1. politics
    Madison Cawthorn Once Said He Was ‘Always’ Armed With KnifeLast week, the congressman claimed ignorance about the allegation he brought a knife into a school. In January, he said he always had one on him.
  2. books
    The Banality of BonkersBob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book on the transition of power from Trump to Biden offers plenty of new details but little surprise.
  3. politics
    Protest Over Capitol Riot Arrests a NoneventMedia and police far outnumbered actual protesters on the National Mall on Saturday.
  4. elections of 2021
    Republicans Now Eager to Spin the Election in VirginiaAfter the California recall didn’t go so well for Republicans, their focus is on wealthy Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin.
  5. politics
    Should Democrats Gamble on Immigration Reform in 2021?If the parliamentarian lets Democrats put immigration reform in the reconciliation bill, they’ll have to choose between principle and midterm fears.
  6. politics
    Republican Trump Critic Quits Congress As Cult of January 6 GrowsTrump is changing the Republican narrative of the Capitol Riot from an outrage in which he was a bystander to a patriotic triumph.
  7. the national interest
    Centrist Democrats Won’t Even Let Biden Crack Down on Tax CheatsThe Democratic agenda is getting eaten alive by lobbyists.
  8. explainer
    Will America Finally Get National Paid Family Leave?What to expect when you’re expecting the U.S. Congress to pass a paid family-leave law in 2021.
  9. joe biden
    Can Joe Biden Build Back a Better Approval Rating?The president’s poll numbers are getting ugly.
  10. trump administration
    Lawyer Indicted in Durham Probe on the Beginnings of Trump-Russia InvestigationOne charge of lying to the FBI could mark an underwhelming end to an inquiry looking for misconduct among officials investigating Trump.
  11. polls
    Why a Troubled Polling Industry Whiffed on the California RecallBig 2020 polling errors nationwide were followed by big 2021 polling errors in California — but in the opposite direction.
  12. politics
    The Right-Wing Divisions Over Texas’s Abortion LawNot everyone who advocates for strict abortion laws is thrilled. But eventually, everyone in the movement might get what they want.
  13. politics
    Democrats Won the California Recall, But There Are Warning Signs for MidtermsNewsom matched Biden’s 2020 performance, but their party needs to do even better to claw back desperately needed House seats.
  14. misinformation
    White House to Talk With Minaj About Cousin’s Friend’s BallsFor science, of course.
  15. extremism
    Georgia Now Grows Politicians to the Right of Marjorie Taylor GreeneOne Republican congressional candidate is co-headlining the rally for the “political prisoners” of January 6. And he’s not the most extreme.
  16. the national interest
    No, the Richest One Percent Don’t Pay 40 Percent of the Taxes.A misleading conservative talking point that refuses to die.
  17. trump administration
    Did Gen. Mark Milley Actually Go Rogue at the End of the Trump Administration?Reporting on Robert Costas and Bob Woodward’s book suggests the journalists may have inflated the severity of a call from Milley to a Chinese general.
  18. catholicism
    Pope Francis Is Not a Fan of Conservative Effort to Deny Communion to Joe BidenAfter some oblique warnings, Francis is clearly telling telling conservative bishops to behave like pastors, not politicians.
  19. congress
    Mitch McConnell Prefers Calamitous Debt Default to Helping DemocratsDemocrats helped McConnell raise the debt limit during the last administration, but he insists Republicans aren’t going to return the favor.
  20. the law
    What’s Next in the Legal Fight Against Texas’s Extreme Abortion BanA brazenly political court let Texas ban almost all abortions. Politics may be the only thing to stop it.
  21. voting rights
    Surrendering to Republicans on Voting Rights Won’t Save DemocracyJoe Manchin seems to think voting-rights reforms have to be bipartisan to work. But letting Republicans run wild won’t encourage them to compromise.
  22. intelligencer chats
    What Newsom’s Landslide Victory Says About National PoliticsAmong other things, voters are still taking COVID very seriously.
  23. politics
    California Governor Gavin Newsom Destroys Effort to Recall HimWhy it wasn’t even close.
  24. covid-19
    The Debate Over Booster Shots Is Getting HotterShould everyone get an extra shot, or just the most vulnerable? That question is splitting experts and even the Biden administration.
  25. explainer
    What Is China Doing to the Uighurs in Xinjiang?Beijing claims it’s merely fighting extremism. But it’s been accused of committing atrocities against the Muslim minority group, including genocide.
  26. politics
    The Vice-President Who Saved Democracy on January 6 Was … Dan Quayle?Mike Pence has been hailed for resisting Trump’s calls to reject Biden votes. But a new book says the coup was thwarted by an even less likely hero.
  27. the national interest
    What If We Had a Class War and Nobody Noticed?Biden’s Washington is a huge fight over whether trillions go to the rich or the working class.
  28. reconciliation bill
    3 Key Divides in Democrats’ Civil War Over the Biden AgendaIt’s not just progressives versus moderates.
  29. filibuster reform
    How a Filibuster Reform for Voting Rights Could HappenJoe Manchin and others Democrats could push voting rights reform through the Senate without killing the filibuster — if they want.
  30. games
    Dave Zirin Thinks the Kaepernick Era Is Just BeginningTalking with the veteran sports journalist about his new book, which examines how the activist quarterback transformed the sports landscape.
  31. 2021 california recall election
    Larry Elder Campaign Concedes Defeat and Claims Fraud – Before Election DayTelling the Big Lie extra-early is a new one for California Republicans.
  32. politics
    DeSantis and the Agony of the Anti-Anti-Anti-Vaxx RepublicanThe GOP-elite darling tries to walk a careful line, and falls off.
  33. politics
    Why I Waited a Month to Fill Out My California Recall BallotAfter much deliberation, I decided not to vote for a replacement candidate – but not because Gavin Newsom told me to skip the question.
  34. politics
    Partisanship Put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court. Now She’s Against It.The justice bemoaned perceptions of the Supreme Court following an introduction by Mitch McConnell, who made the confirmation process hyperpartisan.
  35. capitol riot
    Six Capitol Police Officers to Be Disciplined for Actions on January 6The officers were found to have engaged in “conduct unbecoming,” made “improper remarks,” and improperly distributed information.
  36. politics
    FBI Releases Inconclusive Report on Saudi 9/11 LinksBut some who represent survivors and victims’ relatives are nonetheless celebrating the declassified document as significant.
  37. 2022 midterms
    Democrats May Have to Change the Subject From Biden in 2022Midterms are usually a referendum on presidents. But if Biden’s numbers don’t improve, Dems can run against Trump or GOP extremism in its many forms.
  38. politics
    ‘A Complete Perversion of Our Democracy’Gavin Newsom may yet win California’s recall election. But how did it get this close?
  39. florida
    Trump Hosting a Boxing Match on 9/11 Was a Vision From an Alternate RealityOne in which he accepted his electoral loss and began chasing weird cash-grab appearances, like guest-hosting a novelty fight at a casino on 9/11.
  40. congress
    Government Shutdown and Debt Default ‘Cliffs’ Loom AheadThere is an awful lot going on in Congress, but keeping the federal government going and paying its obligations have to come first.
  41. politics
    Is Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Smart Politics or ‘Civil War’?Democrats are counting on vaccinated people supporting mandates, while Republicans are freaking out in ways that may reinforce images from January 6.
  42. politics
    Biden Goes on Offense Against Vaccine HoldoutsThe president blamed Americans who have refused shots for prolonging the pandemic and issued new rules to compel them to get inoculated.
  43. politics
    Worse Than Texas: The Real Threat to Abortion Comes Next MonthS.B. 8 will eventually be defeated but not the six conservatives on the Supreme Court.
  44. politics
    DOJ Sues Texas Over Blatantly Unconstitutional Abortion BanThe opening bell of a long fight to save women’s constitutional rights against a conservative counterrevolution.
  45. the national interest
    9/11 Made the Media Whitewash What Really Happened in Bush v. GoreThe recount was published during the post-9/11 frenzy, and the myth endured.
  46. politics
    Brian Benjamin Sworn In As Lieutenant Governor of New YorkBenjamin declined to weigh in on who should replace him as state senator in the 30th District.
  47. afghanistan
    Taliban Allows Some Dual Nationals to Leave the CountryA plane with more than 200 people is set to depart Kabul on Thursday.
  48. california recall election
    A Defeat of the Newsom Recall Will Feed a New Round of MAGA Conspiracy TheoriesThe recall has lost ground, or maybe never had any. But Newsom’s momentum will be treated by Trump and Republicans as signs of a rigged election.
  49. the national interest
    The Wealth Lobby Is Buying Up Democrats to Defeat Biden’s Tax Reform“One of the biggest scams in the history of forever.”
  50. politics
    Robert E. Lee Defeated Again in VirginiaAfter the statue of the Confederate general was taken down from its pedestal, Trump claimed Lee would have led the U.S. to victory in Afghanistan.
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