Republican Mark Harris narrowly defeated his Democratic rival, Dan McCready, by a scant 905 votes in North Carolina's Ninth District Congressional race last month. But, allegations of election fraud have thrown the outcome into question and a new election...
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Bush 41 locomotive, gleaming in its Air Force One style blue and white color scheme, has sparked a lot of curiosity. We asked Dan Gurley, who spends his days toiling in politics and his spare time...
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is calling it quits and everyone wants to know who could replace her, why is Russia choosing to remain silent in the midterms, and the Kavanaugh fiasco has splintered the Never Trump movement by separating the principled conservatives and metropolitan Republicans. Is the Never Trump movement DOA?
Roughly Explained's Taylor Griffin and the Financial Times' Katrina Manson joined BBC Radio 5 to discuss the aftermath of the Kavanaugh confirmation battle and rising tensions with China. Oct. 9, 2018
The FBI‘s extended background check into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court is complete and the wheels are in motion for a final confirmation vote this weekend. The 46-page confidential report, which...
A chaotic, emotionally-charged week in the bitter partisan fight over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court took another dramatic on Friday. Jeff Flake, the Senator from Arizona, broke ranks with fellow Republicans to join Democrats' call for a...
As the Senate Judiciary Committee completed its confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick seemed to be headed for easy approval by the full Senate. Now, his nomination has hit rough waters after two...
Let me start by acknowledging my bias. Brett Kavanaugh is one of the most decent people I have ever known. There is nothing in my experience working with him at the White House in the early 2000s or since...
Roughly Explained Editor Taylor Griffin joined BBC Radio 5's Rhod Sharp and Democratic Strategist Chris Kofinis to discusses Hurricane Florence, the anonymous anti-Trump NY Times op-ed and President Obama's return to the campaign trail.
The week after Labor Day traditionally marks the start of the midterm election season. The 2018 midterms, like most midterm elections, will be a referendum on the President. But, the current occupant of that office, Donald Trump, cuts an...
Roughly Explained Editor Taylor Griffin talks with the BBC's Rhod Sharp about John McCain's legacy, Trump's trade deal with Mexico and the Manafort and Cohen cases.
Today's special election in OH-12 will be the last time voters will go to the polls in a Congressional election before the crucial midterm elections this fall. With its mix of Democratic-leaning suburbia and rural working-class communities, Ohio’s 12th...
A politician knows he is in trouble when he turns around that there is no one behind him. President Trump, after his post-meeting press conference with Vladimir Putin, has no one watching his back. The President expected to be...
In his first proper State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump set out to strike a more unifying tone. And in this, he was reasonably successful. But, one speech will not erase the depth of the country's political...
The disinformation business is booming. Last year’s main product line, breathless speculation that Donald Trump was the instrument of Vladimir Putin’s conquest of the United States has given way to absurd conspiracies about the FBI and secret societies and...
An impasse over immigration threatens the first government shutdown in four years. If the Senate doesn’t vote to pass a temporary bill to fund the government by midnight tonight, the federal government will be forced to close its doors. Increasingly,...
Michael Wolff's new book on President Donald Trump is either an abject work of fiction or among the scariest documents in recent memory. Recent developments argue for the latter. The story it tells, of a chaotic White House occupied by...
The Republicans are finally at the finish line of a massive tax cut bill, the first major legislative accomplishment of Donald Trump’s Presidency and the biggest overhaul of the tax code in three decades. But, tax policy is mindbogglingly...
In a stunning nail-biter, Democratic Senate Candidate Doug Jones managed to prevail in Tuesday's special election in Alabama, a state that hasn't sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in decades. Democrats were thrilled by the victory. The defeat...
Looking at Monday’s polls of the Alabama Senate race, Republican Roy Moore is either up 9 points, according to Emerson College, or Democrat Doug Jones is up 10, according to Fox News. Both Fox and Emerson produce reputable polls...
This story was updated on Dec. 21, 2017 to reflect the Justice Department's renewed interest in the Uranium One deal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviving a probe into Hillary Clinton’s role in the 2010 approval of a deal that...
This week has been the tale of two Trumps. In dueling speeches Monday and Tuesday, we saw two sides of President Donald Trump. On Monday night, we saw a subdued, serious, very conventional president speaking from a TelePrompTer, announcing...
When news broke this afternoon that White House Senior Advisor Stephen Bannon had resigned, traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange erupted in cheers. The chaos inside the White House revealed so vividly in President Trump's...
This week, we've been thinking a great deal about our current national moment. And the vitality, especially in times like these, of the institutions of our Republic, and the good men and women that lead them. One of those...
Yesterday, we learned that a grand jury has been empaneled to investigate allegations related to a sitting President; someone within the U.S. government leaked highly sensitive transcripts of a President's phone calls with foreign leaders -- in an apparent...
The Presidency is shrinking. It's unmistakable. While the current occupant of the Oval Office, Donald J. Trump, dominates the news, it is often for reasons other than the great policy questions of the day. Congress stripped the President of...
White House Communications Director Anthony "The Mooch!" Scaramucci lasted all of ten thrilling days. In an ironic turn, it was Scaramucci's victory in forcing the resignation of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus that ultimately undid him. After...
Let's all take a deep breath before we go blaming Democrats and the media for this morning's shooting. The radicalization of politics as blood sport has happened on all sides. Judging from his Facebook page the shooter, James Hodgkins,...
Two major characteristics separate President Trump from other men to hold the office: He has no political experience, and he heavily relies on family members and a few long-time trusted advisers. One of the people the president leans on...
Version 2.0 of the American Health Care Act likely will not even come to a vote in the Senate, at least not in its present form. The reasons have as much to do with politics as they do with a...

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