An Insider’s Guide to the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing

People who have not worked on the Hill may have been confused by what happened at the Senate Judiciary Committee this past week. In...

What to Make of the Anonymous Anti-Trump NY Times Op-Ed

The New York Times has published an anonymous anti-Trump op-ed, by a senior Trump Administration official, and boy is it a doozy. It claims that...

The Midterm Elections: Where Things Stand

The week after Labor Day traditionally marks the start of the midterm election season. The 2018 midterms, like most midterm elections, will be a...
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Journalism is an Honorable Profession Worthy of Defending

Let me defend an honorable profession that is under siege for political reasons. In my 33 years in the newspaper business, I worked with dedicated...

INTERVIEW: Taylor Griffin on John McCain’s Legacy

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...

Trump’s NAFTA Agreement with Mexico Explained

President Donald Trump on Monday trumpeted an agreement with Mexico on trade that he believes rights some of the wrongs of the North American...

Remembering John McCain

A man like John McCain comes along only once in a very long time. As a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam, he was offered release by...

Trump, Cohen and the Hush Money Explained

The guilty plea of President Donald Trump’s long-time fixer, attorney, and confidant Michael Cohen revealed the inner-workings of a complex scheme to keep damaging...

Michael Cohen: Lawyer, Fixer, Partner in Crime?

In a federal courtroom in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday, President Trump's longtime lawyer, fixer, and (perhaps literal) partner in crime...

FACT CHECK: Did Former NSA Chief Mike Rogers Warn Trump of a ‘Deep State’...

To some of President Donald Trump's defenders, Admiral Mike Rogers, the recently retired NSA Director, is poised to blow the whistle on a purported...