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?
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...
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 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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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 partisan outrage mill was restocked with fresh grist on Tuesday night when Senators invoked a century-old rule to rebuke Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for remarks disparaging another Senator. For most people, it likely appeared to be politics as usual....
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...
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...
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,...
Many Americans who pay any attention to politics have probably wondered, "What the heck is a gaggle?" since White House Spokesman Sean Spicer on Friday deliberately excluded several news organizations from a pen-and-pad briefing that abruptly took the place...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
President Donald Trump sounded weary when he stepped in front of the press to announce that the GOP's Obamacare repeal had failed to rally enough votes to clear the House Friday. It was the President's first real lesson in...
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...
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...
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...
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...
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made his satirical debut on Saturday Night Live this weekend. President Lyndon B. Johnson might have some advice. "IT IS PART OF THE PRICE OF LEADERSHIP OF THIS GREAT AND FREE NATION, TO BE THE...
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,...
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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