Watergate at 50

Half a century have passed since a botched burglary changed history.

Time for a New Generation to Lead?

The Silents and Boomers have been in charge too long.

January 6 Committee Subpoenas Republican Leaders

An unprecedented manuever in response to unprecedented obstruction.

Feinstein is Declining But What About Tuberville

A twist on an evergreen debate.

COVID Normalcy and the American Gerontocracy

Speaker Pelosi has it. Is President Biden next?

Republican Congresspeople Can’t Define ‘Woman’ Either

Hoisted by their own petard.

America’s Four Parties

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

Normalizing Political Violence

In their censure of Cheney and Kinzinger the GOP wants to rewrite history.

The Olympic Spirit and Authoritarian Regimes

There’s no keeping politics out of these Games.

SCOTUS Rejects House Republican Challenge to Proxy Voting

The court wisely deferred to Congress in setting its own rules.

Harry Reid, 1939-2021

The longtime Senate leader is gone at 82.

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Vigilante Politics

We’re likely to see more instances like the Capitol Riot and the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings.

Military Justice Reform Watered Down

The Pentagon brass have defeated a supermajority coalition in Congress.

Disparate Sentencing of Capitol Rioters

A pattern is emerging.

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Infrastructure Bill Passes! Dems in Array?

Three days late, $1.2 billion long.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the passing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the passing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

President Charlie Brown

Joe Biden has bet his presidency on a caucus that may simply be irreconcilable.

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Biden Settling for Smaller Spending Package

The President seems to have persuaded the progressives in his party to settle for half a loaf.

Biden’s Polls and Magical Thinking

The President’s approval has plummeted, largely because of factors outside his control.

$4 Trillion for Dignity?

The Democrats are apparently selling their omnibus spending package the wrong way.

Dems in Disarray, Deal Doubtful

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

Democrats to Swerve in Game of Debt Chicken

This is no way to run a railroad.

Manchin’s ‘Strategic Pause’

More machinations from the mischievous mining mouthpiece.

Republicans Playing Chicken with Debt Ceiling. Again.

They shall not submit to blackmail!

Milley and Woodward Revisited

A follow-up to yesterday’s analysis.

Milley’s Soft Coup

While well-intentioned, the Chairman’s actions were illegal and dangerous.

Moulton and Meijer Make Unauthorized Afghanistan Trip

Grandstanding in the midst of chaos is a bad look.

Capitol Riots Day 1 Analysis

An emotional day set the tone for the investigation.

One Child, One Vote

J.D. Vance’s cynical suggestion.

Kinzinger to Serve on 1/6 Committee

Another GOP member is added to the investigation.

The January 6 Commission will be All-Democratic

A chance for a real investigation? Ruined legitimacy?

McCarthy’s Continued 1/6 Investigation Obstruction

Short-term politics and long-term harm.

Republicans and the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

A third of the party’s Members of Congress voted against a popular bill.

Unmasked Stupidity in Congress

Speaker Pelosi and House Republicans are waging separate battles with science.

Biden at Odds with Pelosi and Schumer and SALT Repeal

A Trump-era policy designed to screw over blue states may actually be a good one.

Some Thoughts on Representation

How well do single-seat districts lead to representation? (And of what?)

The Joys of Decennial Redistricting

Quite a number of Democratic Congressmen are thinking about seeking a new job.

Not Will Rogers’ Democratic Party

The case of Katie Porter’s committee assignments.

Joe Manchin and the Art of Legislating

How the West Virginia Democrat came to vote for the stimulus bill.

$15 Minimum Wage Dead for Now

The Senate parliamentarian has ruled against ramming it through in the COVID relief bill.

The Equality Act

What was mere signaling under a Republican Senate and President could now become law.

Fact-Checking in a Fact-Free World

Debunking urban legends and Internet rumors is harder than it used to be.

Trump Refused to Call Off Capitol Rioters

Details of a heated phone discussion with the top House Republican have emerged.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Stripped of Committee Assignments

House Democrats have done what their Republican colleagues refused to do.

Republican Leadership Face Tests with Cheney and Greene

Mitch McConnell is testing out his spine again.

Assessing the Party Fringes

AOC v. MTG: one of these things is not like the other.

The Terrorist In The Mirror

There’s a word for people who use outrageous violence to terrorize.

Why Was Capitol Security Inadequate?

A large, well-trained police force was unprepared for a foreseeable crisis.

Pelosi and Schumer: 25th or Impeachment

And here we go.

Congress Certifies Biden Win

It’s finally officially official.