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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Senate Majority Leader McConnell adjusts glasses while taking questions on the upcoming budget battleon Capitol Hill in Washington

Mitch McConnell’s Crime Of Passion Against Elizabeth Warren

There’s no question that the decision to silence Warren backfired — badly. The furor gained the Massachusetts senator far more attention than her otherwise routine speech would have if it hadn’t been interrupted. The result: The majority leader turned the confirmation vote on Sessions, a loss for the Democrats, into a vehicle they could use to rally their partisan base.

February 13, 2017
Obamacare, Legacy, Obama

President Obama’s Enduring Legacy: The Concept Of Universal Coverage

Because of Obamacare, Republicans have inherited an obligation to ensure access to affordable health insurance for every American — a duty the federal government didn’t have before. They could disavow the burden — but they haven’t. Indeed, Trump has embraced it

January 6, 2017
Trump, Press

Trumpism Looks Like Mainstream Conservatism — So Far

In Trump’s picks for economic and domestic policymaking jobs, there’s a consistent underlying thread. Most of them could have been nominated by any GOP nominee. There’s nary a populist among them — not even the conservative kind.

December 8, 2016

Obama’s Legacy Depends On The 2016 Election

At this point in their presidencies, Reagan and Clinton were mired in scandals, and George W. Bush was presiding over the beginning of a financial crash. So, Obama’s doing pretty well by recent historical standards. Nevertheless, most Americans don’t seem impressed. What’s gone wrong?

December 28, 2015
Texas Senator Ted Cruz during the Ag Summit in Des Moines. 3/7/2015 (John Pemble, iprimages/Flickr)

Ted Cruz’s Ride On The Obamacare Train Wreck

Should voters care about how Ted Cruz gets his health insurance?

March 30, 2015
In Des Moines, Vice President Joe Biden is greeted by Drake University students as he enters a stage with blue curtains at Sheslow Auditorium. 2/12/2015 (John Pemble/Flickr)

Joe Biden Is Democrats’ 2016 Understudy, In The Wings In Case Hillary Clinton Falters

Joe Biden has earned the right to be taken seriously.

March 26, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry continued his meetings in Montreux March 4 with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif. Under Secretary Wendy Sherman and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in the meetings. (US Mission Geneva via Flickr)

That GOP Letter To Iran? Not Illegal, But Not Smart Either

The Cotton Doctrine is going to be a long-term problem for Republicans.

March 16, 2015
Scott Walker, Iran, Wisconsin, Obama, Deal, Foreign Policy, Politics

Republicans Haven’t Quite Worked Out A Foreign Policy Beyond ‘Not Obama’

The GOP’s presidential hopefuls want to have it both ways on foreign policy.

February 16, 2015
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Mitch McConnell Sings ‘Kumbaya’

Is Mitch McConnell really ready to work with Democrats?

January 12, 2015

The Invisible 2016 Primary…Revealed

The “invisible primary” is no longer a secret — and the winners are clear.

January 8, 2015
5 Republican campaign promises that Obama fulfilled

Obama’s Fourth-Quarter Foreign Policy Surprises

The president’s foreign policy suddenly looks much better than it did six months ago.

December 22, 2014
U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaking to students at Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law hosted by the NKU Chase Federalist Society in Highland Heights, Kentucky. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Where Have Ebola’s Fear-Mongers All Gone?

Politicians seem to have forgotten all about the disease since election day.

December 18, 2014

The New Rand Paul Vs. The Old Rand Paul

Which Senator Paul do you believe?

October 27, 2014