1. politics
    Trump Judicial Appointee Opposing LGBT Rights Confirmed to Lifetime Federal SeatMatthew Kacsmaryk, who co-signed a letter saying that being transgender is “a delusion,” will head to Texas to a lifetime district court appointment.
  2. space
    Lawmakers Are ‘Coming Out of the Woodwork’ to Be Briefed on UFOs: ReportMark Warner was one of three senators to hear a briefing on UFOs from the Pentagon on Wednesday, as lawmaker interest in the topic increases.
  3. impeachment
    Pelosi Rules Out Censuring Trump As Alternative to ImpeachmentIt’s apparently all or nothing on impeachment for the House.
  4. iran
    In Private, Tucker Carlson Is Actually Giving Trump Decent Iran Advice: ReportThe Fox News host is acting as a counterweight to the administration’s hawkish voices, telling Trump that war with Iran isn’t “in anyone’s interest.”
  5. the economy
    Fed Chair Powell Says He’s Not Going Anywhere, But the Fed’s Moving Toward TrumpU.S. Fed chairman Jerome Powell says he intends to serve his term, but the Fed appears to be ready to cut interest rates.
  6. reparations
    One of the Biggest Arguments Against Reparations Is Based on a LieRepublicans at Wednesday’s reparations hearing perpetuated one of the great lies about racist inequality: that white people got ahead without help.
  7. vision 2020
    Elizabeth Warren, Unity Candidate?Democratic centrists are exhibiting a warmth toward Elizabeth Warren that could help her create a party-spanning coalition.
  8. politics
    There’s a Reason Men Accused of Abuse Keep Working for TrumpPatrick Shanahan would have fit right in at the White House.
  9. vision 2020
    Democrats Think Older White Man Is Best Bet to Beat TrumpBiden and Sanders’s strong position in early 2020 polls is likely related to perceptions that, based on 2016, candidate diversity may be too risky.
  10. vision 2020
    Trump May Live-Tweet the Democratic Debates, Against His Advisers’ WishesLive-tweeting the other party’s debates would be undignified, unprecedented, and perfectly in character for Trump.
  11. the national interest
    Joe Biden’s Segregationist Nostalgia Is Even More Ignorant Than It SoundsDoes the Democratic front-runner understand the modern political world?
  12. racism
    McConnell Thinks Obama Election Was Reparations EnoughMcConnell reflects the belief of many white Republican voters that they, not African-Americans, are the victims of racial discrimination.
  13. the national interest
    Kook Art Laffer Wins Medal From Trump for Inventing Fake CurveA fitting reward for decades of voodoo-economic wrongness.
  14. vision 2020
    Inside Trump’s 2020 Campaign Launch in Orlando, It’s Still 2016Trump called this rally “45 Fest,” and it was billed as the official start to his reelection. It’s not clear yet what — if anything — this means.
  15. climate change
    New York to Enact One of the Most Aggressive Climate Bills in the U.S.The bill requires the state to get 70 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030, and includes stipulations similar to the Green New Deal.
  16. vision 2020
    The Billionaire Mercer Family Has Reportedly Bailed on Trump in 2020The reported loss of the Mercers — vital to Trump’s 2016 run — compounds campaign fears that the GOP’s big-ticket donors won’t show up in 2020.
  17. vision 2020
    Warren, Beto, Biden, and Bernie Get Center-Stage Positions at First DebatesO’Rourke, who hasn’t been polling that well, got lucky with his debate placement.
  18. vision 2020
    Buttigieg Has a Police Shooting ProblemMayor Pete’s struggle to gain minority support isn’t being helped by the shooting of a black South Bend citizen by a white police officer.
  19. racism
    What Kyle Kashuv Gets Wrong About Harvard and GrowthKashuv says that Harvard is betraying its commitment to growth by rescinding his admission. Maybe Harvard’s own growth requires it.
  20. the national interest
    Leftists Have Turned Obama Into Mitt RomneyObama has been accused of redistributing wealth upward and undercutting Elizabeth Warren’s attacks on business. Both claims are false.
  21. vision 2020
    Amy Klobuchar Needs a Plan to Enact Her 137 PlansThe Minnesotan now has more specific plans than the wonky Elizabeth Warren. But she could use some priorities and a strategy for enacting legislation.
  22. migrant crisis
    Trump Announces ‘Removal’ of ‘Millions of Illegal Aliens’ Starting Next WeekTrump announced by tweet that ICE will begin removing “millions of illegal aliens,” surprising officials who didn’t know he would broadcast the plan.
  23. politics
    Mitch McConnell Calls Statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico ‘Full-Bore Socialism’The quote is certainly consistent with Mitch McConnell’s block-anything-blue legacy, but not all Republicans agree with their leader in the Senate.
  24. presidential pardons
    Supreme Court Won’t Stop States From Prosecuting Federal DefendantsBy leaving an exception to double-jeopardy rules in place, the Court did not make it easier for Trump to keep people out of jail via pardons.
  25. past is prologue
    How the 1969 Mayoral Primary Changed New York City PoliticsLiberal icons in both the Republican and Democratic primaries both lost to conservatives, leading to a sea change in party politics.
  26. gerrymandering
    Supreme Court Dashes Virginia GOP’s Hopes for New Map in Racial Gerrymander CaseAn unusual 5-4 majority held that Virginia’s GOP legislature did not have standing to sue to overturn a gerrymandering decision that helped Democrats.
  27. vision 2020
    Harris and Booker Lagging in Must-Win South CarolinaThe two major African-American candidates in the Democratic primary are struggling to chip away at Biden’s strong support from black voters.
  28. the national interest
    U.S. National Security Officials Still Consider Trump a Security RiskThe Mueller report focused on criminal matters, not counterintelligence. Whether Russia has leverage over Trump is a huge, unresolved question.
  29. reproductive rights
    Everything You Need to Know About the Abortion DebateWe’re facing the biggest threat to abortion rights in decades. If you haven’t been following the debate closely, it’s time to brush up on the basics.
  30. the party of lincoln
    Trump Suggests His Treatment in the Media Is As Bad As Lincoln’s AssassinationAnd other highlights from the president’s interview with George Stephanopoulos.
  31. you're fired
    Trump Campaign Fires Pollsters After Leak of Polls That Look Bad for TrumpA lesson in shooting the messenger.
  32. agriculture
    America Loves the Idea of Family Farms. That’s Unfortunate.Every four years, presidential candidates fall over themselves to praise family farming — propping up a hard, unsustainable agricultural practice.
  33. inequality
    The Fed Just Released a Damning Indictment of CapitalismThe true “extremists” in American politics are those who insist that our economic system is working just fine.
  34. sarah huckabee sanders
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Governor of Arkansas? It’s Possible.If the daughter of former governor Mike Huckabee does run for his old job, as Trump suggested, she’d be formidable but not necessarily unbeatable.
  35. black lives matter
    NYPD Union Lawyers Claim Eric Garner Would’ve Died Anyway Because He Was ObeseDaniel Pantaleo’s defense team is essentially arguing that the 43-year-old black man killed himself.
  36. endorsements
    Dershowitz ‘Could’ Vote Biden, Would Like to Be Socially Acceptable AgainTrump’s favorite attorney has previously raised concerns about being shunned by liberal elites. Just don’t ask him about that Jeffrey Epstein stuff.
  37. vision 2020
    4 of the 5 Top-Polling Democrats Land on Same Primary-Debate NightBy the luck of the draw, Elizabeth Warren will be the only high-ranking candidate appearing during night one of the first round of debates.
  38. the national interest
    Trump: Witness to My Crime Can’t Testify, But Trust Me He’s LyingThe White House’s absurd contradiction on Don McGahn.
  39. vision 2020
    Qualifiers for the First 2020 Democratic Primary Debates AnnouncedThe roster shows the number of candidates qualifying equaling the DNC’s cap of 20. Steve Bullock is unhappy with his exclusion.
  40. social security
    Social Security Isn’t Going Broke. Older Americans Are.Cutting benefits won’t make it easier for America to support its growing elderly population. Expanding immigration and raising taxes would.
  41. vision 2020
    Elizabeth Warren’s One-Two Punch for Conquering WashingtonThe policy-oriented senator has at least a good start on a plan for enacting her plans.
  42. hunter x hunter
    Congressman Duncan Hunter’s Wife Flips, Pleads Guilty to Misusing Campaign FundsMargaret Hunter admitted to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. As part of her deal, she must help in the investigation into her husband.
  43. sarah huckabee sanders
    Highlights From Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s Career of DeflectionTrump announced that Sanders will leave at the end of June. Here’s a look back at some of the White House press secretary’s more brazen moments.
  44. 9/11
    Health Care for 9/11 Victims Is Expensive, But Islamophobia Is FreeJon Stewart’s testimony demonstrates how the GOP invokes 9/11 to inflame bigotry while remaining noncommittal on funding health care for its victims.
  45. reproductive rights
    Joe Biden Once Said He Doesn’t Think Abortion Is a RightNot surprising, given his history on the issue.
  46. life after warming
    We May Be Dooming Ourselves With Climate NIMBYismThe uneven incentives of climate action are driving the world to inaction. There may be no way to escape the trap.
  47. the emperor's new props
    8 Times President Trump Had the Best, Most Beautiful PropsThe Air Force One mock-ups aren’t the only props Trump has brandished. He’s shown off folders, charts, and bills – and some even had writing on them.
  48. the national interest
    Trump Follows Collusion Solicitation With Even Crazier DefenseNo one’s asking him to report everything he discusses with foreign leaders (or whales) to the FBI, just the offers of covert election interference.
  49. socialism
    Bernie Sanders Is Right — We’re All ‘Socialists’ NowThe government will always intervene in markets. The real debate is about whose interests it should serve when it does so.
  50. vision 2020
    The Iowa Caucuses Aren’t Going Anywhere. Get Used to It.Complaints about Iowa’s unfair influence tend to miss that it’s already ceded a bit of power, and creating a new system is exceedingly difficult.
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