Democrats Outperform Expectations

The Needle is Broken

Democracy and ZIP Codes

The rules for voting in America vary widely.

Loretta Lynn, 1932-2022

A country music icon is gone at 90.

Anti-Zionism Isn’t Anti-Semitism

Many young, progressive Jews are feeling unwelcome in young, progressive circles.

Racial Equity and America’s Roads

A new initiative aims to right decades-old wrongs.

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Why America Can’t Build

Are we too regulated for our own good?

Mass Shootings, Ideology, and Mental Illness

We know a lot less about the motives of spree killers than the public discourse suggests.

11 Million Displaced

The horrific tallies of Putin’s war of choice continue to mount.

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Shifting Gears on COVID

Blue and red states alike are ending mask mandates and other restrictions.

Nick Kristof Ineligible to Run for Oregon Governor

Apparently, New York and Oregon are not the same place.

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.

Public Health vs ‘The Science’

The CDC is weighing changing the definition of “fully vaccinated.”

Unilateral Disarmament on Gerrymandering

Democrats and Republicans are playing by different rules.

Everyone’s a Virologist Now

Is media coverage of experts’ struggles to understand COVID helpful?

Oh, Look, Vaccinations Rates Matter

The evidence is pretty clear: vaccinations are key, not weather (but that won’t stop people from trying to say otherwise).

COVID Overwhelming ICU Beds

It’s happening again. This time, it was easily preventable.

Alabama, Disney, and the Quest to Be a National University

The cost of raising a university’s profile.

Nicholas Kristof Is Exploring a Run for Oregon Governor

The two-time Pulitzer winner is considering a career change.

The Master’s Degree Scam

Most aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.

Conservatives and Children’s Rights

COVID vaccine hesitancy is just the tip of the iceberg.

Biden Fires ‘Independent’ Social Security Administrator

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

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.

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The ‘Right to Inspect’ in the Internet Era

The law is out of sync with modern realities.

The Rhetorical Framing of HR1

A truly silly characterization from Senator Mike Lee.

Beverly Cleary, 1916-2021

The beloved author of children’s books had died days short of her 105th birthday.

The Pendulum Is Broken, Not Swinging

Historical precedents fall apart when we’re in a truly unprecedented time.

The Leaderless GOP

The Republican Party is not really a thing.

Radicalism and Internet Culture

Does online performance logically devolve into rage and violence?

Making it Harder to Vote

Lots of places in the US don’t make it easy.

The Senate’s Rural Skew

Injecting data into the conversation.

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All’s Fair, Even if It’s Unfair?

A defense of the indefensible.

Big Ten Football Back October 24

Yet another twist in an ongoing saga.

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More on Trump and the Fires

Trump appears to have been shamed into doing part of his job.

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Trump’s Free Fall Over?

The President has hit rock bottom.

Reporting on Portland

Framing matters.

Wilford Brimley Dead at 85

A great character actor is gone.

Richmond Police Claim White Supremacists Behind BLM Riots

The ‘outside agitators’ trope strikes again.

A Simple Comparison

A thought experiment on what we have seen in Portland.

Cops Should Not Look Like Soldiers

Pentagon officials are speaking out about the militarization of police.

Federal Agents Using Strong-Arm Tactics in America’s Cities

Portland may be a preview of what’s to come.

Big Ten and ACC Change Fall Sports Schedules

More dominoes are falling. They won’t be the last.

QAnon and Congress

The GA14 House race.

Transparent Hypocrisy on Mail-in Voting

Hypocrisy, lies, and dangerous rhetoric from Trump and his allies on mail-in voting.

What the Oregon Senate Primary Tells us about our Party System

This is more about structural conditions than it is about the GOP.

QAnon Conspiracist Republican Senate Nominee from Oregon

Jo Rae Perkins may be a nut, but she won a four-person primary.

No, Mr. President, COVID-19 isn’t a Democratic Hoax

Donald Trump is once again trying to deflect reality.

NCAA Allows ‘Image and Likeness’ Compensation

Bowing to Immense political pressure to pay college athletes will dramatically change the game.

Federal Judge Rules Terrorist Watch List Unconstitutional

A Federal Judge in Virginia has found the terrorist watch list unconstitutional.