle to avert a government shutdown.

Government Shutdown Looms With No Deal in Sight

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

Romney and the Decline of the GOP

The party’s 2012 nominee is an indicator of how fall it has fallen.

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Mike Johnson (Who?) for Speaker?

Could the fourth time be the charm?

Jim Jordan Wrestling His Way to Speaker [Updated]

The crazies are this close to a complete takeover.

The Clown Car Has No Brakes

The MAGA wing is driving us over a cliff.

Fight Over Military Promotions Intensifies

There’s no end in sight to an absurd standoff.

Is Mitch McConnell Still Fit to Lead?

It’s time for transparency on the Republican Leader’s health.

Mitch McConnell’s Health Woes Continue

The Senate Republican Leader had another concerning incident.

(Last) Sunday’s Discussion Question Revisited

Wherein I finally reveal my answer (spoiler: it is hardly surprising). And, also, wherein despite the goal of brevity, I fail at that goal.

House and Senate on Defense Bill Collision Course

A standoff over social issues may derail a $900 billion budget bill.

McConnell Freezes During Press Conference

The 81-year-old Republican leader seems to still suffering from his fall.

Joint Chiefs Stymied by One Idiot Senator

Tommy Tuberville’s stunt is now impacting the highest levels of the military.

America’s “Family Secret” or Just Plain Denial?

Slavery is an inextricable part of our past, whether we want to talk about it or not.

You Wore What to the White House?

The times, they are a-changin’.

Age, Illness, and American Politics

The controversies over our geriatric Congress continue.

Ron DeSantis’ Mushy Foreign Policy

The would-be President is floundering as he tries to position himself.

Biden Not Vetoing Popular Bill!

Some Democrats are angry!

Mitt Romney’s Future

The anti-Trump Republican could find re-election difficult.

Katie Porter Running for Feinstein’s Seat While She’s Still in It

The race is on before the 89-year-old has announced her intentions.

The Chaos is the Point

The anti-McCarthy holdouts have no end game.

Richard Shelby and the Old Senate

“You can’t be against everything.”

Election Reform Through the Back Door

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

Trump Committed Four Crimes, Say January 6 Committee

The ball is now in Merrick Garland’s court.

Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo) Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo)

Congress Overturns Military Vaccine Mandate

A truly bizarre vote.

GOP Continues to Fail the Test

The response to extreme rhetoric from Trump is producing the some old responses.

The Centrist Fantasy

Can moderate Republicans take back their party?

Trump Hemmorhaging Donors and Backers

The ship is abandoning the sinking rat.

Leadership Battles in the GOP

Losing has a way of creating intraparty strife.

Trump’s Run Exasperates GOP Elite, Thrills Dems

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

Democrats’ Chaotic Skullduggery

There was some quiet meddling going on.

Does Campaign Money Matter?

How much is enough?

Murdoch Gunning for Trump

The New York Post and Wall Street Journal are blasting the losing loser.

Pelosi Attack a Turning Point?

What will it take to end the cycle of violence?

Can Reporters Have Friends?

A new book raises fundamental questions about how far journalistic objectivity should extend.

Thursday Tabs

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.

First Capitol Rioter to Go to Trial Gets 7 Years

A loudmouth III%er cried like a baby during his sentencing.

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.

Defending the Constitution Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic

What should conservatives who can’t support the party of Trump do?