American Civil War II is Unlikely but Not Impossible

A repeat of 1860 can’t happen. But something even worse could.

Build Back Better Than Nothing

Joe Manchin has come around on a pared back BBB, surprising just about everyone.

Public Manchin, Private Manchin

One of these things is not like the other.

Democrats in Disarray, Abortion Edition

Here we go again . . . .

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.

America’s Gun Problem is Here to Stay

The obstacles to fixing the problem are many.

Proud Boys Leader Turns Rat

A key planner of the Capitol riot has agreed to testify against others in exchange for a lighter sentence.

Joe Manchin’s Conflict of Interest

The most important man in the Senate got rich the old fashioned way.

A Modest Step on Voting Integrity

It’s Manchin-approved.

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Kamala Harris is Frustrated

Apparently, getting her elected President is not a high enough priority in the Biden White House.

Manchin Shoots BBB Dead, Dead, Dead

The West Virginia Senator has taken the football from Charlie Brown and gone home.

The Non-ending Joe Manchin Saga

Is the stalwart of Senate bipartisanship interested in governing?

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

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

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The Middle Ain’t Woke

The average American is neither progressive nor all that interested in politics.

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Election Results Validate Everyone’s Priors

Too woke! Not woke enough!

Kyrsten Sinema: Expert Troll

The enigmatic Senator is a world-class attention seeker.

Manchin in a Nutshell

The West Virginia Senator is the epicenter of contemporary American politics.

Today in Asked and Answered (Voting Rights Edition)

The Biden administration is not doing enough.

What’s Kyrsten Sinema’s Game?

The political calculus of Arizona’s senior Senator is unclear.

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Selling the ‘Build Back Better’ Plan

The Catch-22 of passing a massive spending bill in an undemocratic system.

Manchin’s ‘Strategic Pause’

More machinations from the mischievous mining mouthpiece.

There is No ‘Manchin Dilemma’

He beats the alternative.

COVID Overwhelming ICU Beds

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

SCOTUS Upholds Arizona Voting Rules

A completely unsurprising 6-3 decision.

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Biden Announces Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Details are quite scant at the moment.

Party-Switching and the Senate

Are Sinema and Machin going to jump ship?

Supreme Court Ends ‘Amateur’ Collegiate Sports

Most NCAA restrictions violate anti-trust law.

Sinema’s Filibuster Defense

It’s no better than Joe Manchin’s.

Negotiating the For the People Act?

Kinda, sorta, maybe, but probably not really.

Chris Wallace Grills Joe Manchin

The piling on continues.

Senator Joe Manchin Is A Stupid Ape

We’re all apes. And some are willfully stupid about their public duties.

Manchin Opposes Democracy

Or, at least, he’s willing to kill democracy in order to save it.

Joe Manchin’s Houseboat

The flagship of the centrist Navy is both a throwback and a sign of what’s wrong with the Senate.

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.

Vaccine Nationalism in a Global Pandemic

The US has more shots available than willing arms while those in the developing world are dying.

Joe Manchin’s Weird Filibuster Defense

It doesn’t work like the movies, Senator.

Capitol Police Officer Killed in Attack

A loon wolf terrorist who followed Louis Farrakhan was responsible.

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.

Manchin Supports Tax Hike for Infrastructure

While progressives in the party are often frustrated with the West Virginia Senator, he is demonstrating yet again that he’s no Republican.

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Deal-making in Washington is next to impossible.

Another Anti-Filibuster Post

Defense of the filibuster tend to be a combo of mistakes and mythology.

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.

COVID Has Killed 1 in 1000 Americans

As we approach the new year, the virus is at its peak.

(Many?)(Most?) Republicans Acknowledge Biden WIn

Too little, too late.

The Republican Party’s Shame

The Party of Lincoln went over the cliff like lemmings in support. It’s tough to see how they recover.

Chuck Yeager Dead at 97

An American hero is gone.

Two Parties, Not Two Countries

We’ve just had an election, not psychoanalysis.