Gun Rights and Political Identity

Linking view on guns to political self-identity.

Trump and Carson Lead Early Iowa Polling

Two candidates with no experience in elected office are leading the Republican field.

Majority Of Americans Oppose Iran Nuclear Deal, But It Will Likely Go Into Effect Anyway

Another poll shows that a majority of Americans oppose the Iranian nuclear deal, but the effort to defeat it in Congress is still likely to fail.

Walker, Jindal, And Graham Endorse Donald Trump’s Plan To End Birthright Citizenship

It will never actually happen, of course, but some of Donald Trump’s fellow candidates for President have been eager to endorse his idea to abolish birthright citizenship.

Driven Largely By Republicans, Public Opinion On The Supreme Court Hits A Low

Public opinion on the Supreme Court has declined significantly, largely because Republicans don’t like the Supreme Court very much right now.

Lindsey Graham: Joe Biden as Good a Man as God Ever Created

In an era of incredibly polarized politics and 24/7/365 campaign mode, it’s refreshing to see politicians treat each other as human beings now and again.

The Return of the Liberals

More Democrats are calling themselves “liberal” than they have in years. Republicans, too.

2016 A Close, Noncompetitive Election?

Once again, only six or seven states are likely to matter.

Is 2016 a 50-50 Proposition?

Pundits and political scientists agree that, if the 2016 presidential election were today, we’d have a much better idea who would win.

Harry Reid Doesn’t Regret Spreading False Charges About Mitt Romney’s Taxes

Harry Reid made outlandish claims about Mitt Romney during the 2012 election. He probably knew they were lies when he made them. And he doesn’t care.

Despite The Email Story, Hillary Clinton Remains At The Top For 2016

Two weeks after the email story broke, there’s no sign that Hillary Clinton is losing ground in the 2016 race.

Why Congress is AWOL on National Security Policy

Has the legislative branch abdicated its responsibility in US foreign policy?

Despite Last Minute Drama, House Narrowly Passes Bill To Fund Most Of The Government

Despite opposition from both Republicans and Democrats, the compromise budget resolution passed narrowly last night, but not without some last minute drama

How Obama Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imperial Presidency

A critic of the imperial presidency becomes an imperial president.

Obama’s Executive Action, The Law, And The Constitution

On a preliminary examination, the President’s executive action on immigration appears to be within the boundaries of applicable law. However, as with other exercises of Executive Branch authority, it raises some important concerns about the precedent that it sets.

It Just Keeps Getting Weirder In Mississippi

The votes have been counted, the result is clear, but the battle between Senator Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel continues to get stranger by the day.

Americans Have Almost Totally Lost Faith In Government

Public faith in government institutions is at all all time low.

Mitch McConnell: GOP Will Act To Limit Abortion If We Win The Senate

Mitch McConnell is making promises to pro-life groups that the GOP probably won’t keep, but it’s still a politically risky move.

All Politics Is National?

Congressional elections have become “nationalized” to a far greater extent than they have ever been.

Is Scott Walker Too White To Get Elected?

TNR makes the worst possible case for a proposition that’s almost certainly right.

The End of History, Continued

Twenty-five years after his seminal “End of History” article, Francis Fukuyama reflects on its legacy.

American Politics Is More Polarized Than Ever

The left-right divide is worse than it has been in decades, and we’re paying the price.

GOP Primary In Mississippi Heads Toward Runoff

Down to the wire in Mississippi.

Is Compromise Possible In The Gun Debate?

The tragedy in Santa Barbara will. inevitably, revive the same old gun debate. But can it ever evolve beyond shouting?

AZ GOP Censures McCain

A slap on the wrist underscores the bottom-up nature of US parties.

Republicans Haven’t Reformed But May Win Anyway

Republican leaders continue to say stupid things. They may still retake the Senate in November.

Political Polarization vs Political Warfare

Polarization is not the cause of our problems.

Obama Following Bush Path to Second Term Collapse?

Ron Fournier sees major similarities but ignores key differences.

More on the Political Center and Capitol Hill

There is far less overlap between the two parties in the House–and the shift has been empirically rightward.

The Political Center Is Dead, At Least On Capitol Hill

It’s no wonder there’s no compromise in Congress.

Sane Republican Minority Prevails

Nearly two-thirds of House Republicans voted for default. They lost.

Crafting a Budget Grand Compromise

As long as we’re tacking on unrelated measures in order to secure a deal to end the government shutdown-debt ceiling standoff, why not some related measures?

Good Government Reforms Gave Us Bad Government

Recent anti-corruption measures have contributed to making American government worse.

Obama As Polarizing As Bush

The political polarization we saw during the Bush Presidency has continued throughout the Obama Presidency.

Who’s In Charge Of The FISA Court? John Roberts, And Apparently Just John Roberts

Chief Justice Roberts is the only person who gets to say who sits on the FISA Court.

Supreme Court Punts On Affirmative Action, But Its Future Seems Short-Lived

The Supreme Court’s decision on Affirmative Action in education didn’t go as far as many thought it would, but it’s future in the near-term seems fairly clear.

Sunday Morning Shows: Beltway Conventional Wisdom Getting Attention They Don’t Deserve

Sometimes it seems like all John McCain does is appear on Sunday morning news shows. The problem goes deeper than that, though.

The Civil Cold War

The United States is as politically polarized as it was in 1865.

501(c)4 vs 501(c)3 vs 527

Almost no one can confidently explain, let alone define, the specifics of the 501(c)4 designation.

Black Voter Turnout Higher Than White Voter Turnout In 2012

2012’s election represented a significant change in voting patterns in the United States. What’s unclear is if the change is a permanent one.

Information Segregation And Political Polarization

Whether in the blogosphere or on television, people are increasingly only accessing sources of news and opinion that confirm their pre-conceived ideas.

Judging Presidents (and Thinking about Institutions)

Because sometimes poorly contructed observations can set a fellow to writing.