So did you think the widespread public horror over the Parkland massacre, and the demands of students and parents there and elsewhere for an end to gun madness, would have any immediate effect on the relevant politicians? Think again, in light of today’s development in the Florida legislature:
It’s well-known that Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas often stakes out positions distinctly to the right of his fellow conservatives on the Court, and that he’s significantly wordier in dissents than in majority or concurrent opinions. Both tendencies were abundantly in evidence today when, in the middle of one of America’s occasional bouts of self-recrimination over loose gun laws, Thomas pitched the juridical equivalent of a tempter tantrum over the Court’s refusal to sufficiently revere the Second Amendment and crack down on those anti-gun hippies on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The recent decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to overturn and redraw a congressional map it deemed an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander by the GOP-controlled legislature illustrates a big and important trend in efforts to provide fair redistricting, just before a new decennial cycle begins.
One of the things that will surely get you labeled a fake-news-disseminating social-justice warrior on George Soros’s payroll is the suggestion that there just might be some racial resentments underlying the Trump movement in American politics. A new finding from Public Policy Polling helps shows why the racism suspicion persists, and why it enrages those who are suspected.
In September 2016, the Obama administration gathered leaders of both parties for a secret intelligence briefing on Russia’s operation to influence the election. The theft and publication of Democratic emails was already a fait accompli, but a far more dire scenario concerned the administration. Would Russia hack into voting machines and tamper with the outcome? In the hopes of forestalling this true nightmare scenario, an attack on democracy far more serious than the information warfare that had already transpired, they “wanted congressional leaders to sign off on a bipartisan statement urging state and local officials to take federal help in protecting their voting-registration and balloting machines from Russian cyber-intrusions,” as the Washington Post reported several months later.
When he was running for president in 2012, Mitt Romney went to Trump Tower to secure the endorsement of Donald Trump, a reality-TV star who had publicly attacked him while flirting with the idea for launching his own White House bid.
Just in time for a slow-news Presidents’ Day, the New York Times surveyed 170 political experts, plucked from the American Political Science Association, to get their take on the best-ever, worst-ever, and most mediocre-ever commanders in chief.
Anyone who doubts Donald Trump has totally conquered the Republican Party he acquired by a hostile takeover in 2016 should look at the evidence (assembled by Perry Bacon Jr.) that his recent improvements in popularity are almost entirely attributable to rising GOP support.
And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny
By Andrew Sullivan
Inside the most unorthodox campaign in political history.
By Gabriel Sherman
There’s nothing simple about this candidacy—or candidate.
By Rebecca Traister
What should Democrats in Congress — and Barack Obama, and you — do now?
By Jonathan Chait
Select All / Nov. 9, 2016
Social media helped overturn the political order.By Max Read
The Cut / May 12, 2016
What I learned listening to Stern with my father.By Stella Bugbee
Science of Us / Dec. 9, 2016
In the richest country in the world, one bad break can trigger a downward spiral.By Jesse Singal