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What Twitter Pundits Are Saying About the 2018 State of the Union

President Donald Trump is set to deliver his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. Philip Bump of the Washington Post has already prewritten most of what will get posted on Twitter tonight. But in case you would like to see...Show More Summary

Oprah? Really?

When world leaders came together in 2015 to settle on a framework for action on climate change, the resulting agreement set a goal of limiting the rise in global average temperatures from preindustrial levels to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100. Show More Summary

Congress Returns for a Month of Pain

In recent years, our structurally broken federal government has had to leverage the holiday season in order to perform its basic duty of funding the government for an extended period of time. When members are itching to get home forShow More Summary

The Trump Brand

To look back at Donald Trump’s first year in office is to see steady assaults on truth, on propriety, and on the rule of law. Looking forward, we can expect more of the same. Already, on the second day of the year, President Trump has...Show More Summary

The Forgotten Origins of Politics in Sports

In 1832, horse racing was by far America’s most popular spectator sport. So when horses named Andrew Jackson and Nullifier appeared at the same racetrack in Richmond, Virginia, thousands of people saw their sporting and political interests overlap. Show More Summary

Weak Suit

Roy Moore, the former Alabama judge and accused molester, isn’t taking no for an answer. In a lawsuit filed this week, Moore, who lost a special election for the U.S. Senate by nearly 22,000 votes earlier this month, blames his defeat on electoral fraud and demands a do-over. Show More Summary

Democrats Fold on a DACA Fix

When 18 Senate Democrats joined Republicans to pass a short-term spending bill on Thursday, it marked yet another day of disappointment for Dreamers and their allies in Congress. Earlier on Thursday afternoon, a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus had marched across the Capitol to Sen. Show More Summary

A Flight of Sycophancy

After his tax bill victory on Wednesday, Donald Trump graciously called a Cabinet meeting—he probably sensed his staff was itching to get something off its chest. If he had not convened his cheerleading squad, it’s possible they would have been borne away by their unvented amazement, swept into the streets like Enoch to heaven. Show More Summary

The GOP’s Big Bet

Most of the time when a bill is unpopular, Congress doesn’t pass it. But in an echo of Democratic rhetoric after passing the Affordable Care Act, Republicans hope voters will change their minds about the massive tax overhaul they passed...Show More Summary

Kirsten Gillibrand Is Playing Her Cards Right

It has been a tumultuous month for Democrats in Congress, thanks in large part to sexual assault scandals within their own ranks. Few Democrats have seemed to ride that storm quite as smoothly as New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who fronted the initial wave of female senators calling for the resignation of their colleague, Sen. Show More Summary

Susan Collins’ Big Deflection

Maine Sen. Susan Collins has not been pleased with the Capitol press corps lately. In recent days the mild-mannered senator has cut off reporters or told them how tired she is of their “cynicism.” On Tuesday, when she was asked for the...Show More Summary

Obama’s Lesson for Virginia

Ralph Northam ran on Medicaid. “We need to expand Medicaid in the commonwealth of Virginia,” the Democratic gubernatorial candidate said at a major rally in Richmond just a few weeks before the election. “Right now there are 400,000 working Virginians that don’t have access to health care. Show More Summary

The Trump Exoneration Lie

As one politician after another resigns in the face of sexual harassment allegations, one man remains standing: Donald Trump. Despite detailed accusations by multiple women, backed up by Trump’s recorded boasts of groping women without...Show More Summary

Republicans Are Passing a Historically Unpopular Tax Bill. Are They Toast?

House Republicans gave themselves a lengthy ovation on the floor of the chamber Tuesday afternoon when it was clear the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, had met the threshold for passage. They gave themselves another lengthy ovation, a couple of minutes later, when Speaker Paul Ryan enthusiastically gaveled in the vote at 227 to 203. Show More Summary

Why Is Bob Corker Backing the Tax Bill?

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said earlier this fall that he would not vote for the Republican tax bill if it added “one penny” to the deficit. In September, Corker engaged in a brief standoff over the size of the tax cuts, before agreeing to a $1.5 trillion deal, on the idea that he could make that number deficit-neutral. Show More Summary

Trump’s Favorite Judge

On Saturday night, the high court of Fox News came to order, Judge Jeanine Pirro presiding. In the opening segment of her show, Justice with Judge Jeanine, Pirro sermonized about the need for a government purge. Wearing a blazing red...Show More Summary

The Roy Moore Debacle Should Shock the GOP Into Changing Its Ways

Imagine you’re a Republican who saw Barack Obama’s 2008 victory as an opportunity for the GOP to re-examine its priorities. The Iraq War and the financial crisis had contributed to a stunning rebuke from voters, and it seemed as though Democrats could be in power for a generation. Show More Summary

Maybe Doug Jones Should Run for President

Doug Jones’ victory over Roy Moore on Tuesday night elated Democrats across the country, and not just those Democrats passionately opposed to the election of child predators. With what will only be a two-vote margin in the upper chamber after Jones is seated, Republicans will have a much more difficult job passing their agenda next year. Show More Summary

Doug Jones Projected to Win Alabama Senate Race

Below is our running coverage of tonight’s climax to the special election campaign that turned into an unnerving national drama.

The “Movement” Against Roy Moore

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—If ever there was a time for Alabama to buck its 25-year history of electing Republicans—and only Republicans—to the United States Senate, now is it. A long history of extreme gerrymandering and racial polarization has isolated and disempowered most of the state’s Democratic voters, which is to say, most of its black voters. Show More Summary

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