Jonathan Chait

Political Columnist, Intelligencer

Jonathan Chait has been a political columnist at New York since 2011 and writes the newsletter &c. He is the author of Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail.

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    Mike Pence Says Trump Can Commit All the Crimes He WishesEnforcing the law would be “divisive.”
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    National Study Shows Charters Outperform Traditional SchoolsEducation-reform skeptics’ favorite fact is officially false.
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    The GOP’s Authoritarian AccelerationInternal resistance to its anti-democratic turn has all but vanished.
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    Centrist Fanatics Go Wild Over Debt-Ceiling DealThey just like bipartisan deals, regardless of content.
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    The Debt-Ceiling Deal Buys Biden Time at a Terrible Long-Term CostWhat happens next time Republicans take a hostage?
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    Ron DeSantis, A Strongman Who Isn’t DumbFor all his errors, DeSantis’s plan to out-Trump Trump can still work.
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    Hostage-Takers Not to Blame for Killing Hostage, Reports New York TimesThe Platonic ideal of “both sides” reporting.
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    White Supremacy Is a Dangerous Threat Because Republicans Use ItHorrifying developments in the week since Biden’s warning have vindicated it.
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    John Durham Shows ‘Lock Her Up’ Politics Were Never About Real CrimesRepublicans want to send people to jail after Durham finds no crimes.
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    The Clarence Thomas Ethics Scandal for DummiesLet’s go back to middle-school civics.
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    The Media Is Normalizing Debt-Ceiling ExtortionNo, this is not how Congress always does it. This is different, and dangerous.
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    How Donald Trump Suckered Ron DeSantis on AbortionTrump took their demands seriously, not literally.
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    The Republican Takeover of American EducationConvinced that teachers are brainwashing children to be left-wing ideologues, conservatives are quickly grabbing control of the American classroom.
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    Kevin McCarthy Wants to Negotiate the Deficit? Fine, Let’s Talk Taxes.Exposing the extortion scheme with one simple word.
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    Where Is the Republican Soul-searching for Getting COVID Wrong?Fauci is at least answering some hard questions.
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    Rage-filled Samuel Alito Baffled His Fairness is Being QuestionedYou must respect my authority, Justice insists.
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    The Left-Wing Case for Tucker Carlson Is WrongDenouncing capitalists and markets does not make you progressive.
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    House Republican Debt Bill Would Throw 600,000 Off Health InsuranceThe institutional sociopathy of the GOP in one stat.
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    Tucker Carlson, Fake Populist and Genuine RacistA TV character who exploited the worst impulses of the American right.
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    Kevin McCarthy’s Main Debt-Ceiling Argument Is a LieA clean hike can’t pass? Of course it can.
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    Mitt Romney Thinks the Labor Secretary Shouldn’t Represent LaborA revealing window into the differential status of labor and management.
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    Is DeSantis Just Not Dumb Enough for Republicans?The perils of a true-believing conservative intellectual in a Trumpy party.
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    Republicans to Clarence Thomas: Take All the Payments You WantConservatives don’t see any ethics problems.
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    Ron DeSantis’s Thuggish New Threats Against DisneyThe Florida governor is trying to out-authoritarian Trump.
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    Why Liberals Should Hope Ron DeSantis Beats Donald TrumpThe phrase the lesser evil very much applies here.
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    What Is Dianne Feinstein Still Doing Here?This is not fein.
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    Clarence Thomas and the Ethical Disaster of the Supreme CourtUndisclosed gifts from a billionaire won’t even embarrass the right.
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    Trump Isn’t Above the Law, But He Shouldn’t Be Below ItThis is like getting Al Capone for paying off his mistress.
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    The Terrifying Threat That No Labels Will Reelect TrumpWhy is this mysterious group building a political doomsday device?
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    The Strange Trials of Our First Criminal PresidentThe awesome task of restoring faith in a legal system Trump has spent his life discrediting.
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    The Republican Debt-Ceiling Hostage Scheme Is CollapsingStep one is to name a demand. The House can’t even do that!
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    How Trump Can Use Social Security and Medicare to Destroy DeSantisForget Ukraine. Retirement programs are the real killer.
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    Why Republicans Are Embracing Vouchers Even Though They Don’t WorkIt’s not about educational outcomes anymore.
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    Permitting Reform for a Debt-Ceiling Hike Would Be Win-WinRepublicans are floating a deal Democrats should jump on.
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    What Ron DeSantis Can’t FakeTrump’s legal problems reveal an organic connection to the base that his rival is trying but failing to match.
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    Why Do We Have Presidential Medals for Celebrities?The private sector creates plenty of awards for entertainers without the need for a public option.
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    Why Joe Biden’s Honeymoon With Progressives Is Coming to an EndExpect a lot more infighting.
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    Ron DeSantis Thrills Tucker Carlson by Taking Pro-Russian StanceThe Florida governor calls Putin’s invasion a “territorial dispute.”
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    Republicans Blame Silicon Valley Bank Failure on ‘Wokeness’Buying too many Treasury bonds is extremely woke, obviously.
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    The Republican Party May Not Be Fascist, But It’s Definitely Getting Fasci-erThe left-wing case for downplaying authoritarianism is not convincing.
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    Trump Blurts Out ‘Peace’ Plan to Hand Russia Chunks of UkraineSean Hannity tastefully edits this out of the interview.
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    CPAC Speaker Michael Knowles Urges Eradication of Trans Rights“There can be no middle way in dealing with transgenderism. It is all or nothing.”
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    DeSantis Promises Florida Will Control Disney ContentRight-wing board to clamp down on “woke ideology” in cartoons.
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    The Surprisingly Contrarian Case Against Lying About ScienceThe philosophical debate behind the lab-leak question.
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    Ron DeSantis Goes Full Trump on UkraineThe American First Wing has won the fight for the soul of the Republican Party.
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    Fight the Anti-Trans Backlash With Accountability, Not SilenceThe anti–New York Times protesters have the wrong target and the wrong goal.
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    Tucker Carlson Tried to Get Fox News Reporter Fired for Fact-Checking TrumpInternal emails reveal the host’s motives for lying.
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    Columbia Journalism Review Had a Different Russiagate Story — and Spiked ItThe curious editorial decisions of a journalism watchdog.
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    Joe Biden Is a Mediocre LiberalBut he’s proved to be a successful president anyway.
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    Michael Lind, Case Study in the Perils of Discourse-PoisoningHow an intellectual talks himself into believing the GOP is the left-wing party.
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