Friday Quick Hits

A few quick observations at the end of the week.

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What’s Politics For, Anyway?

Capitol Hill Republicans are turning the concept on its head.

January 6 Committee Closing in On Trump

New evidence gets us a wee bit closer to a smoking gun.

Saturday Afternoon Tabs

It’s been more of a reading than writing morning.

The Weak Case Against the January 6 Committee

Republicans killed their parents and demanding mercy for being orphaned.

Abortion Laws State by State

Abortion is now illegal or heavily restricted in at least 11 states.

Senate Passes Bipartisan Gun Bill

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

Two Republican Parties?

Some GOP governors are taking a stance against Trump.

Podcast Recommendation (Plus: More on US Democracy)

Ezra Klein discusses the dynamics of American conservatism in historical perspective. Plus, he helps illustrate a key problem that we have in thinking about American politics (IMHO).

January 6 Committee Subpoenas Republican Leaders

An unprecedented manuever in response to unprecedented obstruction.

Another Example of Primaries in Action

The Ohio GOP Senate contest.

Will It Matter That Kevin McCarthy Was Caught Lying?

Anyone familiar with Betteridge’s law of headlines knows where this is going.

Republican Efforts to Steal Election Were Widespread

Did we not already know this?

Is this Cancel Culture? (Unicorn Edition)

An irregualr, ongoing series.

COVID Normalcy and the American Gerontocracy

Speaker Pelosi has it. Is President Biden next?

Dumping Russian Vodka is Stupid

It might feel good but it has zero impact on Putin.

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Oath Keepers Charged with Seditious Conspiracy

A year after the Capitol riot, DOJ is coming after the most violent perpetrators.

January 6th Yeah But-ism

Yes the riots were a disgrace but the Democrats . . . .

If It Was an Insurrection, Why Hasn’t Anyone Been Charged with ‘Insurrection’?

It doesn’t matter what I believe. It only matters what I can prove.

Bryce Young 1st Alabama Quarterback to Win Heisman Trophy

A historic achievement for the first-year starter.

Alabama Beats Georgia, Back to Playoff

An epic but improbable win.

Democrats Frustrated They Can’t Pass Biden’s Build Back Better Bill

They’re searching for good times. But just wait and see.

Gerrymandering State Legislatures

Representatives Choosing Their Voters Rather than Vice Versa, Chapter 412.

The House of “Representatives”

The erosion of representativeness continues.

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Biden Preparing for 2024 Run

Will America re-elect an 82-year-old to the White House?

Where Do the Republicans Go From Here?

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

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Truck and Bus Driver ‘Shortages’

Working conditions rather than labor supply seems to be the issue.

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Trump, the GOP, and Stochastic Terrorism

A conversation in two parts.

Police, Money, and Perverse Incentives

Officers are under enormous pressure–including from the Federal government–to write tickets.

Battle for the Suburbs

There is a lot of anger out there.

The Collegiate Gender Gap

Women are increasingly dominating American higher education.

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Biden’s Vaccination Speech

The President hit all the right notes.

One Child, One Vote

J.D. Vance’s cynical suggestion.

The January 6 Commission will be All-Democratic

A chance for a real investigation? Ruined legitimacy?

More Intra-Party Manuevers

This time: the Alaska GOP.

Biden Fires ‘Independent’ Social Security Administrator

President Trump’s destruction of longstanding norms continues under his successor.

Transgender Fight Moves to Spas

An ugly situation that’s getting uglier.

Could America’s Next Election be Stolen?

Some Democratic election observers think so.

Allen West Announces Gubernatorial Bid

He will challenge Greg Abbott for the GOP nomination.

Ohio, Trump, and the Primaries

Thinking about party evolution and behavior going into 2022.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Short-Lived

A bizarre development looks to upend it less than 24 hours after it was announced.

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People Are Crazy

A lottery brings out the worst in a small town.

College Football Playoff Expansion

The inevitable is now very much in progress.

Republicans and the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

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

Census Results Likely a Boost for GOP

The long shift of population from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt continues—with the unusual exception of California.

Gorsuch and Alito Want to Revisit Religious Accomodations

Is a de minimus standard too small?

Transphobia, Academic Freedom, and the First Amendment

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

Vaccine Eligibility Floodgates Open Before Supply

Many states are moving to a first come, first served basis for COVID shots.

The Joys of Decennial Redistricting

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