Among the most striking developments of 2016 was the extent to which politics came to be defined less by which policies we advocate, but which facts we believe. Political discourse has increasingly run aground over disagreements about what is...
The pomp and pageantry of the State of the Union as we currently know it is largely a 20th Century invention. Up until 1947, what we now call the State of the Union Address was officially known as the...
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...
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...
For the classes I teach at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business I make my students write policy memos to a friend or family member as if that person was a Member of Congress. I have done the same here. These...
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?
The Democratic Party is riding high. They took the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. They bested President Donald Trump in the most recent round of the shutdown fight. And, judging by Mr. Trump’s poll numbers, 2020 holds...
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...
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...
When President Donald Trump took to Twitter to declare the media the "enemy of the American people" on Friday, the whole of elite opinion gasped in horror. Coming on the heels of an angry press conference less notable for news than...
Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court has been well-received -- certainly among Republicans -- and among at least a few Democrats as well. Despite combative early pledges to fight his nomination, Democrats may...
In 1964, Clarence Brandenburg, a KKK leader from Ohio, invited local media reporters to cover a rally where a handful of his supporters were in the audience. While Brandenburg himself was unarmed, several of his supporters in the audience...
Earlier this week, as the outrage over "silencing" Sen. Elizabeth Warren was hitting fever pitch, Senator Marco Rubio took to the Senate floor to give an impassioned defense of respectful political discourse. Rubio's speech largely went unnoticed. That's too bad. What he had to say was important,...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
The first two weeks of the Trump Presidency have been a wild ride. The breakneck pace of executive orders, battles with the media and generally doing exactly as he said he was going to do has delighted Trump's supporters even as it alarms official Washington and...
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow promised, with much fanfare, a scintillating scoop on Tuesday night -- President Donald Trump's much talked about tax returns. What she revealed was a letdown - two pages of Trump's 2005 returns that told us little...
A week into the partial government shutdown, Roughly Explained Editor Taylor Griffin explains what you need to know. READ MORE https://www.roughlyexplained.com/2018/12/the-government-shutdown-fight-explained/
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,...
James Mattis, President Trump's Defense Secretary, has resigned his post. A reserved, yet forceful when necessary former Marine Corps General, Mr. Mattis is widely respected and had long managed to stay in Mr. Trump's good graces despite fundamental disagreements...
Increasingly political awards show speeches could benefit from a little understanding. Here's the speech we wish we'd hear at the Oscars tonight. We're not holding our breath. "Like many of you, I am unhappy with last year's election results and concerned...
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
On Friday night, the Justice Department asked 46 U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Obama to step down. That should come as no surprise. Every President in recent memory has done the same thing. In their first two years in office: President...
There remains no easy solution to this mess. The shutdown fight is emblematic of an era of governing in which the affairs of state are in direct conflict with the political forces shaping both parties. Until the politicians find a way to strike a balance between the two, hundreds of thousands of Federal workers going without a paycheck will continue to be caught in the middle.
People who plan to run for elective office and want to know the value of opposition or vulnerability research should ask Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring. You also may want to...
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...

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