1. politics
    State Democrats Should Go Anywhere But D.C. for Voting-Rights LobbyingDemocratic state lawmakers are just reinforcing Republican talking points by running to Washington. How about pressing Sinema on her home turf?
  2. covid-19
    De Blasio Won’t Impose New Mask Mandate in NYCThe mayor also said that newly hired city employees must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, effective immediately.
  3. ballot initiatives
    Coming Soon: The Great California Bacon CrisisA 2018 ballot initiative could boost pork prices nationally and even make bacon disappear in California, bringing home debates on cruelty to animals.
  4. 2022 midterms
    Will Republicans Gerrymander Their Way to a House Majority?Democratic efforts to thwart the GOP’s redistricting advantage don’t look promising. But there are practical limits to mapmaking mischief.
  5. covid-19
    Universal Face-Mask Mandates Are Back. Here’s What to Know.Amid the Delta wave, the CDC is once again recommending indoor mask mandates, including in all schools. But the debate remains politically fraught.
  6. capitol riot
    ‘The Internet’ Wanted an Insurrection, So Trump Gave It OneIf you define “the American people” as your own noisy base, then the lies they spew online represent a mandate.
  7. tokyo olympics
    Athletes Aren’t the Ones Injecting Politics Into This OlympicsWhile most Americans are happy to marvel at the athletic achievements, a small minority of bad-faith blowhards are rooting against Team USA.
  8. politics
    Congress Considers Emergency Eviction Moratorium As CDC Authority LapsesBiden dithered about his legal authority to keep evictions frozen, and now the deadline is here — though some states are acting on their own.
  9. the system
    Why Joe Biden’s Racial Justice Agenda Is StalledHe faces resistance from moderate Democrats. But he’s also tied his own hands.
  10. delta variant
    GOP Reps Flail Against House Mask Mandate by Barging Into the SenateProductive behavior just before the August recess.
  11. abortion
    Anti-Abortion Movement Lets the Mask Slip in Plea to Supreme CourtIt may be time for those who really want to ban all abortions to stop pretending they’re just worried about late-term instances or clinic regulations.
  12. politics
    What’s in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal?Here’s how the $1.2 trillion package, which just cleared its first Senate hurdle, will fund roads, bridges, water cleanup, and broadband internet.
  13. politics
    What Other Deadly Things Will Ron DeSantis Joke About?Florida’s governor used COVID as an icebreaker at a conservative conference. Here are some alternatives.
  14. explainer
    Why the Arizona Election-Audit Circus Just Won’t EndA guide to how votes from Maricopa County were subjected to a sloppy recount, why it’s still dragging on, and what its proponents are really after.
  15. pandemic
    Vaccine Mandates Are for the Public GoodIf you’re a frontline worker, vaccination is a moral obligation.
  16. politics
    A Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Moves Forward in the SenateThere may trouble down the road with centrist Dems complaining about the bill’s size, but a motion to advance it to a final debate passed 67 to 32.
  17. politics
    Why Republicans Want to Keep Punishing Liz Cheney and Adam KinzingerThe pair are already pariahs, and ignoring Pelosi’s January 6 panel would be easier. But Republicans still want payback, and leverage over McCarthy.
  18. politics
    Gavin Newsom Needs Democrats to Get Worried About the RecallWith the California governor’s prospects suddenly looking much iffier, he must find a way to turn out complacent Democrats.
  19. politics
    Republican Stands By 1/6 ‘Tourist Visit’ Comparison After Police Testify“If you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January 6, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.”
  20. politics
    Donald Trump’s Low-Energy Night in TexasThe leader of the Republican Party couldn’t elect his handpicked candidate in a congressional special election.
  21. delta variant
    Vaccine Mandates Finally Have Some MomentumNYC, California, and the VA announced policies to compel unvaccinated employees to get the shot. Biden is reportedly considering a similar mandate.
  22. 2022 midterms
    Why 2022 Won’t Be Another 1994 Republican Tidal WaveLindsey Graham’s prediction of an impending red wave ignores several key factors behind the GOP’s historic gains in Bill Clinton’s first midterm.
  23. politics
    George P. Is Trump’s Favorite Bush, but Not His Favorite Texas AG CandidateGeorge P. brags that he’s the only Bush the 45th president enjoys. Trump still backed his rival, MAGA loyalist Ken Paxton, in the Texas AG race.
  24. politics
    ‘This Is How I’m Going to Die’: January 6 Panel Hears Emotional Police TestimonyFour U.S. Capitol and D.C. police officers described the violence and slurs they endured in the Capitol riot during the committee’s first hearing.
  25. covi-19 vaccines
    Marjorie Taylor Greene Compares COVID Vaccine Requirements to ‘Segregation’The good news is that MTG has stopped using Holocaust analogies to attack anti-COVID measures. The bad news: She’s found another offensive analogy.
  26. encounter
    Kathryn Garcia’s Wide-Open FutureShe’s out of a job and lost the primary, but the almost-next-mayor of New York is now a political celebrity.
  27. voter suppression
    J.D. Vance: How About We Give Parents Extra Votes?The Senate candidate’s trollish proposal is just the flip side of Republicans’ usual thinking on voter suppression.
  28. power
    What the Congressional Black Caucus Lost When It Won PowerThe CBC’s campaign to stop Nina Turner from entering Congress reveals a lot about its priorities.
  29. voting rights
    Democrats Can’t Out-Organize a Gerrymander — or Outflank Joe ManchinVoting-rights advocates shouldn’t expect Biden to do the impossible in Congress, while Biden should understand there are laws you cannot out-organize.
  30. myths
    The Truman ShowHow the 33rd president finagled his way to a post–White House fortune — and created a damaging precedent.
  31. 2022 midterms
    Will Herschel Walker’s Troubled Past Keep Him Out of Georgia’s Senate Race?A report suggests the problems associated with the football legend’s history of mental illness may not be safely in the past.
  32. politics
    Yet Another Political Scion Runs for Office in GeorgiaBryan Miller, grandson of the late governor and senator Zell Miller, will try to do better than Matt Lieberman, Michelle Nunn, and Jason Carter.
  33. congress
    A Brief Guide to Congress’s Packed Summer ScheduleWith conflicting reports on late-night talks and meaningless failed votes, it’s hard to track what Congress is doing. Here’s their pre-recess plan.
  34. the discourse
    How Anti-Racist Is Ibram X. Kendi’s Anti-Racism?His approach to fighting racism contains glaring inconsistencies and contradictions that might undermine his own project.
  35. the national interest
    Imagine a 9/11 Commission If the Hijackers Had Allies in CongressThe whole premise of an investigation was that both parties opposed the insurrection.
  36. politics
    De Blasio Raises Cringe Level to Maximum, Issues ‘FOMO Alert’The mayor announced five concerts as part of the city’s comeback from COVID.
  37. california recall
    Elder Rises, Jenner Falls, As Newsom Recall Election Gets RealThe odds of Newsom surviving remain high, but talk-show host Larry Elder has some Republicans excited, and the COVID-19 resurgence bears watching.
  38. covid-19 vaccine
    What If Republicans Were Anti-Lockdown, Anti-Mask, and Pro-Vaxx?Tommy Tuberville suggests the best way to erode vaccine hesitancy is to give Trump credit for those shots in the arm. That may be sad but true.
  39. politics
    Pelosi and McCarthy Joust Over GOP Participation in January 6 PanelMcCarthy picked two MAGA hard-liners for the committee. Pelosi vetoed them, so all the GOP nominees quit. And now we have another stalemate.
  40. politics
    Big, Ugly Hero to Workers Spared ExecutionThe National Labor Relations Board says unions can continue to display Scabby the Rat.
  41. debt limit
    Republicans Won’t Help Democrats Raise Debt LimitMcConnell is again being a hypocrite by treating an essential debt-limit increase as a problem for Democrats. But it’s what he needs for his message.
  42. just checking in
    So, What Are Jared and Ivanka Up to These Days?Six months after their White House exit, they’re writing the Great American Political Memoir, facing perjury accusations, and ditching Donald.
  43. vision 2024
    Has Trump Spoiled the GOP for More Rational Leaders?If Trump doesn’t run in 2024, other Republican presidential contenders will have a hard time rivaling his unique demagogic appeal.
  44. the national interest
    Leftists and Liberals Are Still Fighting Over the Cold WarCommunism has become a proxy for left-wing authoritarianism.
  45. trump campaign
    Yet Another Trump 2016 Alum Has Been Charged With a Federal CrimeTom Barrack is accused of illegally lobbying the Trump administration on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.
  46. weird flex
    The GOP’s 2024 Strategy Has a High Body CountHow rejecting COVID precautions has become a fertile campaign boast for potential GOP presidential hopefuls.
  47. congress
    Bill Aims to Keep Trump From Becoming House SpeakerDemocrats could bar Trump and other nonmembers from serving as Speaker, but they may not want to draw attention to the zany proposal.
  48. the national interest
    Tom Brady Joins Biden to Laugh at Trump in Worst Day of Trump’s LifeIt’s the sum of all Trump fears.
  49. politics
    Republicans Who Voted to Block Biden’s Election to Investigate Capitol RiotThree lawmakers who objected to certifying the election after the insurrection may now investigate the insurrection.
  50. politics
    Marjorie Taylor Greene Suspended From Twitter for COVID MisinformationThe conspiracist congresswoman has been blocked from posting for 12 hours after suggesting the virus is “not dangerous” for Americans under 65.
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