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  1. extremism
    Andrew Clyde Challenges MTG for Title of Most Extremist Georgian in CongressThe North Georgia mountains are a proving ground for radical right-wing populists. Gun dealer Andrew Clyde is the latest example.
  2. juneteenth
    Juneteenth Is Now a Federal Holiday“Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments,” Biden said as he signed the bill establishing a holiday marking the end of slavery.
  3. supreme court
    Supreme Court Keeps Its Powder Dry on Religious LibertyThe ruling in favor of a Catholic foster-care agency was a setback for LGBTQ equality, but conservative justices could have gone much further.
  4. politics
    Can Joe Manchin of All People Trigger a Breakthrough on Voting Rights?The much-maligned Democrat has unveiled a compromise proposal that is getting praise from his party for a change.
  5. 2022 midterms
    Could Democrats Defy History and Keep Congress in 2022?There is recent precedent for the president’s party gaining House seats in unusual midterm elections, but it is still a long shot for Democrats.
  6. donald trump
    Could Trump Become Speaker of the House?This bizarre scenario is technically possible, but fantasies about Trump returning to the White House via the Speakership are extremely far-fetched.
  7. politics
    Democrats Move Ahead With Plan to Pass Rest of Biden AgendaWhether or not an infrastructure deal is cut with Republicans.
  8. politics
    Trump Tried to Force DOJ to Back His 2020 Election CoupLong after the 2020 election was decided, Trump relentlessly used all the mechanisms available to the executive branch to overturn his loss.
  9. false equivalence
    Ilhan Omar and Marjorie Taylor Greene Are Not EquivalentIt’s lazily convenient to lump these two “extremists” together. But there’s no comparison in what they’ve said and how they’ve dealt with criticism.
  10. 2021 elections
    Virginia Is in for a Close, Expensive Governor’s RaceTerry McAuliffe has an edge, as Virginia has been trending blue. But the “businessman outsider” Glenn Youngkin has the money to keep it tight.
  11. politics
    Marjorie Taylor Greene Apologizes for Holocaust Gaffe, But Not for Her IgnoranceMore than three weeks after her deeply offensive comparison of mask mandates to the Holocaust, Greene shows how little she’s learned.
  12. supreme court
    McConnell All But Admits He Would Never Confirm a Biden Supreme Court PickWith McConnell pledging obstruction, Democrats need to make the Supreme Court a major campaign issue for the midterms.
  13. 2022 midterms
    Brian Kemp May Be Outfoxing Donald TrumpDespite Trump’s vows of vengeance against the Georgia governor, he cannot find a top-tier candidate to run against him.
  14. politics
    Merrick Garland Unveils Plan B for Protecting Voting RightsAs new congressional legislation stalls, the Justice Department will utilize the powers it already possesses to fight voter-suppression measures.
  15. 2021 california recall election
    Why Recall Fever Is Sweeping CaliforniaEasy rules, intense reaction to COVID-19 restrictions, and a Republican Party with nothing better to do have all fueled a wave of recall drives.
  16. poltiics
    Will Women Be Required to Register for the Military Draft?After the Supreme Court dodged the question, Congress could move to include women — or abolish registration altogether for the first time since 1940.
  17. politics
    Ilhan Omar Backs Down In Latest Blowup With DemocratsThe congresswoman’s remarks about Israel, Hamas, the U.S., and the Taliban were taken out of context, and she was forced to issue a “clarification.”
  18. politics
    Joe Manchin’s Silent Partners in the SenateThe West Virginian is happy to take the heat for Democrats who quietly oppose filibuster reform, and they are happy he’s happy.
  19. religion
    The Southern Baptist Church Is Going to Hell in a HandbasketAllegations of racism, sexual abuse, and idolatry toward Donald Trump are emanating from well-known figures in the largest Protestant denomination.
  20. elections of 2021
    McAuliffe Cruises to Virginia Gubernatorial NominationThere were no big primary upsets in the two states holding off-year elections, but Virginia Democrats are nervous anyway.
  21. extremism
    Is Trump Going to Fade Like Sarah Palin?The good news is that he could lose his audience. The bad news is that it would take someone even more terrifying to come along.
  22. veep
    President Biden Isn’t Making Life Easy for Kamala HarrisThe vice-president is the presumed front-runner to someday succeed Biden. He might want to start giving her less impossible assignments.
  23. politics
    What Would the John Lewis Voting Rights Act Actually Do?Restoring the Voting Rights Act would slow down voter-suppression measures in the states. But Joe Manchin is wrong that Republicans won’t kill it too.
  24. 2022 midterms
    Georgia Republicans Forgo 2022 Prep to Bicker Over PastThe GOP State Convention was a chance to pull together before a pivotal midterm election, but Georgia Republicans are still divided over Trump’s lies.
  25. politics
    The Biggest Supreme Court Decisions Coming This TermWhat to watch for in the coming weeks, including rulings on religious liberty, voting rights, and yet another Obamacare challenge.
  26. bipartisanship
    Biden’s Extended Dance With Republicans May Be What the Public WantsAmericans want politicians to try to cut deals, and then implement their party’s agenda as ruthlessly as possible. That could be Biden’s plan.
  27. maga
    Republican States Go to War Against Democratic Local GovernmentsWho cares about decentralized governance any more? Certainly not Trumpian Republicans, who want power for the level of government that obeys them.
  28. dynasties
    George P. Bush Drifts Right, Continuing a Family TraditionThe Texas land commissioner’s toadying to Trump isn’t a betrayal; it’s what Bushes have always done to survive.
  29. voting rights
    Manchin Probably Welcomes Biden’s Criticism on Voting RightsBiden promised action on voting rights and called out Senate centrists for standing in the way, but the truth is he has little leverage over them.
  30. 2021 special elections
    Democrat Wins Big in New Mexico Special Congressional ElectionRepublicans may still flip the House in 2022, but this year’s special elections don’t indicate that a GOP wave is building.
  31. politics
    The Problem With the Lee Greenwood BibleOn this Memorial Day, we should honor the distinctly American tradition of church-state separation and avoid conflating God and country.
  32. voting rights
    Democrats Need a New Plan to Defend Voting RightsThe outlook is dim for voting-rights legislation. DOJ enforcement and voter mobilization may be Democrats’ best shot for defending democracy.
  33. maga
    Greene’s Logic: Democrats Are Nazis, So Their Agenda Is Like the HolocaustIn the MAGA world, where all Democrats are socialists, and Adolf Hitler was a socialist, all Democratic initiatives are like the Holocaust.
  34. politics
    The Real Reason Biden’s Budget Is So EnormousThe $6 trillion number needs to be that big in order to accommodate the progressive initiatives Biden campaigned on.
  35. maga
    Election ‘Audit’ Fever Spreads Beyond ArizonaFrom New Hampshire to Wisconsin and even California, recounts are being used to supposedly vindicate Trump and justify voter suppression.
  36. 2022 midterms
    Trump Consulting Gingrich on Midterm ‘Contract’With one well-known snake-oil salesman helping a man allergic to actual thinking, we shouldn’t expect much in the way of a midterm message.
  37. obituaries
    John Warner Was the Glamorous Republican Heretic of the SenateThe late senator figured he’d only be remembered for his marriage to Elizabeth Taylor, but it should be for his struggle against extremism in the GOP.
  38. politics
    When Will Congress Move on Biden’s Agenda?Democrats’ timetable has slowed, as they are pursuing bipartisan deals and haven’t settled on a legislative strategy. But it will be a busy summer.
  39. maga
    Are Republicans Finally Standing Up to the Proud Boys?Mainstream Republicans are demanding an investigation into Proud Boy influence in the Nevada GOP that could bring down the state party leadership.
  40. politics
    Is Presidential Popularity Now All About Partisanship?Biden’s job-approval ratings are even steadier than Trump’s, suggesting a president’s party may be more important than his actions. It’s a scary idea.
  41. reproductive rights
    Imagining a Post-Roe AmericaThe Supreme Court now has an opportunity to gut its 1973 abortion ruling. A savage landscape of inequality and culture war awaits.
  42. confederate monuments
    Georgia Struggles With Its Giant Neo-Confederate EmbarrassmentStacey Abrams wants to sandblast the carving of Confederate leaders on state-owned property. That probably won’t happen with Brian Kemp as governor.
  43. republicans
    The Future Could Actually Be Bright for RepublicansThe GOP comeback will likely begin with retaking the House in 2022, then probably the Senate, and maybe the presidency.
  44. gop
    Trump’s Chances for the 2024 Nomination Are Stronger Than You Might ThinkIn retrospect, no one in the GOP has really laid a glove on the 45th president since he started running in 2015.
  45. louisiana
    Louisiana Has Two Living Ex-Governors: An Old Ex-Con and a Young Has-BeenLouisiana just lost three ex-governors. Survivors Edwin Edwards and Bobby Jindal make an odd duo, but they’re typical of the state’s eccentricities.
  46. republicans
    Georgia Republicans See Disastrous Election Cycle As Something to Brag AboutIn their deluded minds, they believe losing Georgia to Biden and the Senate to Democrats were victories stolen by their own secretary of state.
  47. voting rights
    Is Joe Manchin’s Voting-Rights Campaign Serious?The West Virginia senator is calling for bipartisan action to restore the Voting Rights Act. But absent filibuster reform, it may not matter.
  48. u.s. supreme court
    Is Roe v. Wade Now Doomed?We’ve been here before, when the Supreme Court surprised everyone in 1992 by upholding the right to choose. But this new challenge doesn’t look good.
  49. polls
    Polling the Midterms Is Going to Be Risky BusinessIt’s hard to tell whether 2020 polling errors were about Trump, the pandemic, or something more basic and replicable.
  50. 2021 elections
    MAGA + Money Wins Virginia’s GOP Gubernatorial Race“Christian outsider businessman” Glenn Youngkin has the dough to keep things interesting against Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
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